University of Minnesota

President Clinton to accept Dean’s Award for Public Leadership

Humphrey School to host President Clinton for reflection on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Event will support funding for student scholarships to promote diversity and inclusion.

May 19, 2014

Media note: Members of the media planning to cover the event must request credentials by Monday, June 2. Contact Andrea Cournoyer: or 612-625-9436.

On Monday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m., President Bill Clinton will accept the Dean’s Award for Public Leadership in the main auditorium at Northrop at the University of Minnesota. Clinton will offer reflections on civil rights as part of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ yearlong series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“We are delighted to present this award to President Clinton, who has often spoken about how his political identity was largely forged during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s,” said Eric Schwartz, dean of the Humphrey School.

In honor of the namesake of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a favorite son of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey, the Public Leadership Awards honor individuals who have contributed to the common good through leadership and service.  At a separate event in late June, Dean Schwartz and the Humphrey School will present additional Public Leadership Awards during an annual gala dinner at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Schwartz added that the visit by Clinton to the Humphrey School is particularly appropriate, as he has also talked about his love and admiration for the School’s namesake, Hubert Humphrey, crediting Humphrey for helping to change the course of America through his work on civil rights.

Tickets are available for purchase beginning at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, May 20, at 612-624-2345 or Proceeds from the event will support public affairs student scholarships designed to promote diversity and inclusion in the spirit of the Civil Rights Act.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, the Center on Women and Public Policy, the Human Capital Research Collaborative, and the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice.

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