Conference on World Affairs

CWA Announces Keynote Address by Bipartisan Federal Budget Expert


The Sixty-fourth Annual Conference on World Affairs will be held April 9-13, 2012 on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus. Last year's CWA attendance was 90,200 at 200 sessions over five days.

The CWA has adopted the theme "Everything Conceivable" as a permanent tagline in homage to veteran participant Roger Ebert. Ebert, who attended almost annually over four decades, frequently refers to the CWA as "the Conference on Everything Conceivable."

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. Rivlin was appointed to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform by President Barack Obama in 2010. She has had a long and distinguished career in monetary policy, having served as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. She was the first director of the Congressional Budget Office.

Rivlin's keynote, entitled "Can the Center Hold: Democracy and Governance in a Polarized America", is scheduled for Monday, April 9 at 11:30 a.m. in Macky Auditorium. Her talk will be preceded by the Annual CWA opening keynote march. At 11:15, Rivlin will lead the procession of University administrators, CWA participants, students and volunteers along a walkway lined by a brilliant display of international flags through Norlin Quad and into Macky.

In addition to the keynote address, Rivlin will interact with other CWA participants representing a varied range of backgrounds and political affiliations on panels related to current international and domestic policy issues. She says, "I feel privileged to give the keynote address at the Conference on World Affairs and look forward to a stimulating week in Boulder."

The keynote procession and address is a time-honored tradition in Boulder. Past keynote speakers include Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry Kissinger, Arthur Miller, Charles Krauthammer, and Richard Rodriguez.

All Conference on World Affairs sessions are free and open to the public, making the CWA the largest, most accessible event of its kind in the country.