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Event Calendar Archives 2013-2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Politics & A Pint: The Tax Code

Where: Br. Willie's Pub When: 5:00PM

At 75,000 pages, the U.S. tax code is 18 times longer than all of the Harry Potter books combines. Join us this Tax Day to discuss how the tax code became so complicated, what the implications of its complexity are, and the political feasability of simplifying it.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Theater of Public Policy

Where: Stephen B. Humphrey Theater When: 7:30 PM

"Making civics fun for public policy wonks, political junkies, and the rest of us". The Theater of Public Policy is a unique theater company out of Minneapolis that makes debate and conversation around big issues fun and engaging. The cast uses conversations with leading thinkers to bring current debates to life through improvisational comedy. The College of Saint Benedict president, MaryAnn Baenninger, Ph.D., and Saint John's University president Dr. Michael Hemesath, star in this entertaining exploration of the issues affecting higher education today. Cosponsored by Fine Arts Programming.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Politics & A Pint: Women in Politics

Where: O'Connells  When: 6:00PM

While just 101 of the 535 legislators in the US House and Senate are women, all three of the politically affiliated clubs at CSB/SJU are currently led by women. Join the McCarthy Center and these extraordinary women for a Politics & A Pint at 6:00 at CSB for a discussion about the challenges facing women entering politics and the ways in which our generation can close the gender gap in public office.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Day at the Capitol

Where: MN State Capitol  When: All day off campus event

The Minnesota Private College Council sponsors the Day at the Capitol. Students from CSB/SJU will join private college students from across the state at the Minnesota Capitol to show their support for the Minnesota State Grant Program. State lawmakers will convene to begin budget and policy deliberations, and funding for student financial aid will be a critical part of those discussions.                                                                       The McCarthy Center hosts an annual CSB/SJU Alum/Student Reception and Legislative Leaders Reception beginning at 2:00 PM.

Monday, March 24, 2014

McCarthy Center Study Tour: Experience the Minnesota Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals

Where: Minnesota Judicial Center  When: 8 AM to 3 PM

CSB/SJU students will get an inside look at the state's federal court system through a private tour of the Minneapolis Judicial Center, attendance of oral arguments in the court at the Minnesota Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals and informational interviews with MN judges. This visit was made possible by a McCarthy Center mentor, Judge Patricia Milun.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Politics & A Pint: Ukraine on the Brink

Where: Brother Willies's Pub  When: 5:00 PM

Join the McCarthy Center, Saint John's University president Dr. Michael Hemesath, and the University Chair in Critical Thinking Professor Nick Hayes for a discussion about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and broader issues in the region.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Politics & A Pint: Economic Opportunities

Where: Brother Willie's Pub  When: 5:00 PM

Join the McCarthy Center for a discussion on income inequality, social mobility, and the minimum wage.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rivers, Roads , and Tracks: "Transforming Minnesota's Economy"
Celebrating the Joseph P. Farry Professorship with Dr. Louis Johnston

Where: Quad 264  When: 7:30 PM

The newly named Joseph P. Farry Professor, Dr. Louis Johnston, will give a brief talk about the economic history of central Minnesota, focusing on shifts in transportation modes and its impact on economic stakeholders. He will be joined by the legendary Gary Eichten and Dr. Joe Farry for a special interview segment honoring Dr. Farry and the endowed professorship.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mark Kennedy Frontiers of Freedom Lecture Series: Making Democracy Work

Where: Quad 264  When: 7:00 PM

The Honorable Mark Kennedy will deliver a lecture on how to make democracy work in a hyper-partisan environment. In doing so, Kennedy will draw upon his vast experience as a public servant.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Politics & A Pint: The Catholic Church, Politics, and Social Justice

Where: Brother Willie's Pub  When: 5:00 PM

Dr. Jennifer Beste, the CSB Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture, will interview Bishop Kettler '70 on the role of the Catholic Church in politics and social justice.
Cosponsored by the CSB Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Politics & A Pint: Education Reform

Where: Brother Willie's Pub  When: 5:00 PM

While Minnesota is regularly noted as having one of the highest education rankings in the nation, it is no secret that America's education system can improve itself in order to better prepare our students for an increasingly competitive global environment. This event will give attendees an opportunity to participate in a conversation about proposed reforms to our education system.
Cosponsored by the Education Club and Students for Education Reform

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Politics & A Pint: Farm Bill

Where: Br. Willie's Pub When: 5:00 PM

What is the "Farm Bill?" Come hear student, club, and professor perspectives on this timely topic. All aspects of the Farm Bill will be explored, including agriculture policy and SNAP (also known as Food Stamps).

