Policy Areas

The Baker Center conducts research and hosts lectures, conferences, roundtable discussions, classes, and other events that address key issues in today’s world, primarily in the areas of Energy & Environment, Leadership & Governance, and Global Security. The center brings together experts and members of the UT community to address them in open and unbiased discussion aimed at the formulation of effective and workable policy responses.   All events held in the Toyota Auditorium unless noted.

Fall 2014 Events in Global Security…………………………………

Wed., Sept. 24, 5:30 pm – Global Security Lecture – Covenant Sans Sword – Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar (India, Ret.) of the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India, will discuss current issues in Southeast Asia.

Thursday, Sept. 25, 5:30 pm – Global Security Lecture – From ‘Participation’ to ‘Domination’? The Evolution of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Political Strategy. Samer Shehata, Univ. of Oklahoma. Sponsored by History, Baker Center, Humanities Center, Modern Foreign Languages and Political Science

Wed., Oct. 1, 5:30 pmDistinguished Lecture on Global Security: The Timeline of Technology  Dr. Charles McMillan, Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory.  The power behind policy-making that is informed by technology – are we ready for the future?

Fri., Oct. 3, 10:30 am – Noon – Global Security Lecture:  Understanding the Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Coup d’etats in Africa, 1960-2012  Allan Wilford, doctoral student in Political Science, UT – ROOM 204

Wed., Nov.  12, 10:30 amKrista Wiegand, Baker Faculty Fellow on Global Security, The Intractability of International Conflicts


2014 Fall Events in Energy & Environment…………………………

Tues., Aug. 26, 9 am – Noon   Clearing the Air:  A Workshop for Journalists  Journalists can learn about energy and env. policy while improving their writing skills! Co-Sponsored with UT Dept. of Journalism and the ET Society of Professional Journalists

Tues., Aug. 26, 1 – 5 pmA Public Forum – EPA Clean Power Plan (FULL!)  This forum focuses on TN and the SE, addressing questions over the EPA’s proposed guidelines under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. Hosted with TDEC and TVA, the Forum will feature panelists from the EPA, TVA, state agencies, and advocacy groups and industry.

 Energy & Environmental Forum, Thursdays, 1- 2:30 pm  

 Sept. 25, Jacob LaRiviere, Economics, UT Quantifying Environmental Benefits of Fracking: Air Quality, Renewables and Implications for Energy Policy

 Oct 9, Steve Jackson, Ecology, US Geological Survey & University of Wyoming, 

Oct. 23, Colin Crawford, Law, Tulane University  –  Cities and Shantytowns: Climate Change Governance for Poverty Reduction and Energy Efficiency

Nov 13, Amy Ando, Economics, University of Illinois – Economics of Species and Land Conservation


2014 Fall Events in Leadership & Governance…………………..

Wed., Sept. 17 – Celebrate Constitution Day! Register to Vote!

  • 10:30 am – Baker CaféAmendment 1 to the Tennessee Constitution – addresses new legislative powers regarding abortion – Dr. Mary English (Rotunda Reading Room)
  • 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – Sign the Constitution! – Baker Ambassadors on the Pedestrian Walkway
  • 2 pm  – UT College of Law Dean Doug Blaze, will moderate A Conversation with Two Governors – a discussion between Bill Haslam (R) and formerGov. Phil Bredesen (D) on TN’s Amendment 2 that will appear on the November 2014 statewide ballot.  Amendment 2 adds new checks and balance to the process of the governor appointing Supreme Court and appellate court judges.

Sept. 29, 11 am – Baker Ambassadors:   Alexandra Chiasson, Diana Howell and Morgan Chance – To Vote or Not to Vote?

Fri., Oct. 3, 11:30 am – 1 pm – Baker Center LuncheonThe Other Guy May be Right:  The Civility of Howard Baker.  William Haltom – book discussion and signing  – $15/person – advanced registration required

CANCELLED — Wed., Oct. 22, 5:30 pmAshe Lecture – Ambassador Nancy Powell  Ambassador Powell (Ret.) has served as the US Ambassador to India, Nepal, Ghana, Pakistan, and Uganda.  Join us to learn more about her experiences and what she sees for the future of US international relations.

Wed., Nov. 19, 5:30 pm – Howard Baker Public Policy Challenge Semi-Finals – Watch student teams compete as they present solutions to real public policy issues!