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KNOXVILLE — Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and former Democratic National Committee chairman, will visit the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Sept. 23 to speak at two events.

Dean will speak at a luncheon sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and then present an evening lecture co-sponsored by the Baker Center and Issues Committee.

Dean will speak about health care reform at the noon luncheon in the Toyota Auditorium at the Baker Center, 1640 Cumberland Ave.

Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. is expected to attend this event.

“Health care policy is a topic of great interest to the Baker Center as well as Gov. Dean, who recently penned a book titled ‘Prescription for Real Health Care Reform,'” said Carl Pierce, interim director of the Baker Center. “Given Sen. Baker’s recent participation with Sens. Tom Daschle and Bob Dole in the Bipartisan Policy Center’s recommendation for health care reform, the publication of Gov. Dean’s book, and the currency and importance of health policy reform, this luncheon will be timely and of interest to policymakers, community members and students.”

Cost for the luncheon is $15. To reserve a seat, contact Missy Jenkins at or (865) 974-0931, by Sept. 16.

Dean’s evening lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in Cox Auditorium in Alumni Memorial Building. Co-sponsored by the Baker Center and the Issues Committee, this event is free and open to the public.

Dean will talk about “The 50-State Strategy,” explaining how, during the past four years, he and other Democrats have rebuilt the Democratic party “from the bottom up, state by state, organizer by organizer” and how this strategy helped pave the way for the party’s takeover of Congress in 2005, expanded majority in 2008 and Barack Obama’s historic election.

Dean is a physician who served six terms as governor of Vermont and ran unsuccessfully for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination. He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009.

The Baker Center, which opened at UT in 2003, develops programs and promotes research to further the public’s knowledge of our system of governance, and to highlight the critical importance of public service, a hallmark of Sen. Baker’s career.

The Baker Center’s facility includes a museum that tells the story of how government works using Sen. Baker’s life as a backdrop. It also houses the Modern Political Archives, which hold more than 100 collections of political papers from prominent Tennessee leaders.

For more about the Baker Center, see

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,