Humphrey School Announces Liz Cheney as Next Distinguished Carlson Lecturer

Vice chair of Jan. 6 Committee speaks at the University of Minnesota on October 4
September 6, 2023
Portrait of Liz Cheney
Former U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney will deliver the next Distinguished Carlson Lecture on October 4, 2023.

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is pleased to welcome former U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney as the next speaker in its Distinguished Carlson Lecture series. 

Cheney will discuss current topics in politics at the event on October 4, 2023 at 6 p.m. CT at Northrop, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. 

Cheney, a Republican who represented Wyoming in Congress from 2017 to 2023, served as the vice chair of the Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection.

With her involvement in that investigation and her steadfast commitment to upholding democratic principles, Cheney will share her unique perspective on the challenges that democratic institutions face in the modern era. 

She will discuss the significance of bipartisanship in today's political climate, with a focus on finding common ground and restoring productive political discourse. Her remarks will be followed by a Q/A with Tane Danger, host of The Theater of Public Policy. 

The University of Minnesota and the Humphrey School are committed to providing a platform for diverse perspectives and meaningful dialogue. Cheney's participation in the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series underscores our dedication to fostering open conversation, and inviting our students and our community to engage with a wide range of viewpoints.

The event is presented by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs with support from Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation. Admission is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. 

Distinguished Carlson Lecture: Former U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney 
Lecture and Q/A, moderated by Tane Danger
Wednesday, October 4, 2023, 6–7 p.m. 
Northrop | University of Minnesota 

The event is in-person only; it will not be live streamed. A video recording will be 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 Jan. 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.

Cheney is currently a professor of practice with the University of Virginia Center for Politics, where she teaches classes on politics, government, and civic leadership. 

Cheney received her bachelor of arts degree from Colorado College, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. In 2022, Cheney, along with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, received the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library’s prestigious Profile in Courage Award, with a commendation for her “consistent and courageous voice in defense of democracy.”  

About Tane Danger 

Portrait of 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 more than 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.”

Previous lecturers include Malala Yousafzai, Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, as well as Nikole Hannah-Jones, Gloria Steinem, Jon Meacham, and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. See the complete list here.