International Lecture Series

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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.

Fall 2018 

Thursday, September 13 – 7:00 p.m. - Kathryn A. Martin Library Rotunda -Armenia’s Foreign Policy Explained – Presented by Vahe Gabrielyan, PhD, Director of the Diplomatic School of Armenia and former Armenian Ambassador to the United Kingdom 

Tuesday, October 9 – 7:00 p.m. Montague Hall 80 – Russia and the United States: Reflections of a Russian Journalist – Presented by Alexey Kovalev, Managing Editor for Coda Story Russian online digital media in Moscow, with Thomas Hanson, Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence and retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer -Alexey Kovalev, Managing Editor for Coda Story, a Russian online digital media in Moscow, will discuss the realities and challenges of Russian news media under Putin. Having just come off a tour of cities and news agencies in the United States, he will also compare journalism in Russia to that in the United States. Thomas Hanson, Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence and retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer, will speak with Alexey Kovalev to share his thoughts on the news media in connection to the Russia/US relationship.

Kovalev is a 2018 Fellow with the St. Paul-based World Press Institute. During his stay in the US, he has spent time in the Twin Cities, two small Minnesota towns, and visited eight major cities across the country, including New York, Washington D.C., Austin, Miami and others, meeting with community, business and political leaders as well as policy experts and journalists. Themes of the Fellowship program were journalism in the Trump era, the mid-term elections, nuclear threats and security, and immigration.

Since 1961, the WPI has brought nearly 600 journalists from almost 100 countries to America for briefings with U.S. journalists, political, business and community leaders and policy experts.

Thursday, October 18 – 7:00 p.m. – Kathryn A. Martin Library Rotunda - The End of Pax Americana - Presented by Thomas Hanson, Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence and retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer

CANCELLED- Thursday, November 1 – 7:00 p.m. – Room TBA - Modern 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