Published: Feb. 22, 2021


The University of Colorado Boulder Conference on World Affairs (CWA) returns virtually in its 73rd year with a seven-day lineup of livestreamed events April 5-11.

The 2021 conference will host 29 events in total: Seven performances and 22 panel discussions. The event will feature dialogue on a variety of topics including this year’s conference themes: racism in the U.S., health care and Generation Z.

The beloved CWA jazz concert and Ebert Interruptus film series will be held virtually in a unique and engaging live format along with a live watch party of the selected Interruptus film; details to be shared ahead of the event. In an effort to expand accessibility to campus and community audiences, CWA will host a new Monday through Sunday schedule, April 5 to 11. 

A diverse group of more than 80 speakers representing 12 countries and counting, will join the 2021 conference. Participants include activists, artists, political experts, scientists and more.

Notable names attending the 2021 conference include:

  • Jake Sally, Denver-born, XR (extended reality) industry leader and COO of Jadu, an interactive augmented reality company
  • Christian Picciolini, award-winning television producer, author, peace advocate, former violent extremist and founder of the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism and disengagement network
  • Daniel Hahn, the first Black police chief in the Sacramento Police Department's nearly 170-year history, currently commanding 800 police officers in the state's capital
  • Michelle Gavin, senior fellow for Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and former United States ambassador to Botswana

See the 2021 Schedule of Events

View the complete list of 2021 CWA Speakers & Performers

All speakers and performers are selected by the CWA program committee, composed of student and community volunteers. Sessions will be held via zoom and livestreamed to the CWA YouTube channel. All events are free and open to the public; schedule will be available in March.

Watch Live April 5-11