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You can listen to broadcasts of some of the Alworth Institute International Lectures on KUMD. Dates for airing of the fall lectures follow:

Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture – Taking Action: Facing the Challenge of Global Climate Change - Presented by Steve Curwood, Executive Producer and Host of National Public Radio's, Living on Earth
Broadcast date: October 20, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.

Scotland: What Next? - Presented by Dr. William Henderson, Alworth Institute International Associate
Broadcast date: November 3, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.

Click here to find a list of podcasts of past lectures.

United Nations Day at UMD

The UMD community recently tested their knowledge of the United Nations on U.N. Day (October 24, 2014)

See how much you know about the United Nations by answering the following questions (answer key is located at the bottom of this web page):

1. At which of the following conferences was the United Nations Charter adopted?

a. The Yalta Conference
b. The San Francisco Conference
c. The Dumbarton Oaks Conference

2. The first session of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was held on:

a. December 5, 1945
b. February 3, 1946
c. January 17, 1946
d. March 21, 1946

3. Which Secretary General died during the course of his mandate?

a. Trygve Lie
b. U Thant
c. Dag Hammarskjöld

4. Which of these three U.N. agencies was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize twice?

a. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
b. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
c. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

5. The name “United Nations” was first suggested by?

a. John Rockefeller
b. Jawahar Lal Nehru
c. Winston Churchill
d. Franklin Roosevelt

6. What was the first United Nations Peacekeeping Force?

a. United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)
b. United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF)
c. United Nations Interim Force in Lebannon (UNIFIL)

7. When was the United Nations founded?

a. 1945
b. 1946
c. 1947
d. 1948

8. The Secretariat uses two working languages. What are the two languages?

a. German
b. English
c. French
d. Spanish

9. In 1980 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the eradication of which of the following diseases?

a. Smallpox
b. Tuberculosis
c. Malaria

10. The United Nations formed by replacing which organization?

a. League of Peace
b. League of Nations
c. League of Security
d. League of System

11. The Chinese writing standard in the U.N. is Simplified Chinese. It replaced Traditional Chinese in?

a. 1971
b. 1975
c. 1977
d. 1979

(Check the bottom of this webpage for the answer key)


The Martha B. Alworth International Brown Bag Series

Martha B. Alworth, with the University of Minnesota Duluth, established the Alworth Institute to honor her husband, Royal D. Alworth, Jr. However, it was Martha Alworth’s passion for travel, learning, and social justice that sustained the Brown Bag Series. She visited many places around the world and was often able to add some insights from her own travels to those of the speakers’. Her intellectual curiosity and dedication to international education was evident in her participation. She rarely missed a presentation; she always sat up front, keen to ask questions. Martha Alworth attended her last brown bag on November 15, 2012, a presentation on Scottish nationalism. Sadly, she passed away November 25, 2012.

To honor Martha Alworth for her commitment to and enjoyment of this series, it will henceforth be called the Martha B. Alworth International Brown Bag Series. In this way, she remains a part of the program, even if her chair in the front row is empty.

Information on Dates and Times of the presentations can be found here.




United Nations Quiz Answers:

1. b; 2. c.; 3. c.; 4. b; 5. d.; 6. b; 7. a; 8. b & c; 9. a; 10. b; 11. a

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