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CWA Welcomes Colonel Isaiah Wilson and Roger Ebert
by Graham Gerritsen, CWA aide

The Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder is proud to announce the 62nd Annual CWA opening with keynote speaker Colonel Isaiah “Ike” Wilson, who will deliver an address on “Rethinking American Power” at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 5 in Macky Auditorium. Prior to the keynote will be the traditional procession through the “avenue of international flags” in Norlin Quad at 11:10 a.m.

A decorated veteran of combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Colonel Wilson currently serves at Westpoint as associate professor of social sciences and director of the undergraduate program in American politics, public policy, and strategic studies. He has earned a reputation as a versatile and innovative soldier-scholar and is a leading advocate for change in America’s concepts of and approaches to security policy, war, and peace.

Monday, April 5 will also mark the return of Roger Ebert to the Conference on World Affairs. Ebert has participated in the CWA for four decades and has missed only two years of the CWA in that time, in 2007 and 2008, due to illness. He says, "Here I have learned nearly everything I know and contributed even more than that."

Ebert created one of the conference’s most distinctive and interactive sessions, Cinema Interruptus. Every year a movie is selected and shown uninterrupted. Then, for a total of 8 hours spread over four subsequent afternoons, the movie is dissected on a scene-by-scene basis. Ebert, or anyone else in the audience, may direct the projectionist to freeze frame by yelling “Stop!” in order to make comments about any aspect of the movie: plot points, acting or directing techniques, camera movement, frame composition, and so on.

Celebrated film director Werner Herzog will be joining the Monday and Tuesday Interruptus, as well as other sessions at this year’s CWA. Herzog has created over 50 films, including “Grizzly Man,” “Fitzcarraldo,” and the recent “Encounters at the End of the World,” which he dedicated to Ebert. Werner’s planned participation in the CWA inspired the choice of this year’s Interruptus film, “Aguirre, the Wrath of God.”

CWA Director and University of Colorado film Professor Jim Palmer is excited about Ebert’s choice. “Filmed near Machu Picchu, this absurd trek through the jungle depicts the madness of colonialism,” Palmer says. “The film is worth seeing for Kinski’s performance alone, it is a marvelous portrayal of megalomania.”

A free, uninterrupted screening of "Aguirre" will be shown in 35mm on Sunday, April 4 at 4 p.m. in Muenzinger Auditorium, courtesy of the International Film Series. That “uninterruptus” showing will be without appearances by CWA participants. The CWA’s Cinema Interruptus will be held each day, Monday, April 5 through Thursday, April 8 at 4 p.m. in Macky Auditorium. In addition to Herzog, film critic Jim Emerson, director Ramin Bahrani, and writer-comedian Julia Sweeney will also join Ebert at the Interruptus on various days.

The CU-Boulder Conference on World Affairs was founded in 1948, originally as a forum on international affairs. It quickly gained fame in its early years with such notable participants as Eleanor Roosevelt, Arthur Miller and Henry Kissinger. Over the second half of the century, it has expanded to encompass music, literature, environment, science, journalism, visual arts, diplomacy, technology, spirituality, film, politics, business, medicine, human rights, and recently has brought such names as Joe Biden, Charles Krauthammer, Paul Krugman and Rachel Maddow to Boulder.

This year’s conference takes place April 5-9, 2010. A biographical listing of participants is available on the CWA website. All sessions, including the keynote and Cinema Interruptus, are free and open to the public

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