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What is CWA?
For over 75 years, Conference on World Affairs (CWA) has strived to be the preeminent venue for open, multifaceted and balanced discussions on today’s challenging issues. This is marked by cross-disciplinary synergy among top-tier speakers, in events collaboratively planned by CU Boulder and Boulder community members, for academic and non-academic audiences.
Spanning three days from April 9-12, 2024, featuring over 70 panels that explore three exciting themes.
The Next 100 years
With this theme, CWA will bring innovators, educators and professionals from around the world to explore the confluence of technological advances and sociocultural imperatives that will shape the next century. We will encourage a dynamic dialogue on the challenges and prospects facing Gen Z and future generations.
We will address the growing impact of artificial intelligence on society, with the opportunities, risks and ethical questions it presents. Our discussions may span from groundbreaking fields like quantum computing to the new horizons of space and aerospace research and impacts on health and culture.
The idea for this theme was born of discussions regarding the ideas of equity vs. equality. In addition to a historical perspective, and addressing where we go from here, we will address forward-looking concepts such as whether developing technologies level the playing field in terms of global equity.
In addition to specific attention to issues of the Global South, panels developed under this theme will address issues that affect north and south, such as whether the old view that the steady advance of democracy will accompany development is still accurate. Finally, we will include discussions of the importance of systemic change and the associated challenges in this era of social platforms that encourage quick reactions and quick fixes rather than long-term thinking and solutions.
The University of Colorado Boulder believes and invests in the leadership potential of all students. Part of that cultivation includes learning from leaders of character who meet the needs of humanity in many different ways. In 2024, CWA will provide students, faculty and the community the opportunity to engage with and learn from a diverse set of leaders across the political, business, social, academic, athletic and arts sectors.
We believe that everyone can be a leader, and these speakers will provide lessons from their own experiences, examining the characteristics that come together in leadership, the role of failures in successes, what to look for in a team, whom to listen to . . . or ignore and what is different about the next generation of leaders.
Request a Classroom Visit
CU Boulder faculty members may request that a CWA speakers visit their class to talk with students directly during the 2024 CWA Week, April 9-12. Click here to submit a classroom visit.