Conversations for the Common Good

Conversations for the Common Good is the McCarthy Center’s signature speaker series featuring local, state and nationally recognized figures in current regional, U.S. and global affairs. Speakers are leading voices in today’s vibrant discussions on politics, power, and the electoral horizon.

In its inaugural year, the Conversations series was co-presented with POLITICO and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters along with the Democratic Party of San Francisco and the Republican Party of San Francisco. While students, faculty, and staff of the University of San Francisco are invited to attend Conversations, the intended audience extends beyond campus to include the broader Northern California audience.

Past Speakers

Vallie Brown and Dean Preston talking on the panel

Vallie Brown and Dean Preston

Incumbent Supervisor Vallie Brown and housing advocate and challenger Dean Preston shared their views on the critical issues facing San Francisco’s District 5 — in conversation with Sociology Professor James Taylor, political analyst and commentator.

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District 1 Forum

San Francisco’s District 1 candidates gathered on campus to exchange answers on district and city-wide challenges prior to the mid-term and city’s Board of Supervisors elections. Co-presented with the League of Women Voters of San Francisco.

Conversation with David Goodman and USFVotes was generously supported by funders and partners:

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