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 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.
The 2023-2024 Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture, Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,  is scheduled for Monday, April 15, 2024. This will will be a virtual event featuring Paul Scharre, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security, and author of Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Go to the "Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture" page on this website for more information. 
You can now watch recordings of many of the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 Alworth Institute presentations by clicking on the "News and Items of Interest" page on this website.