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Christine Todd Whitman
Christine Todd Whitman

KNOXVILLE—Two notable public servants will visit the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, next week to talk about national and international issues. All events are sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and former director of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Ambassador Thomas Graham, a diplomat and expert on nuclear nonproliferation, will give public talks in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium.

Whitman will give a free public lecture at 7:00 p.m. on April 25. Her talk, “The Need for Climate Change in Washington: How Hyper-Partisanship Has Paralyzed Policymaking,” is also sponsored by the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Thomas Graham
Thomas Graham

Whitman served as the fiftieth governor of New Jersey from 1994 to 2001 and was its first woman governor. Her administration set the bar for balancing the state budget. By the time she signed her last budget, she had grown the state surplus to nearly $1.2 billion and virtually eliminated the structural deficit. Whitman went on to serve as the director of the Environmental Protection Agency from 2001 to 2003 under President George W. Bush. Today she runs a consulting firm, the Whitman Strategy Group.

On April 26, Graham will speak and sign copies of his new book at an 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. luncheon. His talk is titled “Unending Crisis: National Security after 9/11.” Cost is $15. To reserve a seat, call 865-974-8681 no later than April 24.

Graham will sign copies of his new book, Unending Crisis. The book examines the Bush administration’s management of foreign policy following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, emphasizing the interrelationship of several critical issues. The book has not yet been released but will be available for purchase on site.

*MEDIA NOTE: Whitman will be available to meet with area media from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on April 25 in the Baker Center. Please call if you plan to attend.

C O N T A C T :

Nissa Dahlin-Brown (865-974-8681,