Humphrey School of Public Affairs

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is one of the most top-ranked schools with public policy and planning program. It is a part of the University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota’s graduate program for public policy was started in 1938, and it turned to autonomy as a graduate school and thus became the School of Public Affairs. The school offers six master’s degrees, a doctoral degree, and six certificate programs. In 1977, this school was replaced with the founding of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, named to honor former Vice President Hubert Humphrey for his contributions to improving the well-being of humanity. Therefore, the school was renamed t the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2011 to reflect its missions in humanity. Hubert Humphrey served as the 38th Vice Presidents of the United States from 1965 to 1969, and he was Minnesota representative in the United States Senate from 1949 to 1964 and 1971 to 1978. During his tenure, he successfully advocated for the inclusion of a proposal to end racial segregation in the 1948 Democratic National Convention’s party platform, was the lead author of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, introduced the first initiative to create the Peace Corps, sponsored the clause of the McCarran Act that threatened concentration camps for “subversives”, proposed making Communist Party membership a felony, and chaired the Select Committee on Disarmament.

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  1. I certainly didn’t know about his anti-Communist bent. I poked around a bit, and it looks like it may have been strategic, aimed at protecting the rights of labor unions, more so than curtailing Communists.

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