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    Events and Partnerships

    Hamline University frequently hosts events that are open to the public. They can be found on the Hamline University Facebook page and via the events calendar. Hamline also hosts several long-standing community partnerships that community members can attend.

    Yearly Public Events

    Commitment to Community
    Commitment to Community (C2C) is a university-wide diversity initiative led by a committee of students, faculty, and staff. C2C is committed to create and support individual/institutional change for equity and justice in the many ways we relate, learn, and live in our various communities inside and outside of Hamline University. There are several C2C events each year, culminating in an annual keynote speaker in late September (free and open to the community). 

    Hanna Lecture in Philosophy
    The Paul Robert and Jean Shuman Hanna Lectureship in Philosophy was created in 1982 to bring a distinguished teacher and scholar in philosophy of national or international reputation to Hamline University. These lectures are annual, free, and open to the public.  Learn more about the Hanna Lecture in Philosophy.

    Kay Malmstrom Lecture in Physics
    Each year in May high school students from Minnesota and surrounding states are invited to the lecture with the hope of stimulating their interest in the study of physics. The lecture is free and open to the public.  Learn more about the Kay Malmstrom Lecture.

    Mitsch Lecture in Chemistry
     Established in 1998 by the 3M Foundation in recognition and appreciation of Dr. Mitsch, this annual lecture in the field of chemistry is free and open to the public. Learn more about the Mitsch Lecture in Chemistry.

    Mahle Lecture in Progressive Christian Thought
     This annual lecture features topics presented by leaders in progressive Christian ideology.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  Learn more about the Mahle Lecture.

    Find More Events
    New public events are happening all the time.  Please check out the News and Announcements page to find more.

    Community Partnerships

    Catalyst Alternative Spring Break Trips
    Catalyst uses direct service to investigate questions of social justice and community. These trips are designed to provide students with an opportunity to participate in community service projects over spring break. Each trip is led by student leaders and supported by staff resource persons. Learn more.

    Community Service Advising
    We offer support for students and/or student organizations who seek to engage in community service. Learn more about how we can support local nonprofits and service organizations on our Volunteer Resources page.

    Hamline to Hamline Collaboration
    The Hamline to Hamline Collaboration is an over 125 year relationship between Hamline Elementary and Hamline University. University students can volunteer through a variety of opportunities. For example, the Hand in Hand volunteer program pairs Hamline University students with Hamline Elementary students to provide mentorship at the elementary school. Learn more about the Hamline to Hamline Collaboration.

    Hamline Votes
    Hamline prides itself on being civically engaged.  The Hamline Votes program helps students get prepared for the election by educating them about candidates, teaching them how to register, and locating their polling place. Learn more about Hamline Votes.

    McVay Youth Partnership
    An after-school program in which Hamline students serve as mentors and role models working with urban middle and high school youth three afternoons per week in partnership with area churches and community centers. Fellows and Interns provide homework help, lead theme-based programming, recreation, cooking, music, and crafts. Learn more about the McVay Youth Partnership.