Alworth Institute for International Studies

The Alworth Institute was established in 1987 by the Alworth family to  commemorate the life and interests of Royal D. Alworth,  Jr. The Institute aims to  engage students, staff and  the wider public in open  discussion, for educational,  social and democratic  purposes, of a wide range of  international issues and of  their domestic implications.

The objectives of the Alworth Institute are to:

  • promote knowledge and understanding of both topical, and enduring, international and global issues among students, staff and the community served by UMD;
  • provide accessible seminars, public lectures and conferences on international issues in ways likely to promote international understanding, enhance democratic discussion, negotiation and reconciliation;
  • articulate international issues and any domestic implications in ways that help further discussion nationally and locally;
  • act as a shared community resource, on issues relating to international studies, with the wider community served by UMD.

Please note that the lecture on India being held on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 will begin at 8:00 pm (CDT) and not 7:00 pm. 

2021-2022 Alworth Institute programs will begin in October of 2021. There will be a mix of in-person and virtual events dependent on COVID-19 protocols. At this point, all visitors to campus must be masked at all times  as are students, faculty and staff. Check information provided for each presentation on this site's additional pages.

The UMD Alworth Institute for International Studies and the Alworth Center for Peace and Justice at the College of St. Scholastica are collaborating to offer eight lectures on The World Beyond our Borders. Speakers will provide their insights into the internal issues and global interactions of countries and regions across the globe. For more information visit our International Lectures Series page.