Baker Center News

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.

Public Policy Expert Marilyn Brown to Speak at Baker Center

Marilyn Brown, a former University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor of geography with a previous career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will discuss improving energy efficiency in the industry sector at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Baker Center.

UT Commences Work to Refocus, Re-energize Baker Center

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.

UT Alumnus to Speak on the Economics of Health Reform March 25

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.

UT Event to Focus on Legal System, Media, the Public’s Right to Know

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.

International Water Expert to Speak at UT about Water Resources

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.

Iraq’s Ambassador to U.S. to Speak at UT’s Baker Center

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.

Pulitzer Prize-nominated Science Writer to Address Science and Democracy

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.”