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Laura Ogden

Energy & Environment Forum to Feature Laura Ogden, Spring 2018

Laura Ogden, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth, will present on her expertise in environmental anthropology as part of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center's Energy & Environment Lecture Series. The lecture is being co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences at UT. 
The lecture will be held on Thursday, February 1, in the Toyota Auditorium. Further details will be announced as part of the Spring 2018 calendar release in January. 
Akbar Ahmed

Ashe Lecture with Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Spring 2018

Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, DC, will discuss his forthcoming book Journey Into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identityas part of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center's Global Security Program and Ashe Lecture Series.
Ahmed has been called "the world's leading authority on contemporary Islam" by the BBC. He is the former Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland, and he serves as a trustee for the World Faiths Development Dialogue. 
The lecture will be held on Wednesday, February 7, in the Toyota Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Further details will be announced as part of the Spring 2018 calendar release in January. 
Nick Burns

Ashe Lecture with Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Spring 2018

Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, will discuss his experiences as a top US diplomat for the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center's Ashe Lecture Series.  
Burns served as US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008, as well as Ambassador to NATO, and as the US Ambassador to Greece. Burns recently published an editorial, "Dismantling the Foreign Services" in The New York Times.  
The lecture will be held on Thursday, April 12, in the Toyota Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Further details will be announced as part of the Spring 2018 calendar release in January. 


Taj Mahal

Atlantic Article, "How Hindu Nationalists Politicized the Taj Mahal" by Baker Center Research Fellow

Harrison Akins, Baker Center Graduate Research Fellow and PhD Candidate in Political Science, recently published an article in the Atlantic magazine on Hindu Nationalism.
 The article notes that the decision not to feature the Taj Mahal in a tourism brochure is part of a broader movement to promote Hindutva, an ideology that seeks to place Hindu faith, culture, and history, at the core of Indian identity[read more]

Recent Developments in Kurdish Independence Movement in Iraq

Gary Uzonyi, Global Security Fellow with the Baker Center and Assistant Professor of Political Science, recently wrote a brief on the Kurdish Independence Movement in Iraq…[read more]
Kurdish Independence


Diplomacy Lab Icon

US State Department Diplomacy Lab Program Partners with UT Faculty 

Three UT Professors have been accepted to the US State Department's Diplomacy Lab program for the Spring 2018 semester: Stuart Brotman, Devendra Dilip Potnis, and Sam Swan.
The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center has been facilitating the Diplomacy Lab program since the Fall of 2015. Through the program students and faculty have the opportunity to contribute directly to the policy-making process by engaging with the State Department using videos and teleconferences.  
The program also allows students to establish partnerships with policy-makers, explore real world challenges, and present research…[read more]

Grand Policy Challenge Competition Announced

The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center will host the 2018 Grand Policy Challenge, a challenging, educational, and fun research program to encourage students to learn about issues facing society and to consider possible solutions.
For the program, students will engage in research and analysis, stakeholder identification and engagement, project management, teamwork, critical thinking, creativity and innovation, as they develop their knowledge of the public policy process.
The final projects will be judged by a team of experts, with cash prizes: $3,000 Grand Prize, and two $1,000 runner-up awards.  All UT students are eligible to participate. 
Teams must register online by Friday, January 19 at noon…[read more about how to participate]
Grand Policy Challenge Images: Gun, Prescription Drugs, Social Security Card, Data and Dollar Signs

2017-2018 Baker Ambassadors and Scholars Announced

Throughout the semester students volunteer to help create, plan, and manage special events in connection with the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center. As a Baker Ambassador, students are also provided opportunities to participate in exclusive mentorship and professionalization events with leading figures at the University, from the State of Tennessee, and nationally. The Baker Center is proud to announce the Fall 2017 Baker Ambassadors...[read list here]
Over the semester, students have also been engaging in the field of public policy by participating as a Baker Scholar. The program attracts the University's most academically gifted, politically curious students who are then paired with faculty or professional mentors who serve as resources and help direct their project. The Baker Center is proud to announce the 2018 class of Baker Scholars...[read list here]

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