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Brown Bag Lecture Series

Alworth Institute

Brown Bag Lecture Series

The International Brown Bag Series has been an integral part of the Alworth Institute's programming since its inception in 1987. In the fall of 2013, it was renamed the Martha B. Alworth International Brown Bag Series. It provides the audience the opportunity to share in the international travel experiences of numerous individuals from the University, local, national and international communities. Many presentations are travelogues; some are reflections of the current issues confronting a country's people; others capture the cultural character of distant societies; but, each allows a unique insight into places many would never have the opportunity to visit.

The objectives of this series are to:

  • help fulfill the overall objectives of the Alworth Institute;
  • introduce students, staff and the wider community to interesting aspects of foreign culture, society and history;
  • raise awareness of political life and conditions in diverse parts of the world;
  • create opportunities for sharing insights developed during professional and leisure interest travel and other programs of study abroad;
  • create opportunities for visiting faculty to share relevant topics with the wider University;
  • involve students, staff and community members in exchanging ideas and reflecting on international and any related domestic policy issues.

To learn more about the renaming of the International Brown Bag Series click here.

Spring 2019 Schedule 

Thursday, January 24– 12:00 p.m. – Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda - Why Poland?  – Presented by Dr. Deborah Petersen-Perlman, Chair, Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee and Associate Professor, UMD Department of Communication - Dr. Petersen-Perlman will discuss the entangled lives of Poles and Jews in Poland and will share information about  a May 2019 study abroad program in Poland. (Co-sponsored by the UMD  Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee and the Office of International Programs and Services) 

Thursday, February 14 - 12:00 p.m. - Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda - Wroclaw: Urban Transformations – Presented by Dr. William Henderson, International Associate and former director, Alworth Institute - Dr. Henderson will share his exploration of the city of Wroclaw and its changes over the years. Wroclaw, once Breslau, is a Polish city with a deeply embedded German past, a city ruined by war and recast. This illustrated travelogue will show the various transformations throughout its history.

Thursday, March 21 - 12:00 p.m. – Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda -The Netherlands in Springtime: Tulips, Windmills, and Amsterdam - Presented by Dr. Denny Falk, Distinguished Global Professor Emeritus, UMD Department of Social Work

Thursday, March 28 – 12:00 p.m. – Life Science 175 – International Brown Bag - Life in Argentina's Biggest City – Presented by Allie Morsette, UMD Psychology and Hispanic Studies Junior, 2018 recipient of the Alworth Institute’s Study Abroad Scholarship

Thursday, April 4 – 12:00 p.m. - Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda – Uniting the World Through Soccer: My Experience Volunteering at FIFA World Cup Russia – Presented by Christopher Pascone, International Website Editor for Russian Soccer Club FC Zenit and Marketing Operations Department Volunteer for 2018 FIFA World  Cup St. Petersburg, Russia

Thursday, April 11 – 12:00 p.m. - Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda - Apologizing for the Troubled Past of Canadian Residential Schools: The Case of Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire's “The Secret Path” – Presented by Dr. David Beard, UMD Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies and Dr. John Moffatt, Ron and Jane Graham Centre for the Study of Communication/ School of Professional Development, University of Saskatchewan (via Skype)

If you are interested in proposing a topic for discussion, finding a qualified speaker, or co-sponsoring a lecture; check the suitability of the topic and the speaker against the objectives above and contact the Alworth Institute at or (218) 726-7493.