MUSE presents Vice President Joe Biden: "Hope Hardship and Purpose"

Kingsbury Hall

As part of The University of Utah MUSE Project’s Theme Year on “Purpose,” Vice President Joe Biden offers a keynote address and discusses his #1 New York Times Bestseller Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.

• There will be security and bag checks to enter the venue. Please limit what you bring to make this process faster. If you can leave bags elsewhere, please do.
• Security searches to enter the building will start at 11AM.
• Tickets will expire at 11:45 – please allow enough time to get through security and be in your seats.
• Free parking will be available for this event at the Rice Eccles Stadium lot.
• The lecture will run approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes including a Q&A.
• The taking of photos and video is prohibited during the lecture.
• No outside food or drink will be allowed in the building. Please limit what you bring for ease of entry.

Show Dates

Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm

Ticket Info

Sold Out. A stand-by line will form starting at 10:30AM on the east side of Kingsbury Hall. For ease of getting through security, please bring as little as possible.

As a Senator from Delaware for 36 years, Vice President Biden established himself as a leader in facing some of our nation’s most important domestic and international challenges. As Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 17 years, then-Senator Biden was widely recognized for his work on criminal justice issues, including the landmark 1994 Crime Act and the Violence Against Women Act. As Chairman or Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 12 years, Biden played a pivotal role in shaping U.S. foreign policy. He has been at the forefront of issues and legislation related to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, post-Cold War Europe, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia.


As the 47th Vice President of the United States, Biden continued his leadership on important issues facing the nation and represented our country abroad, traveling over 1.2 million miles to more than 50 countries. Biden convened sessions of the President’s Cabinet, led interagency efforts, and worked with Congress in his efforts to raise the living standards of middle-class Americans, reduce gun violence, accelerate cancer research, and address violence against women. In January 2017, President Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with Distinction — the highest civilian honor in the U.S.


Since leaving the White House, Vice President Biden continues his legacy of expanding opportunity for all with the creation of the Biden Foundation, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Biden Institute for Domestic Policy at the University of Delaware. Vice President Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have also founded the Biden Cancer Initiative to end cancer as we know it, and they continue their son Beau’s work to prevent abuse against children with the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children. Vice President Biden is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose, a memoir released in 2017.