Brown Bag Lecture Series

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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. Alwoth 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 2017 Schedule

Sessions held Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) in the UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda, unless noted otherwise.

Check back for updates; there will be additional brown bags added.  

Thursday, February 9 – 12:00 p.m. - Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda – Brown Bag Presentation - Central Asia: The Frontlines of the ‘New Great Game’ - Presented by Nathan Paul, UMD Political Science and Communication Alum

Thursday, March 16 – 12:00 p.m. – Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda – Brown Bag Presentation – Bavaria to Budapest - A Danube River Tour through Germany, Austria, and Hungary – Presented by Janet Pribyl, Assistant Director & Career Counselor

Thursday, April 13 – 12:00 p.m. – Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda – Brown Bag Presentation – Refugees and Social Justice – Presented by 2017 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Wednesday, April 19 – 12:00 p.m. – Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda – Brown Bag Presentation - History of the Jewish Diaspora – Presented by Dr. Deborah Petersen-Perlman, UMD Communication Professor and Chair of the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee (Co-sponsored by the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee)

Thursday, April 20 – 7:00 p.m. – Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda – Brown Bag Presentation Update on Rania, Kurdistan - Presented by Sister Cities Delegation to Rania

Thursday, March 30 – 12:00 p.m. – Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda – Brown Bag Presentation – A Trip to Germany: The Rewards of Hosting and International High School Student – Presented by Jodi Carlson Grebinoski, UMD Associate Librarian  

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 alworth1@d.umd.edu or (218) 726-7493.