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: The International Lecture, The Case for a New Development Paradigm in Africa, will be offered virtually only. You may still come to Life Science 175 at UMD if you wish to view the Zoom webinar there. This lecture will begin at 7:00 pm CDT. The link to rgister and join is

Along with the Brown Bag and International Lecture Series pages, check the Program Summary and Special and Co-sponsored Events pages for many extra programs we have coming up this spring.   

The Alworth Institute requests all patrons wear face coverings.