Conference on World Affairs Director Jim Palmer says, "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.'"
Ebert wrote about his annual trek to the University of Colorado at Boulder, "Once we settle into our life's careers, most of us charge the line with our heads down. I have a tendency, for example, to think the world revolves around movies. Once a year at the Conference, I am forced to think on subjects not of my own choosing. I get to talk to people from other worlds."