Events and Programming

Celebrate National Voter Registration Day with the McCarthy Center

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Look for information tables and classroom visits for National Voter Registration Day. The Eugene J. McCarthy Center is a 2019 partner of National Voter Registration Day, a celebration of civic engagement!

POLITICS & A PINT: Scapegoating and Stigmatization

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Brother Willie’s Pub, SJU

Mass shooting events have become seemingly commonplace in today’s America. In the immediacy of such events, politicians and members of the media alike often rush to associate mental illness with the event itself. While there indeed are examples of mental illness causing gun violence, these associations are much more complicated than popular and political rhetoric make it seem. In POLITICS & A PINT: Scapegoating and Stigmatization, this complicated relationship and the consequences of the continuing use of mental illness as a political middle-ground will be explored.

FEATURING: Michael Ewing, Ph.D., L.P., Director of CSB/SJU Health Promotion; Amanda Jantzer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology; Shane Miller, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communications.

All ages and majors welcome - Free pizza and pop provided!

Toxic Swaggers and the Case for Ecological Masculinities: An Evening About Men, Masculinities, and Earth with Dr. Paul M. Pulé

Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Quad 170, SJU  

Dr. Pulé will discuss his research into masculinities that support social justice and a healthy planet, in other words, ecological masculinities. Drawing from critical studies on men and masculinities, deep ecology, ecological feminism, and care theory, Dr. Pulé will argue that today’s forms of violence (embodied by Global Northern dominance, white supremacy, ethnocentrism, right-wing populism, climate change denial, homo/queer/trans-phobia, and misogyny) are common expressions of masculine socialisations that are hurting people and planet.

Dr Pulé is both an activist and scholar, having more than 20 years of experience mentoring boys and men towards broader, deeper and wider caring masculinities while teaching on the subject at senior university levels as well. These days, he works primarily with co-gendered groups both on and off-campus in support of the caring masculinities in us all. He is currently post-doctoral research fellow at Science, Technology and Society at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and is co-author of a groundbreaking university textbook titled: Ecological Masculinities: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Guidance

Co-sponsored by: the Mellon Grant, Gender Studies, Environmental Studies, the Global Awareness Lecture Series, and the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement.

School Improvement in Rural South Africa: Possibilities and Constraints

Monday, October 7, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

the Eugene J. McCarthy Center and the Center for Global Education welcome Craig Paxton, Co-Founder of Axium Education and Mike Gathercole, Owner of 2 Way Travel in Cape Town, South Africa for an in-depth look at the possibilities and constraints in improving schools in rural South Africa. Craig and Mike are both involved with an innovative non-profit organization in rural South Africa and are in the United States on a national information and fundraising tour.

For over 20 years, students from CSB/SJU have traveled to South Africa as part of our study abroad program and nursing department. In these experiences, students see all sorts of the inequities in education, health and other areas. They also witness innovation and effective measures to address these inequities. Our guests, Craig Paxton and Mike Gathercole are at the forefront of improving educational opportunities in South Africa. Please join us at this event to learn more.

Axium Education is a non-profit based in Zithulele in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and works to support schools located in rural South Africa; working with educators, students, and local community members, the organization utilizes teaching mathematics, science, and languages as key levers for success.

"What compels us is not just that there is a tremendous injustice and challenge, but that there is immense potential in every rural student, teacher and community member simply waiting to be unlocked." -Craig and Michelle Paxton (Co-Founders of Axium Education)

Paxon has studied and worked in education for the past couple decades. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town and a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University. Gathercole also graduated from the University of Cape Town and has worked with Craig for over a decade.

The McCarthy Center Attends: 2019 Civic Celebration

Thursday, October 10, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
The Aria, Minneapolis (Off-Campus)
The Citizens League will honor two leaders who promote civic action, seek collaboration between diverse communities, and continue to dedicate their lives to the common good in Minnesota: former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, and former U.S. Senator David Durenberger.

Community Transformation After the Police Killing of Philando Castille

Thursday, October 17, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Quad 264, SJU

Roadside Cleanup

Saturday, October 13, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
McCarthy Center (Simons 136), SJU  
The McCarthy Center is involved in Minnesota's 'Adopt-A-Highway' program and is responsible for cleaning up the roadside along CSAH 50 from Jennifer Drive to CSAH 51. Meeting at the McCarthy Center, students, faculty, and staff will pick up trash along this stretch of highway. Brunch will be provided by the Center following the cleanup.

TED Talk Tuesday 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
McCarthy Center (Simons 136), SJU

All are welcome to have lunch while discussing mindfulness throughout the academic year with Director Kevin Clancy, Director of the Center for Global Education. 

Medical Monday Lunch

Monday, October 21, 2019
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
McCarthy Center (Simons 136), SJU
In the spirit of our monthly tradition of TED Talk Tuesdays, the Eugene J. McCarthy Center presents a bi-annual Medical Monday Lunch. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to have lunch as they watch a brief video presentation on a medical policy related topic followed by a group discussion.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Brother Willie’s Pub, SJU

TED Talk Tuesday

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
McCarthy Center (Simons 136), SJU

Lunch and Learn with John Chromy ‘64

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
McCarthy Center (Simons 136), SJU

Removing a President with Dr. Ken Jones

Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

In our entire history, Congress has taken serious steps toward removing only four presidents, including three in the late 20th century (Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton).  In each case, they applied a section of the Constitution that is relatively ambiguous on what justifies such a drastic action.  If we examine the context, causes, and results of each case in detail, what can we learn about how this power to remove a president actually functions?  Perhaps this understanding can illuminate the current debate over trying to remove our current President.

Dr. Ken Jones is a Professor of History at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. His research includes the U.S. response to the polio vaccines and issues of scarcity and equity. Jones is also the author of The Loaf that Became a Legend: A History of Saint John's Bread.

Dr. Ken Jones 


Thursday, November 14, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Brother Willie’s Pub, SJU

The 14th Annual Polidazzle Social

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Metropolitan Club and Ballroom (Off-Campus)
This annual event offers students, alums, and friends of CSB/SJU and the McCarthy Center an opportunity to reconnect and meet with students interested in public policy and civic engagement.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Brother Willie’s Pub, SJU

Study Day Open House

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
McCarthy Center (Simons 136), SJU
Need a break during study day? Come visit the McCarthy Center for treats and an all-day marathon of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth series.