Published: March 1, 2016 By

Steve WozniakApple co-founder to headline 68th Conference on World Affairs.

The Woz is coming to Boulder.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (Engr ex’72, HonDocSci’89) will be the keynote speaker at CU-Boulder’s 68th annual Conference on World Affairs (CWA), delivering an opening-day address Monday, April 4, at Macky Auditorium. The conference runs through April 8.

Wozniak, 65, attended the university as a freshman in 1968, then returned home to California. Within a decade, he had designed and hand-built the personal computer — the 1976 Apple I — that became the first product of the firm he co-founded with Steve Jobs, now called Apple, Inc., and one of the world’s most profitable companies.

After leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak graduated from Cal-Berkeley and established himself as a major philanthropist with a particular interest in promoting computer use in schools. A gift to CU-Boulder established the “Woz Lab” in CU-Boulder’s computer science department and supports other student activities.

Wozniak’s April campus visit was orchestrated entirely by students from the CU Cultural Events Board, and students will moderate his Q&A session.

As always, the CWA is open to the general public. Other influential Forever Buffs scheduled to participate in panel discussions include jazz musician and composer Don Grusin (Soc’63; MEcon’67), former U.S. Ambassador to Mali and Madagascar Vicki Huddleston (A&S’64) and psychotherapist Aaron Balick (Engl’95), among others.

“The CWA is delighted to welcome a host of CU alums back to campus this spring,” says John Griffin, the conference director. “It inspires students by exposing them to people who, coming out of CU, have excelled in their fields and have made a real impact with their work.”

The CU-Boulder Alumni Association will host a free CWA breakfast for CU alumni on Tuesday, April 5, at the Koenig Alumni Center. Find more information at

Photo by Michael Bulbenko