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KNOXVILLE — Current and former members of the U.S. Congress and top congressional and presidential scholars will share their insights at “Teaching Congress and the Presidency,” an institute set for June 6-9 at the University of Tennessee.

Howard H. Baker Jr.

The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will host its first summer institute designed for high school history and government teachers. Former U.S. Senator Howard Baker will open by sharing his reflections on Congress and the White House at 9 a.m. Monday, June 6.

Baker is a former U.S. Senator, White House Chief of Staff and U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

Featured speakers are Rep. Dan Lipinski (D – Illinois) and former Rep. Bob Clement (D – Tennessee). Lipinski was a UT assistant professor of political science from 2001 to 2004, before being elected to represent Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District, which includes much of Cook County in the greater Chicago area, in 2004.

Topics such as presidential and congressional relations, the role of media in government, and the politics of wartime will be explored, along with the legacies of presidents Clinton, Nixon, Eisenhower, Truman and Roosevelt. Presentations will feature experts from the Library of Congress, U.S. Senate, the National Archives and congressional staffs.

Baker Center Director Alan Lowe

“The Baker Center strives to be a resource for students and teachers, and we believe this summer institute is one important way for us to fulfill this critical mission,- said Baker Center Director Alan Lowe.

“We are especially proud to host many distinguished lawmakers, as well as some of the foremost authorities on congressional and presidential studies in the nation,” he said.

The Howard Baker Center promotes research in the papers of Baker and other political collections, hosts public programs of regional, national and international significance, supports study on critical public policy topics, and works to help students of all ages better understand the American political system.

Key presentations are:

Monday, June 6

9-9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Reflections on the Congress and the White House – Howard Baker Jr., former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to Japan

9:30-10 a.m.

My Years in the US House of Representatives Representing the People of Tennessee –
Congressman Bob Clement, former 5th District Representative

10-10:30 a.m.

From Teaching to Doing – Perspectives of a Former Teacher – Congressman Dan Lipinski, former UT political science professor, elected to the Congress from Illinois in 2004

10:45-11:15 a.m.

The Role of the Secretary of the Senate, and Reflections on Tennessee’s Political Heritage – Emily Reynolds, Secretary, U.S. Senate

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Telling Stories about Congress at the New Capitol Visitor Center – Richard Baker, U.S. Senate Historian

Tuesday, June 7

9-10 a.m.

Presidential-Congressional Relations – Dr. Susan Webb Hammond, American University, Washington D.C.

11:15 a.m.-noon

When the Parties Converge: Natural Resources Policy in Congress – Dr. Dave Feldman, professor and department head, UT Political Science

2-3 p.m.

President Bill Clinton: His Life, Work, and Legacy – Skip Rutherford, President, Clinton Foundation, Little Rock, Arkansas

3:15-5 p.m.

Congress and the Presidency: The War Powers – Workshop for teachers – Richard Hunt, Director, and Christine Blackerby, Archives Specialist, Center for Legislative Archives, NARA, Washington, DC

Wednesday, June 8

9-10 a.m.

The Legacy of Richard Nixon – Dr. David Greenberg, assistant professor, Journalism & Media Studies, Rutgers University and author of Nixon’s Shadow

10:15-11:15 a.m.

The Presidential Libraries – Nancy Smith, Director, Presidential Materials Staff, National Archives, College Park, Maryland

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Creating a Classroom for Democracy – Scott Roley, Deputy Director, Truman Presidential Museum and Library, Independence Missouri

1:15-2:30 p.m.

The Roosevelts and the New Deal – Jeffrey Urbin, Education Specialist, Franklin Roosevelt Presidential Library, Hyde Park, New York

2:45-3:45 p.m.

The On-Line Eisenhower Papers and the Library of Congress – Daun Van Ee, Manuscripts Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Thursday, June 9

8:30-10:30 a.m.

The Presidents and War – Nancy Smith, Director, Presidential Materials Staff, National Archives, Washington, DC

10:45 a.m.-noon

When Do We Begin, When Do We Stop: The Eisenhower Legacy – Dan Holt, Director, Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum, Abilene, Kansas

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Press Coverage of the Congress and the White House – Tom Griscom, editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press and former communications director for President Ronald Reagan and Albert Eisele, columnist, The Hill, Washington, D.C.

The lectures and discussions will be held in room 135 of the UT College of Law building. Lectures are open to the public on a space-available basis.

For a complete schedule of these lectures, visit http://bakercenter.utk.edu and scroll down to “Teaching Congress and the Presidency – New Lectures Available to the Public.”