“One of the most remarkable events in America.” – Roger Ebert
CWA Speaker for more than 30 years
The Conference on World Affairs brings a world of thought leaders together to discuss “everything conceivable” with the residents and students of Boulder. Founded in 1948 as a forum on world affairs, the CWA expanded rapidly in its early years and now encompasses the arts, media, science, technology, politics, business, human rights, and more. The event reaches viewers throughout Colorado and the nation as well through livestreaming and video and audio recordings, archived over many decades.
Although most CWA events take place on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, Conference sessions and activities are open to the public and there is no admission fee. CWA is made possible through the many contributions of its volunteers and financial supporters as well as its distinguished speakers who attend at their own expense.
The CWA is unique in the commitment and enrichment afforded by its speakers. Most of our speakers and performers contribute to 6-10 sessions over 5 days. Our speakers find reward in engaging with a fascinating and diverse group of colleagues from around the globe as well as musical and social events throughout the week.
University faculty, staff, and students work alongside Boulder community members to recruit each year’s CWA speakers and performers and to plan the week's events. Students provide local transportation, serve as ambassadors, and welcome speakers into their classrooms. Gracious Boulder community members open their homes to host our speakers for the week.