Events and Programming

Reclaim Your Voice!

Thursday, February 20, 2020
7:00 PM
Gorecki 204 (CSB)
Do you feel as if you aren’t being represented politically? Do you feel as if your vote doesn’t matter? Do you feel unengaged or frustrated in the current political climate?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this event is for you! Please join CSB/SJU Votes on Thursday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m. in Gorecki 204 for a conversation on the importance of ALL forms of political engagement.
The CSB/SJU Votes is thrilled to welcome panelists John Thompson, Fight for Justice Enterprises, LLC; Rep Lisa Demuth (R) District 13A; and Rep. Dan Wolgamott ‘13 (DFL) District 14 with moderator Laurel Poole ’21.
Everyone is encouraged to bring any thoughts, questions, or concerns you might have about being a politically engaged citizen and community member. All majors are welcome!

POLITICS & A PINT   Iran and the West:Conflict and Compromise

Monday, February 24, 2020
6:30 PM
Brother Willie's Pub (SJU)

What is the source of antagonism between the United States and Iran? How should we make sense of the political crisis, and how do members of Iranian society view the situation? How can the study of antiquity help us to understand the problem and imagine possible solutions?

Panelists include CSB/SJU Political Science professor, Dr. Christi Siver; CSB/SJU Classics professor, Dr. Jason Schlude; Macalester College Classics professor, Dr. Andy Overman; Peace Studies professor, Dr. Jon Armajani; and CSB/SJU Theology professor, Dr. Noreen Herzfeld.

Free pizza and refreshments provided!

Hope in the Struggle- Book Club Meeting Number 1

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
4:30 PM
Alcuin
In this meeting, we will process and discuss the first part of Josie Johnson's award-winning book, Hope in the Struggle, which chronicles her journey to promote civil rights and social justice in Minnesota and beyond. Join us for an engaging discussion on Johnson's story and the lessons we can learn from her leadership.

CSB/SJU Day at the Capitol - Legislative Leaders Reception 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
2:30PM
Minnesota State Capitol Building
75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard., St Paul, MN 55155

The Eugene J. McCarthy Center is hosting a CSB/SJU Alumnae/i Reception in the Capitol following the CSB/SJU Day at the Capitol.  Students will have the opportunity to meet and network with CSB and SJU alums who work at the Capitol, including legislators, government relations leaders, and legislative staff. 

The 12th annual McCarthy Center Residency with Dr. Josie Johnson

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - Thursday, March 12, 2020
CSB/SJU

Born in 1930 in San Antonio, Texas, Josie R. Johnson became one of the most well-known civil rights activists in Minnesota, detailing seven remarkable decades of fighting for fairness in voting, housing, education, and employment. Her memoir offers a close-up picture of the struggle that has entailed, whether working as a community organizer, or lobbying for fair housing and employment laws, co-chairing the Minnesota delegation to the March on Washington, becoming the first African American to serve on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents or creating the university’s Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs with a focus on minority affairs and diversity. The University of Minnesota recognized Dr. Johnson’s service to the institution by dedicating a newly renovated meeting space at the Humphrey school, the “Dr. Josie Robinson Johnson Community Room for Social Justice” and by establishing a fellowship fund in her honor for students who pursue studies to remedy racial inequity and injustice.

“Dr. Josie Johnson, my admired colleague Josie, helped teach a generation of us at the University of Minnesota that the struggle for human and civil rights is worth it and that it can—and will—be won. Yes, she always taught us that there is ‘hope in the struggle’!" —Nils Hasselmo, former president, University of Minnesota

Hope in the Struggle: A Conversation with Josie Johnson

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 
7:00 PM
Quad 170 (SJU)

Dr. Ken Jones, History, will interview Dr. Johnson about her life’s work in advocating for civil rights and her hope for future leaders. Dr. Josie Johnson’s recently released memoir chronicles her struggle for the advancement of civil rights in America—and, specifically, in Minnesota, and offers keen insight into the life of a truly inspiring leader. Her memoir offers a close-up picture of the struggle that has entailed working as a community organizer, lobbying for fair housing and employment laws, co-chairing the Minnesota delegation to the March on Washington, becoming the first African American to serve on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents.

POLITICS & A PINT   South American Political Unrest

Thursday, March 19, 2020
7:00 PM
Brother Willie's Pub (SJU)

In the Fall of 2019, widespread political protests and unrest gripped the country of Chile and beyond. What are the root causes of the political unrest we see today, how have governments responded to the demands of the people, and what are the implications of this unrest in a global context?

Panelists include CSB/SJU Political Science professor, Dr. Pedro dos Santos; CSB/SJU Hispanic Studies professor, Dr. Corey Shouse; CSB/SJU Political Science Professor, Colin Hannigan; and CSB/SJU Pyschology professor, Dr. Michael Livingston

Free pizza and refreshments provided!

TED Talk Tuesday-A tale of two political systems

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
12:30-1:30 PM
McCarthy Center- Simons 136 (SJU)

It's a standard assumption in the West: As a society progresses, it eventually becomes a capitalist, multi-party democracy. Right? Eric X. Li, a Chinese investor and political scientist, begs to differ. In this provocative, boundary-pushing talk, he asks his audience to consider that there's more than one way to run a succesful modern nation.

Join us for a discussion with John Hasselberg, Professor of Global Business Leadership.

Lunch will be provided!

POLITICS & A PINT Rural Arts Advocacy

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
7:00-8:00 PM
McCarthy Center- Simons 136 (SJU)

Join us for a conversation regarding political advocacy for arts funding in rural areas.

Tanya Girtz, Executive Director of the Fine Arts Programming, Leslie Lecuyer, Executive Director of the Central MN Arts Board, and Terrance Simien, Grammy Award-Winning musician will be leading the discussion.

Free pizza and refreshments provided!