The 67th Annual Conference on World Affairs is at CU this week!

If you’ve never checked out the Conference on World Affairs (CWA) before, this is a great year to go. The conference is completely free and brings experts across fields together to discuss issues we currently face throughout the world. CWA’s tagline, “Everything Conceivable,” truly expresses the breadth of topics these experts will cover. Many of the talks this year focus on science policy, including climate change, energy, healthcare reform, and the internet. The format of most CWA talks is panel discussion followed by questions from the audience, with students given priority for asking questions. I’m particularly looking forward to a talk tilted “Anti-science: Denial in the Face of Facts”, in which Dr. Richard Alley, Professor in Geosciences at Penn State, is sitting on the panel. Dr. Alley studies abrupt climate change, participated in the IPCC process, and has advised officials and lawmakers. In addition to many panel discussions highlighted below, Dr. Alley will be giving the Walter Orr Distinguished Lecture, titled “Ways Forward on Climate and Energy: Getting Good from What We Do and Don’t Know”. You can read Dr. Alley’s bio here.

Below you will find a selection of the CWA talks we at FOSEP recommend, organized into a few categories. We hope you will take time this week to attend some of these talks. The panelists are leaders within their fields, and have unique perspectives that we don’t often encounter in academia. Take advantage of this great opportunity!

P.S. Some of the 2015 CWA talks are available for streaming here.

Talks with Dr. Richard Alley:

1513 The Oil Aristocracy Deposed: Economic Warfare
1:00-2:20 on Monday April 6, 2015
UMC Center Ballroom

2463 Politics of Keystone
12:30-1:50 on Tuesday April 7, 2015
UMC 235

2914 Geoengineering to Counter Climate Change
5:00-6:20 on Tuesday April 7, 2015
Duane Physics G1B30

3116 Water Paradox: Too Much, Too Little
9:00-10:20 on Wednesday April 8, 2015
UMC West Ballroom

3263 Anti-science: Denial in the Face of Facts
10:30-11:50 on Wednesday April 8, 2015
Macky Auditorium

3711 WALTER ORR ROBERTS DISTINGUISHED LECTURE Ways Forward on Climate and Energy: Getting Good from What We Do and Don’t Know
Dr. Richard Alley
3:00-3:50 on Wednesday April 8, 2015
Macky Auditorium

Other Science, Ethics, and Technology Policy related talks:

1512 The End of Money as We Know It: Bitcoin, ApplePay and Beyond
1:00-2:20 on Monday April 6, 2015
UMC West Ballroom

1712 The Internet: The Real Weapon of Mass Destruction
3:00-4:20 on Monday April 6, 2015
Wolf Law Wittemyer Courtroom

2051 RADIO BROADCAST How on Earth Biomimicry: A New Lens on Technology and Innovation
8:30-9:00 on Tuesday April 7, 2015
KGNU 88.5FM/1390AM

2161 Our Tangled Drug Policy
9:30-10:50 on Tuesday April 7, 2015
UMC 235

2615 Science Ethics: Means and Ends
2:00-3:20 on Tuesday April 7, 2015
UMC West Ballroom

2766 Health Care Reform Revisited
3:30-4:50 on Tuesday April 7, 2015
UMC Center Ballroom

3113 Changing Energy Prices, the Winners and Losers
9:00-10:20 on Wednesday April 8, 2015
Wolf Law Wittemyer Courtroom

3461 My Belief Is as Valid as Your Data
12:30-1:50 on Wednesday April 8, 2015
UMC West Ballroom

3851 DUET Response to Infectious Disease
4:30-5:20 on Wednesday April 8, 2015
Muenzinger E050

4161 Cyber Security and Privacy: We’re All H@cked
9:30-10:50 on Thursday April 9, 2015
UMC Center Ballroom

4462 Science: Surviving the Future
12:30-1:50 on Thursday April 9, 2015
UMC 235

4611 Energy from Fossil Fuels: Yay, We’ve Got Gas!
2:00-3:20 on Thursday April 9, 2015
UMC 235

5115 Is Artificial Intelligence Good For Humans?
9:00-10:20 on Friday April 10, 2015
UMC East Ballroom

5313 Discrimination in Science and Geek Culture
11:00-12:20 on Friday April 10, 2015
Old Main Chapel

Other politics-related talks:

2462 June 2015: A Hot Month for the Supreme Court
12:30-1:50 on Tuesday April 7, 2015
UMC Center Ballroom

3061 LIVE RADIO BROADCAST A Public Affair Politics and the Culture of Fear
8:30-9:50 on Wednesday April 8, 2015
UMC 235 KGNU 88.5FM/1390AM

3501 HOWARD HIGMAN MEMORIAL PLENARY Do You Wish You Didn’t Know: Snowden, Privacy and Democracy
1:00-1:50 on Wednesday April 8, 2015
Macky Auditorium

3862 Everything You Think You Know About the 2016 Election Is Wrong
4:30-5:50 on Wednesday April 8, 2015
Chemistry 140

4317 Gerrymandering, Filliblustering and Citizens United: Our System Is All F*#%ed Up
11:00-12:20 on Thursday April 9, 2015
UMC Center Ballroom

4464 GOP Congress Is the New Norm
12:30-1:50 on Thursday April 9, 2015
UMC Center Ballroom

4762 The Politics of Race
3:30-4:50 on Thursday April 9, 2015
Old Main Chapel

4765 Political Women on the Rise
3:30-4:50 on Thursday April 9, 2015
Muenzinger Auditorium

5118 What People Agree on in Red and Blue America
9:00-10:20 on Friday April 10, 2015
Math 100

5251 DUET How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans
10:30-11:20 on Friday April 10, 2015
UMC 235

Other interesting talks:

2465 Kick-ass Career Advice: Skills to Build NOW
12:30-1:50 on Tuesday April 7, 2015
UMC West Ballroom

3262 When Everyone Is a Reporter, No One Is a Journalist
10:30-11:50 on Wednesday April 8, 2015
UMC 235

3512 Lessons Not Learned in School
1:00-2:20 on Wednesday April 8, 2015
UMC East Ballroom

4312 Religion and/in/with Science
11:00-12:20 on Thursday April 9, 2015
UMC 235

4763 Networking Is Not a Dirty Word
3:30-4:50 on Thursday April 9, 2015
UMC East Ballroom

4912 CU in 20 Years: The Future of Higher Ed
5:00-6:20 on Thursday April 9, 2015
UMC West Ballroom

5650 MOLLY IVINS FREEDOM FIGHTIN’ MEMORIAL PLENARY Walk the Talk: Everyday Leadership
2:30-3:20 on Friday April 10, 2015
Macky Auditorium

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