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

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) 

Program Coordinator-Now Hiring!

The Eugene J. McCarthy Center is currently hiring for a full time program coordinator! Follow the link here for more information!


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. Feel free to invite others who may be interested. This is an open house reception with drinks and abundant hors d'oeuvres.

The 12th Annual "Polidazzle" is on Tuesday, November 28th, located at the Grand Atrium at the Minneapolis Events Center. 

Register here.

Polidazzle Invitation

A Year-End Look at the Economy

Monday, December 4, 2017, join Chris Farrell, Senior Economics Contributor at American Public Media, Dr. Louis Johnston, Professor, Department of Economics CSB/SJU, as well as Gary Eichten, MPR Editor-at-Large, for "A Year-End Look at the Economy."

Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 7:00pm in ART 102, SJU (Art Building)

2017-2018 McCarthy Center

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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