Former cabinet member under both Bush and Clinton is next Chubb Fellowship lecturer

February 8, 2016

Norman Y. Mineta, former secretary of transportation and secretary of commerce, will visit Yale on Wednesday, Feb. 17 under the auspices of the Chubb Fellowship.

Mineta will give a talk titled “U.S. Security Concerns from Japanese American Internment to 9/11 and ISIL” at 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. The event is open to the public free of charge. Doors open for seating at 4:10 p.m. Mineta’s talk will be livestreamed on the Yale YouTube channel.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton appointed Mineta as the U.S. secretary of commerce. At the Department of Commerce, Mineta was known for his work on technology issues, for achieving international cooperation and intergovernmental coordination on complex fisheries issues, and for streamlining the patent and trademark process.

From 2001 to 2006, Mineta served as secretary of transportation under President George W. Bush. In this capacity, he issued the order to ground all civilian air traffic on Sept. 11, 2001. Following the events of Sept. 11, he guided the creation of the Transportation Security Administration — an agency with more than 65,000 employees — the largest mobilization of a new federal agency since World War II. Mineta was also a vice president of Lockheed Martin, where he oversaw the first successful implementation of the EZ-Pass system in New York State.

Mineta has been a lifelong champion of civil rights and, as a son of Japanese immigrants, spent time during World War II at an internment camp in Wyoming.

He has received numerous honors in recognition of his leadership, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — and the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, which is awarded for significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States. Currently, Mineta is the president and CEO of Mineta and Associates LLC.

The Chubb Fellowship was founded with a gift from Yale alumnus Hendon Chubb, and since 1949 has been one of Yale’s most prestigious honors conferred on visiting speakers. The master of Timothy Dwight College, currently Mary Lui, administers the fellowship, which is devoted to encouraging interest in public service. Chubb Fellows spend their time at Yale in close, informal contact with students and make an appearance open to the public. Former Chubb Fellows include Presidents George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Harry Truman; authors Wendell Berry and Toni Morrison; actors Morgan Freeman and Shah Rukh Khan; world leaders Aung San Suu Kyi and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; journalist Nicholas Kristoff; and many other nationally and internationally prominent citizens and leaders.

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