Free pizza and refreshments. All ages and majors welcome.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Policy & Economics of Renewable Energy- Nori Tarui

Where: Gorecki 204C When: 7:00 PM

Cosponsored by the Economics Department, Environmental Studies Department, McCarthy Center, and Economics Club

Guest speaker Nori Tarui teaches at the University of Hawaii- Manoa where he is an associate professor of economics. Prior to that, he was a fellow at the Earth Institue. Taruiearned his PhD in agriculture and applied economics from the University of Minnesota and both his B.A. and M.A. from Keio University in Japan. Tarui has done a diverse range of research in the field of environmental economics, particularly in the area of international cooperation related to global commons problems such as oceans and climate.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Red Mass

Where: Sacred Heart Chapel When: 5:00 PM

The McCarthy Center is a proud sponsor of the 12th annual Red Mass. The celebration of the Red Mass is designed to provide judges, lawyers, civic leaders, and academics of all faiths the opportunity to reflect on the powers and responsibilities that are a part of their offices. This is a tradition dating back to the medieval ages. Each year the McCarthy Center sponsors up to ten student participants. Registration is required for the reception that follows the Mass. If you are a CSB/SJU student who is interested in participating in the Mass, please contact Stacy Penk via email at [email protected] or at 320-363-3266

Thursday, November 14, 203

Pennies For Your Thoughts Debate

Where: Stephen B. Humphrey Theater When: 7:30 PM

Last November's debate on the full-face veil was a great success, and this occasion also promises to be a thoughtful, lively evening. Dan Finn (Economics) and Emily Esch (Philosophy) will argue in favor of the claim: Immense wealth used primarily for personal purposes is immoral. Bob Bell (Accounting) and Phil Kronebusch (Political Science) will argue against it. Tony Cunningham (Philosophy) will moderate. Audience members will be given two pennies, one for voting at the beginning, one ate the end.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Politics & A Pint: Immigration

Where: Brother Willie's Pub When: 5:00 PM

Come hear student stories and club perspectives on this hot topic. Cosponsoring clubs include Amnesty International, College Democrats, and others. All majors and ages welcome. Free pizza and refreshments.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Career EXPO

Where: Gorecki Dining Center (CSB) When: 11:50 AM

*Sponsored by CSB/SJU Career Services*

Career Expo will provide students withan opportunity to meet with alums and learn from career professionals. There will be career seminars focusing on major options and career possibilities, as well as a reception which wilpresent students withplenty of networking opportunities. A career fair will also provide students withinformation regarding job and internship positions. Bring your resumes, business cards, and your questions to share with alums and gain valuable knowledge and skills. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

6th Congressional District GOP Debate

Where: Gorecki 204 (CSB) When: 7:00 PM

*Sponsored by CSB/SJU College Republicans, in collaboration with CSB/SJU SFCT, McCarthy Center, and Minnesota Senate District 13 Republicans

Show your civic engagement! No matter your political affiliation, join the GOP candidates vying for the 6th Congressional District and find out where they stand on the issues.

