All the World’s On Stage

There’s nothing in the world quite like the University of Colorado’s Conference on World Affairs, whose 65th edition starts today. A universal grab bag of global issues, taken up in more than 200 lectures, concerts, roundtables, film screenings, panels and dozens of celebrity appearances, the annual event is all free and all egalitarian, completely open to the public. This year’s fete gets under way just after 11 a.m. with a traditional procession from Norlin Quad to Macky Auditorium on CU’s Boulder campus, via a pathway lined with international flags; the keynote speech, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith, will begin at 11:30 a.m. — and then the CWF is off and running, non-stop, for the next five days.

Other highlights include this afternoon’s Roger Ebert Uninterruptus screening, hosted by Terrence McNally and featuring One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, from 4 to 6 p.m.; the annotated and deconstructed screening will continue daily in Macky at the same time throughout the conference. CWA’s widely attended jazz panel and concert will be at 8 p.m. tomorrow, also at Macky. The rest of the days will be filled with experts sounding off on everything from sex trafficking and legalized pot to fracking and world conflicts, as well as topics such as why it’s important to be polite.

The CWA runs through April 12 at various CU campus venues (and a few off campus, as well); the best way to pick and choose and plot your course is by checking the extensive schedule, posted at
April 8-12, 2013

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
Contact: Susan Froyd