Published: April 10, 2019

Rick Bayless provides the Food Theme keynote speech at the Conference on World Affairs.

Rick Bayless provides the Food Theme keynote speech at a previous year's Conference on World Affairs. (Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

From panel discussions to keynote speeches, performances and more—among the final three days of events at the Conference on World Affairs, you're sure to find something you don't want to miss.

Take a look at the sampling below, or see the full schedule of events. Enrich your experience at CWA by downloading the free app. Or, watch live via the livestream, sponsored by CU Boulder Continuing Education.

Thursday, April 11

The Gen Z Economy

9 a.m. UMC West Ballroom
Impacts of streaming, internet consumption, ethical consumerism, crowdfunding, housing and community changes.

Mental Health Check-up

9 a.m. Old Main Chapel
Building constructive conversations about mental health across intersecting identities. How do we discuss mental health with suffering friends, share personal experiences and build supportive conversations when the experience is so different for each person, especially considering differences such as race, gender and class?

Reaching the Top of Your Game, featuring prominent figures from the NFL, MLB and former Olympic athletes

1:30 p.m. UMC Center Ballroom
Competition, Companionship, Confidence: How do sports help you be your best self?

Will Bees Save the World?

4:30 p.m. Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater
We know that our food system can't survive without pollinators. What can we and pollinators do to work together to save the planet?

Friday, April 12

Attacked, Jailed, Expelled and Killed: The Hazards of International Journalism, featuring prominent journalists from The New York Times and abroad

9 a.m. UMC 235
Time Magazine chose journalists as their 2018 Person of the Year, as at least 34 journalists were targeted and killed in the pursuit of truth.

Family Matters: Modern Family Dynamics

9 a.m. Old Main Chapel
Speakers with non-traditional families discuss definitions of "family" and ways they navigate difficult dynamics and individual identity.

Disruptive Technology Keynote Address: The Internet and Humanity

10:30 a.m. UMC Center Ballroom
The effect the internet is having on society, discourse, social interaction, privacy, consumerism and politics.

Mobilizing Social Activism

10:30 a.m. UMC West Ballroom
When retweets, thoughts and prayers aren't enough. Empowering ourselves and others to make transformative change.

Is Social Media the New Frontier for Women’s Rights?

Noon UMC 235
Hashtag activism has helped to bring women's rights to the forefront, giving attention to often underreported issues. But how effective is social media as a tool for women to connect, educate and empower vs. a means of destroying self-esteem and sense of identity?

Friday CWA Celebration on the Hill

4 p.m. The Hill Event Street (Pennsylvania Ave)
Join us for free food from Hill restaurants, live music and more.

Saturday, April 13

Why Can’t I Sleep?

9 a.m. UMC West Ballroom
The current scientific understanding of sleep and ways we can use fact-based information to sleep and live better.

Springfield Confidential

10:30 a.m. Macky Auditorium
A funny and insightful insider’s look at a lifetime of writing for The Simpsons with Mike Reiss.

The Future of Work

Noon UMC West Ballroom
A look at the shape and scope of occupations and professions through the 21st century.

Traveling with a Purpose

3 p.m. Chemistry 140
A discussion of the helpful and harmful effects of travel—on others and ourselves. This discussion will focus on providing thought-provoking questions to consider and concrete advice for future travels. How can we travel not just for ourselves and our own fulfillment, but also in support of others?

Molly Ivins Closing Memorial Plenary, A Conversation with Senator Amy Klobuchar

4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public but is ticketed. Get details.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, a 2020 presidential candidate, and Tom Zeiler, professor of history and director of the program in international affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder will discuss a wide range of pressing issues facing communities like Boulder across the country.