Memorial Lecture

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Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture

This annual lecture, named in honor of the late Royal D. Alworth, Jr.'s life and interests, is designed to raise public understanding of a significant international topic.

 2016-2017 Lecture

Thomas Hanson, Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence and former US State Department Foreign Service Officer, gave the Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.  He discussed A Post-Obama World: New Directions in US Foreign Policy?  His analysis covered current ant potential future conflicts in every area of the international community given the realities of a Clinton versus Trump presidency.  

While with the U.S. Department of State, Hanson's foreign postings included East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and Georgia. He also assisted in opening new embassies in Mongolia and Estonia. Hanson has also worked on the Foreign Relations Committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He was Director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C.. He serves on the St. Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations and as a lecturer/consultant for the Minnesota International Center. He is an occasional foreign affairs commentator on Minnesota Public Radio, and serves on the boards of the Minneapolis chapter of the Oslo Center for Peace, the International Leadership program at St. Thomas University and the new UMD program in Cultural Entrepreneurship.  Hanson graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in International Relations. He holds graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; the Geneva Institute of Advanced International Studies in Switzerland; and the National School of Administration (ENA) in Paris, France.