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KNOXVILLE—Noted foreign policy expert Walter Russell Mead will visit the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for programs on April 2 and 3.

Mead will present a lecture titled “American Strategy in the Atomic Age” at 5:00 p.m. on April 2. At noon on April 3 there will be a panel discussion on “Public Intellectuals and Blogging” featuring Mead and Glenn Reynolds, professor in the UT College of Law and author of the blog Instapundit.

Both events are free and open to the public. They will be held in the Toyota Auditorium of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Mead’s visit is sponsored by a number of groups that cooperated to bring him to campus: the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, Y-12 National Security Complex, the College of Arts and Sciences, the UT Humanities Initiative, the Department of History, and the Center for the Study of War and Society. The events are part of a project on the history of the Atomic Age, currently under construction as part of the partnership between UT and Y-12.

Mead is the James Clarke Chase Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College and editor at large of The American Interest. Until 2003, he served as the Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for US foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Until 2011, he also was a Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy at Yale and taught in Yale’s International Security Studies Program.

Mead is the author of the Via Meadia blog at, where he writes regular essays on international affairs, religion, politics, culture, education, economics, technology, literature, and the media. Mead’s writings are frequently linked to and discussed by major news outlets and websites such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Harper’s, The Washington Post, and RealClearPolitics, as well as by foreign periodicals.

He serves as a regular reviewer of books for Foreign Affairs and frequently appears on national and international radio and television programs. In 1997, he was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in the category of essays and criticism.

His most recent books include Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World, which won the Lionel Gelber Award, and God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World.

C O N T A C T :

Cynthia Tinker (865-974-0128,