Welcome to the University of Colorado Boulder's Conference on World Affairs (CWA) and Archives/CU Libraries collaborative digital audio streaming project. These digitized and enhanced audio recordings present some of the memorable speakers and sessions from the early years of the Conference on World Affairs (1959-1994), including R. Buckminster Fuller, Henry Kissinger, Yitzhak Rabin, Marya Mannes, Huey P. Newton, Margot Adler, Ralph Nader, and I. F. Stone. Year by year, CWA recordings encapsulate the historic tenor of the times, as participants explore topics as diverse as civil rights, Castro, black power, the War on Poverty, student revolutions of the 1960s, Nixon, the women's movement, civil war in El Salvador, the fight for freedom in South Africa, the exploration of space, sexual liberation, nuclear deterrence, and the future of energy, music, language, jazz, and the arts.

There are approximately 80 hours of recordings currently featured on this site, which represents only a fraction of the 8,000 hours of audio and video recordings that comprise the entire CWA archives collection, housed at the Archives at Norlin Library. Funding for this initiative was provided by a bequest from Bernice ("B") Shawl (April 1, 1905-November 4, 2005) in honor of her dear friend and CWA Community Chair Jane Weinburg Butcher. We also thank Wyndham Hannaway, president of GH Hannaway & Associates, and John Cuddemi, founder and creative director of Smart Move Branding, for the dedication, hard work, and generous in-kind contributions they provided and that made this project possible.

Accompanying the recordings are digitized annual CWA programs, participant biographies (prosopographies), photographs, and other archival documents.


Digitally remastered, streaming audio from the Conference on World Affairs.

Prosopography Archive

Browse the entire CWA collection of in-depth panelists descriptions.

Program Archive

Full conference programs for dowload, dating back to 1956. Relive CWA history.

Photography Archive

A journey into the past. Rare photos from the CWA vaults.