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The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will host several events throughout the day on Thursday, September 17, in celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Constitution Day is an American federal observance that commemorates the formation and signing of the US Constitution and recognizes all who have become US citizens.

Schedule of Events:

  • 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 2:00-5:00 p.m.—Students can register to vote and are invited to sign a replica of the Constitution on the Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Walkway.
  • 9:40-10:55 a.m.— John Scheb and Hemant Sharma from the Department of Political Science will present “Death Penalty in Tennessee: A Statistical Perspective” in the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center, 1640 Cumberland Ave.
  • 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m.—The Baker Center will host the “We the People” luncheon in the Toyota Auditorium honoring fellow Vols and the decision they made to become US citizens. Tom Kim, founder of the Free Medical Clinic of America, will speak about his escape from Communist North Korea and why he chose to open the clinic as a way to give back to the United States.
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.—UT students will discuss becoming a U.S. citizen during the presentation “Path to Citizenship as told by Vols” in the Toyota Auditorium.

The Baker Center is a nonpartisan institute devoted to education and research concerning public policy and civic engagement.


Nissa Dahlin-Brown (865-974-8681,

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