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Alworth Institute Brown Bag Lecture Series

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 2016 Schedule

Sessions held Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. (Noon), unless noted otherwise.

February 18th; KSC Rafters

Revisit TAIWAN with Levine As He Returns After Five Decades: A Nostalgic & Renewing Visit
Presented by Dr. Gordon Levine, retired UMD Geography Professor

March 3rd; KSC Rafters

Peeking into China: A Personal Reflection on Teaching in a Dalian High School
Presented by Jolane Sundstrom, Duluth Public School teacher, and John Sundstrom, retired Duluth Community Education Coordinator

March 17th; KSC Rafters

You can Travel to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day (well, sort of)
Presented by Carol Michealson and Deborah Good, retired UMD staff members; Molly Larson and Cindy Christian, UMD staff members; and, Colleen Greene, retired elementary school teacher

March 24th; KSC Rafters

Cultural Heritage Sustainability: The Saami & Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Presented by Rachel Phelps, UMD Alumna

March 28th; Monday; KSC Rafters

Notes from a Missing Person: Poems from the Korean Adoptee Diaspora
Presented by Dr. Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Associate Professor, English, and Program Director of Race and Ethnic Studies, St. Olaf College

March 31st; KSC Garden Room

Resistance and Remembrance: Copenhagen, L'viv, Krakow & Warsaw
Presented by Dr. Deborah Petersen-Perlman, Chair, UMD Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Committee, and Dr. Alexis Pogorelskin, UMD History Professor
(Co-sponsored by the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee)

April 4; Monday; Montague Hall 208

Creating Hope and Opportunity in Guatemala
Presented by Kallie Sandell, US Vision Team Manager, Common Hope

April 14; Life Science 175

Myanmar: Two Generations Later
Presented by Dr. Jerry Hembd, University of Wisconsin Superior Professor, Business and Economics

April 21; KSC Garden Room

Colonialism in the Dirt?: Transnational Encounters in Sri Lanka and the Dominican Republic
Presented by Dr. Pat Farrell, UMD Geography Professor

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.

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