Work has started to revitalize the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy to make it more focused on critical issues, link it more directly to the campus’s academic community and ensure it remains financially viable into the future.
Baker Center News
Mickey Bilbrey, vice president of eastern operations for Quorum Health Resources, will talk about the economics of reform in the health care industry on Friday, March 25, on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus. The lecture, “The Economics of Reform in the Health Care Industry: Current Trends and Future Direction,” is sponsored by the Baker Center and Alumni Affairs. It is free and open to the public.
What constraints hinder attorneys, law enforcement people and journalists from fully explaining what’s going on during a lengthy criminal trial? Should the system be changed so the public can get more information? These are just a few of the issues that will be discussed during a conference called “Justice, Media and the People’s Right to Know: Inherent Tensions and Practical Implications in a Free Society” that will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Friday, April 1, in the Toyota Auditorium at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
Peter Gleick, an internationally recognized water expert and co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security, will discuss how water resources are connected to human health, energy and food production in the context of peak water. Gleick will speak on “Peak Water Constraints and Soft Water Path Futures: Freshwater in the 21st Century” at 7 p.m. on March 9 in the Toyota Auditorium at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida’ie, Iraq’s ambassador to the U.S. since 2006, will be speaking at UT Knoxville on March 4. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, 1640 Cumberland Ave. Advanced reservations are required.
Timothy Ferris, often called “the best popular science writer in the English language,” will discuss “The Science of Liberty: How Science Enabled the Rise of Democracy” on Feb. 24 at the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the center’s Toyota Auditorium. Ferris will touch on science communication and the impact on public policy, along with a discussion of his book, “The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason and the Laws of Nature.”
Former Congressman Zach Wamp will talk about “Balancing Limited Government and Necessary Investments” on Friday, Feb. 11, at a lunch lecture sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at UT Knoxville. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center.
Former Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr., a world-renowned authority on nuclear nonproliferation, will discuss the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in the larger context of the strategic arms control during a luncheon lecture on Feb. 8 at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
The public is invited to the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy on the UT Knoxville campus on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, to view the webcast of the “National Summit on Advancing Health through Nursing” sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The webcast event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will run until 2:45 p.m.
“Howard H. Baker, Jr.: A Life in Public Service,” a conference examining the career of the senator, will bring together noted scholars and journalists from around the country on Nov. 16-17 in the Toyota Auditorium of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.