Memorial Lecture

Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture

This annual lecture, named in honor of the late Royal D. Alworth, Jr.'s life and interests, is designed to raise public understanding of a significant international topic.

Photo of Carla P. Freeman

Dr. Carla P. Freeman, Senior Expert on China, United States Institute of Peace (USIP) will give the 2021-2022 Memorial Lecture. 

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

Dr. Freeman's presentation is the first UMD offering in its series, The World Beyond Our Borders, offered in collaboration with the Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice, College of St. Scholastica. 

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 7:00 CDT

In person at the UMD Weber Music Hall - also live streaming at

Dr. Carla Freeman recently joined USIP from the China Studies faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she also directed the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute. Previous to her work at SAIS, she worked for the Johnson Foundation as a political risk consultant for Asia and in the areas of international civil society and sustainable development. 

Dr. Freeman holds a doctorate in international relations and China from SAIS in addition to degrees from Yale University and Sciences Po in Paris. She has been a member of the faculty at Alverno College, where she chaired the international affairs program, Beloit College, and the University of Wisconsin at Parkside. She previously held academic fellowships as a Peace Scholar with the USIP, the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Harvard’s Fairbank Center. While she was a student, she worked in the Science and Technology Office of the American Embassy in Beijing. She specializes in China's foreign policy, non-traditional security issues, and U.S.-China relations. She is the author of multiple edited books, monographs, and articles. Her comparative study of China’s policies in the high seas and outer space (published in June 2019 online), won The China Quarterly's 2020 Gordon White Prize (read the article here).