Conference on World Affairs

Information

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."

5
DAYS
100
PARTICIPANTS
200
EVENTS
77,000
IN ATTENDANCE


Conference on World Affairs

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.

Conference on World Affairs

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.

Conference on World Affairs

STUDENT PRIORITY

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.

Conference on World Affairs

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.



Past participants include:

  • Patch Adams
  • Richard Adams
  • Margot Adler
  • Steve Allen
  • George B. N. Ayittey
  • Ramin Bahrani
  • Russell Baker
  • David Bender
  • Jello Biafra
  • Joseph Biden
  • Lillian Boutté
  • Malcolm Bradbury
  • Henry Butler
  • Eugene Carroll
  • Douglass Cater
  • Wendy Chamberlain
  • Andrei Codrescu
  • Elizabeth Coleman
  • Norman Cousins
  • David Crosby
  • Betty Dodson
  • Bernardine Dohrn
  • Esther Dyson
  • Abba Eban
  • Roger Ebert
  • Michael Elliott
  • Mike Farrell
  • Michael Franc
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
  • Annette Goodheart
  • Dave Grusin
  • Don Grusin
  • Chuck Hagel
  • Gary Hart
  • J. Bryan Hehir
  • Werner Herzog
  • Jim Hightower
  • Maria Hinojosa
  • Adam Hochschild
  • Arlie Hochschild
  • John Hockenberry
  • Simon Hoggart
  • Richard Holbrooke
  • Jean Houston
  • Arianna Huffington
  • Samuel Huntington
  • Molly Ivins
  • Robert Kaplan
  • Kenneth Kaunda
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Rita Klimova
  • Charles Krauthammer
  • Harold Kroto
  • Paul Krugman
  • Jonathan Kwitny
  • Abraham Laboriel
  • Gene LaRocque
  • Annie Leibovitz
  • Nicholas Lemann
  • Susan Love
  • Rachel Maddow
  • Johnny Mandel
  • Marya Mannes
  • George McGovern
  • Marshall McLuhan
  • Terrence McNally
  • Arthur Miller
  • Steve Miller
  • Ralph Nader
  • Graham Nash
  • Andrew Neil
  • Howard Nemerov
  • Louise Nevelson
  • Huey Newton
  • Yitzhak Rabin
  • Alice Rivlin
  • Richard Rodriguez
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Paolo Soleri
  • I. F. Stone
  • Julia Sweeney
  • Studs Terkel
  • Norman Thomas
  • Nestor Torres
  • Sanho Tree
  • Ted Turner
  • Brian Urquhart
  • Jann Wenner
  • Mitzi Wertheim
  • Carl Wilson
  • Joe Wilson
  • Tim Wirth
  • Jim Woolsey
  • Robert Wright
  • Sheryl WuDunn
  • Adam Yarmolinsky