Baker Center News

Baker Center To Hold Constitution Day Essay Contest

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.”

UT Expands Public Administration Program with Baker Center for Public Policy

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.

Baker Center and Ambassador Ashe Establish Lecture Series

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.

UT’s Baker Center Luncheon to Honor News Sentinel Cartoonist

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.

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

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

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

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.