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KNOXVILLE — Jay Hakes, the director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and author of “A Declaration of Energy Independence: How Freedom from Foreign Oil Can Improve National Security, Our Economy and the Environment,” will speak at a luncheon hosted by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy on Oct. 23 at The Foundry at World’s Fair Park.

The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $15. RSVP by Oct. 20 to 974-0931 or

Hakes will be discussing energy independence in a nonpartisan manner and he will address rising prices of oil, global instability and environmental degradation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has said his book is an “evenhanded and insightful history … a compelling tutorial for anyone seeking to understand the geopolitical forces that have America over a barrel of oil.”

Following the lunch, Hakes will be signing his book, which will be available for purchase at the site.

The Baker Center’s mission is to develop programs and promote research to further the public’s knowledge of our system of governance, as well as to highlight the critical importance of public service.

For more information about the Baker Center, visit


Carrera Harris, (865) 974-0931, at