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The Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy regularly holds events pertaining to the Center’s three areas of focus: Energy & Environment, Global Security, and Leadership & Government.

We at the Baker Center hope to see you at one of our exciting and informative events in the near future!




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The Center will host a Spring 2018 workshop to support faculty who want to pursue private foundation funding.

The workshop will be held in partnership with the University’s Office of Research and Engagement and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Engagement. Staff from these offices will assist in identifying potential private foundation funders for your project and with proposal writing.

To participate in the workshop, faculty must submit a short application by Monday, Dec. 4 at 5 pm est. Project proposals may be from any discipline and participation is open to all UTK and UTIA faculty.


Policy ChallangeHoward Baker Center Grand Policy Challenge 2018

The Howard Baker Grand Policy Challenge (HBGPC) is a challenging, fun, educational research program that requires a semester-long commitment.

Winners will be chosen by a team of experts and will receive cash prizes to further their proposed policy solutions as follows: Grand prize = $3,000 and two runner-ups = $1,000 each.

To learn more, visit the link on our website here.

Must register online by noon on January 19, 2018



E&E (LAURA OGDEN)--Feb. 1, 2018“Trace Impressions of Being: Loss, Change, and Wonder in the Fuegian Archipelago” by Dr. Laura Ogden.

February 1, 2018 from 1:00-2:30 pm in the Toyota Auditorium

This will be the first of our Energy and Environmental Lecture Series this semester and we look forward to another successful lecture series. Dr. Laura Ogden, an associate professor of anthropology at Dartmouth College, has conducted ethnographic research in the Florida Everglades and with urban communities in the United States.

This lecture will focus on her current work on her long-term research project in Tierra del Fuego, Chile. We hope anyone who wishes to come can join us.

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Ashe Lecture Series Presents: “Being Muslim Today: Building Bridges in an Age of Uncertainty” by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed

February 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm in the Toyota Auditorium

The Baker Center’s Ashe Lecture Series for Spring 2018 will feature Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, a film producer, award-winning author, and the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University.

The focus of his talk will be about the current state of Muslim’s in society. His forthcoming book, “Journey into Europe”, deals with this topic as well. We hope anyone who wishes to attend will take advantage of this unique opportunity.


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“Dam Removal and Reoperation in an Age of Complex Hydrosystems” by Dr. Desiree Tullos

February 15, 2018 from 1:00-2:00 pm in the Toyota Auditorium

The Baker Center welcomes Dr. Desiree Tullos as a featured lecturer in our Energy and Environmental Lecture Series. Dr. Tullos will be presenting her research on the interaction between river engineering and the physical and biological processes of rivers.

Dr. Tullos is a professor in the Biological and Ecological Engineering Department at Oregon State University. We hope everyone who wishes to can join us for this insightful lecture.





Below is a list of events held in Fall 2017, and a more extensive list of all events in our history can be found here. Included below most events is a link to watch the event online.

 Special Events:

#Multi-tasking in the Age of Trump and Twitter Panel Discussion featuring Bryan Lanza, Jonathan Martin, and Mark Braden (moderator)

“Leading Tennessee Forward” Leadership and Governance Lecture Series:  

Diane Black

Mae Beavers

Randy Boyd

Bill Lee

Karl Dean

Global Security Lecture Series: 
Michael Hanna on “The Evolving Lines of Conflict in the Post-ISIS Middle East

Sarah Sewall on “Civilians and the War on Terror”

Ashe Lecture: 
US Ambassador James Knight on “Central Africa and International Terrorism” 

Energy & Environment Forum:

Bistra Dilkina on “Network Design Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation”

Spencer Meyer on “How Public Policy Nudges Helped Conserve the Private Landscape: Historic Trends and a Bold Future for the New England Landscape”

Michael Blum on “After The Flood: The Socioecology of Rodent-Borne Disease Risk in Post-Katrina New Orleans”

Tony Clevenger on “The Changing Landscape of Transportation: Designing Roads for Wildlife Conservation”

Other Events: 

Baker Distinguished Lecture with Peyton Manning on Leadership

“Constitution Day! I Have A Right To…” panel discussion with Prof. Dwight Aarons, College of Law, Prof. Joan Heminway, and Prof. Bill Mercer, and Prof. John Scheb as moderator

Open House: Meet Us. Learn More. Get Involved.

Ice Cream Social for Students.

Below is a list of events held in Spring 2017, and a more extensive list of all events in our history can be found here. Included below most events is a link to watch the event online.


Senior Recognition Ceremony, May 10, 2017

Student teams present their policy solutions to win cash prizes!, April 23, 2017, 1:30 pm

Distinguished Global Security Lecture:  US – Turkey Relationship: A Troubled Alliance? Dr. Bulent Aliriza, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Washington DC, April 19, 2017, 3 pm [Link to event]

Baker Café: Climate Change & Social Justice,  Lisa Reyes Mason, Assistant Professor, College of Social Work, April 18, 2017, 1 pm

Ashe Lecture: Poland and the World,  Ambassador Pitor Wilczek is Polish Ambassador to the United States, April 12, 2017, 5:30 [Link to event]

Presidents, Kings & Convicts (brown bag lunch and book signing), Bob Clement, former US Congressman (1988-2003), President of Cumberland University and son of former Gov. Frank Clement, April 11, 2017, 12:30 pm [Link to event]

Energy & Environment Distinguished Lecture:  Michelle Bell, Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Environmental Health, Yale University, April 10, 2017, 5:30 pm [Link to event]

Energy & Environment Forum: Caela O’Connell, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, April 6, 2017

Global Security Lecture:  Dr. George Varughese, The Asia Foundation, Nepal, March 27, 2017 [Link to event]

Baker Café: Visions of Mars,  Rachel Kronyak, doctoral student in Geology,  March 8, 2017, 3:30 pm

Global Security Lecture: Thomas Gillespie, Professor, Department of Geography, UCLA, Global Security Lecture, March 2, 2017 [Link to event]

The Last Lecture: Dr. Jimmy Cheek, UT Chancellor Emeritus, held in partnership with UT Mortar Board, February 27, 2017, 5:30 pm [Link to event]

Leadership & Governance Panel: The First Amendment on Campus, Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center; David Reidy, Philosophy, Bonnie Ownley, Faculty Senate; John Haas, Communications; Cynthia Polk-Johnson, Student Life; student representatives and others, February 27, 1:15-2:45 pm [Link to event]

Energy & Environment Forum: Andrew Light, University Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Atmospheric Sciences, and Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University, February 24, 2017 [Link to event]

Energy & Environment Forum: Gary Parker, W. H. Johnson Professor of Geology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 23, 2017 [Link to event]

Institute for Nuclear Security: CYBER Brown Bag lunch, Louis Kuykendall, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation & the Fusion Center, jointly held with Cyber & Information Security Consortium, February 17, 2017, Noon [Link to event]

Baker Café: Crisis in South Sudan: Democracy, Mass Killings, and the International Response, Eric Keels. Baker Center Post-doctoral Fellow, Global Security, February 1, 2017, 5:30 pm

Baker Café: Human Trafficking: Too Close to Home, Anita Vorhees, Baker Center Student, February 2, 2017, 12:30 pm, Link to event

Presidential Inauguration Viewing – Toyota Auditorium, January 20, 2017

Info Session and Orientation, January 18, 2017, 12:15 pm

Energy & Environment Forum:  Alternative Fuel Vehicles and the Future of the Global Energy System, David McCollum, Baker Fellow, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria, January 12, 2017 [Link to event]

All past Baker Center events can be found HERE.

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