Program Summary

Fall 2020 Chronological Program Summary

(All events in 2020-2021 are virtual.)


Thursday, September 3 4:30 p.m.Information Session – Internships and Careers with the US State Department – Presented by Thomas Hanson, retired Foreign Affairs Officer with the US State Department and Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence – Register at

 Friday, September 11 through Sunday, November 22 – Supported Event - Virtual Spanish Film Festival – go to for more information on the films and dates - Details and information regarding streaming access can be obtained by providing an RSVP at


Thursday, October 1 – 12:00 p.m. - Brown Bag Presentation - My Time as Sage: Eastern Escapism and the Self-Reinvention of Study Abroad – Presented by Sage Johnson, UMD Senior, College of Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Major, Recipient of the 2019 Alworth Institute Study Abroad Scholarship – Register for the virtual webinar at

Thursday, October 8 – 12:00 p.m. - Brown Bag Presentation - Living La Vida Matizada: Participatory Video Making with a Creative Indigenous Community in the Ecuadorian Andes –Presented by  Dr. David Syring, UMD Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminology – Register at

Thursday, October 14 – 7:00 p.m. – International Lecture - Covid-19 around the World: A Comparative Look at how Countries have Confronted the Pandemic – A panel discussion featuring Dr. Mara Pillinger, Associate at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Dr. Alexandra Phelan, Member of the Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University Medical Center; and Dr. Matthew Kavanagh, Assistant Professor of Global Health, Visiting Professor of Law, and Director of Global Health Policy & Politics Initiative; Moderator – Dr. Jeremy Youde, Dean of the UMD College of Liberal Arts global health governance expert – Register at  

Thursday, October 15 – 12:00 p.m. - Brown Bag Presentation - The Aesthetics of Remembrance: Documentary Films on Persecution and Political Incarceration during Spain’s Dictatorship – Presented by Dr. Maureen Tobin-Stanley, Professor of Hispanic Studies, UMD Department of World Languages and Cultures– Register at - Cosponsored by the UMD Department of World Languages and Cultures

 Thursday, October 29 – 12:00 p.m. – Brown Bag Presentation - We Keep Us Safe: Afro-Colombian Perspectives on Alternatives to Policing – Presented by Orlando Castillo, Afro-Colombian social leader and member, Inter-Ethnic Truth Commission for the Pacific – Register at - Cosponsored by the UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and Witness for Peace Solidarity Collective Midwest


Thursday, November 5 – 12:00 p.m. – Brown Bag Presentation - Devils in the Piazza (and in the Details): Excavating Evidence of Spectacular Performance in Medieval Siena – Presented by Dr. Jenna Soleo-Shanks, UMD Theatre Department – Register at

Wednesday, November 11 – 12:00 p.m. – Brown Bag Presentation - Irish Heritage Explored: An Experiential Learning Initiative – Presented by David Woodward, UMD History Instructor, Director of Museum Studies Certificate Program – Register at

Tuesday, November 17 – 7:00 p.m. – International Lecture - How Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Surveillance is Changing the World - Presented by Thomas Hanson, Retired Foreign Service Officer for the US State Department and the Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence – Register at https:

Thursday. November 19 – 12:00 p.m. – Brown Bag Presentation – A Friendship Born in Argentina: New York meets Buenos Aires – Presented by Sandra Christian, Vice President, Senior Division, RiseBoro Community Partnership, New York City and Sergio Casco, Instructor of Psychoanalysis, Universidad Abierta Interamericana and Owner of Serleo, Mesadas con bacha de acero inoxidable – Register at

NOTE: International education week is November 16-20; to see UMD international events and suggested activities go to


Wednesday, December 2 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Special Event - Literature, Rhetoric, and Culture:  Lessons from Iceland, Manitoba, and Minnesota – Presentations by Þórdís Edda Jóhannesdóttir, Lecturer, University of Iceland; Jón Karl Helgason, Professor, Department of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland; Ásta Kristín Benediktsdóttir, Post-doctoral researcher, University of Iceland; and, Andrew McGillivray, Assistant Professor, Department of Rhetoric & Communications, University of Winnipeg – Register at

Wednesday, December 2 – 7:00 pm – International Lecture - The Global Pandemic, Refugees and Others Displaced by Conflict and Persecution: Protecting the Rights and Well-Being of the World’s Most Vulnerable Populations - Presented by Eric Schwartz, President of Refugees International – Register at

CANCELLED (This presentation will be rescheduled in Spring 2021)                          Thursday, December 3 – 12:00 p.m. – Brown Bag Presentation – Band Tradition in Valencia, Spain – Presented by Dr. Mark Whitlock, UMD Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Head of the Department of Music – Register at