McCarthy Center in the News


November 6, 2018

Election aftermath: Keep talking, despite differences, experts say

A St. Cloud Times article encourages dialogue with people of differing political viewpoints.  Matt Lindstrom offers guidance on how to effectively navigate those conversations. [Click here for more]

October 15, 2018

St. John's alum and former Obama staffer reflects on White House years 

A Fox 9 interview with Denis McDonough that was conducted in the McCarthy Center, hours before he was due to speak at the 12th Annual Eugene J. McCarthy Center Lecture. In this interview McDonough refects on his proudest moments in office, the most memorable moments, and stresses the importance of civil discourse in modern-day politics. [Click here for more]

October 8, 2018

Former Obama chief of staff to speak in Collegeville

A Saint Cloud Times article announcing that former President Barack Obama's chief of staff and 92' Saint John's University alum, Denis McDonough, will be returning to SJU. He will be the honored guest for the 12th annual Eugene J. McCarthy Center Lecture. [Click here for more]

April 18, 2018

After a lifetime of health issues, Cold Spring man champions health care for all 

A St. Cloud Times article about Austin Boucher, an advocate for Medicare for all (a single-payer health care system) and his McCarthy Center sponsored event, Health Care Summit: A Pannel of Minnesota Experts. [Click here for more]

May 3, 2018

Why voting once every 4 years isn't enough

A Rewire article emphasizing the importance of local elections in American politics. Matt Lindstrom describes the typical perception wherein the president receives disproportionate credit and blame for policy success and failure. [Click here for more]

January 24, 2018

Rep. Emmer sounds off on Trump's 1st year, tariffs, immigration and more

A front-page article in the St. Cloud Times about the Reviewing Washington event with Representative Emmer. [Click here for more] 


September 22, 2017

Former GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush in Minnesota 

A MPR article with a full recording of the 11th annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture on Conscience and Courage in Public Life, held at Saint John's University and sponsored by the McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement. Former Florida governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, was interview on September 21 by retired MPR host, Gary Eichten. [Click here for more]

September 22, 2017

Jeb Bush tells St. Cloud crowd he won't run for office

A U.S. News article discussing Jeb Bush's interview at Saint John's University. [Click here for more]

September 21, 2017

Jeb Bush on political divides: 'Turn off cable TV'

A Saint Cloud Times article summarizing Jeb Bush's 2017 McCarthy Lecture, with an interview conducted by Gary Eichten at Saint John's Abbey. Bush discusses his opinions on President Trump's election and policies, while also touching on his views of America's current political climate. [Click here for more] 

September 21, 2017

Jeb Bush: Trump obsession with 2016 election 'is weird'

A MPR article looking specifically at Jeb Bush's statements regarding President Trump's fixation on his own election in 2016 as well as his view on the judicial appointments Trump has made since coming into office. [Click here for more]


August 8, 2018

Law names post office at Saint John's the Eugene J. McCarthy Post Office

As a part of the McCarthy Centennial Celebration, Barack Obama signed a bill into law which renames the post office at Saint John's University to The Eugene J. McCarthy Post office in honor of the former senator's 100th Birthday. [Click here for more]

March 28, 2016

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Minnesota's gifts and challenges on MPR

Lt. Gov. Smith's interview with the 2016 McCarthy Center Scholar in Residence, Liz Fedor of Twin Cities Business. [Click here for more]

March 21, 2016

Louis Johnston on 'Presidential Campign Economics: Rhetoric vs. Reality' on MPR

McCarthy Center Joseph P. Farry Professor of Economics, Louis Johnston, interviewed on the rhetoric and reality of 2016 presidential candidates economic plans with Liz Fedor, 2016 McCarthy Center Scholar in Residence. [Click here for more]

March 10, 2016

Gov. Dayton visits St. Joseph

An article in the Saint Joseph News Leader about the McCarthy Center and Eichten on Campus's event "Ask the Governor". [Click here for more]

March 8, 2016

Magazine editor Lis Fedor to conduct ninth annual McCarthy Residency

CSB/SJU article about the 2016 McCarthy Center Resident Liz Fedor. [Click here for more]

February 4, 2016

Would partyless elections curb rancor?

