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First Friday

For more than 30 years, St. Thomas alumni and friends have been drawn to the First Friday Speaker Series luncheons to network and hear first-hand from the community’s most interesting “thought leaders.” Their often candid and always relevant messages offer a unique perspective on the common good, and divulge what’s next for Minnesota and beyond.

Fall 2021 Update

The 2021-22 First Friday Speaker Series promises to again provide insights from thought-leaders about topics that pertain to the professional and community life of alumni and our local, regional and national partners.  Join us!


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2021-22 Speakers

In-person or virtual, from the podium or as a fireside chat, these featured speakers will provide valueable insights across many disciplines.
Environmental photos of Mayor Melvin Carter and Dr. Yohuru Williams

November 19

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and Dr. Yohuru Williams, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas will discuss racial equity, educational disparities and where we go from here.

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December 3

Father Christopher Collins SJ, '93 Vice President of Mission at the University of St. Thomas will welcome you back to this annual holiday highlight.  Join other alumni and friends in person for a festive celebration of Christmas in downtown St. Paul.

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Watch From Home

Couldn't make it to a First Friday? Watch previous speakers on our YouTube channel. Recordings of the 2020-21 season can also be found above.