October 30- November 2, 2013

SCUSA (Student Conference on US Affairs)

Where: West Point, NY

The McCarthy Center selects and sponsors all expenses for one CSB and one SJU student to attend this conference. SCUSA is designed to provide a premiere educational experience for student delegates offering the opportunity to interact both individually and in group settings with foreign policy experts. In addition, the conference provides an outstanding forum for the development of networking relations. Application deadline is September 30.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Politics & A Pint: The Debt Ceiling

Where: Brother Willie's Pub When: 5:00 PM

What is the debt ceiling, and why is it so politically contentious? Join Professors Louis Johnston (Economics) and King Banaian (SCSU, Economics) in a discussion about this important current event. All ages and majors welcome. Free pizza and refreshments. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

29th Annual Conference on Policy Analysis: Access and Opportunities- All Things Not Being Equal

Where: University of Minnesota- Twin Cities When: 7:00 AM- 5:15 PM

*Sponsored by the College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota*

The conference provides an opportunity for analysts and policy makers to explore timely topics that reflect the importance of analysis in creating partnerships and formulating public policy decisions in government. This all-day event will feature keynote speaker Joe Soss of the University of Minnesota, discussing "Politics, Policy, and Inequality." Advance registration is required. Please contact Stacy Penk via email at [email protected] or at 320-363-3266 if you are interested in attending. For more information, click here to redirect to the University of Minnesota.


26th Annual Peace Studies Conference

Where: SJU Campus When: All day

*Peace Studies Department Event* Click here for more information

1:00 PM (Quad 264- SJU)- Freedom Riders: will be shown followed by a discussion with the Black Student Association.

3:30 PM (Quad 264 SJU)- Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was a white teenager raised in the South who wanted to raise awareness about generations of social injustice. She spend months in prison during the Freedom Riders, and stood shoulder to shoulder with the great moral heroes of the civil rights movement. The new movie An Ordinary Hero is about her life and her fight in the Civil Rights Movement.

7:30 PM (Stephen B. Humphrey Theater SJU)- Keynote speaker Bernard Lafayette in a discussion with Gary Eichten, '69.

Barnard Lafayette was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and played a leading role in the Selma, Alabama, voting rights campaign. He helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Nashville Student Movement Freedom Rides, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where he worked closely with Martin Luther King, Jr. Lafayette earned a doctorate in education at Harvard University and later served as the Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island. Her currently teaches at Emory University and conducts nonviolence workshops worldwide.

 Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sam Daley-Harris: Reclaiming Our Democracy- Meeting the Challenge of Global Poverty and Climate Change

Where: SJU Founders Lounge (Quad 170)  When: 7:30-9:00 PM

*Co-sponsored with the Center for Global Education*

Sam Daley- Harris is a political author, international social activist, and recent TED presenter.  Mr. Daley-Harris will deliver the Center for Global Education's (CGE) Global Topics Series Fall 2013 Lecture. As a pioneer and global leader in the field of microcredit, Daley-Harris has been a close collaborator of Nobel Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus and is acclaimed by Ashoka founder Bill Drayton as "one of the certified great social entrepreneurs of the last decades. " Daley-Harris' 1993 book Reclaiming Our Democracy, Healing the Break Between People and Government, was hailed by Jimmy Carter as "a road map for global involvement in planning a better future." It has recently been reissued in a 20thAnniversary Edition by Camino Books. 


October 4-8, 2013 (CSB/SJU Long Weekend) 

Study Tour to New York City, NY

Join us for a tour of New York City. You'll receive an insider's view of Manhattan with guides Matt Lindstrom, CSB/SJU Professor of Political Science, and Bob Bell, CSB/SJU Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance. The tour is sponsored by the McCarthy Center. For more information about McCarthy Center study tours, click here.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Politics & A Pint: The GOP and Conservatism: Stories from the Political Trenches

Where: Brother Willie's Pub When: 5:00 PM

Join Alumna Jona VanDeun CSB '92 for a discussion of all things political. VanDeun is currently the Director of Coalitions for Koch Companies Public Sector LLC, based in Washington, D.C. Free pizza and refreshments! All ages and majors welcome!

Saturday, September 28, 2013 

Homecoming: McCarthy Center's Tent on the Tundra

Where: Tundra (SJU) When: 3:30 PM

If you are attending the 2013 SJU Homecoming football game (St. John's vs. Concordia) make sure to visit the McCarthy Center's hospitality tent after the Johnnies win. You can visit with other CSB/SJU grads, students, staff, and professors and enjoy free food and refreshments. Learn more about the McCarthy Center and enter to win door prizes!

