Baker Center News

What’s Your Big Idea?—Matt Murray

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Matt Murray, director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, speaks about the big idea of the Baker Center’s Distinguished Lecture Series which kicks off for this year on April 3 with a talk by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.

US Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Give Baker Distinguished Lecture


US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be on campus on Wednesday, April 3, to deliver the second Baker Distinguished Lecture. Free and open to the public, the lecture will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the University Center Auditorium. Following the lecture, the Baker Center will host a panel discussion on education, from kindergarten through college, in the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium.

Baker Center Leads US-EU Summit on Sustainable Economic Growth

The United States European Union Summit on Science, Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Economic Growth—organized in part by UT—has produced five reports examining the critical impacts of investments in science, technology, and innovation on sustainable economic growth. The summit involved an interdisciplinary group of scientists, economists, academics, entrepreneurs and policy analysts from the US and EU and was held from 2010 to 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee; Washington, D.C.; Paris, France; and Brussels, Belgium.

Governors Haslam, Bredesen, and Sundquist Talk About Civility at UT Forum

Governor Bill Haslam and former Governors Phil Bredesen and Don Sundquist. (Photo by Joy Kimbrough)

Today’s elected officials could learn a lot from Senator Howard H. Baker Jr. Tennessee governors—sitting Governor Bill Haslam and his two predecessors, Phil Bredesen and Don Sundquist—concurred on this point Thursday when they met at the Baker Center for a discussion about civility, and the lack of it, in political discourse.

Haslam, Bredesen, Sundquist to Speak on Civility on February 21

Gov. Bill Haslam will be joined by two former Tennessee governors at a panel discussion about civility on February 21. Haslam, along with Phil Bredesen and Don Sundquist, will participate in “Balancing Civility and Free Expression,” a panel discussion that will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center. It is free and open to the public.

Renowned Sociolinguist Bill Labov to Speak on February 7

East Tennessee students, educators, and community members interested in teaching children how to read effectively by adjusting to their learning styles are invited to a talk by renowned sociolinguist Bill Labov on Thursday, February 7. The 7:00 p.m. event will be in the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center. A question-and-answer session will follow Labov’s presentation.

AP Presidential Photo Exhibit at Baker Center; Walking Tour Wednesday

As the fifty-seventh presidential inauguration draws near, a traveling photo exhibit entitled The American President is on display in the Rotunda of the Baker Center. More than eighty photos from the Associated Press’s vast photo archive are in the display showing American presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama at war, in victory and defeat, in crises, campaigning, and leading the country on the world stage.

Baker Center Has New Scholars, Undergraduate Programs Director

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Each year, the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy solicits applications and selects a group of high-achieving juniors to be Baker Scholars. The Baker Center recently appointed William Park, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, as its first director of undergraduate programs.

Sen. George Mitchell to Deliver First Baker Distinguished Lecture


Sen. George Mitchell, a longtime statesman and attorney, will be on campus on Tuesday, November 13, to deliver the inaugural Baker Distinguished Lecture. Senator Mitchell, a Democrat from Maine, served in the US Senate from 1980 to 1995 and was majority leader during the final six years of his tenure. He has since served as a peace negotiator and in several high-profile investigative roles.

Politics, Media and Civility: Experts Talk about Civility in the Digital Age

What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think about political banter—whether it’s on TV, in print media, or on social media? Civility? Probably not. “Politics, Incivility, and the Media: The Need to Restore Dialogue and Debate” is the title of a discussion featuring four political and media experts that will be held at 7:00 p.m. on October 23 at the Baker Center Toyota Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.