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

Our Mission

To cultivate the habit of promoting the common good through an integrative environment for learning.

To promote the value of politics; our shared identity as citizens; our engagement in public work.

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The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement was founded in 2006 as a learning community and resource hub for students, faculty, staff, and alums interested in engaging issues and practices of public policy. The McCarthy Center facilitates opportunities for collaborative scholarship, creative, and integrated learning through programming and activities on and off-campus and in collaboration with various other departments and organizations. The McCarthy Center also offers resources for internships, networking, and career mentoring experiences in the areas of public policy and public affairs. The staff and student participants of the McCarthy Center work to create venues for constructive, responsible, and interesting civic debate and engagement in community affairs.

The 17th Annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture 
November 20, 2023

President Brian J. Bruess meets with Hon. Philip Davis KC, MP the Bahamian Prime Minister
CSB and SJU President, Brian J. Bruess with Hon. Philip Davis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas during a visit in Spring 2023.

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The Hon. Philip Davis KC, MP the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, will present the 2023 Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater at Saint John’s University.

The lecture, sponsored by the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement, is free and open to the public. Prime Minister Davis will address the unique relationship between CSB and SJU as well as climate change, economics and other challenges and opportunities related to The Bahamas.

Since May 2017, Davis has been leader of the Progressive Liberal Party in The Bahamas. In September 2021, he was elected the country’s fifth Prime Minister. He also serves as Minister of Finance.

Davis is a Member of Parliament for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador. Professionally, he is known both locally and internationally as an acclaimed corporate and human rights lawyer, a highly distinguished legal educator and a passionate sports fan and sponsor.

The annual McCarthy Lecture carries forward former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Eugene 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, lead with honesty, integrity and courage.

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