Originally founded in 1948 as a forum on international affairs, the CWA expanded rapidly in its early years to encompass the arts, media, science, diplomacy, technology, environment, spirituality, politics, business, medicine, human rights, and so on. Roger Ebert, who participated in the CWA for four decades, always referred to the CWA as "the Conference on Everything Conceivable."
BRINGING THE WORLD TO BOULDER
Although many of the panelists ordinarily command large speaking or performance fees, CWA participants attend at their own expense, finding reward in a fascinating and diverse group of people from around the globe.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
All events are free and open to the public-and attended by students, faculty, staff, alumni, townsfolk, journalists and visitors from around the nation. Audiences range in size from an intimate 100 to over 2,000 at individual sessions, with a combined total of more than 77,000 over the course of five days.
Students wishing to attend the CWA as audience members are granted priority seating at the time the doors open at each CWA event. Additionally, during the Q&A segments of each session, students are also given priority in asking questions of the participants.
A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CU AND BOULDER
The CWA owes its existence to a vast network of volunteers. University faculty, staff and students work alongside Boulder community members to plan and host the week's public events, as well as the participants' meals and social events. Students provide local transportation, greeting participants at Denver International Airport when they arrive. Gracious Boulder community members open their homes to house participants during the week.