Baker Center News

Baker Center Has New Scholars, Undergraduate Programs Director

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.

Baker Center Releases Policy Brief on Energy and Environment; First in Series

Those interested in public policy, energy, and the environment can find information and alternative views in a policy brief produced by UT’s Baker Center. Addressing Issues Concerning Energy and the Environment: A Short Course on Energy Policy Analysis is the first in a series of online policy briefs that will communicate the research findings and expertise of the Center and its affiliates.

Big Idea: Students Lead Voter Registration Drive

Three Baker Ambassadors have a big idea to get the UT community to participate in the November 6 presidential election. Charleigh Cagle, Lisa Dicker, and Alexandra Chaisson led a voter registration drive at UT. The drive started September 26 and ends at 5:00 p.m. today. The three ambassadors said voting is an important and easy way to get involved with the government.

Students Facilitate Voter Registration

Students at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy have launched a voter registration drive at UT Knoxville. The drive’s leaders—Baker Ambassadors Charleigh Cagle, Lisa Dicker, and Alexandra Chaisson—want the campus community to participate in the November 6 presidential election.

UT to Host Public Event to Watch, Discuss October 3 Presidential Debate

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.”

Former Nashville Mayor to Speak at UT’s Baker Center as Part of Ashe Lecture Series

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.

UT Constitution Day Festivities Will Include Voter Registration, SpeakoUT

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.

Campus Groups Team Up to Present Foreign Policy Week

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.