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:

The UMD lectures are funded in part by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Spring 2022 Lectures

The spring lectures are co-sponsored by the UMD Africa and African American Studies Program and the League of Women Voters Duluth.

The Case for a New Development Paradigm in Africa

Presented by Dr. Raymond Gilpin, Chief Economist and Head of Strategy at Regional Bureau for Africa, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Tuesday, April 5 - 7:00 PM - Virtual only but you may view the webinar in Life Science 175 (register at

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Raymond Gilpin is Chief Economist and Head of the Strategy, Analysis and Research Team at the Regional Bureau for Africa, United Nations Development Program in New York. In this capacity he provides leadership on all matters related to economic analysis, strategy and research in UNDP’s Africa bureau, and manages the bureau’s network of economists. Prior to joining UNDP he was the academic dean at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington DC and economics director at the United States Institute of Peace, where he also chaired the taskforce on business and peace and managed the web-based International Network for Economics and Conflict. He has also worked at the African Development Bank, the World Bank and the Central Bank of Sierra Leone, where he served as research director.  Dr Gilpin was inducted into the Martin Luther King Collegium of Scholars at the historic Morehouse College in Atlanta in 2015 in recognition of his work on economics and peace. He holds a doctorate in development economics from Cambridge University in the UK.


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

Thursday, April 21 - 7:00 PM - In person in Life Science 185 (UMD) and virtual (register at

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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.


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.