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Alworth Lecture

April 11, 2017

Dr. Nicholas Hayes presents “The Visible Hand: Cybermischief and the Putin-Trump Connection" on April 18.

UMD Alworth speaker - Dr. Nick Hayes

Dr. Nick Hayes

On Tuesday, April 18, UMD’s Alworth Institute for International Studies will host Dr. Nicholas Hayes, University Chair in Critical Thinking, St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., at 7 pm in the Kathryn A. Martin Library 4th Floor Rotunda, on the UMD campus. His talk is entitled, “The Visible Hand: Cybermischief and the Putin-Trump Connection.”

About the lecture
Questions about Trump’s Russian connections surfaced in the 2016 presidential election and intensified during the first “100 Days” of the Trump Presidency.  What are Putin’s motives for cultivating Trump?  Does the Kremlin have a dossier of incriminating evidence, what the Russians call “kompromat” on the new American president?  In the jargon of the intelligence agencies, Putin has “played” Trump and achieved his goals?

About the speaker
Nick Hayes is a writer, professor and commentator for the media.  A frequent guest on television and radio, he has also published nationally and internationally in newspapers, magazines and journals.  He has received awards from the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Program and also won an Emmy in 1991 for his work on Twin Cities Public Television’s (TPT’s) Television and Democracy in Russia.

Today, he is a professor of history and holds the University Chair in Critical Thinking at Saint John’s University in Minnesota. He is also a contributing writer for – a political blog in Minnesota. His articles for may be accessed at

His first work of creative non-fiction, a memoir, And One Fine Morning –Memories of My Father (Nodin 2010), was a regional best seller.  He is currently working on a second memoir, “Looking for Leningrad: My Soviet Life.”  For more information, visit

About the Alworth Institute
The Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies (The Alworth Institute) was established in 1987 by the Alworth family to commemorate the life and interests of Royal D. Alworth, Jr. In line with those interests, the Alworth Institute aims to engage students, staff and the wider public in open discussion for educational, social and democratic purposes on a wide range of international issues and of their domestic implications.

The Alworth Institute’s programs include the ongoing International Lecture Series, the weekly International Brown Bag Series, and the annual Memorial Lecture.  Visit the website at

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