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Honoring the Life and Legacy of Walter F. Mondale

The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs is pleased to present two special events to honor the life and legacy of our nation’s 42nd Vice President.

Celebrating Fritz: An Evening with Walter Mondale

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 6 p.m.
Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC
Presented with support from Best Buy Co., Inc.

Reception followed by dinner and program

Dinner co-chairs: The Honorable Jimmy Carter, The Honorable Madeleine Albright; United States Senators Dianne Feinstein, Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, and Patrick Leahy; and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

Walter Mondale: Living Legacy

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 , 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration

A symposium exploring the domestic and foreign policy issues central to the legacy of Vice President Mondale. Panels will cover topics such as the Mondale Vice Presidency, reconciling national security and the U.S. Constitution, and the fight for civil rights.

The Mondale Vice Presidency
Panelists: Richard Moe, Vice President Mondale

Reconciling National Security and the U.S. Constitution
Panelists: Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Vice President Mondale
David Cole

The Fight for Civil Rights
Panelists: Josie R. Johnson, Taylor Branch, Vice President Mondale

Opportunity and Social Justice - Quality Education for All
Panelists: Marion Wright Edelman, Stu Eizenstat, Vice President Mondale
Gail Harrison

Carter/Mondale Breakthroughs on Domestic and Foreign Policy
Panelists: Landon Butler, Stu Eizenstat, Tom Donilon, Vice President Mondale
Bert Carp

Event moderator: Center for the Study of Politics and Governance Director Lawrence Jacobs, Humphrey School
Full schedule to be announced; topics and speakers are subject to change.

Walter Mondale: Living Legacy is co-hosted by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

Celebrating Fritz: An Evening with Walter Mondale is hosted by theHumphrey School of Public Affairs, with support from Best Buy Co., Inc.

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REGISTER for the event

In 2015, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is honoring Vice President Walter Mondale with a series of events and initiatives to commemorate his contributions to public life. These events will also challenge us all to consider how best to promote and pursue the goals of access to justice, civil rights, and government accountability that have animated his career, and strengthen the Humphrey School’s capacity to inspire and educate future leaders to promote the common good in a diverse world. The initiative includes events in Minneapolis and Washington, DC, a $2.2 million campaign to raise money for Mondale public affairs student scholarships, and the naming of the Humphrey School’s public gathering space in Mr. Mondale’s honor.

Walter F. Mondale
42nd Vice President of the United States (1977–1981)

Mondale photo Born in Ceylon, Minnesota in 1928, and educated at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota, Mondale has dedicated his life to promoting principles of equal rights and inclusion; accountability in government; and democracy and human rights at home and abroad.

Whether it was his landmark effort as Minnesota Attorney General to ensure the right to counsel for indigent criminal defendants, his critical sponsorship as United States Senator of historic fair housing legislation, or his decisive role in balancing individual liberties and homeland security by holding intelligence agencies accountable, he has made enormous contributions to the strength and durability of our democratic institutions.

Few, if any, individual public officials have played a more significant role in the life of the Humphrey School. Along with longtime public leader Geri Joseph, Walter Mondale played a key role in the establishment of the Humphrey Center, which hosts the School. He established the highly regarded Policy Fellows Program, originally known as the Mondale Fellows, which now boasts nearly 800 former participants occupying positions of importance in government, the non-governmental community, and the private sector. He serves as a long-standing member of the Humphrey School Dean’s Advisory Council, and to this date, he is one of the School’s most popular instructors.

Public Leadership Awards Dinner
June 30, 2015, Minneapolis

The 2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards dinner served as a Minnesota celebration of the life of our nation’s 42nd Vice President. At this event, the Humphrey School also honored several Minnesotans and other Americans who are working and making progress on issues of access to justice, civil and human rights, and government transparency that have characterized the career and commitments of Walter Mondale. View highlights and video clips from the event here.

Walter F. Mondale Fellowship Program
Walter Mondale, who himself faced substantial challenges in financing his college and legal education, became a champion in the Senate both for access to education and for the entry of young people into public service. There is no more fitting tribute to Vice President Mondale than the establishment of the Walter F. Mondale Fellowship Program.

Naming of the Mondale Atrium
The Humphrey School will honor Vice President Mondale through the dedication of the Walter Mondale Atrium, in addition to capital improvements to this central public gathering place and defining feature of the School.

DONATE Walter F. Mondale Fellowship Fund

To learn more about opportunities to join in commemorating Mr. Mondale’s contributions to public life, contact Gwendolyn Freed, Director of Development, Humphrey School of Public Affairs,, 612-625-9588.

Mondale with Jimmy CarterMondale in inaugural parade