International Lecture Series


In addition to the Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture, forums and conferences, the Institute provides a series of international lectures by local, national and international authorities on subjects of timely interest. The Alworth Institute draws not only upon the rich store of local academics with expertise in a variety of areas, but also visiting international faculty.

2021-2022 Schedule 

The International lecture series is offered this year in collaboration with the Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice at College of St. Scholastica. Speakers selected for the series will offer analysis of views of the global system from countries and regions around the world. The World Beyond Our Borders will enhance our knowledge and understanding of differing perspectives on global issues, challenges and ambitions. St. Scholastica will host presentations on Russia, Latin America, the European Union and the Middle East.

For more information on the St. Scholastica lectures go to:

Fall 2021 UMD Lectures

China’s Global Ambitions: What are they and what do they mean for the United States?

Presented by Dr. Carla P. Freeman, Senior Expert on China, United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Washington, D.C. 

Thursday, October 21 - 7:00 p.m. - UMD Weber Music Hall (in-person) - Live streaming also available ar .     

This lecture is the Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture. Go to the Memorial Lecture page for more information.   


Making India Great: The Promise of a Reluctant Global Power

Presented by Dr. Aparna Pande, Director, Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia,  Hudson Institute, Washington D.C.

Tuesday, November 9 - (Start time has changed to 8:00 p.m. CDT) 7:00 p.m. -  In person in at Chemistry 200 (UMD) and via Zoom at

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Dr. Aparna Pande is Research Fellow & Director of Hudson Institute’s Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia. She wrote her PhD dissertation on Pakistan’s foreign policy. Her major field of interest is South Asia with a special focus on India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Foreign and Security Policy. She has contributed to The American Interest, The Hindustan Times, The Times of India, The Live Mint, Huffington Post, Sunday Guardian, The Print, and Real Clear World. Dr. Pande’s book’s include Explaining Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: Escaping India (Routledge, 2011), From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy (Harper Collins, 2017), Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Pakistan (Routledge, August 2017), and Making India Great: The Promise of a Reluctant Global Power (Harper Collins, 2020).

A 1993 graduate of Delhi University, Dr. Parne holds a Master of Arts in History from St. Stephens College at Delhi University and a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She received a Doctorate in Political Science from Boston University in 2010. She wrote her PhD dissertation on Pakistan’s foreign policy.


Africa in the Global System

Presented by Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C.

Thursday, February 24 - 7:00 p.m. -  In person in Bohannon Hal 90 (UMD) and virtual (links provided at a later date) 


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Dr. Monde Muyangwa is the Director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, she served as Academic Dean at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) at the National Defense University from 2002 to 2013. In this capacity, she oversaw all curriculum and programs at ACSS, including in the areas of Security Studies, Counter-terrorism and Transnational Threats, Civil–Military Relations, Defense Economics and Resource Management, and Conflict Management. She also served as Professor of Civil–Military Relations at ACSS from 2000 to 2003. From 1997 to 2000, she worked as Director of Research and then Vice President for Research and Policy at the National Summit on Africa. From 1996 to 1997, she worked as Director of International Education Programs at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. She also previously served on the Advisory Council of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, a project of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Monde has also worked as a development and gender consultant, and on a wide range of development projects in southern Africa in the areas of education, housing, health, and nutrition. Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees at Freedom House and on the Board of Directors at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF).

Monde holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Oxford, as well as a B.A. in Public Administration and Economics from the University of Zambia. She was a Rhodes Scholar, a Wingate Scholar, and the University of Zambia Valedictory Speaker for her graduation class.


The United States and the World Outside Our Borders: Challenges, Opportunities, and Fateful Contradictions

Presented by Thomas Hanson, UMD Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence and Retired Foreign Service Officer for the US State Department

Tuesday, April 12 - 7:00 p.m. - In person in Bohannon Hal 90 (UMD) and virtual (links provided at a later date) 

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Thomas Hanson is a retired Foreign Service Office with the US Department of State. He has also served as the Alworth INstitute's Diplomat in Residence since the fall of 2009. When with the U.S. Department of State, Tom’s foreign postings included East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and Georgia. He also assisted in opening new embassies in Mongolia and Estonia. Hanson has also worked on the Foreign Relations Committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He was Director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C. He serves on the St. Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations and as a lecturer/consultant for the Minnesota International Center. He is an occasional foreign affairs commentator on Minnesota Public Radio and serves on the boards of the Minneapolis chapter of the Oslo Center for Peace. Hanson graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in International Relations. He holds graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; the Geneva Institute of Advanced International Studies in Switzerland; and the National School of Administration (ENA) in Paris, France.


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