Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy

The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement, located at College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in Central Minnesota, is a non-partisan learning and outreach center aimed at fostering enhanced civic engagement and dialog about public policy. The Center sponsors the annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture, along with a variety of other programs aimed at CSB/SJU students, alumnae/i, faculty & staff, and the broader community.


The McCarthy Center was founded in 2005.


Mission Statement

To cultivate the habit of promoting the common good through an integrative environment for learning. To promote the value of politics; our shared identity as citizens; our engagement in public work.


Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture

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.

Past Lecturers

2007: E.J. Dionne2008: Julian Bond

Washington D.C. Summer Study

The Washington Summer Study Program sends a group of students to Washington, D.C. every summer to serve as an intern in a government, political, or non-profit office while earning academic credit.


Funding for the McCarthy Center was originally provided through a grant from the Bush Foundation to sponsor "learning centers" at CSB/SJU. During the recent capital campaigns, a permanent endowment has been created through the support of the Whalen Foundation and other contributors to CSB/SJU.

External links

* [ Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy]
* [ College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University]



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