In this St. Cloud Times article, Dr. Matt Lindstrom, Edward L Henry professor of Political Science and McCarthy Center director, and Dr. Whitney Court of the CSB/SJU political science department discuss partyless elections. [Click here for more] 


December 11, 2015

Climate event in Paris lights fire at CSB/SJU

An article written in the St. Cloud Times referencing Eugene J. McCarthy Center Director Matt Lindstrom regarding the 14 students who went to Paris for the annual Climate Change Conference. [Click here for more]

October 20, 2015

Former Sen. Dodd to give the McCarthy Lecture at Saint Johns 

An article in the St. Cloud Times referencing the Ninth annual McCarthy Lecture with Former Senator Chris Dodd. [Click here for more]

October 4, 2015

Author, Carlsen to Discuss Economics at St. Johns

An article in the St. Cloud Times about a visit to Saint John's by Hedrick Smith and Former Governor Arne Carlson hosted by the McCarthy Center. [Click here for more]

September 30, 2015

Hedrick Smith to discuss the crisis and decline of middle class America in Oct. 6 speech

A CSB/SJU article about Hedrick Smith's visit and speech on campus. [Click here for more]

June 6, 2015

What if Bernie Sanders pulls a Eugene McCarthy?

A Bloomberg Politics article citing McCarthy Center Director, Dr. Matt Lindstrom, on the political similarities between 2016 Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders and Eugene J. McCarthy's 1968 run for the Whitehouse. [Click here for more]

February 18, 2015

Intelligence Officer to speak at McCarthy Center

An article in the St. Cloud Times about the McCarthy Residency featuring CIA Officer Paul Heer. [Click here for more]


November 7, 2014

John Brandl shows us the way

Professor of Economics, Louis Johnston, was published in MinnPost regarding the solution to gridlock in our political system. Taking inspiration from former St. Ben's St. John's professor John Brandl, that we should embrace competition and community to get past politics. [Click here for more.]

September 21, 2014

The race for congressional district 6

Director of the McCarthy Center and Edward L. Henry professor of Political Science Matt Lindstrom about the way in which the 6th Congressional District has fallen off the radar of most coverage. [Click here for more.]


October 20, 2012

With college's help, students try to make sense of voting

The McCarthy Center's Politics & a Pint "Pre-Election Voting Breakdown" was featured in a Saint Cloud Times news story about how college campuses and organizations are making younger people more aware of important political issues in the time leading up to the 2012 elections.

October 15, 2012

Political Science Professor James Read writes op-ed for Saint Cloud Times on the proposed voter ID Amendment

Students at my university come from many cities and towns in Minnesota and other states. Many will be voting for the first time Nov. 6. They will not all vote the same way. They differ politically like the rest of us. What brings them together is that their college campus has become their new home for four years, the community where they emerge as adults and full participants in our democracy. [Click here for more.]

October 10, 2012

MPR's Kerri Miller to moderte panel at SJU on religion and politics

Minnesota Public Radio host Kerri Miller will be the moderator for the panel program "Religion and Politics in Today's America: An Interfaith Conversation" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater at Saint John's University. [Click here for more.]


November 22, 2011

Eight CSB/SJU students and Professor Lindstrom volunteer at roadside cleanup

Eight students from the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, along with Professor Matt Lindstrom, director of the Eugene J. McCarthy Center, volunteered for the Center's first roadside cleanup. [Click here for more.]

March, 2011 founder spends week at SJU

Like to follow politics through blogs, Facebook and Twitter? Use of these and other social-networking platforms may encourage voters to type first and think later, says a political expert with ties to Central Minnesota on Tuesday. Kathleen Hall Jamieson directs the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and helped found, a pioneering website that scrutinizes statements made by politicians in ads and debates. [Click here for more.]

