One of the unique benefits of joining the Baker Institute Roundtable is the chance to talk directly with the institute's policy fellows and scholars. Every fall, the institute hosts a relaxed evening of conversation for members only at a private reception.
On Tuesday night, more than 100 people turned out to discuss current events and policy issues with the institute's experts over wine and hors d'ouevres. Members were invited to take home reports recently written by fellows on a wide array of topics, including U.S. drug policy, health economics, stem cell research, energy legislation and Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution.
"This is an opportunity for members to get to know the fellows one-on-one, and to discuss the public policy issues that are important to them," said Christene Kimmel, the institute's associate director of development.
The research areas are "very timely and affect all of us," Roundtable member and former El Paso mayor William Tilney said. "It's great to talk to the fellows and learn more about critical issues from experts in their fields."
In his remarks, Baker Institute founding director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian announced the publication of the institute's first annual report, which is available online and will soon be mailed to Roundtable members. "The annual report offers a comprehensive review of the institute's activities, our current programs and our future direction. I urge you to read it," he said.
Noting the important role of the Baker Institute Roundtable members, Djerejian expressed his appreciation for their generosity and support. Roundtable co-chair Beth Robertson, speaking on behalf of her honorary co-chairs Susan Baker and Y. Ping Sun, also welcomed the members and thanked them for their efforts.
Radu Filip, a member of the Associate Roundtable, the institute's young professionals group, enjoyed learning more about the fellows' research. "It made me think about how I can make my own modest contributions to public policy issues," said Filip.
Downtown Houston statue honors The Honorable James A. Baker, III
Admirers of Baker Institute namesake and honorary chair James A. Baker, III, unveiled a statue in his honor in downtown Houston this week. Approximately 300 people attended a ceremony on Tuesday to commemorate the event. In the audience was President George H.W. Bush, for whom Baker served as U.S. secretary of state and chief of staff.
A Conversation with Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston. Houston's second female mayor and Rice University alumna Annise Parker speaks with the Houston community at a breakfast event. Please note that this event was rescheduled from an earlier date. If you previously submitted an RSVP, we request that you do so again to confirm your attendance. November 12 at 7:30 am
Women, Islam and Reform in the Middle East. Isobel Coleman of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses her latest book, "Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East." November 16 at 6:00 pm