Alworth Institute for International Studies

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.

All events in the 2020-2021 academic year will be virtual. Check information provided for each presentation on this site's additional pages.

Featured events examine the impact and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe.

On October 14, 2020, three global health governance experts associated with the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Center participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Alworth Institute. Drs. Matthew Kavanagh, Mara Pillinger and Alexandra Phelan examined various governments' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel was moderated by Dr. Jeremy Youde, Dean of the UMD College of Liberal Arts. Based on their research and work with international organizations, they offered their assessment of "good" models of government responses, an analysis of how specific countries adapted to the crisis, the potential for a vaccine and its potential impact, and a review and explanation of the World Health Organization's role in addressing the pandemic.

Three articles for further reading were offered by the panelists. Click on the titles for the link:

"Scientific consensus on the COVID-19 pandemic: we need to act now"  by Nisreen A. Alwan, et. al. (The Lancet: October 15, 2020)

"COVID-19 immunity passports and vaccination certificates: scientific, equitable, and legal challenges" by Alexandra L. Phelan (The Lancet: May 4, 2020)

"A Dose of Optimism as the Pandemic Rages On" by Donald G. McNeil, Jr. (The New York Times: October 12, 2020)

In addition, Dr. Jeremy Youde gave the 2019 Royal D. Alworth Memorial Lecture on, Globalization: The Cause of and Solution to Global Health Crises. Youde's talk was given four months before the coronavirus began to spread internationally. You may judge just how prescient he was by watching his lecture as well as the panel discussion by going to the Alworth Institute's YouTube channel