Office for University Outreach

Conference on World Affairs

Conference on World Affairs

Founded in 1948, the Conference is a yearly tradition on the Boulder campus that attracts over 90,000 in attendance. Each April, 100 participants from a wide array of disciplines come to Boulder for five days of events on the arts, media, science, diplomacy, technology, environment, spirituality, politics, business, medicine, and human rights among others. Roger Ebert, who has participated in the conference for over four decades, refers to the CWA as "the Conference on Everything Conceivable."

The New York Times calls the Conference "a week-long extravaganza of discussion and debate" on approximately 200 panels, plenaries and performances. Conference participants discuss issues on an impromptu basis-a refreshing alternative to the specialized gatherings of academia and the business world. Molly Ivins, a frequent participant over 25 years, wrote that CWA offers "...whole new ways of looking at old questions and information that can transform the way you look at things."

The CWA owes its existence to a vast network of volunteers. Although many of the panelists ordinarily command large speaking or performance fees, CWA participants attend at their own expense, finding reward in a fascinating and diverse group of people from around the globe. University faculty, staff and students work alongside Boulder community members to plan and host the week's public events. CU-Boulder students provide local transportation, greeting participants at Denver International Airport when they arrive. Gracious Boulder community members open their homes to house participants during the week.

Since its founding, all Conference sessions have remained free and open to the public.

This is a public program. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus
There are over 10 campus locations.
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  • ATLAS Center
  • Business, Leeds School of
  • Duane Physics
  • Eaton Humanities
  • Engineering Center
  • Imig Music
  • Macky Auditorium
  • Mathematics
  • Muenzinger Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Old Main
  • University Memorial Center (UMC)
  • Visual Arts Complex
  • Wolf Law

Program Partners

  • Athenaeum Series

Sponsoring Units

Arts & Sciences, College of

  • Conference on World Affairs

Program Contact

Maura Clare
Director of Public Affairs


Topics Program Types Audiences
  • Anthropology
  • Business/Economic Development
  • Climate Change
  • Education (Adult)
  • Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Film
  • Fine Arts
  • Foreign Languages/Civilizations
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Journalism/Media
  • Lecture Series
  • Music
  • Natural Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Recreation/Entertainment
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Space Sciences
  • Sustainability and Energy
  • Technology
  • Theatre
  • Community Event
  • Conference/Institute
  • Public Lecture/Demonstration
  • Public Performance
  • Adult Learners
  • Alumni/Parents/Friends
  • General Public
  • Senior Citizens


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