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UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy has released its schedule for lectures and events this fall:

September 18—Constitution Day panel discussion, 4–5 p.m., Toyota Auditorium. “I Have the Right to…” Panelists include Dwight Aarons, College of Law; Joan Heminway, College of Law; Bill Mercer, History Department; and John Scheb, Political Science Department, who will moderate the panel.

September 22—Peyton Manning, Baker Distinguished Lecture Series, 4:45–6 p.m. Cox Auditorium. Manning is a UT alum and will speak on leadership. NOTE: This lecture is a private event for UT students and not open to the general public. Registration to attend is now closed.

September 27—James Knight, Ashe Lecture Series, 4:30–5:30 p.m., Toyota Auditorium. Knight is the former ambassador to Chad and Benin. Knight will present “Central Africa and International Terrorism.”

September 28—Tony Clevenger, Energy and Environment Forum, 1–2:30 p.m., Toyota Auditorium. Clevenger will present “The Changing Landscape of Transportation: Designing Roads for Wildlife Conservation.” Clevenger is a research wildlife biologist at the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University.

October 11—Karl Dean, Leadership and Governance Series, 5–6 p.m., Toyota Auditorium. Dean is an attorney and politician who served as the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He is a candidate in the Tennessee governor’s race.

October 17—Bill Lee, Leadership and Governance Series, 6-7 p.m., Toyota Auditorium. Lee is the chairman and former CEO of Lee Co. in Franklin, Tennessee. He is a candidate in the Tennessee governor’s race.

October 25—Randy Boyd, Leadership and Governance Series, 4–5 p.m., Toyota Auditorium. Boyd is the former economic and community development commissioner for the state of Tennessee. He is also a candidate Tennessee governor’s race.

October 26—Mike Blum, Energy and Environment Forum, 1–2:30 p.m., Toyota Auditorium. Blum will present “After the Flood: the Socioecology of Rodent-Borne Disease Risk in Post-Katrina New Orleans.” Blum is an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UT. His research focuses on socioecology of disasters and infectious disease; coastal protection and restoration; and conservation and management of freshwater resources on oceanic islands.

November 2—Spencer Meyer, Energy and Environment Forum, 1–2:30 p.m., Toyota Auditorium. Meyer will present “How Public Policy Nudges Helped Conserve the Private Landscape: Historic Trends and a Bold Future for the New England Landscape.” Meyer, a senior conservationist at Highstead Foundation, conducts research on landscape ecology, land protection trends, and ecosystem services.

November 9—Sarah Sewall, Global Security Distinguished Lecture, 5:30 p.m., Toyota Auditorium. Sewall will present “Civilians and the War on Terror.” Sewall, a distinguished scholar with the Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, is a former diplomat and national security expert whose pioneering academic and policy work helped create the growing field of civilian security during war.

November 15—Bistra Dilkina, Energy and Environment Forum, 1–2:30 p.m., Toyota Auditorium. Bilkina will present “Network Design Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation.” Bilkina uses computer science techniques to address a broad range of issues related to conservation and sustainability.

November 17—Jonathan Martin and Bryan Lanza, special event, noon­–1 p.m., Toyota Auditorium. Martin is a national political correspondent for the New York Times; Lanza is the former communications director for President Donald Trump’s transition team and is now a managing director in Mercury’s Washington, DC, office.


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