Events and Programming

The Mark Kennedy Frontiers of Freedom Lecture with Lauren Simmons

Monday,  November 18, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, SJU

The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement invites all to the Mark Kennedy Frontiers of Freedom Lecture on Monday, November 18, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater at Saint John’s University.

This year’s keynote will be given by Lauren Simmons, Vice President of Investment Risk at CTRL USA, a private investment company. Her speech, titled “The Power of Being the Other in the Room,” is free and open to the public.

Simmons graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in genetics and a minor in statistics. In 2017, Simmons made history at 23 years old, becoming the youngest female and the second-ever African American woman to work as a trader at the New York Stock Exchange in 225 years. 

Simmons has been featured in a wide variety of media outlets including ABC, CNBCCNN, and Fox and a film is being made about her life. She has earned numerous honors including being named an Ebony Magazine Power 100 honoree, a Woman of Impact by Politico and a Woman of Distinction by the American Association of University Women.

This event is co-sponsored by Bennies in Business, Black Students Association, Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship, Intercultural LEAD, John and Elizabeth Myers Chair in Management, Joint Events Council, and the Sr. Nancy Hynes Institute for Women’s Leadership.

The 14th Annual Polidazzle Social

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Metropolitan Club and Ballroom
Join CSB/SJU students, alums, faculty and staff for the 14th annual Polidazzle Social at the Metropolitan Ballroom & Clubroom. This popular tradition gives current students a chance to meet and mingle with alums who are active in civic and political life and alums a chance to connect with the next group of talented, ambitious Bennies and Johnnies. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  Please click HERE to register!

A Year-End Look at the Economy 

Wednesday, December 5, 2019
4:30 PM
Rogers Arts Center (Art Building Auditorium 102), SJU.

The McCarthy Center is excited to bring back A Year-End Look at the Economy this December! Joining CSB/SJU Economics Professor, Louis Johnston is Chris Farrell, a senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and economic programs, and MPR Editor-at-Large, Gary Eichten ’69. 

They will be discussing the state of the economy in 2019, including the effects of the trade war with China and other macroeconomic perspectives.

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.

CSB/SJU Day at the Capitol - Legislative Leaders Reception 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
2:30 PM
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.  You will have an opportunity to meet and network with CSB and SJU alums who work at the Capitol, including legislators, government relations leaders, and legislative staff.