Published: March 19, 2019

Award-winning designer Leyla Acaroglu, once described as a “sustainability provocateur,” will travel from Santarém, Portugal to give the opening keynote address at the 71st Conference on World Affairs at CU Boulder on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Joining her are a diverse group of accomplished individuals presenting major addresses Tuesday to Saturday, April 9–13.

The Conference on World Affairs is a weeklong extravaganza of ideas that has hosted generations of thought leaders from former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

2019 keynotes and major addresses schedule

Leyla Acaroglu, award-winning designer, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Champion of the Earth, sociologist and entrepreneur
CWA Opening Keynote Address: “Disrupting the Status Quo...By Design”
Tuesday, April 9, 11:30 a.m.

Teresa Younger, president and CEO at Ms. Foundation for Women, former executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and former executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut
Women and Girls Changing the World Keynote Address: “Our Voices, Our Time”
Wednesday, April 10, 11 a.m.
Berit Anderson, CEO and editor-in-chief of, a media company exploring the future of technology through analysis, science fiction and scenario-planning games
Disruptive Technology Keynote Address: “The Internet and Humanity”
Friday, April 12, 10:30 a.m.
Hope Solo, World Cup and Olympic soccer champion and women’s equality advocate
“Athlete Activism: Sports as a Force for Empowerment, Social Activism and Gender Equality”
Friday, April 12, 3 p.m.
Mike Reiss, Emmy award-winning writer & producer, The Simpsons
“Springfield Confidential: A Funny and Insightful Insider’s Look at a Lifetime of Writing for ‘The Simpsons’”
Saturday, April 13, 10:30 a.m.

The Conference on World Affairs is open to all without charge.

Students and community members comprise the volunteer program committee that selected each of the speakers and performers.

View the full speaker lineup at the 2019 Speakers & Performers page. The 2019 complete schedule of events, comprised of roughly 200 panels and events over five days, is now available via the CWA website.


Printed programs will be available for pick-up at the following Boulder locations beginning Saturday, March 30.

  • Alfalfa’s Market, 1551 Broadway
  • Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave.
  • CU University Memorial Center, 1669 Euclid Ave.
  • Hazel’s Beverage World, 1955 28th St.
  • North Boulder Rec Center, 3170 Broadway
  • South Boulder Rec Center, 1360 Gillaspie Drive
  • East Boulder Rec Center, 5660 Sioux Drive

Printed programs will also be available on campus during CWA week for all attendees.

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