Monday, 23 February 2015

Sam Gray Boulder Colorado: The Conference on World Affairs

Sam Gray of Boulder Colorado is a graduate of the University of Colorado. He double majored in Economics and International Affairs, and received his degrees in May of 2013. He is currently based in the Dominican Republic as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Apart from CU football and basketball games, Sam Gray of Boulder Colorado says that one of the most exciting events held on campus each year is the Conference on World Affairs. More than two hundred events make up the week-long conference, and they are all free and open to the public. It is a huge draw locally, and many people mark their calendars and live in anticipation of the conference, which is held during the first part of April.

Sam Gray of Boulder Colorado says that the Conference on World Affairs regularly features prominent figures from the worlds of politics, academia, and the arts. Past speakers have included such names as Eleanor Roosevelt and Henry Kissinger, and the 2015 lineup includes legendary folk singers Graham Nash and David Crosby.

One of the most popular past participants was the late film critic Roger Ebert, who once said the Conference on World Affairs was more like "the conference on everything conceivable." He always hosted an even called Cinema Interruptus, which has been renamed Ebert Interruptus in his memory. He selected an important film and would interrupt it during its screening to discuss one important element or another. The interruptus showing is always preceded by an uninterrupted screening of the same film.