Conference Center Rental

The Humphrey School Conference Center is on its way to reopening! As we start to transition back to a world with live, in-person events, things may look a bit different, but we are excited to have you back in the space. The Conference Center will focus on internal Humphrey School events to start, with plans to expand to external groups this fall. Please email [email protected] with any questions, or use our rental request form on the left to place a hold.

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 numerous flexible conference rooms, the Conference Center can accommodate groups and gatherings of many sizes.

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. 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. A hired hourly AV technician is required to operate the Cowles Auditorium (sourced by HHHCC); please allow extra time when scheduling to ensure technician availability.

Please note for Summer 2021: While typically able to seat up to 250, Cowles will be used as a hybrid event space seating up to 50 guests/speakers through Summer 2021. A registration table for event will be located outside of the Auditorium, in Mondale Commons, but use of Mondale Commons will no longer be included in rental fee.

Specifications:

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

Current capacity, summer 2021 (in bold) / standard capacity:

  • Theater seats: 50 / 250
  • Accessible spaces: 3

Rental rates:

  • 0–6 hours: $600 (University/non-profit), $800 (corporate) 
  • Additional hours: $100/hour (University/non-profit), $150/hour (corporate)

Mondale Commons

The Joan and Walter Mondale Commons is a large three-story, skylit space, which also serves as the main common space for the Humphrey School.

Please note for Summer 2021: The Mondale Commons is currently unavailable for event rental. Use of the Mondale Commons is no longer included in the rental fee for Cowles Auditorium.

Specifications:

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

Summer 2021 specifications:

  • Standard setup: mixed seating (high tops, seated rounds, soft armchairs)
  • NOT reservable; will act as registration area for other Conference Center room rentals
  • No longer included in rental fee for Cowles Auditorium
  • Water stations will be located on first- and second-floor drinking fountains

Current capacity, summer 2021 (in bold) / standard capacity:

  • Seated rounds: not applicable / 250

Rental rates:

  • 0–6 hours: $600 (University / non-profit), $800 (corporate) 
  • Additional hours: $100/hour (University / non-profit), $150 (corporate)

Humphrey Forum (Room 105)

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” video monitors, speakers, podium, wired microphone, Bluetooth audio connection, and computer connection for video or other presentations.

Please note for Summer 2021: The registration table for Humphrey Forum events will be located in Mondale Commons unless arranged otherwise. All Humphrey Conference Center rental spaces will have standard room setups already pre-set in each space. Due to this, we have removed any normally applicable room setup fees, and will replace it with a “reset fee” if furniture is moved during the event. If chairs need to be moved, please return them to their original setup upon leaving the space.

Specifications:

  • Size: 2,495 sq. ft.

Current capacity, summer 2021 (in bold) / standard capacity:

  • Seated rounds: 72 / 96

Rental rates:

  • 0–6 hours: $350 (University /  non-profit), $425 (corporate)
  • Additional hours: $65/hour (University / non-profit), $80/hour (corporate)

Josie Johnson Community Room (Room 180)

The Dr. Josie Robinson Johnson Community Room for Social Justice is ideal for seminars and lectures. This spacious room offers in-ceiling microphones and self-focusing cameras for hyflex modality. It is also equipped with two 90-inch monitors for guest viewing, as well as one 90” confidence monitor for presenters.

Please note for Summer 2021: The registration table for Josie Johnson Community Room events will be located in Mondale Commons unless arranged otherwise. All Humphrey Conference Center rental spaces will have standard room setups already pre-set in each space. Due to this, we have removed any normally applicable room setup fees, and will replace it with a “reset fee” if furniture is moved during the event. If chairs need to be moved, please return them to their original setup upon leaving the space.

Specifications:

  • Size: 1,754 sq. ft.

Current capacity, summer 2021 (in bold) / standard capacity:

  • Pods: 40 / 60

Rental rates:

  • 0–6 hours: $350 (University / non-profit), $425 (corporate)
  • Additional hours: $65/hour (University / non-profit), $80/hour (corporate)

Wilkins Room 215

The Roy Wilkins Room is a sunlit and intimate area for seminars, retreats, and meetings. The walls are decorated with photographs from the career of the room’s namesake, Roy Wilkins, civil rights leader and NAACP executive secretary from 1955 to 1977. The space is equipped with an LCD projector, screen, speakers, and whiteboard, as well as in-ceiling microphones and cameras for video conferencing.

Please note for Summer 2021: The registration table for Wilkins Room events will be located in the Mondale Commons unless arranged otherwise. All Humphrey Conference Center rental spaces will have standard room setups already pre-set in each space. Due to this, we have removed any normally applicable room setup fees, and will replace it with a “reset fee” if furniture is moved during the event. If chairs need to be moved, please return them to their original setup upon leaving the space.

Specifications:

  • Size: 973 sq. ft.

Current capacity, summer 2021 (in bold) / standard capacity:

  • Conference square: 24 / 32

Rental rates:

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

Stassen Room (Room 170)

The Stassen Room overlooks the Mondale Commons and contains artifacts from the long political career or former Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen. The space is equipped with a projector, screen, and whiteboard. (As the Stassen Room is located within the Humphrey 130 Suite, the space is only available Monday–Friday during Humphrey School Front Desk hours.)

Please note for Summer 2021: The registration table for Stassen Room events will be located in the hallway outside of Room 205 (second floor), unless arranged otherwise. All Humphrey Conference Center rental spaces will have standard room setups already pre-set in each space. Due to this, we have removed any normally applicable room setup fees, and will replace it with a “reset fee” if furniture is moved during the event. If chairs need to be moved, please return them to their original setup upon leaving the space.

Specifications:

  • Size: 573 sq. ft.

Current capacity, summer 2021 (in bold) / standard capacity:

  • Conference square: 14 / 20

Rental rates:

  • 0–6 hours: $140 (University / non-profit), $200 (corporate)
  • Additional hours: $30/hour (University / non-profit), $40/hour (corporate)