Skip to content


The Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, regularly hold events pertaining to our three areas of focus: Energy & Environment, Global Security, and Leadership & Government. 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. We at the Baker Center hope to see you at one of our exciting, informative events in the near future!


Spring 2017

May 10, 2017

Senior Recognition Ceremony


April 23, 2017, 1:30 pm

Student teams present their policy solutions to win cash prizes!


April 19, 2017, 3 pm

Distinguished Global Security Lecture:  US – Turkey Relationship: A Troubled Alliance? Dr. Bulent Aliriza, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Washington DC

Link to event


April 18, 2017, 1 pm

Climate Change & Social Justice – Lisa Reyes Mason, Asst. Professor, College of Social Work, Baker Café


April 12, 2017, 5:30

Ashe Lecture: Poland and the World – Amb. Pitor Wilczek is Polish Ambassador to the United States.

Link to event


April 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

Presidents, Kings & Convicts (brown bag lunch and book signing) –Bob Clement, former US Congressman (1988-2003), president of Cumberland University and son of Gov. Frank Clement

Link to event


April 10, 2017, 5:30 pm

Energy & Environment Distinguished Lecture – Michelle Bell, Yale University

Link to event


April 6, 2017

Caela O’Connell, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee


April 5, 2017, 5:30 pm

Ashe Lecture – Central Africa and International Terrorism Amb. James Knight, former ambassador to Chad and Benin—POSTPONED TO FALL 2017


March 27, 2017

Global Security Lecture:  Dr. George Varughese, The Asia Foundation, Nepal.

Link to event


March 8, 2017, 3:30 pm

Visions of Mars – Rachel Kronyak, doctoral student in Geology, Baker Café


March 2, 2017

Thomas Gillespie, Professor, Department of Geography, UCLA, Global Security Lecture

Link to event


February 27, 2017, 5:30 pm

Last Lecture – Dr. Jimmy Cheek – in partnership with UT Mortar Board

Link to event


February 27, 1:15-2:45 pm, 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.

Link to event


February 24, 2017

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. – E&E Forum

Link to event


February 23, 2017

Gary Parker, W. H. Johnson Professor of Geology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Link to event


February 17, 2017, Noon

CYBER Brown Bag lunch, Louis Kuykendall, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation & the Fusion Center. Jointly held with Cyber & Information Security Consortium

Link to event


February 2, 2017, 12:30 pm

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

Human Trafficking: Too Close to Home– TBI & Anita Vorhees

Link to event


January 20, 2017

Presidential Inauguration Viewing – Toyota Auditorium


January 18, 2017, 12:15 pm

Info Session and Orientation


January 12, 2017

Alternative Fuel Vehicles and the Future of the Global Energy System, David McCollum, Baker Fellow, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria

Link to event

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.