Balancing Civility and Free Expression — Knoxville

Civility & Effective Governance

More than 300 people packed the Howard Baker Center on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus Thursday night (Feb. 21) to hear three governors offer their thoughts on civility and free speech. Memphis lawyer Bill Haltom moderated the session that featured Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and former Tennessee governors Phil Bredesen and Don Sundquist. The event was part of a statewide series sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association, supported by a grant from the American Bar Association Division for Public Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more about the Knoxville program from the TBA or from coverage in Knoxnews.

Knoxville Civility Program 2013

Former Tennessee governors Don Sundquist (left) and Phil Bredesen and moderator Bill Haltom listen as Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (right) discusses the significance of maintaining civility, even in situations marked by political conflict. 

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Former governor Sundquist (left) comments on the virtues of compromise in maintaining civility. 

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Former governor Bredesen (left) emphasizes the significance of civility in making long-term policy decisions. 

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Gov. Haslam (right) responds to a question from moderator Haltom. 

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Moderator Haltom listens as Gov. Haslam talks about his first political job as an aide in Sen. Baker's office. 

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The panel listens and responds to questions from the audience gathered at the Baker Center. 

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From left: Tennessee Gov. Haslam and former governors Bredesen and Sundquist share stories before the panel discussion. 

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From left: Former governor Don Sundquist, Gov. Bill Haslam, former U.S. Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker and former  governor Phil Bredesen gather in the rotunda of the Baker Center.

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Former Sen. Baker (right) welcomes current Tennessee Gov. Haslam to the forum. 

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From left: TBA President-Elect Cindy Wyrick, TBA President Jackie Dixon and TBA Public Education Committee Chair Tasha Blakney before the event. 

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From left: TBA Public Education Committee Chair Tasha Blakney and TBA President Jackie Dixon with former governor Phil Bredesen. 

Photo by Liz Todaro of the Tennessee Bar Association

Knoxville Civility Program 2013

Audience members listen as the panel offers stories and examples of civility in action from the career of former U.S. Sen. Baker, who attended the event with his wife former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker. 

Photo by Liz Todaro of the Tennessee Bar Association