Alworth Institute for International Studies

Please note: All events scheduled for March and April of 2020 are CANCELLED due to restrictions following the COVID-19 outbreak.  We will attempt to reschedule for the Fall 2020 semester.


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NOTE: If the UMD campus is closed due to weather conditions, any scheduled Alworth Institute events are cancelled.

The Alworth Institute was established in 1987 by the Alworth family to  commemorate the life and interests of Royal D. Alworth,  Jr. The Institute aims to  engage students, staff and  the wider public in open  discussion, for educational,  social and democratic  purposes, of a wide range of  international issues and of  their domestic implications.

The objectives of the Alworth Institute are to:

  • promote knowledge and understanding of both topical, and enduring, international and global issues among students, staff and the community served by UMD;
  • provide accessible seminars, public lectures and conferences on international issues in ways likely to promote international understanding, enhance democratic discussion, negotiation and reconciliation;
  • articulate international issues and any domestic implications in ways that help further discussion nationally and locally;
  • act as a shared community resource, on issues relating to international studies, with the wider community served by UMD.