Baker Center News

Prominent Politician and Diplomat to Visit UT’s Baker Center Next Week

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.

UT Launches Institute for Nuclear Security

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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.

Baker Center Kicks off Energy-Environmental Forum Thursday

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Duke University professor Rob Jackson will be at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Thursday to kick off this semester’s energy-environmental forum with a discussion of the link between the “hydrofracking” method of shale gas extraction and methane contamination of drinking water.

Former Presidential Speechwriter John McConnell to Speak at UT

John McConnell, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney will speak at the University of Tennessee on January 31. The main event is at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center. It is free and open to the public.

UT Economist Matt Murray Tapped to Lead Baker Center

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Professor Matt Murray, associate director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at UT Knoxville, has been appointed director of the Howard H. Baker Center Jr. Center for Public Policy. He will begin immediately. Murray, the Ball Corporation Professor of Business, will take the place of Carl Pierce, who has directed the center since June 2009.

Maryville College President to Speak on ‘The Cost of Green Energy’

Maryville College President Tom Bogart will discuss his latest book on Tuesday, November 1, at UT Knoxville. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Bogart will be talking about the book “The False Promise of Green Energy,” which he co-authored.

NPR Reporter Frank Browning to Speak at Baker Center on Oct. 4

The Communication Studies Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta, will bring National Public Radio reporter Frank Browning to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus to speak on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Baker Center Explores Twenty-First Century Nuclear Challenges

What role should nuclear weapons play in our national defense? Are nuclear weapons the most useful tool to combat US adversaries? UT Knoxville’s Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center will explore these and other questions at 6:00 p.m. on September 19 in a forum featuring former U.S. ambassador and energy undersecretary Linton Brooks. The event is free and open to the public.

UT Energy and Environment Forum Kicks Off

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is now home to a place for discussion of pressing topics in environmental and energy science and policy. This fall will see the launch of an Interdisciplinary Discussion Forum for Energy and the Environment.

Maryville College President to Discuss “The False Promise of Green Energy”

Maryville College President Tom Bogart will discuss his book, “The False Promise of Green Energy,” on Wednesday, April 27, at UT Knoxville. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Bogart will sign copies of his book following his presentation.