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.


15th Annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture

with U.S. Senator Tina Smith

Tina Smith serves as United States Senator for Minnesota. Smith also serves on four Senate committees: Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and Indian Affairs. This year, she was named chair of two Senate subcommittees. When speaking on Eugene J. McCarthy, Smith stated, "I am honored to have the opportunity to deliver the 2021 Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture, and to share this celebration of his life and legacy". Smith will discuss her path to the Senate and her work when she presents the 2021 Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 14th at the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, Saint John's University. 

The lecture, sponsored by the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement, is free and open to the public. Following her presentation, Smith will take questions from the audience.

For the 2021-22 academic year, audiences will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID test result taken within 72 hours of the performance.

Click here for the link to our livestream.