Bringing the World to Boulder
Each April, a hundred fascinating luminaries from the widest range of backgrounds gather in Boulder for what The New York Times
calls "a week-long extravaganza of discussion and debate". The CWA is made up of vast network of engaged, committed volunteers.
Many of the presenters would normally command large appearance fees, but all who appear at the CWA waive honoraria and pay
their own way to engage with our community and fellow participants. University faculty, staff and students work alongside local community
members to plan and host the week's events, as well as the participants' transportation, housing and social functions.
Open to the Public, Without Charge
All events are open to the public, without charge—and attended by students, faculty, staff, alumni, townsfolk, journalists and visitors
from around the nation. Audiences at the individual sessions range in size from an intimate 100 to well over 2,000.
Students serving as volunteers on the CWA program committee are engaged in every facet of planning and executing conference week.
Lasting friendships, valuable contacts and unique experiences are formed at during the event. Graduating student volunteers typically cite
the CWA as the most satisfying and meaningful experience of their college careers.