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Our Blog has Moved!

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

You can now find the latest news about the CWA directly on our website at

Just click on ‘News’

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From Lebanon to Boulder, Rony Barrak

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Rony Barrak is one of the CWA’s veteran participants.  He has been making the journey from Lebanon to Boulder since 2003.

Barrak is known for his style of blending Eastern and Western percussion and for his use of abstract items as musical instruments, such as car parts and coffee mugs. He has performed with a wide range of orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, the Chicagoland Pops, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.

Here he is in action at the 2007 Conference on World Affairs Annual Jazz Concert:
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CWA volunteers past and present: Where are they now?

August 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Alex, second from right, with WWT girls in Guatemala

Alex Grossman


Class of 2011
International Affairs

Current location: Guatemala

Alex traveled to Guatemala with the non-profit organization Women Work Together, which promotes leadership and collaboration among Guatemalan women and girls in order to raise their socio-economic status and create positive change in their communities. The founder of Women Working Together is Tracy Ehlers, an anthropology professor at Denver University and long-time CWA committee member. Her co-founder, Diane Dvorin, is a community volunteer and editor for the international affairs subcommittee. As a member of the international affairs subcommittee herself, Alex heard about the work Tracy and Diane were doing and decided to get involved.

Ehlers, right, being welcomed by WWT girls

When asked about the impact CWA has had on her college experience overall, Alex replied, “CWA has been one of the best experiences that I’ve had in college.  Not only have I met amazing students, community volunteers and gotten to interact with the participants, but I have also been able to see all our hard work come together into one amazing week.  I have also met many people that I consider to be role models who have helped to influence my goals for the future.”

The girls wrote and performed a song for Tracy with the words “Mujeres unidas con Tracy jamas seran vencidas!”  (“Women united, with Tracy we will never be defeated”).

We’re so proud these amazing women are part of the CWA!

Upcoming Athenaeums: Get Excited!

August 12, 2010 2 comments

The CWA Athenaeum Series is hosting some outstanding individuals this year. Mark your calendars for Baltimore beatboxer Shodekeh, who will be at the FREE student dinner on Tuesday, September 7 and will be performing a FREE concert on Wednesday, September 8, at 7pm in the UMC Ballroom. This CWA frequenter is not to be missed; check out what Roger Ebert had to say about him back in the spring as well as a recent Washington Post article. Shodekeh will be joined by student a cappella group CU On the Rocks as well as acclaimed saxophonist and CU Jazz Studies professor John Gunther.

Also, Rolling Stone columnist Matt Taibbi will coming to CU on October 5 th and 6th. Taibbi’s recent Rolling Stone article about Wall Street and financial reform has stirred up a lot of conversation, and his April 2009 article about Goldman Sachs also sparked some fierce debates. Needless to say, Taibbi’s presentation will be anything but dull!  So save the date(s): Tuesday October 5th, public lecture at 7pm in Muenzinger Auditorium, and the FREE student dinner on Wednesday October 6th. Students must RSVP for the dinners at

World Premiere of Werner Herzog film “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” at TIFF

August 12, 2010 Leave a comment

It appears the visionary German film director and 2010 CWA participant Werner Herzog has also embraced 3D technology. Herzog’s latest film, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” provides audiences with rare footage of the Chauvet caves of southern France, which contain some of the oldest known images of mankind. Since the cave was discovered in 1994, access has been extremely limited due to concerns that overexposure might damage the drawings. Herzog is therefore one of few individuals who have been fortunate enough to see the art in person, and was given special permission to film the caves using lights that emit no heat.  The film was inspired by a 2008 New Yorker article about the caves by Judith Thurman, and will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 9-19, 2010

Paul Krugman adding comedy to his repertoire

June 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Paul Krugman: Economist,  New York Times columnist, Nobel Prize winner, and now…comedian? Check out what the former CWA participant is up to these days!

Be sure to catch Krugman on the big screen in  “Get Him to the Greek,” starring Jonah Hill and Russel Brand

Near and Far

April 4, 2010 Leave a comment

One of the greatest things about the Conference on World Affairs is the bridge it creates between “near” and “far”.  Participants come from all over the world to attend and share their perspective on current issues from the economy to arts, from food to green living, from music to literature and on and on.  The people who moderate each panel- local celebrities and experts contribute the Colorado aspect.

While I’m wildly excited to hear Ms. Sweeney, Mr. Kassoy and Mr. Tree’s thoughts on Food Porn (one of the panels I’m most looking forward to) I’m actually most anxious to hear from Bobby Stuckey.  If you’re not yet familiar with Frasca on East Pearl, you need to be.  A regular media darling and a recent Beard Foundation nominee, Frasca consistently serves one of the best meals and experiences in Boulder. Food and Wine Magazine also named it a “Pairing Mecca” in their most recent issue. Mr. Stuckey is the Master Sommelier and Co-Owner and came to Boulder after first working in Aspen at the Little Nell and then at The French Laundry in Yountville, CA where he received the Beard Foundation “Outstanding Wine Service” Award in his first year.  He’s charming, handsome and exceptionally well educated in both wine and business.  He’s also a runner- he finished the New York Marathon in 2:47:23 last year- and a cyclist, both of which endear him to the Boulder community obsessed with health and fitness.  And this is the beauty of the Conference. It brings people we all know about to Colorado and pairs them perfectly with local experts.  It creates the opportunity for panelists, moderators and attendees to have a discussion about interesting topics.  The Conference may provide the name of the panel but the panelists then choose the direction takes.  Who knows where they will go with “Food Porn: Out of the Kitchen and Onto the Couch”- Monday April 5th at 3:00pm in Chemistry 140.

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