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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.


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Replacing the Affordable Care Act and the Evolution of Health Policy with Leonard Finocchio, PhD – April 28

Baker Scholars

E&E Forum: Ethical Consumerism Through the Looking Glass: The Possibilities and Problems with Fairtrade Banana Cultivation in St. Lucia – April 20

Baker Scholars

Global Security Lecture: U.S.-Turkey Relationship: A Troubled Alliance? – April 19


Ashe Lecture: Poland and the World – April 12

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