Special & Co-sponsored Events

Special Events 

The Alworth Institute occasionally hosts or co-sponsors events and programs that do not fit into its other categories of programs. 

Thursday, March 17 – Virtual - 4:00 PM - Register at z.umn.edu/dolores

Weaving Movements Together: Immigration, Environment, Labor, Women’s Rights, and LGBTQ Equality

Dolores Huerta, Founder and President, Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder (with Cesar Chavez) of the United Farm Workers of America presents the Keynote Address for Women's History Month (Co-sponsored by the UMD Women’s Resource and Action Center; Kathryn A. Martin Library; Commission for Women; Office of Diversity & Inclusion; Latinx, Chicanx Student Association; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and, AFCSME 3801)


Monday, March 21 - 6:30 PM - Kathryn A. Martin Library Rotunda

Spotlight on the Ukraine/Russia Conflict

A panel of area experts discuss the history and geopolitical issues behind the war between Ukraine and Russia. They will also look at media coverage and informaiton coming from Ukaine, Russia and the United States. Panelists are - 

Dr. Natalie Belsky, Assistant Professor of History, Department of History, Political Science, and International Studies, UMD

Dr. Thomas Morgan, Director Emeritus, Alworth Center for the Study of Peace & Justice and Associate Professor Emeritus of Russian, College of St. Scholastica

Dr. Daniel Nolan, Assistant Professor of German Studies, Department of World Languages and Cultures, UMD

Dr. Paul Sharp, Professor of Political Science, Department of History, Political Science, and International Studies, UMD


Monday, March 28 - 4:30 PM - Cina Hall 316

Internships and Careers with the US State Department

Thomas Hanson, retired foreign service officer with the US State Department and the Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence, will talk about the opportunities for internships and careers with the State Department. He will discuss the application processes and provide suggestions regarding how to enhance your education so that you may succeed in being selected for an internship or for a position in the foreign service. He can also share information about other international-centered and US government internships.

Mr Hanson will also meet individually with students on March 28 and 29, April 5 and 6, and April 22. To set up an individual appointment email Cindy Christian at [email protected]


Thursday, April 7 & Tuesday, April 12 –  11:00-11:50 AM and 12:00-12:50 PM (two sessions offering the same program) - EduE Atrium

Our Stories Carried Us Here: Developing Awareness of My Embodied Brain

Interdisciplinary students in a UMD Education course on Brain Development and Relationships will present this interactive talk and image theater based on the Green Card Voices graphic novel anthology on immigrant communities, Our Stories Carried Us Here. They explore brain development by illustrating our capacity to deepen our awareness. Image theater will be enacted to illustrate critical life moments of the storytellers to explain brain development. (Co-sponsored by the UMD Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies, and the Kathryn A. Martin Library)


Thursday, April 7 – Virtual - 5:00 PM - Register at z.umn.edu/ZedesS22

Zedes: A New Form of Colonialism in Honduras 

Diego Aguilar, Witness for Peace/Solidarity Collective speaks about the Special Development and Employment Zones (Zedes in Spanish) also known as “charter cities” in Honduras. Zedes are being touted as a new model of “free trade zones” where they would have their own government, legal system, police force and tax systems. In this model, the government of Honduras would have no jurisdiction on the land slated as a Zede. Local and international communities have grave concerns over land dispossession as Zedes can expropriate land for development without challenge from landholders. (Co-sponsored by the UMD Department of World Languages and Cultures, UMD College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and Witness for Peace Midwest - Solidarity Collective)


Thursday, April 18 – Virtual - 5:00 PM - Register at z.umn.edu/CubaS22

The War on Cuba 

Liz Oliva Fernández, a Cuban journalist will discuss the documentary the "War on Cuba" with a special screening of Episode 6 (22 min). She will expose the striking disconnect between U.S. policy and Cuba’s reality. She criticizes Biden’s offers to “help” the Cuban people with donations of vaccines. She also reports on the crackdown against protesters and contextualizes both repression in Cuba and her preception of the U.S. government’s supposed concern for human rights abuses in the region. (Co-sponsored by the UMD Department of World Languages and Cultures, UMD College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and Witness for Peace Midwest - Solidarity Collective)


Note: The Alworth Institute is supporting two events sponsored by the UMD Public History and Museum Studies Programs as part of the Twin Ports Festival of History. These feature Dr. James Curry, Historian in Residence, Dublin City Council, and 2015-2016 Alworth Institute International Fellow.

1) Wednesday, April 6 - Glensheen - 5:00 PM - Jack Carney and the Duluth Irish Felon (1919)

2) Saturday, April 9 - Carmody Irish Pub – 4:00 PM - Patrick O'Connell: The Dublin soccer manager who saved FC Barcelona