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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. 

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 4:30 p.m. - Cina Hall 316 - Information Session: Internships with the US State Department - Presented by Thomas Hanson, retired US Foreign Service Officer and the Alworth Institute Diplomat in Residence - Hanson will discuss internships with the US State Department as well as the application process.  Internships are completed in countries around the world as well as in Washington, DC. Individuals may request a one on one meeting with Hanson from Monday afternoon (9/9/19) through Wednesday morning (9/11/19) by emailing a request to

September 23 to September 26, 2019 - Events celebrating UMD's Public History Program.  Contact David Woodward at or at 218-726-8417.  Featured guest is James Curry, PhD, Public Historian  for the city of Dublin, Ireland.  

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. - Singer Rehearsal Hall  - Brazil and its Piano Repertoire: Fiction and Confluence of National Identity and Individual Freedom - Presented by Germano Mayer, Professor of Piano at the Federal University of Pelotas (Brazil) - Professor Mayer will discuss the ways in which classical piano music has been affected by Brazilian music.  He will illustrate by playing pieces on the piano.

Events commemorating the Fall of the Berlin Wall - 30th Anniversary: Remembering Everyday Life in the GDR

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. - Kirby Student Center Garden Room - The Subject Who Knows: Photographers and the Photographed in the Late East Germany - Dr. Blaylock's talk will focus on everyday photography in the GDR. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. - Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda - Freedom at Last: My Life under Communism and How our Peaceful Revolution Brought Down the Berlin Wall - Presented by Michael Furchert, former East Berliner, Pianist and Ceramic Artist (Click here for further information.)

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 4:30 p.m. - West Theater (319 N Central Ave., Duluth, MN) - The Legend of Paul and Paula - A showing of the East German classic film.  A 70s and 80s themed after-party will begin at 6:30pm across the street at Wussow's Concert Cafe. Feel free to dress the theme! Website for the film and after-party here