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.

2022 marks the 35th anniversary of the Alworth Institute. The Institute will continue to provide a variety of programs to encourage campus and community learning and engagement with the global community. 

Visit the Program Summary page or pages for on specific categories of events for information. All programs for the year are in person at UMD unless indicated otherwise. 

You can now watch recording of Alworth Institute lectures and some Brown Bag talks on the UMD Alworth Institute YouTube channel. Links for available recordings follow: 

Irreconcilable Differences: Russia’s War Against Ukraine and the Question of Sovereignty

The lecture was presented at UMD on September 29, 2022 by Markian Dobczansky, Associate Director of the European Union Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an associate of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute (HURI).


Public Humanities and Placemaking in Contemporary Spain

Dr. Jennifer Brady, Associate Professor of Spanish in the UMD Department of World Languages and Cultures presnted this international brown bag talk on October 6, 2022.