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University Senate Centennial

The 2012-13 academic year marks a century of shared governance at the University.

In a series of University Senate meetings, Professor Marti Hope Gonzales will moderate members of the university community in discussions that address fiscal, technological, and academic challenges and opportunities.

Where have we been? Where are we now? What are the myriad challenges the University community will face in the future? How can shared governance shape thoughtful and efficient decisions as we move into the next hundred years?

Please join us as we commemorate this significant anniversary.

Click here to download a list of the centennial events. (PDF)
Click here to download an abstract of the issues being discussed at each event. (PDF)

Hy Berman reflects on 100 years of Senate history

In an interview by Professor Emeritus Victor Bloomfield, Professor Emeritus Hy Berman discusses the history of the Senate and his almost 60 years of involvement. The interview has been broken into seven segments, available below as YouTube videos.

Part 1: Introductions - University of Minnesota Senate History and Future - Introduces each professor emeritus and his background at the University.

Part 2: The Progressive Era & Early Years of University Governance - University events and issues during the Progressive Era and the early years of the University Senate.

Part 3: WW II and the Cold War - University Governance Falters - Threats to academic freedom during World War II and the Cold War.

Part 4: The Vietnam Era: Governance Responds to Student Concerns - Campus activism during the Vietnam War and the response of the University Senate to student concerns.

Part 5 - The Tenure Wars: Defending Academic Freedom - Attempt in the mid-1990s to end tenure at the University and the Faculty Senate response.

Part 6 - Governance Expands: Embracing Multiple Constituencies - Expansion of the University Senate to include students and staff.

Part 7 - Looking Ahead: Open Sesame! - Current challenges and the future of governance at the University.

Hy Berman speaks on Almanac

When: Friday, April 12, 2013, 7:00 pm
Where: Almanac, TPT TV, Channel 2
Video: Hy Berman speaks on Almanac

Article in the Minnesota Daily

On September 10, 2012, an article appeared in the Minnesota Daily regarding the Senate Centennial. The full text is available here.

Senate Commentaries

If you are interested in submitting a commentary, please email it to Vickie Courtney,

The Senate, Academic Freedom, and the Importance of Governance: An Historical Overview
Commentary by Hy Berman, Professor Emeritus of History

One hundred years ago Professor Woodrow Wilson—former President of Princeton University and sitting Governor of New Jersey—was elected President of the United States. That same year, 1912, saw the establishment of the Faculty Senate at the University of Minnesota. These were related events...

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Faculty Governance: A Reflection
Commentary by Victor Bloomfield, Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

The future of the University of Minnesota is apt to be very different from its past. All members of the University community will face myriad challenges in the near future:...

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Shaping a System of Shared Governance
Comments to the University Senate on October 4, 2012, from Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Professor of the History of Science and Technology and Chair of the Senate/Faculty Consutlative Committees

No fanfare greeted the establishment of the University Senate in 1912. The record is, in fact, quite spare with not even a comment in the Minnesota Daily, although brief mention is made in the minutes of the Board of Regents and the annual report of President George Vincent for that year. Creation of the Senate seems to have been a quiet and collaborative process. It was all very Minnesotan...

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Senate Minutes Abstracts

Minute Abstracts from 1912-1962 (PDF)

Minute Abstracts from 1962-2012 (PDF)

2012-13 Centennial Events


October 4, 2012, 2:00-3:30 pm, Coffman Theatre

December 6, 2012, 2:00-3:30 pm, 25 Mondale Hall

January 31, 2013, 3:00-4:30 pm, 25 Mondale Hall

April 4, 2013, 2:00-3:00 pm, 25 Mondale Hall