Program Summary

Spring 2021 Chronological Program Summary

(All events are virtual.)


Wednesday, February 17 - 7:30 pm (CST) - International Lecture - Global Tracking Responses to COVID-19: Protecting Human Rights as Governments Increase Powers to deal with the Pandemic -  - Presented by Dr. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Special Rapporteur to the United Nations and Regents Professor & Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society, University of Minnesota; Abby Oakland, Third-year student at the University of Minnesota Law School; and, Seiko Shastri, Third-year student at the University of Minnesota Law School - Register at

Thursday, February 18 - 12:00 p.m. (CST) – Brown Bag Presentation - Nationalism and the Separatist Movement in Catalonia, Spain - Presented by Dr. Jennifer Brady, UMD Associate Professor of Spanish, and Head, Department of World Languages and Cultures - Register at

Thursday, February 25 – 12:00 p.m. (CST)  - Brown Bag Presentation - Birding in Vietnam - Presented by Dr. John Hatcher, Associate Professor, UMD Communication Department and Heather-Marie Bloom, Naturalist, Friends of Sax-Zim Bog, and founder, Rising Phoenix Community Farm - Register at 

Thursday, February 25 - 4:00 pm (CST) - Online discussion, reading and Q&A - Embedded in the Body: the Poetry, History and Politics of "Migritude" - Featuring Shailja Patel, Kenyan poet, playwright, theatre artist, and political activist - Cosponsored by the by the UMD Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies program; the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Criminology; the English program; and the Writing Studies program - No registration required - just log onto:


Thursday, March 18 - 12:00 p.m. (CDT) - Brown Bag Presentation - Contemporary Debates Surrounding Holocaust Memorials and Museums in Eastern Europe - Presented by Dr. Natalie Belsky, Assistant Professor, UMD History program, and Dr. Deborah Petersen-Perlman, Associate Professor & Associate Department Head, UMD Communication Department - Cosponsored by the Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee - Register at

Thursday, March 25 - 12:00 p.m. (CDT) - Brown Bag Presentation - The Cuban Model: Leading the Global Healthcare Fight Against the Pandemic - Presented by Justin Jiménez, Cuba Program Co-director, Witness of Peace Solidarity Collective - Cosponsored by the UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion ant the Department of World Languages and Cultures - Register at

Tuesday, March 30 - 7:00 pm (CDT) - International Lecture - US Foreign Policy: the Impact of the Pandemic and the 2020 Elections - Presented by Thomas Hanson, retired Foreign Service Officer, US State Department, and Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence - Register at


Thursday, April 7 - 12:00 p.m. (CDT) - Special Brown Bag Event - Conceptualizing the North: Three Presentations from Norway, Canada, and the United States - Presented by scholars from UiT The Arctic University of Norway, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Minnesota Duluth - Cosponsored by the UMD Writing Studies Program - Register at

Thursday, April 7 - 7:00 p.m. (CDT) - Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture - Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Governance - Presented by Dr. Rebecca Katz, Professor and Director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center. and senior advisor on global health security to the Biden administration at the US State Department - Register at

Thursday, April 8 - 12:00 p.m. (CDT) - Brown Bag Presentation - NOWRUZ: The Iranian Celebration of a New Day - Presented by Cindy M. Christian, Director of the Alworth Institute, and Shireen Golban, Student in the UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering -      Register at

Thursday, April 15 - 12:00 p.m. - Brown Bag Presentation - Exploring Lima and the Sacred Valley Pre-pandemic - Presented by Dr. Maureen Tobin-Stanley, Professor of Spanish Studies, UMD Department of World Languages and Cultures, and Thomas Stanley, Senior Attorney, St. Louis County - Register at