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The C-SPAN Bus at the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing, MI.

UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will host the C-SPAN Bus on Thursday, January 17, as a part of the cable network’s Southern Swing tour.

Students, faculty, staff, and the public are invited to visit the interactive multimedia mobile classroom at the Neyland Stadium Gate 21 Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Baker Center, 1640 Cumberland Avenue, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The Baker Center will play both live and archived C-SPAN broadcasts in its Toyota Auditorium throughout the day as part of the event, and popcorn and candy will be available to visitors. C-SPAN staff also will present to a US politics and government class Thursday.

In partnership with Comcast, the C-SPAN Bus travels the country to engage with community members and elected officials, showcasing the network’s public affairs programming and resources. The new state-of-the-art customized motor coach stops at book festivals, high schools, and universities around the country to give students and teachers an inside look at C-SPAN’s comprehensive educational and political resources.

Through the bus’s interactive kiosks and demonstrations, visitors will learn about C-SPAN’s in-depth coverage of the American political process and comprehensive online educational resources, including—an extensive video library containing nearly 250,000 hours of searchable content dating back to 1987 that can be used for research and education.

Bus visitors are invited to share their thoughts on what it means to be an American for C-SPAN’s “Voices from the Road” project.

The C-SPAN bus will be in Knoxville for two days as part of a tour that also includes stops in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. While in town, the bus will also visit Fulton High School.

C-SPAN, which will mark its 40th anniversary this year, was created by the cable TV industry and is carried in more than 90 million TV households.


Megan Boehnke (865-974-3242,

Katie Cahill (865-974-8681,