The University of Colorado at Boulder's Conference on World Affairs will pay special tribute to Roger Ebert throughout its week of events April 8-12. Ebert, who referred to Boulder as his "hometown in an alternate universe", was a participant in the annual Conference over four decades.
"We here in Boulder are saddened by this news. Roger gave so much to so many in his 40 years at the Conference. He always said he grew up at the CWA, which he referred to as the 'Conference on Everything Conceivable.'"
The University of Colorado Boulder's annual Conference on World Affairs returns to campus for the 65th time April 8-12, featuring 200 panel discussions, performances and plenaries. Over 100 participants from around the country and the globe will pay their own way to travel to Boulder to present in what Roger Ebert has dubbed "the Conference on Everything Conceivable."
The Academy-award winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) will be the subject for dissection in this year's Conference on World Affairs Ebert Interruptus, the CWA's annual week-long interactive film analysis.
This year's keynote address will be delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith. In his 26 years with The New York Times, Smith has covered six American presidents and their administrations.
The Oscar-nominated film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy will be the subject for dissection at this year's Conference on World Affairs Ebert Interruptus, the CWA's annual week-long interactive film analysis.
The CWA Athenaeum Series will host a free public talk, "Roman Polanski's Chinatown and the End of the American Empire" with author Jim Shepard on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the UMC Center Ballroom.
This year's keynote address will be delivered by Alice Rivlin, a senior fellow of economic studies at The Brookings Institution and co-chair of the Debt Reduction Task Force at the Bipartisan Policy Center.
The University of Colorado's Conference on World Affairs Athenaeum will host a free public talk, "ONE.org: Asking for Your Voice" with ONE.org president and CEO Michael Elliott on Wednesday, October 19
Rock legends David Crosby and Graham Nash will give the closing plenary at the 63rd Conference on World Affairs. Their talk, "Life Matters", will take place in Macky Auditorium on Friday, April 9 at 2:30pm.
Twenty-four year old Egyptian activist Gigi Ibrahim will deliver a plenary address at this year's Conference on World Affairs. Her speech, "Inside the Egyptian Revolution," will be held in Macky Auditorium on Thursday, April 7
Simon Hoggart has been a familiar face at the CWA for over 20 years. As the political sketch-writer for The Guardian, Hoggart's insights into the British Parliament and fluid mix of humor and politics have been a valued addition to the annual Conference.
The theme of this year's conference is "What Matters". CWA Director Jim Palmer explains, "Given the distractions of modern life and the information we're bombarded with daily, it is easy to forget to ask the fundamental questions, the questions of value. That is why our theme 'What Matters' matters."