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Matt Lindstrom
Director, McCarthy Center
Edward L. Henry
Professor of Political Science
SJU Simons 142
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
Collegeville, MN 56321
320-363-3364
[email protected]

Christi Siver
Joseph P. Farry Professor of Political Science
SJU Simons 152
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University

Collegeville, MN 56321
320-363-2250
[email protected]

Victoria M. Evens
Civic Fellow
SJU Simons 136
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
Collegeville, MN 56321
320-363-3266
[email protected]

McCarthy Center Student Coordinators

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.


15th Annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture

with U.S. Senator Tina Smith

Tina Smith serves as United States Senator for Minnesota. Smith also serves on four Senate committees: Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and Indian Affairs. This year, she was named chair of two Senate subcommittees. When speaking on Eugene J. McCarthy, Smith stated, “I am honored to have the opportunity to deliver the 2021 Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture, and to share this celebration of his life and legacy”. Smith will discuss her path to the Senate and her work when she presents the 2021 Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, 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. Following her presentation, Smith will take questions from the audience.


New and Noteworthy:

Hands of Earth Mural

This summer, the McCarthy Center was able to commission an original mural to reflect the goals and values of the MCC. Civic Fellow, Victoria M. Evens created a concept involving hands as a symbol of diversity in community work towards the common good of all people. They collaborated with local artist, Jennifer Evens to bring the concept to life.

J. Evens is a promoter of public art. Her bright and welcoming murals can be found in various locations in MN, including St. Boniface pre-school. Her art spans many mediums including photography, mosaics, and jewelry. She is an artist for Create a Legacy in Stone, where she creates custom memorial designs.

Spring 2021 issue of McCarthy Magazine is available now!


The McCarthy Center wants to fund your ideas for an independent research project, travel and/or attendance to a conference or event, and much more! To find more information about student funding, click HERE!


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Contact Us

Matt Lindstrom
Director, McCarthy Center
Edward L. Henry
Professor of Political Science
SJU Simons 142
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
Collegeville, MN 56321
320-363-3364
[email protected]

Christi Siver
Joseph P. Farry Professor of Political Science
SJU Simons 152
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University

Collegeville, MN 56321
320-363-2250
[email protected]

Victoria M. Evens
Civic Fellow
SJU Simons 136
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
Collegeville, MN 56321
320-363-3266
[email protected]

McCarthy Center Student Coordinators