The Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture

"I am hopeful that this challenge may alleviate this sense of political helplessness and restore to many people a belief in the processes of American politics and of American government."
-Eugene J. McCarthy

The annual public lectureship carries McCarthy's deep commitment to the ideals and principles of democratic self-government. It seeks to inspire a new generation of young people to pursue fresh ideas, to challenge the status quo, to effect positive change in their communities and, like McCarthy himself, to lead with honesty, integrity, and courage.


14th annual Eugene McCarthy Lecture on Friday, September 25 with Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson

14th annual Eugene McCarthy Lecture on Friday, September 25 with Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson

We  invite you to participate in the 14th annual Eugene McCarthy Lecture on Friday, September 25 with Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, distinguished award-winning communications professor from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jamieson’s trail-blazing scholarship and public leadership demonstrate a deep commitment to democratic justice, particularly fair elections and fact-based information. On the first CSB/SJU Community Engagement Day—September 25-- we invite you to watch her talk online and get a free copy of her new book from either the CSB or SJU bookstore, available now.

Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania and director of the university’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. She will speak on “Russian hackers, trolls and #DemocracyRIP.” Her lecture at 2pm on September 25 will synthesize what is known about the impact of the Russian interventions in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, outline the contours of the #DemocracyRIP, Russian plans to undercut the presidency of Hillary Clinton if she had been elected and ask what’s next and what can we do about it.

Jamieson’s talk will be presented via the McCarthy Center’s YouTube and Facebook pages.

Jamieson’s lecture follows up on her book, Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President, which won the Association of American Publishers’ 2019 R.R. Hawkins Award and was published in a revised paperback edition by Oxford University Press in June 2020. Complimentary books are currently available for everyone via the CSB and SJU Bookstores and can be mailed to faculty and students working remotely off-campus.

In April, Jamieson received the Public Welfare Medal, the top award from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). NAS President Marcia McNutt said Jamieson’s “approach to science communication and her political analysis have proven to be invaluable national resources … The integrity of science relies on a respect for facts. The integrity of facts [relies] in no small measure, on Kathleen Hall Jamieson.”

Jamieson is a 1964 graduate of St. Benedict's High School in St. Joseph, Minnesota and received a bachelor's degree from Marquette University and a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.

Past lecturers have include civil rights icon Julian Bond (2008); Sens. Amy Klobuchar (2010), Dave Durenberger ’55 (2014) Chuck Hagel (2009) and Christopher Dodd (2015); White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough ’92 (2018); best-selling author and former president of Spelman College Beverly Daniel Tatum (2016); former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (2017); and journalists E.J. Dionne (2007), Cokie Roberts (2013), Tom Brokaw (2012) and Mark Shields (2011). In early 2020, Juan Manuel Santos, former president of Colombia from 2010-18 and winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, delivered the 13th annual McCarthy Lecture.

Special thanks to the SJU Chair in Critical Thinking for co-sponsorship.   Don’t forget to get your free copy of Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President via the CSB/SJU Bookstore. Thanks to Anna Jonas at bookstore for facilitating the book distribution.