The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy & Civic Engagement

Join the McCarthy Center in welcoming U.S. Congressman Tom Emmer!

Wednesday, January 24th, 5:00 p.m. Gorecki Center 204C, College of St. Benedict.

Eugene McCarthy's 1968 Campaign Kickoff 

Eugene McCarthy, a St. John's alum, started his campaign for the presidency on November 30th, 1968. Check out this KSTP article to learn more about him, the campaign and hear from the center's director Matt Lindstrom on McCarthy's legacy. 

Sen. Eugene McCarthy meets with monks on a 1968 visit to St. John's, the school at which he was a standout athlete.

Sen. Eugene McCarthy meets with monks on a 1968 visit to St. John's, the school at which he was a standout athlete. (St. John's Archive) 


We had a successful 12th Annual "Polidazzle" is on Tuesday, November 28th at the Minneapolis Events Center. 

Polidazzle is a McCarthy Center networking event for CSB/SJU students, alumni/ae, staff, faculty, and others who are interested in public policy and civic life. The gathering offers an excellent opportunity for current students to meet alumni/ae who are active in civic and political life as professionals or volunteers.

Volunteer Spotlight

Nick Rethemeier

Hometown: Owatonna, Minnesota

1. What year are you and what is your major/minor?

I am a senior political science major and French minor

2. How long have you been a volunteer for the McCarthy Center?

I have volunteered with the McCarthy Center since November 2015

3. What kinds of clubs and activities are you involved in on campus?

I am a member of the cross country and track and field teams, Model UN, and Magis Ministries

4. Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

I can do impressions…sometimes.

5. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Well that’s a tough question, there are so many cool places! I would probably sail to New Zealand, that way I could make pit stops at various Pacific islands on the way. The southern Alps of New Zealand look gorgeous in pictures and the landscape seems very pristine and raw. It is dotted with forests, mountains, grasslands, rivers, and lakes. Hobbiton is also there, and the ideals of Hobbiton as a sort of recluse spot in which the people live simply and quaintly reflects the ideals of the life New Zealand wants to promote.


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