Students and members of the community are invited to the Baker Center to watch the upcoming presidential debate and discuss it via videoconference with crowds gathered statewide. DebateWatch begins at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium, with a viewing of the first of the 2012 presidential debates, moderated by Jim Lehrer of “PBS NewsHour.”
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Bill Purcell, former mayor of Nashville, will talk about how many American cities are experiencing “rebirth” when he presents the inaugural Ashe Lecture on September 24 at UT’s Baker Center. Purcell’s talk, “American Cities Are Back: Now what do we do?,” begins at 7:00 p.m., in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Students and organizations at UT will come together on September 17 to celebrate one of the foundations of American politics: the Constitution. Constitution Day commemorates the signing and adoption of the US Constitution on September 17, 1787. The Baker Center is sponsoring the celebration, which will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Pedestrian Walkway.
Foreign policy, globalization, global security—these terms are often used in news headlines and tossed about in political debates. But what do they really mean and why are these issues important to all of us? Those questions prompted the development of Foreign Policy Week, which will be held September 10–13.
High school and college students are invited to express their opinions—and maybe win some cash—in a Constitution Day essay contest sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Students are encouraged to submit essays of 500 words or less in response to Senator Baker’s quote, “I’m ready to wager my life’s meaning that what America will be remembered for in the centuries to come is the staggering achievement of taking different people from all over the world and building a great civilization.”
A UT master’s program that has trained hundreds of Tennessee’s government and nonprofit managers has been expanded to better serve the industry. This fall, UT began offering a new Master of Public Policy and Administration through a partnership between the Baker Center and the College of Arts and Science’s political science department.
A new lecture series will bring government leaders, past and present, to UT Knoxville to discuss policy issues affecting our city, nation, and world. The ambassadorial and local government lecture series is named in honor of Victor H. Ashe, former Knoxville mayor and U.S. ambassador to Poland. It will be held at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
Knoxville News Sentinel political cartoonist Charlie Daniel will be honored on May 17 at a luncheon hosted by the Baker Center at the UT Knoxville. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cost is $15, and reservations must be made by May 14. A small exhibit of Daniel’s work will be on display in the Baker Center rotunda.
Two notable public servants will visit the campus next week to talk about national and international issues. All events are sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and former director of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Ambassador Thomas Graham, a diplomat and expert on nuclear nonproliferation, will give public talks in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium.
Speculation over the nuclear ambitions of countries like Iran and North Korea and debate over proposed nuclear reactors in the US and abroad make it apparent that the need for nuclear security experts did not end with the Cold War. For this reason, UT Knoxville has launched the UT Institute for Nuclear Security.