Life in the Slow Lane: Jeff Lieberman

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s how Jeff Lieberman, host of Discovery Channel’s Timewarp, uses robotics to turn a 4 second melody into a musical production.

Jeff will be in Boulder April 4-8 for the 63rd Conference on World Affairs. To view other participants scheduled for this years CWA click here.


CWA Athenaeum Series to host The Yes Men and PBS correspondent Maria Hinojosa

January 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Sociopolitical satirists Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno of The Yes Men raise awareness of public issues through large scale hoaxes which often include impersonation of corporate and government representatives. They have produced two films documenting their work: The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Maria Hinojosa

Hinojosa is the host of the PBS series Maria Hinojosa:One-on-One and the weekly NPR series Latino USA. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine.

Be sure to save the date for these FREE public events leading up to the 63rd Conference on World Affairs April 4-8, 2011.

Joseph Cirincione Returns for the 63rd

December 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Joseph Cirincione will be returning to the Conference on World Affairs this coming April.  Cirincione is president of the Ploughshares Fund, a grantmaking foundation focused on ending the assembly and possible use of nuclear weapons.  The Fund has awarded over $60 million in grants since it was founded in 1981, making it the largest foundation in the U.S. that is focused on peace and security.

Joe previously served as vice president for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress and as director for non-proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Cirincione has written several books, contributed to the Council on Foreign Relations, and has been featured in the documentary films Why We Fight and Countdown to Zero. He has appeared on the The Colbert Report, and CWA veteran Rachel Maddow often features Cirincione as a guest on her show.

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

The Smiths go to Saudi Arabia

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Husband and wife General Jim Smith and Janet Breslin-Smith have been regular participants in the Conference on World Affairs since 2003. In June of 2009, Jim Smith was nominated by President Obama to be the United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and the couple has been serving in residence there for over a year.

The CWA is thrilled that the Smiths will travel all the way back to Boulder to participate in CWA 2011.  Conference audiences may look forward to hearing fascinating details about the couple’s experiences and the people they have met in Saudi Arabia.  Janet has been especially taken with the women there. When asked by a magazine for her impressions of Saudi Arabia, she responded:

“One of the highlights of our first few months here has been meeting such outstanding and impressive Saudi women. Whether it’s in education, medicine, or in business, these women are making such a contribution. I am especially impressed with the young women here.”

General Jim Smith being sworn in by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Janet Breslin-Smith is standing center


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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David Walker to Participate in CWA

November 5, 2010 Leave a comment

David Walker will be back in Boulder this April for the 63rd Conference on World Affairs.  Walker served as the United States Comptroller General from 1998 to 2008.  He left that post to become the President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, an organization focused on fiscal sustainability issues.

Walker’s expertise was highlighted this past April when he spoke on “Debt: Letting the Next Generation Clean up Our Mess” and “Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility.”