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Special & Co-sponsored Events

Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies

Special Events

The Alworth Institute co-sponsors events or hosts occasional programs that do not fit into its other categories of programs. 

On March 30, in collaboration with the UMD Department of World Languages and Cultures, the Alworth Institute will host a special presentation and two International Brown Bag talks centered on Hispanic Studies. Information on these events follows:

Monday, March 30 - 12:00 p.m. - Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda - Special Event - Before and After Graduation: On Languages and the Real World - Presentation by Dr. Michael Doyle, Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages and Culture Studies, University of North Carolina, Charlotte 

Friday, March 27 - 12:00 p.m. – Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda - 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 - Tobin-Stanley explores three documentaries based on Ángel Fernández’s testimonial narratives. Resistant fighter, sixteen-year political prisoner in Franco’s jails and current expatriate, Ángel Fernández has penned several written testimonies, participated in the documentary films Te doy mi palabra (I Give You My Word, 2012, dir. Quino González) and Au temps des roses rouges (Time of the Red Roses, 2013, dir. Francis Lapeyre) , and protagonizes the biopic Ángel (2016, dir. Stéphane Fernandez). These works are a testament to his commitment to justice through memory. As a survivor of the cumulative traumas of war, exile and political imprisonment, his journey to make his story known through memory activism reach the apex of communication in the documentary Ángel, a film that embodies what Brett Ashley Kaplan and Marianne Hirsch have respectively termed unwanted beauty and the aesthetics of remembrance.

Thursday, April 9 - 12:00 p.m.  – Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda - ¿Qué está pasando?: A Briefing of Contemporary Politics in Spain Presented by Dr. Jennifer Brady, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Interim Department Head, UMD Department of World Languages and Cultures - Jennifer Brady will provide an update on the current political situation in Spain, specifically, the Catalonia's independence movement.  She will share her analysis of the fate of Catalonia given the new coalition government formed in August of 2020.