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.
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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.
The Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will celebrate its tenth anniversary with an exhibit and reception in the center’s rotunda tomorrow, September 4. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Baker Center Director Matt Murray will speak briefly at 5:00 p.m. Sen. Baker is expected to attend.
Former Senator Richard Lugar will be at UT Knoxville, on Tuesday, August 27, to deliver the semiannual Ashe Lecture sponsored by the Baker Center. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the center’s Toyota Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Lugar was Indiana’s longest-serving congressman, serving from 1977 until this year.
What if a nuclear bomb were detonated in one of America’s most populated cities? Just as at a crime scene, the officials need to find the culprit. Currently, the process of analyzing weapons debris to understand the performance or design of the device is painstakingly slow. But new research to be conducted at UT seeks to improve radiochemistry and nuclear forensics to enhance global security.
Highlights from the Global Energy Assessment, an analysis of energy challenges, opportunities, and strategies worldwide, will be the subject of a free talk sponsored by the Baker Center Energy and Environmental Policy Program on Wednesday, July 17. The presentation, “Energy Pathways for Sustainable Development: Insights from the Global Energy Assessment,” begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium.
Some recent graduates and seniors were recently awarded Baker Scholar medallions for completing the program sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Baker Scholars are selected via a competitive application and interview process. They propose a research project, which they complete over the course of an academic year under the mentorship of a faculty member or community professional.