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Monday, March 22nd, 2021
Interviewing finalists from Illinois, Indiana and Michigan

This panel will convene at 9:00 a.m.

For the past several years, the Truman Scholars Association (an organization of Truman Scholar alumni) has hosted pre-interview dinners in the interview cities the night prior to the finalist interviews. The dinners are informal, fun, optional events for the finalists and a few Truman alumni hosts (interview panelists do not attend). The Truman Scholars Association generously sponsors the dinners for all finalists. All finalists will be contacted by their interview city’s Truman host shortly after the official finalist announcement; if you wish to attend the dinner, please plan to be available for dinner around 7 p.m. in your interview city the evening before your interview.

Panel Members

Matt Crowl, Chair -- Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP; 1982 Truman Scholar

Alex Boni-Saenz -- Assistant Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law; 2000 Truman Scholar

Steven Cohen -- Cofounder, Chicago Media Project; Trustee, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

Ambassador Ertharin Cousin -- CEO and Founder, Food Systems for the Future; Former Executive Director, UN World Food Programme

Clifton Truman Daniel -- Secretary, Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation

Manasi Deshpande -- Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Chicago; 2006 Truman Scholar

William Godwin -- President, Godwin Realty Company; 2006 Truman Scholar

Michael Masters -- National Director & CEO, Secure Community Network; 2000 Truman Scholar

Dr. Terry Babcock-Lumish, Secretary -- Executive Secretary, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation; 1996 Truman Scholar