Conference Center Rental

The Humphrey School offers unique meeting and event spaces for University of Minnesota departments and colleges as well as the wider community. From our tiered Cowles Auditorium to the skylit Joan and Walter Mondale Commons and our numerous flexible conference rooms, the Conference Center can accommodate groups and gatherings of many sizes. The Conference Center is handicapped accessible.

Room Specifications

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Cowles Auditorium

The John and Elizabeth Bates Cowles Auditorium, carpeted with tiered theater-style seating, typically accommodates up to 250 in an intimate setting and is currently approved for classes of up to 40. The back wall of the stage doubles as a projection screen. Studio lighting, three-camera video recording (MP4 format), video conferencing, and live streaming of your event are among the audiovisual capabilities and equipment available at an additional charge. An in-house AV technician is required when using the Cowles Auditorium. 

Specifications:

  • Size: 2,427 sq. ft.
  • Stage area: 28' x 8'

Capacity:

  • Theater seats (40)
  • Accessible spaces (3)

Rental rates:

  • 0–6 hours: $600 (University), $800 (corporate) 
  • Additional hours: $100 (University), $150 (corporate)

Mondale Commons

The Joan and Walter Mondale Commons is a large three-story, skylit space.  With a current capacity of up to 75 in theater style, the Mondale Commons is ideal for a live speaker or in-person training.  Seating can be arranged on the second-floor balcony to increase capacity to 85.

Mondale Commons setup templates

Specifications:

  • Size: 5,500 sq. ft.
  • Includes podium, PA system, (2) 85” monitors, pipe and drape behind podium, and one wired microphone

Capacity:

  • Theater style (75)
  • With expanded seating on second floor (85)

Rental rates:

  • 0–6 hours: $600 (University), $800 (corporate) 
  • Additional hours: $100 (University), $150 (corporate)

Humphrey Forum

With large museum displays on every wall, the Humphrey Forum chronicles the life and career of Hubert H. Humphrey. The room is equipped with two 85” monitors, speakers, podium, wired microphone, bluetooth audio connection, and a computer connection for video or other presentations.

Humphrey Forum setup templates

Specifications:

  • Size: 2,495 sq. ft.

Capacity: 

  • Classroom style (26)

Rental rates:

  • 0–6 hours: $350 (University), $425 (corporate)
  • Additional hours: $65 (University), $80 (corporate)

Josie Johnson Community Room

The Dr. Josie Robinson Johnson Community Room for Social Justice is ideal for seminars and lectures and can currently accommodate groups up to 15. This spacious room is equipped with two 90-inch monitors, and one confidence monitor.

Specifications:

  • Size: 1,754 sq. ft.

Capacity:

  • Classroom style (15)

Rental rates:

  • 0–6 hours: $350 (University), $425 (corporate)
  • Additional hours: $65 (University), $80 (corporate)

Wilkins Room 215

Wilkins Room is a sunlit and spacious area for seminars, retreats, and meetings. The walls are decorated with photographs from the career of Roy Wilkins, civil rights leader and NAACP executive secretary from 1955 to 1977. Tables and chairs are arranged in classroom style and can accommodate groups up to 10. The Wilkins Room is equipped with an LCD projector, screen, whiteboard, overhead microphones, speakers, and cameras for video conferencing.

Wilkins Room setup templates

Specifications:

  • Size: 973 sq. ft.

Capacity:

  • Classroom (10)

Rental rates:

  • 0–6 hours: $200 (University), $250 (corporate)
  • Additional hours: $35 (University), $45 (corporate)

Stassen Room 170

This room overlooks the Mondale Commons and contains artifacts from the long political career of former Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen. Tables and chairs are arranged in classroom style and can accommodate groups up to 5. The Stassen Room is equipped with a projector, screen, and whiteboard

Please note that the Stassen Room is only available Monday–Friday during Humphrey School front desk hours.

Stassen Room setup templates

Specifications:

  • Size: 573 sq. ft.

Capacity:

  • Classroom (5)

Rental rates:

  • 0–6 hours: $140 (University), $200 (corporate)
  • Additional hours: $30 (University), $40 (corporate)