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.

All events in the 2020-2021 academic year will be virtual. Check information provided for each presentation on this site's additional pages.

Featured events examine the impact and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe.

The final lecture concerning the pandemic is the Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial lecture to be held on Wednesday, April 7 at 7:00 pm (CDT). Dr. Rebecca Katz, Professor and Director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Cente. and senior advisor on global health security to the Biden administration at the US State Department, will speak on Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Governance. For more information go to the Memorial Lecture page.