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International Lecture Series

Alworth Institute

International Lecture Series

In addition to the Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture, forums and conferences, the Institute provides a series of international lectures by local, national and international authorities on subjects of timely interest. The Alworth Institute draws not only upon the rich store of local academics with expertise in a variety of areas, but also visiting international faculty.

Spring 2019 Schedule

Rescheduled on Wednesday, February 6 in UMD Bohannon Hall 90 Journalistic Challenges around the World - Presented by Dr. John Hatcher, Associate Professor of Journalism, Dr. Jennifer E. Moore, Assistant Professor of Journalism, and Dr. Deborah Petersen-Perlman, Associate Professor of Communication, all from the UMD Department of Communication (originally scheduled for January 30th) - DIscussion will focus on threats to journalists, the challenge of social media and the use of community journalism in countries across the globe.

Wednesday, February 20 - 7:00 p.m. - Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda - Italy and the Limits of PopulismPresented by Dr. William Henderson, International Associate and former director, Alworth Institute - Dr. Henderson will examine the very complicated current political situation in Italy. Italy has a coalition government formed by an unlikely alliance between two very different populist parties.   Matteo Salvini, a tough and experienced politician, heads the Lega, the junior partner.  Luigi Di Maio heads the 5Star Movement. What sort of government is this? Can it survive? What, if any, are the limits to Italian populism? Is it even a useful term?

Wednesday, March 27 – 7:00 p.m. – Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda - Democracy and the Formation of Public Opinion in the New Tech Era – Presented by Thomas Hanson, retired US Foreign Service Officer and the Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence

Monday, April 8 – 7:00 p.m. – Solon Campus Center 120 - Voices under Pressure: How the World’s Authoritarians are Closing the Space for Free Expression - Presented by Summer Lopez, Senior Director, Free Expression Programs, PEN America