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McCarthy Center, Saint John’s President’s Office


Monday’s lecture was Brinkley’s first in advance of his new work. The event was sponsored through a collaboration between the SJU President’s Office and the Eugene McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement.

“My book will be out in November, but I did want to kind of test run some ideas,” said Brinkley, a best-selling author, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and professor of history at Rice University, a CNN presidential historian and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.

“This seemed to be a perfect place. I’ve read about Saint John’s and Saint Ben’s so often – whether it’s from studying issues of Indigenous people to studying (SJU alum and former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate) Eugene McCarthy. I haven’t been here before. But I did my doctorate at Georgetown, so I’ve known a lot of people who have gone here over the years. This seemed like a great opportunity to visit, though I wish I could have come when there was a football game on.”

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