The A. W. Clausen Center for World Business is both a first-class learning facility for Carthage students and an active program of speakers, research, analysis, and publications. The center unites the study of business, economics, and political science in an international framework.

In an era when the world grows ever more interdependent, the Clausen Center at Carthage offers a 21st century education to students, and reaches out to the larger community.

The center is named for Alden W. “Tom” Clausen, a Carthage graduate and Trustee who led both the Bank of America and the World Bank.

The center is committed to community service and reinforcing the strong presence of Carthage in Kenosha and Racine, Southern Wisconsin, and Northern Illinois. Outreach to secondary and primary schools is of particular interest. Intensive work with secondary schools strongly interested in international education is a priority. To date, Carthage ENACTUS has spearheaded this outreach.

The center regularly brings accomplished visitors to Carthage. Past speakers include:

  • Wendy Duboe, President of United Way
  • Bruce DuMont, Chicago radio/television host and founder of the Museum of Broadcast Communications
  • David and Julie Eisenhower, authors
  • James Gelber, U.S. Dept. of Justice
  • Richard Halloran and Fumiko Mori Halloran, Award-winning writers and policy experts
  • Col. Paul Herbert, 1st Division Museum
  • Sergei Khruschchev, scientist
  • Duane Kullberg, former Chairman & CEO of Arthur Andersen
  • Eileen Mackevich, President of the Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum
  • Herman Mashaba, entrepreneur and founder, Black Like Me
  • Barry Rabe, professor, University of Michigan
  • Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst
  • Gillian Sorensen, UN Foundation
  • Cordelia Taylor, The Family House in Milwaukee

Students have also had the opportunity to meet with retired executives from Mobil Oil and Snap-on Incorporated, and members of the Wisconsin legislature.