Howard H. Baker Jr., former US senator and founder of UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, died on Thursday, June 26. He was eighty-eight. Baker earned his law degree from the UT in 1949. The Baker Center was founded in 2003 as a nonpartisan institute devoted to education and research concerning public policy and civic engagement. Baker received the university’s first honorary doctorate in spring 2005.
Baker Center News
Today we learned of the passing of Senator Howard H. Baker. “Our country has lost a great statesman and a great Tennessean,” said Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “Senator Baker will live on in our hearts forever as a man who believed that government was to serve the people.”
POLITICO senior writer Todd Purdum will talk about his new book—An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964—on Wednesday, April 23, at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Purdum’s talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center. Afterward, he will sign copies of his book, which will be for sale on site.
US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will be on campus Friday, April 25, to provide the Baker Distinguished Lecture on Energy and the Environment and to talk about the Department of Energy and its activities in the state of Tennessee. Moniz’s lecture will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Room 132 of the College of Law. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Haleh Esfandiari, founder and director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will give the Distinguished Global Security Lecture on Monday, April 21, at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Free and open to the public, her talk—”Iran: Defender or Disrupter of Regional Security?”—will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium.
How does a large electric utility like the Tennessee Valley Authority decide how to structure its energy portfolio to make the most economic sense while recognizing future uncertainty? Students and the public interested in sustainability, energy modeling and economics are invited to attend a forum exploring this question on Wednesday, April 16 in the Toyota Auditorium of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
Several UT faculty members will be accompanying City of Knoxville and White House officials on a Climate Resiliency Tour around Knoxville today. The event will look at how Knoxville’s South Waterfront redevelopment plan and urban wilderness conservation efforts are making the community more resilient to the impact of climate change.
David Eichenthal, co-author of The Art of the Watchdog: Fighting Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Corruption in Government, will discuss the importance of watchdogs and government oversight in a March 27 lecture. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. In his lecture, Eichenthal will explore how government oversight and watchdogs improve government efficiency and effectiveness while also increasing public confidence.
Former US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter will be on campus Wednesday, March 5, to deliver the semiannual Ashe Lecture sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Munter’s talk, “Beyond 2014: American Relations with Pakistan,” begins at 5:30 p.m. in the center’s Toyota Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
Lorna Greening, an independent economic consultant and researcher based in Chattanooga, has been named a fellow in energy and environmental policy at the Baker Center. Greening has more than thirty years of experience in the energy industry, including consulting, research, academia, the public utility industry, and the petroleum industry as an exploration geologist.