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Virtual Conference on World Affairs Week April 6-10

April 6 @ 2:00 pm - April 10 @ 4:00 pm


After the difficult news that the 72nd CU Boulder Conference on World Affairs would be cancelled due to the COVID-19 mitigation efforts, our program committee (comprised of community and student volunteers) has worked to produce five CWA sessions addressing these challenging times. CWA will host free, daily virtual CWA sessions April 6-10, 2020.

We’re grateful to the 2020 CWA speakers and CU faculty experts who have volunteered their time to participate in these panel discussions, all of which will be held online via Zoom. Attendees do not need to have installed Zoom on their device to participate in these sessions; anyone can access the sessions via a computer, smartphone, or tablet. Attendees can submit questions for the moderator via the chat feature in Zoom.

Each session has a maximum capacity of 500 online attendees: please RSVP for the sessions you would like to attend, and we will confirm your spot with instructions via email. All sessions will be recorded and posted shortly afterward to the CWA YouTube channel.


Historical Pandemics • Monday, April 6 @ 2 p.m. MDT

The Economic Impacts of COVID-19 • Tuesday, April 7 @ 2 p.m. MDT

  • Rebecca A. Fannin, expert on global innovation and one of the first American journalists to write about China’s entrepreneurial boom, reporting from Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
  • Jon Haveman, Executive Director, The National Economic Education Delegation. Widely considered to be one of California’s leading experts on the economics of seaports, goods movement and international trade policy.
  • Trine Tsouderos, Director at PwC’s Health Research Institute, where she develops national thought leadership on the healthcare industry’s new entrants and innovators.
  • Richard Wobbekind, Executive Director of the Business Research Division, Associate Dean, and Senior Economist at University of Colorado Leeds School of Business

Listen to the Scientists • Wednesday, April 8 @ 2:00 p.m. MDT

  • Eliot Peper, Strategist and novelist whose speculative thrillers explore the intersection of technology and culture
  • Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute and host of radio show/podcast Big Picture Science
  • Ty Tashiro, Social Scientist and author of AWKWARD: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward & Why That’s Awesome

Humor in Hard Times • Thursday, April 9 @ 2:00 p.m. MDT

  • Lisa Graves, President of the new watchdog group True North Research, researcher, writer and speaker. Former chief counsel for nominations on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy.
  • Mike Reiss, Emmy Award-Winning Writer & Producer, The Simpsons
  • Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and host of radio show/podcast Big Picture Science
  • Michael Spencer, Professor of Theater and Performance Design, Central Saint Martins
  • Mark P. Stewart, Multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer, and instrument designer

Our Health Post-Coronavirus: A New Frontier • Friday, April 10 @ 2:00 p.m. MDT

  • Margaret Pabst Battin, Distinguished professor of philosophy and adjunct professor of internal medicine, Division of Medical Ethics, University of Utah
  • Shelly L. Miller, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder
  • Irina Petrache, Pulmonologist at National Jewish Health, Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Professor in the Department of Medicine at National Jewish Health and University of Colorado Denver
  • Margot Witvliet, Social epidemiologist and Assistant Professor, Lamar University

The Conference on World Affairs is made possible in part due to the generous support of our partners and sponsors. See the full list and show your support on our 2020 CWA partners page.