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Humphrey School of Public Affairs Presents

Film Premiere: "Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare"

9/22/19, 4:00 PM

About this event

Please join us for the exclusive pre-broadcast premiere of a new film on the life and legacy of the nation's first female cabinet member and the force behind the American social safety net, Frances Perkins.

Sunday, September 22: 4:00–5:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. Film screening
5:00 p.m. Discussion with Filmmaker Mick Caouette
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare will air on PBS stations nationwide in March 2020, as part of Women's History Month and the centennial of women's suffrage.

Frances Perkins is one of the most important women in United States history; as Franklin Roosevelt's labor secretary from 1933 to 1945 she was a driving force behind the creation of Social Security, unemployment compensation, workplace safety standards, and other programs of the New Deal.

Combining Perkins' own voice from archival tapes with those of Nancy Pelosi, David Brooks, Amy Klobuchar, Lawrence O'Donnell and others, the film provides historical context for the curernt debate over labor and social welfare issues that pervade contemporary conversation. View a short preview of the film >

The event will feature a post-screening discussion with filmmaker Mick Caouette.
Tickets are free; please register in advance. 

Co-sponsored by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

Questions or accommodations: Please contact hhhevent@umn.edu or 612-301-2102.
Event Location
  • Ted Mann Concert Hall
  • 2128 S 4th St
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA