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The Conference on World Affairs
University of Colorado-Boulder

How the Conference describes itself:

The Conference on World Affairs, originally founded in 1948 as a forum on international affairs, expanded rapidly in its early years to encompass the arts, media, science, diplomacy, technology, environment, spirituality, politics, business, medicine, human rights, and so on. Each April 100 participants representing a wide range of backgrounds gather in Boulder for what The New York Times calls "a week-long extravaganza of discussion and debate" on approximately 200 panels, plenaries and performances.

Why we are highlighting the Conference on World Affairs:

We believe that the formal and informal rules for the conference participants set an example for civil behavior when people are engaged in vigorous and contentious discussions and debates on campus.  Participants come from across the political spectrum, and have well-researched and firm beliefs. On panels participants may not read from a prepared text, but are expected to speak briefly and in an impromptu basis, leaving roughly half the time for responses to live audience questions, which are sometimes contentious.

Most important is the fact that participants are given clear guidelines about courtesy; and those who disrespect other participants or audience members are not invited back.

CWA Procession

CWA Director Jim Palmer, CU President Elizabeth Hoffman, Plenary speaker Arianna Huffington and Todd Gleeson lead the procession opening the 2004 Conference on World Affairs



Photo by Patrick Kelley, CU-Boulder Photography Office







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