Special Lectures & Series

Signature Series

Baker Signature Lecture Series (BDLS)

The Baker Distinguished Lecture Series (BDLS) was established in 2012 to recognize the contributions of notable individuals and promote the values of Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr., whose longstanding commitment to honorable public service has made an indelible mark on US history. The BDLS serves as a biannual forum in which guest speakers of national prominence are invited to speak on matters relevant in today’s society.

Since 2013, we have hosted:

  • Senator George Mitchell, D-ME
  • Secretary Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education
  • Tom Brokaw, Journalist and author
  • Secretary John Snow, Secretary of the Treasury

The BDLS is supported by private donations and corporate sponsorships. For information on how to support the BDLS, contact Dr. Katie Cahill at 865-974-0931 or kcahill3@utk.edu.

Ashe Lecture Series

This lecture series is part of our Leadership and Governance program and was established with a gift from former Knoxville mayor and US Ambassador to Poland, Victor Ashe. Ambassadors and mayors are invited to speak on a variety of public policy matters, including foreign relations, diplomacy, world affairs, and local government. Through their experience, they are able to reveal nuances and intrinsic information regarding topics which fulfill the Center’s educational mission.

In 2012, the Inaugural lecture, entitled American Cities Are Back: Now What Do We Do?, was given by former mayor of Nashville, Bill Purcell. He discussed his views on the future of American cities and the need for sound public policy to support them. In the fall 2013, the lecture series featured former Senator and mayor of Indianapolis, Richard Lugar, who spoke about challenges in foreign policy. In Spring 2014, we hosted former ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter and Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh in Spring 2016. All of these lectures can be viewed in our archived webcasts. Watch for updates on our next Ashe Lecture.

Distinguished Lectures

Distinguished Global Security Lecture

This annual lecture features distinguished speakers on some aspect of global security from nuclear safety and non-proliferation to terrorism and conflict. Past speakers have included retired Vice Admiral V. J. Shankar, Indian Navy, and Dr. Charles McMillan, Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Distinguished Energy & Environmental Lecture

This annual lecture features distinguished speakers in the field. Past speakers have included former Secretary of Energy and Gov., Christie Todd Whitman and former Secretary of Energy and Gov., Bill Richardson


Contact Dr. Katie Cahill at 865-974-0931 or kcahill3@utk.edu.