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Crosby and Nash to Deliver Closing Plenary

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

David Crosby and Graham Nash are scheduled to deliver the closing plenary address, entitled “Life Matters,” at this year’s Conference on World Affairs at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8 in the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Macky Auditorium.  Popular local radio personality Bret Saunders of KBCO will introduce the two speakers.

Crosby and Nash have been performing and recording together for over 40 years, most often as part of the iconic folk/rock super group CSNY, featuring Crosby, Nash, Stephen Stills and Neil Young.

The full schedule for the 63rd Conference on World Affairs will be posted to the CWA website by the end of this week.


CWA to Screen Acclaimed Documentary Budrus

February 28, 2011 Leave a comment

The 63rd CWA will feature a screening of the acclaimed documentary Budrus. Ronit Avni, the film’s producer, will be on-hand for introduction of the screening, followed by Q&A.

Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. The film has been featured at numerous festivals across the globe, including Tribeca, Berlin, and the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Ronit Avni is a filmmaker, human rights advocate, and media strategist with an expertise in Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution efforts. She is the founder and executive director of Just Vision, a nonprofit organization that researches, documents, and creates media about Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders in nonviolence and peace building.

For a full biography of Avni and the other 100 participants coming to Boulder this April, visit our website at:

CWA to Host Molly Ivins Play

December 8, 2010 Leave a comment

The CWA plans to host a reading of the one woman play Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins. The late Molly Ivins was a celebrated humorist and political commentator, who participated in the CWA over 25 years, until her death in 2006.

Celebrated Shakespearean actress Tina Packer has agreed to play Molly Ivins in the CWA reading in April 2011.  Packer’s recent work portraying Shakespeare’s Women of Will may turn out to bear some similarities to the role of the firebrand journalist from Texas, who was noted for her fiesty outspokenness.

Red Hot Patriot was written by CWA participant Margaret Engel and her sister Allison Engel .  Like Ivins, both sisters are journalists. Margaret was the managing editor of the Newseum in Washington, DC before leaving to become the executive director of the Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation.  The play received rave reviews when it first appeared in Philadelphia with Kathleen Turner as Molly Ivins last spring.

More information about Red Hot Patriot here.

Download the official Molly Ivins Play Program

Colonel Isaiah “Ike” Wilson Will Keynote

March 19, 2010 Leave a comment

The Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder is proud to announce the sixty-second annual CWA’s opening keynote speaker: Colonel Isaiah “Ike” Wilson will deliver an address on “Rethinking American Power” at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 5 in Macky Auditorium.  Preceding the opening keynote will be the traditional keynote procession into Macky through the CWA’s “avenue of international flags” in Norlin Quad at 11:10 a.m.

A decorated veteran of combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Colonel Wilson currently serves at Westpoint as associate professor of social sciences and director of the undergraduate program in American politics, public policy, and strategic studies.  He has earned a reputation as a versatile and innovative soldier-scholar and is a leading advocate for change in America’s concepts of and approaches to security policy, war, and peace.

Monday, April 5 will also mark the return of Roger Ebert to the Conference on World Affairs. Ebert has participated in the CWA for four decades and has missed only two years of the CWA in that time, in 2007 and 2008, due to illness. He says, “Here I have learned nearly everything I know and contributed even more than that.”

Ebert created one of the Conference’s most distinctive and interactive of sessions, the Cinema Interruptus. Every year a movie is selected and shown in a normal, uninterrupted way. Then, for a total of 8 hours spread over four subsequent afternoons, the movie is dissected on a scene-by-scene basis. Ebert, or anybody else in the audience may direct the projectionist to freeze frame by yelling, “Stop!” in order to make comments about any aspect of the movie: plot points, acting or directing techniques, camera movement, frame composition, and so on.

Aguirre, the Wrath of God pictures

Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Celebrated film director Werner Herzog will be joining the Monday and Tuesday Interruptus, as well as other sessions at this year’s CWA.  Herzog has created over 50 films, including Grizzly Man, Fitzcarraldo, and the recent Encounters at the End of the World, which he dedicated to Ebert.  Werner’s planned participation in the CWA inspired the choice of this year’s Interruptus film, Aguirre, the Wrath of God.

CWA Director and University of Colorado film professor Jim Palmer is excited about Ebert’s choice.  “Filmed near Machu Picchu, this absurd trek through the jungle depicts the madness of colonialism,” Palmer says. “The film is worth seeing for Kinski’s performance alone, it is a marvelous portrayal of megalomania.”

A free, uninterrupted screening of Aguirre will be shown in 35mm on Sunday April 4 at 4 p.m. in Muenzinger Auditorium courtesy of the International Film Series.  That “Uninterruptus” will be without appearances by CWA participants.  The CWA’s Cinema Interruptus will be held each day, Monday, April 5 through Thursday, April 8 at 4 p.m. in Macky Auditorium.  In addition to Herzog, film critic Jim Emerson, director Ramin Bahrani, and writer-comedian Julia Sweeney will also join Ebert at the Interruptus on various days.

All Conference on World Affairs sessions, including the keynote and Cinema Interruptus, are free and open to the public.

The Conference on World Affairs was founded in 1948, originally as a forum on international affairs.  It quickly gained fame in its early years with such notable participants as Eleanor Roosevelt, Arthur Miller and Henry Kissinger. Over the second half of the century, it has expanded to encompass music, literature, environment, science, journalism, visual arts, diplomacy, technology, spirituality, film, politics, business, medicine, human rights and recently has brought such names as Joe Biden, Charles Krauthammer, Paul Krugman and Rachel Maddow to Boulder.

This year’s Conference will be held April 5-9, 2010. A biographical listing of all Conference on World Affairs participants is now online at  The full CWA schedule will be posted to that site by March 22, 2010. Interviews Students about CWA

March 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Flag of CWAIn an article that ranges from interviews with students to the history and importance of the Conference on World Affairs, tells it like it is—and, according to Jennifer Retter, staff writer, it’s all good. Check it out!!!

The 2010 Conference starts just after Spring Break. Programs will available on-line and in print.

Esther Dyson Is Coming. How Cool is That?

March 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Esther DysonIn 2008, Esther Dyson trained as back-up for a trip to the International Space Station aboard Soyuz TMA-14. She describes herself as spending more and more time on private aviation and commercial space start-ups. She’s also increasingly involved in health care and genetics. Her plenary at the Conference on World Affairs, April 5-9, will focus on health care. She’s an active member of several non-profit advisary organizations including ICANN, the Long Now Foundation and Santa Fe Institute.

swimming pool

Coolness factor: on Flickr she has photos of over 400  swimming pools she’s used world-wide with reviews

Twitter: @edyson

Blog: and she blogs regularly at Huffington Post. Her flight school blog is history but still worth reading.

Conference on World Affairs is free, fun, eclectic. Programs will be available after Spring Break. Come to one or many sessions. Stay 10 minutes or the whole five days.

Decades of Conference history on your desktop

March 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Check out our brand new Conference Archives site–a time capsule spanning some of the best of the best from 1959 to 1994. Looking through a sample of sessions, there are panels on Civil Rights, Castrology, the war against poverty, and what we thought the future of China would look like (in 1969), to name a few. This is a truly remarkable resource for the CU Boulder campus, and Boulder community. Pictures, programs, and recordings from almost all past Conferences are featured.  Definitely something to sample with only a month remaining until the 62nd!