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Virtual Events

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International Territorial and Maritime Disputes

As part of the Baker Cafe Series, Director of the Global Security Program Dr. Krista Wiegand will discuss the causes and consequences of territorial and maritime disputes, the number one cause of armed conflict in the world. As always, questions are welcome and encouraged. Read more about the event here.
This virtual event will take place on Friday, March 5, from 10:00 - 11:00 am & is free and open to the public. The Zoom meeting link and a full description of the event can be found here.
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Integrating Economics and Ecology for Seasonal Migratory Species Conservation

Join the Director of the Energy & Environment Program, Dr. Charles Sims, for a virtual discussion about species migration and the unique policy challenges that accompany conservation. As part of the Baker Cafe Series, this event will provide a unique opportunity to learn from the experts.
This virtual event will take place on Friday, March 26, 2021, from 10:00 - 11:00 am and is free and open to the public. The Zoom meeting link can be found here.
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We Want to Hear From You!

In the midst of COVID-19, we know it's hard to feel a part of a community, and that's why we want your feedback on how you have been experiencing our virtual events. Please fill out this short survey and let us know how you are enjoying our events and how we can improve your experience. You can fill out the survey here.


The Coronavirus-19 Outbreak Response Experts (CORE-19) team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is a network of researchers in public health, economics, public policy, agriculture, veterinary medicine, and other disciplines who seek to provide timely information for the public and policymakers on pressing questions regarding the global pandemic. Researchers at the Center are working closely with the CORE-19 team to create a series of policy briefs forecasting the virus's health and economic impacts. For up-to-date, well-researched information on COVID-19, visit

Research and Teaching

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Global Security Program Director Leads Interdisciplinary Events

Serving as the Director of the Center's Global Security Program is only one of the ways Dr. Krista Wiegand stays busy. From presenting research in front of international audiences to sharing her expertise in on-campus panel discussions, Wiegand is an example of leadership on campus.
Recently, Wiegand spoke on a panel discussion over conducting international research and hosting international workshops sponsored by the Office of Research Engagement and Center for Global Engagement. She also recently moderated a virtual town hall with Chancellor Donde Plowman and Vice Provost Gretchen Neisler, attended by alumni and friends of UTK in Europe.
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Center's Associate Director Published in Award-Winning Research Network

Associate Director Dr. Katie Cahill and research fellow Dr. Christopher Ojeda were published in Frontiers in Political Science. The study focuses on health and voting in rural America. You can read their results here.
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Global Security Fellow Publishes Minerva Grant Research

Global Security Fellow Dr. Brandon Prins published a study predicting the impact of COVID-19 on maritime piracy. This study, funded by the Department of Defense Minerva Grant, was published in Homeland Security US and is one of several publications stemming from the project. You can read the full article here.

Global Security Program Director Presents In Front of Global Audience

Director of Global Security, Dr. Krista Wiegand, recently presented her research on the South China Sea as part of the Women in Asia-Pacific Security Research Seminar Series, hosted by Australia National University. Read more about her seminar here.
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Energy & Environment Fellow Publishes Tax Behavior Study

Dr. Christian A. Vossler recently had an article published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. The journal showcases his research on tax-paying behaviors and their implications for information initiatives. You can read more here.

Honoring Senator Baker

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Former Governors' Seminar Pays Tribute to Howard Baker Jr.

To kick off the University's Sucess week, Governors Bill Haslam and Phil Bredesen engaged in an in-person & socially distanced panel discussion alongside four first-year students about navigating civil discourse.
When asked, "What is the best advice you have ever received?" Gov. Haslam shared the famous Sen. Howard Baker quote, "The other fella might be right." These words served Sen. Baker well as he led the way to the truth during the Watergate hearings, effectively putting party politics aside. To watch the full "Navigating Civil Discourse with Governors Bredesen & Haslam," click here.

Baker Center Spotlights

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Meet Abbey Lawrence

Baker Ambassador Abbey Lawrence is a sophomore here at UT studying geography. Lawrence was a large part of the VolsVote initiative led by the Center and is part of the Student Government Association Undergraduate Senate, Leading Women of Tomorrow, and Fossil Free Tennessee. We're proud to have such involved students, and the students are proud to be involved. Lawrence shares, “The Baker Center is a space that is full of motivated students with similar interests and ambitions that create a sense of community like none other.”
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Farewell Wishes To Darcy Coffy

Darcy Coffy, the Center's office manager, has accepted a position with our close partner, the Bredesen Center as an accounting specialist. We are grateful for everything she has done for the Center during her tenure and wish her the absolute best in her upcoming endeavors.

Get involved with the Baker Center!

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Get Involved with the Baker Center!

The Center is a home for civic engagement for students in all disciplines and at all levels. Through programs, events and lectures, and helpful faculty and staff, the Center aims to engage the community on Global Security, Leadership & Governance, and Energy & Environment. Learn more at

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