Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado - Boulder



CWA Week at the University of Colorado Boulder provides what The New York Times calls "a week-long extravaganza of discussion and debate". With individual sessions ranging from 100 to over 2,000 people, CWA Week offers events without admission fees to the Boulder community and the wider public. Throughout the week, participants will attend discussions led by panelists from around the globe, musical, and social events.


The goal: engage, educate, and inspire University of Colorado students, faculty, and staff; the larger Boulder community; and the people of Colorado and the nation to share ideas, acquire information and gain new insights. The event reaches viewers throughout Colorado, attracting more than 70,000 annually, and brings 17,000 annual national and international viewers through live streaming and recordings.

The 74th CU Boulder Conference on World Affairs returns with over 100 in-person events - livestream options available for most events - with speakers and performers from around the world on April 6-9, 2022. One hundred diverse speakers and performers will participate in 125-panel discussions, performances, and keynote events on the CU Boulder campus. The event will include discussions addressing numerous topics, including these conference themes:

  • Racism in the U.S.

  • Is the U.S. Constitution Ready for the 21st Century?

  • Regenerative Agriculture

  • Start It Up: The Entrepreneurial Journey

  • Art as Activism

  • How Things Work: Stories From the Real World


Notable events include keynote presentations by:

  • Victoria Garrick, mental health advocate, podcast host, and former Division I athlete

  • Steven Olikara, founder & president of Millennial Action Project and candidate for United States Senate in Wisconsin

  • Thomas Chatterton Williams, author, contributing writer at New York Times Magazine, and visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute

  • Akhil Amar, Author and Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University


Please register in advance via the CWA website. Conference registration is not required, but encouraged. On-site registration will be available at the University Memorial Center (UMC) between 8-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 through Saturday, April 9.



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