St. Germain Memorial Lecture

St. Germain Memorial Lecture

Through the annual St. Germain lecture series, the political science department honors and remembers Professor James St. Germain with great fondness and appreciation for his many contributions to Merrimack College and its students.

About Professor St. Germain

Professor James J. St. Germain taught at Merrimack College from 1951 to 1981 in the history, political science and social science departments. He served as chair of History and later, after its establishment as an independent department, the first chair of Political Science in 1965.

A native of Connecticut, he made Massachusetts his home when he moved here to teach at Merrimack. A graduate of Providence College, he received his master’s degree from the University of Connecticut. Upon his retirement from Merrimack in 1981, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Social Science by the college.

Professor St. Germain not only taught American politics and government, he inspired his students to acquire experience in the field through internships, with one the first being in the Washington, D.C. office of Senator John F. Kennedy in 1957. He encouraged all his students to be actively involved, informed and aware citizens and helped many students go on to graduate or law school and to careers in government and public service. He and his wife, Frances, opened their home to students and hosted many events there, including lively discussions and debates.

A world traveler himself, he urged students to travel, work and study in other countries. He coordinated programs for Merrimack’s International Relations Club in the 1950s and was an early proponent of the Peace Corps and other programs which provided an opportunity for community service and experience of other societies and cultures.  He participated in the American Political Science Association’s 1963 World Tour Seminar to Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, and worked with seminar colleagues to implement graduate school opportunities for his students.

Professor St. Germain was a dedicated golfer and early advocate of the Merrimack College President’s Cup golf tournament.  He was also an ardent fan of Merrimack’s team sports, especially ice hockey.

Professor James J. St. Germain and his wife Frances Steffy St. Germain
Professor James J. St. Germain and his wife Frances Steffy St. Germain

Past Speakers

Dan Rivera (2019)
Mayor of Lawrence, Massachusetts

Robert G. Bell (2018)
Former Senior Civilian Representative of the Secretary of Defense in Europe and former Defense Advisor to the US Ambassador to NATO

Dr. Diane Rigos (2017)
Executive Director of the Tata Center for Technology and Design, MIT

Seth Moulton (2016)
Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives

Marguerite Kane (2015)
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science.

Sean Casey (2014)
Government Consultant and former student of James St. Germain, Class of ’79, and a Harry S. Truman Scholar

Jonathan W. Blodgett (2013)
District Attorney of Essex

Hon. Timothy F. Sullivan (2012)
Associate Justice, Housing Court

Niki Tsongas (2011)
Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives

Barbara L’Italien (2010)
Massachusetts State Senator and Class of ’84

Additional Past Speakers

Lisa Moody (Class of ’81)
Chief of Staff, Governor of Connecticut

Ranch C. Kimball
President & CEO of Joslin Diabetes Center, Advisor

Dr. Eugene DeClercq
Associate Dean for School of Public Health at Boston University

Timothy R. Murphy
Secretary of Health & Human Services under Governor Mitt Romney

Courtney Sullivan (Class of ’98)
Acting Budget Director, Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee

James Borghesani
Press Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift

Daniel A. Grabauskas
Secretary of Transportation for Massachusetts

Terry McAuliffe
Chair, Democratic National Committee