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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!




Constitution Day Flyer 3 (1)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

Also: Get Registered to Vote, Sign the Constitution, and Receive a Free Pocket Constitution!

Sept. 18, 2017, 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Baker Center in the Toyota Auditorium

“I have the right to…” is a commonly used phrase used by the average American, but what really are the rights and responsibilities of US citizens? In celebration of Constitution Day, an American federal holiday honoring the signing of the US Constitution, The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will discuss the answers to this question.

On Monday, September 18, The Baker Center will host a panel discussion entitled “I have the right to…” from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.  The panel will cover the source and scope of constitutional rights, such as the freedom of speech and the right to bear arms.

Throughout the day, the Center also will hold a voter registration drive and a symbolic signing of a copy of the Constitution in The Baker Center’s Rotunda.  Students can also pick up a free pocket-size copy of the Constitution.

Please join us in The Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium and Rotunda as we seek to understand our rights, honor the signing of the U.S. Constitution, and discover the significance behind the ideas of the nation’s founders.


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Baker Distinguished Lecture on Leadership with Peyton Manning

Ticket and VolCard Required For Admittance

Sept. 22, 2017, 4:45 to 6:00 pm (please be seated by 4:30 pm)

Alumni Memorial Building, Cox Auditorium

Peyton Manning, the only quarterback in history to lead two different National Football League (NFL) teams to Super Bowl wins, has demonstrated he knows how to successfully lead others toward a common goal.  On Friday, September 22, The Howard H. Baker Center Jr. for Public Policy will host Peyton Manning for a Baker Distinguished Lecture on Leadership from 4:45 to 6:00 pm.

The Baker Distinguished Lecture Series (BDLS) was established in 2012 as the premier forum to promote the values of Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. and to recognize the contributions of the nation’s most noteworthy and powerful leaders.  For the series, speakers are invited to share their thoughts on pressing challenges, the future of the nation, and the value of leadership.

Please join us in Cox Auditorium as Mr. Manning details his own approach toward leadership and speaks on the importance of strong future leaders for society.  This is a student event.  Tickets are limited and a VolCard is required for admittance.


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Ashe Lecture with US Ambassador James Knight

On Central Africa and International Terrorism

Sept. 27, 2017, 4:30 to 5:30 pm

Baker Center in the Toyota Auditorium

Ambassador James Knight will give an Ashe lecture titled “Central Africa and International Terrorism” on Wednesday, September 27 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.  Mr. Knight is the former United States Ambassador to Chad and career member of the Senior Foreign Service.

Before being the US Ambassador to Chad, he served as an ambassador to Benin from 2009 to 2012 and acted as an economic development specialist for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Niger.

The Ashe Lecture Series is part of The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy’s Leadership and Governance program.  The series was established with a gift from former Knoxville mayor and US Ambassador to Poland, Victor Ashe.  For the series, 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.

Please join us in The Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium to learn about the impact of international terrorism on the nations of Central Africa.


Sept 28--Clevenger

Energy & Environment Forum with Dr. Tony Clevenger

On The Changing Landscape of Transportation: Designing Roads for Wildlife Conservation

Sept. 28, 2017, 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Baker Center in the Toyota Auditorium

Tony Clevenger, a research wildlife biologist at the Western Transportation Institute–Montana State University, will discuss the impact of expanding road systems on conservation efforts and wildlife habitats Thursday, September 28, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm.

The event will also include a panel discussion with Charles Maynard, who will act as moderator, as well as Kim Delozier, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; Jeff Hunter, National Parks Conservation Association; Mike Pelton, Professor Emeritus, University of Tennessee. The event is being co-sponsored by the National Parks Conservation Association.



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.

Ice Cream Social for Students, August 23, 2017, 5 pm

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.

Open House: Meet Us. Learn More. Get Involved., Sept. 6, 2017, 4-6 pm

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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