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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!



10-30 10th Anni Forum - Shapiro“The Senate in Crisis: Lessons in Leadership from Howard Baker” by Ambassador Ira Shapiro

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, from 5-6 pm in the Howard Baker Center Toyota Auditorium

To celebrate its ten-year anniversary, the Howard H. Baker Center will host Ambassador Ira Shapiro for a book signing and celebration. The ambassador will be discussing and signing his most recent book, Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country?

Ambassador Shapiro is the president of Ira Shapiro Global Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in trade law and policy and global government relations. During the Clinton administration, Shapiro served as chief U.S. trade negotiator with Japan and Canada.
In his book, Broken, Shapiro dissects some of the most prominent Senate battles over the last decade and suggests what should be done to restore Congress to a functioning institution.

There will be a book signing beginning at 4:30 pm in the rotunda, and the book will be available for purchase.

This event is free and open to the public. Guests can enjoy free parking in the Vol Hall Garage by requesting a parking voucher from Baker Center staff at the event.

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“Inducing Demand: Why Consumer-Level Approaches to Conservation Often Fail” by Dr. Richard York

Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 1:00-2:30 pm in the Howard Baker Center Toyota Auditorium

Dr. Richard York is a Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of Oregon. Dr. York has over 100 publications, including three books. He is currently the Chair of the Section on Animals and Society of American Sociological Association (ASA). Additionally, Dr. York recently received the Fredrick H. Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award (2017) for lifetime achievement.







Below is a list of events held in Fall 2018, 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:

“Is Civility Dead?” A discussion and book signing by Dr. Keith Bybee

“Careers in Public Service” A Panel Discussion featuring UT faculty, City of Knoxville employees, and City of Oak Ridge employees

Ashe Lecture:

Global Security Lecture:

Energy and Environment Forum:

“Multidisciplinary Science for Understanding Human Activity at Scale” featuring Dr. Amy Rose

Baker Café:

“Zero Emission Vehicles: Where are They Going?” A Baker Café featuring Dr. David Greene


Below is a list of events held in Spring 2018, 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:

“Electric Mass Transit as an Option for Urban Mobility” Panel Discussion

“The Role of Energy Innovation in Transforming Global Relationships” hosted by the European Union, the Bredesen Center, and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

“Tackling the Opioid Crisis” featuring Eric Eyre and Patrick McGinley

Ashe Lecture:

“U.S. National Security Challenges and Trump’s Foreign Policy” by Ambassador Nicholas Burns

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

Global Security Lecture:

“War’s Forgotten People: Human Migration and Refugees” featuring Dr. Curtis Bell, Dr. Tricia Hepner, and Drocella Mugorewera. Moderated by Dr. Krista Wiegand

Energy and Environment Forum:

“Missing the People for the Trees: Elucidating the Role of Human Behavior in the Ecology of Lyme Disease” by Dr. Andrew Platinga

“Narrating the Anthropocene, or, Learning to Live with the Trickster” by Dr. Robin Craig

“Dam Removal and Operation in An Age Of Complex Hydro Systems” by Dr. Desiree Tullos

“Trace Impressions of Being: Loss, Change, and Wonder in the Fuegian Archipelago” by Dr. Laura Ogden.


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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