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A new lecture series will bring government leaders, past and present, to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to discuss policy issues affecting our city, nation, and world. The ambassadorial and local government lecture series is named in honor of Victor H. Ashe, former Knoxville mayor and U.S. ambassador to Poland. It will be held at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

“We are pleased to establish the Ashe Lecture Series at the Baker Center,” said Matt Murray, director of the Baker Center. “In accordance with the Baker Center’s mission and strategic focus on quality programs, the Ashe Lecture Series will be a welcome addition to the center’s emphasis on public discourse and civic engagement.”

This lecture series was created to honor Sen. Baker by hosting ambassadors and mayors to speak on policy matters including foreign relations, diplomacy, world affairs, and local government.

“Senator Baker’s emphasis on effective governance and leadership is a model for all,” said Ashe. “I’m hopeful the Ashe Lecture Series will encourage others to get involved as the Baker Center continues to focus on its mission of student engagement, public programming and policy research.”

For more information about the lecture series or to make a contribution, contact Michelle Castro at 865-974-3816 or For more information about the Baker Center, visit the website.

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Nissa Dahlin-Brown (865-974-8681,