CU-Boulder stages 61st World Affairs Conference
BOULDER, Colorado ” The University of Colorado’s 61st Conference on World Affairs will feature 190 events and such speakers as former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and NASA scientist James Hansen, one of the leading experts on climate change.
The conference runs Monday through Friday on the Boulder campus and is free and open to the public. Conference director Jim Palmer said many of the speakers would command big speaking fees for a single appearance, but most stay for the whole week and pay their own way.
“The Conference on World Affairs is a million-dollar conference that is basically run on a shoestring,” Palmer said.
Local residents provide participants free housing and volunteers help with the conference, which has a budget of $165,000. This year’s theme is “Perspective 360,” which “refers to looking at things from every possible angle,” Palmer said.
At least 10 of the events will focus on the global economic crisis, including panel discussions and plenary addresses titled “Are We Stimulated Yet?” ”What the Economic Crisis Has Taught Us” and “The Economy: Nightmare for the Next Generation.”
Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is scheduled to speak Thursday. He first testified in 1988 about the dangers of climate change.
Former Sen. Hagel discuss 21st Century international relations at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Macky Auditorium.
The far-ranging topics of panel discussions include “Reading Fiction Helps Me Live in the Real World,” ”Civil Liberties: What, Me Worry?” ”Pakistan: Pandora’s Box,” ”Brave New World of Journalism,” ”Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia” and “Help! My Mom Friended Me on Facebook!”
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