The Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Carlson, and The Carlson Family Foundation Present

The Distinguished Carlson Lecture: An Evening with Liz Cheney

Past event
Oct 04, 2023
Carlson Lecture - Liz Cheney event page

Join us for an insightful and thought-provoking discussion as we welcome Liz Cheney, former Wyoming Republican congresswoman, to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Distinguished Carlson Lecture series.  A short Q&A moderated by Tane Danger, host of The Theater of Public Policy, will follow the lecture.

Cheney is widely recognized for her commitment to fostering civil discourse and her vocal criticism of partisan divisions within her own party. The upcoming lecture will center on the significance of bipartisanship in today’s political climate, with a focus on finding common ground and restoring productive political discourse.

As a trailblazing woman in the political sphere, Cheney will share her personal experiences and shed light on the challenges she has faced throughout her career. Her talk will emphasize the importance of women representation in government and explore ways to encourage and support women in leadership roles.

This event, made possible by Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation, embodies our commitment to fostering diverse perspectives and meaningful dialogue on critical issues shaping our nation.

6:00-7:00 pm Lecture and moderated Q&A with Tane Danger, host of The Theater of Public Policy

Do you have a question for Liz Cheney? Submit it here and it may be incorporated into the moderated discussion portion of the lecture.

No purses, backpacks, or bags will be allowed in the auditorium. We strongly recommend leaving these items at home and traveling light. Due to tickets being digital-only, phones will be allowed in the auditorium.

All attendees will need to enter through the ground east entrance and show their tickets upon entering the building. Attendees are prohibited from using cameras, including those on mobile phones, tablets, and all other photography, audio, and video recording devices during the lecture. The lecture will be recorded and posted on the Humphrey School's website within one week following the event and available for 30 days.

About Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney served as the U.S. representative for Wyoming’s at-large congressional district from 2017 to 2023. She chaired the House Republican Conference, the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership, from 2019 to 2021, and served as the Vice Chair of the Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection. She was also a member of the House Armed Services Committee, China Task Force, Natural Resources Committee, and the House Committee on Rules. Cheney served previously at the State Department as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and in positions for USAID and the Department of State working in Poland, Hungary, Russia, and Ukraine. Cheney practiced law with White and Case and at the International Finance Corporation. A specialist in national security and foreign policy, she is the co-author, along with her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, of Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America.

About the Moderator: Tane Danger

Tane Danger is host of the nationally renowned civics-inspired improv comedy show The Theater of Public Policy, and director of the Westminster Town Hall Forum, the Upper Midwest’s longest-running public speaker series. He is a well-known professional improv comedian, event host, speaker, and facilitator, and a Humphrey School alumnus (Master of Public Policy, ‘16). For more than a decade, he has demonstrated how improv theater can inform and improve politics and public policy. 

Danger is a regular contributor to Almanac, the weekly public affairs program on Twin Cities Public Television, and teaches classes and workshops encouraging people to practice communication, collaboration, and creativity differently. Behind the scenes, he regularly produces events for both nonprofit and corporate clients. Danger is a trustee of his undergraduate alma mater, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

About the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series

For nearly four decades, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with support from Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation, has presented the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series, bringing to Minnesota world-renowned speakers to participate in a forum dedicated to the presentation and discussion of the most important policy issues of the day. The series began in 1980 with a gift from Curtis L. Carlson to honor his late friend, Hubert H. Humphrey, and to “contribute to the intellectual life of the greater Twin Cities community by sponsoring lively forums of broad interest.”