The Conference on World Affairs (CWA) was founded in 1948 as a forum for international issues. Since then, its subject matter has expanded to encompass the arts, diplomacy, technology, the environment, spirituality, business, medicine, human rights – you name it. Every April, 100 participants representing a wide range of backgrounds gather at CU for a week of discussion and debate on roughly 200 panels, plenaries and performances.  There’s absolutely nothing like it.

This year’s CWA will be held from April 7 through 11.  Roger Ebert, who participated in the CWA for four decades, always referred to it as “the Conference on Everything Conceivable.” For good reason; this year’s presentation topics include the globalization of pollution, vengeance, wanderlust, the new golden age of television,  sex, healthcare, materialism, the wisdom of uncertainty, technology and privacy, the creative process, protest music, storytelling, water and foreign policy.

This year’s participants include NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Assistant Director of Science Michelle Thaller, National Public Radio Correspondent Margot Adler, Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, U.S. Army Colonel Isaiah Wilson, University of Edinburgh Computational Linguist Tamsin Maxwell, Heritage Foundation Center for Policy Innovation Director Stuart Butler, Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge Arthur Grim and vocalist extraordinaire Lillian Boutté.

As always, all events are free and open to the public. Parking and bus rides are also free. Look for a complete schedule of CWA events inside this Sunday’s Daily Camera or online at