February 8, 2011

Parker Rosen, LLC Announces Mark Kennedy as Senior Strategic Adviser

Minneapolis-based law firm Parker Rosen, LLC, announced today the addition of Mark Kennedy as a Senior Strategic Adviser. Kennedy brings a broad background in business, public service and global initiatives to his role at Parker Rosen, a firm well known for its involvement in Minnesota politics, civic activities and public affairs. [Click here for more.]

January 27, 2011

DeLand column: Is there ecocomic logic to a stadium? 

When Joe Friedrich looks at the issue from a professional standpoint, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. What would be the financial benefit to Minnesota taxpayers of paying for the majority of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings? The economist in Friedrich will tell you there really is none. [Click here for more.]


November 12, 2010

Dr. Matt Lindstrom, Director of the Eugene J. McCarthy Center at Saint John's University quoted in the Star Tribune

It was just a six-player card game at the Whistle Stop Tavern and Grill. But even the longtime friends playing a boisterous game of euchre over morning coffee were split. Dairy farm worker Julie Schmaltz voted for Mark Dayton for governor. Nancy Walker, a nurse sitting across the table, picked Republican Tom Emmer, while Angie Skluzacek, a retired bartender, opted for Independence Party candidate Tom Horner. [Click here for more.]

October 26, 2010

To a higher degree: Respect in politics central to SJU

St. John's was founded by five Benedictine monks who had traveled to Central Minnesota when it was still a territory in 1857. Though more than 150 years have passed since its founding, we continue to be guided by the principles and values that have been part of the Benedictine tradition.

October 22, 2010

President Obama Announces Denis McDonough as Deputy National Security Advisor 

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Denis McDonough as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor. President Obama said, "For years, I have counted on Denis McDonough's expertise and counsel on national security issues." [Click here for more.]

September 15, 2010

Jim Read wins Best Paper Award from the American Political Science Association 

Jim Read, professor of political science and the Joseph P. Farry professor of public policy at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, recently received the 2010 Wilson Carey McWilliams Best Paper Award by the Politics, Literature, and Film section of APSA. Read's paper was titled, "The Limits of Self-Reliance: Emerson, Slavery, and Abolition." [Click here for more.]

September 2. 2010

Klobuchar recalls McCarthy during talk at SJU

Sen. Amy Klobuchar paid tribute to a political icon of Minnesota's past by referencing current political figure from Alaska. Klobuchar, DFL-Minn., spoke Monday night at the Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture at Saint John's University. McCarthy's independence and willingness to buck his party sets him apart from most of today's politicians, Klobuchar told an audience of students, faculty and university boosters.

July 9, 2010

Denis McDonough '92- The Adviser at the Heart of National Security

Denis McDonough is the National Security Council's chief of staff and one of President Obama's closest advisers. Mr. McDonough is reportedly so close to the president that colleagues - even his superiors - often do not make a major move without first checking with him. [Click here for more.]

April 20, 2010

James Read, Professor of Political Science, delivered the Alpheus T. Manson Address at Princeton University

James Read, Professor of Political Science and Joseph P. Farry Professor of Public Policy, delivered the Alpheus T. Mason Address to the James Madison Program at Princeton University on March 23. The title of the talk was "The Only True Sovereign of a Free People? The Problem of Majority Rule in Madison, Calhoun, and Lincoln." [Click here for more.]

March 30, 2010

It takes more than politicians to make good policy

Most Minnesotans don't leave to live elsewhere. For the most part we stay because we like it here. So how do we make Minnesota even better as our relatively small world grows smaller and more competitive? How do we keep our most talented people at home, attract others with valuable skills, and move Minnesota forward? The answer lies in using our most abundant and valuable resource - human capital - differently. [Click here for more.]

February 15, 2010

Visitors from Minnesota get surprise visit from Obama

The presidents of two Minnesota private colleges got an unexpected surprise Wednesday when they were ushered into the Oval Office to meet President Obama. [Click here for more.]