 Friday, September 27, 2013

 McCarthy Center Luncheon with Emile Nakhleh '63

 Where: McCarthy Center- Simons Hall 132 (SJU) When: 12:30-1:30 PM

Join the McCarthy Center for lunch with Emile Nakhleh. Space is limited, and you may come and go as your schedule allows. If you are interested in attending, please contact Stacy Penk via email at [email protected] or at 320-363-3266

 Thursday, September 26, 2013

Politics & A Pint: Middle East and More with Emile Nakhleh '63

Where: Brother Willie's Pub When: 5:00 PM

Nakhleh retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2006, after 15 years of service, where he served several roles. Prior to joining the CIA in 1991, Nakhleh taught for 26 years at Mount St. Mary's University in Maryland, where he was the John L. Morrison Professor of International Studies and a department chair. Nakhleh, a Catholic Arab from Nazareth, Israel, has traveled extensively in the Middle East and the Muslim world. Nakhleh received a bachelor's degree in political science from SJU. He has a master's from Georgetown University and a doctorate from the American University. The McCarthy Center seeks to engage the campus and wider community in debate and discourse regarding public policy and public affairs. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Westminster Town Hall Forum: Mark McKinnon, No Labels Co-Founder

Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, MN When: Noon 

No Labels is a movement of Democrats, Republicans, and everyone in between dedicated to promoting a new politics of problem solving. Their goal is to provide a forum to create solutions to our nation's problems through collaboration rather than alienation. The McCarthy Lecture is providing transportation for this event. If interested in attending, please contact Stacy Penk via email at [email protected] or at 320-363-3266.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: Fixing a Broken System in Washington- Opportunities and Warnings

*Global Awareness Lecture Series*

Where: Quad 264 (SJU) When: 7:30 PM

 John Keller has been the Executive Director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota since 2005. Prior to that, he was a staff attorney from 1998 to 2004. Mr. Keller graduated cum laudefrom Hamline School of Law in 1996 and received his B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Minnesota in 1992. After law school, Mr. Keller served as a Judicial Law Clerk at the Minnesota Court of Appeals (1997-1998). He also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Immigration Clinic from 2004-2006, and as Vice Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Immigration Chapter. Mr. Keller was named Attorney of the Year 2007 by Minnesota Lawyer, and received the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2007 Advocacy Award on behalf of ILCM for work he led in response to immigration raids in 2006.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

7th Annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture: Conscience & Courage in Public Life, featuring Cokie Roberts

Where: Stephen B. Humphrey Theater When: 7:30 PM

Established in January 2006, this annual public lectureship carries McCarthy's deep commitment to the ideals and principles of democratic self-government. It seeks to inspire a new generation of young people to pursue fresh ideas, to challenge the status quo, to effect positive change in their communities and like McCarthy himself, to lead with honesty, integrity and courage.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Politics & A Pint: Syria

Where: Brother Willie's Pub When: 5:00 PM

Where do we go from here? Join Professors Christi Siver and Kelly Kraemer in an open forum about events in Syria and talk about what steps the United States and the world could take moving forward

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Where: HCC Fieldhouse (CSB) When: 5:00-7:00 PM

Come and check out the McCarthy Center's booth at Involvement and learn about some of the fantastic events and opportunities the Center has to offer! While you're there, be sure to check out all of the other campus clubs, organizations, and resources in the CSB/SJU community. Over 1,000 students participate in this annual event. Presented by Student Activities.

Sunday, September 8

McCarthy Center Roadside Clean-up

Where: County Road 9 near Avon   When: 10:30-12:30

Through the Adopt-a-Hwy program, the McCarthy Center has adopted a 3 mile stretch of road on CSAH 9- south of Avon. Meet us in the McCarthy Center; we'll provide snacks, transportation, and lively conversation. This is a great way to give back to the community by restoring the natural serenity of Northern Minnesota.