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.
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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.
Tom Brokaw, NBC anchor and author, shared his big idea for keeping the U.S. workforce competitive through public service academies at land grant universities created through public/private partnerships. His idea aims to reinvigorate public service across the country and bring people together in a time of deep political divisions. Brokaw headlined the Baker Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
During his lecture at UT on Wednesday, renowned journalist Tom Brokaw shared his list of America’s “big ideas” and urged students to engage in some form of public service to help move the country forward. Brokaw, author of several books including the best-selling The Greatest Generation, delivered the Baker Distinguished Lecture to a capacity crowd in the 900-seat Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building.
Earl Gohl, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, will be on campus Tuesday, November 12, to participate in a panel about the past, present, and future of the Appalachian region. Free and open to the public, the event begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium. Discuss topics will include regional change, issues, and challenges and opportunities for new growth in Appalachia.
Special correspondent for NBC News, author, and one of America’s best-known journalists, Tom Brokaw, will be at UT on November 13 to deliver the Baker Distinguished Lecture. Brokaw will speak at 1:30 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Building Cox Auditorium. Presented by the Baker Center, the event is free and open to the public. Note the change in location.
UT students from the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will be working with city leaders and campus professors to research and develop recommendations for redesigning “the Strip” along Cumberland Avenue. To help them get started, people who regularly visit “the Strip” are being asked to fill out a short survey.