On One Hand

April 10, 2006

Conference on World Affairs

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Published in The Campus Press

Conference on World Affairs
Matthew Pizzuti
Staff writer

The annual CU Conference on World Affairs, opening Monday, will run until Friday with the theme “Outside the Comfort Zone,” said conference director James Palmer.

Events began at 9 a.m. and the official opening will be at 11:30 a.m. in Macky Auditorium with James Woolsey as the keynote speaker. Woolsey is the former director of the CIA and advisor to several presidents, and will talk about energy security and what he calls “the war of the 21st Century,” Palmer said.

Palmer said that over 200 free events led by 110 participants will be held until Friday.

“We all have our comfort zones and need them, but we all need to move beyond them,” Palmer said of the conference theme, which was chosen from about 200 suggestions.

Sixty-thousand people are expected to attend conference events, which will be higher than last year’s attendance, Palmer said.

“The attendance seems to be growing every year, and we had 56,000 last year,” he said. “We hope that more and more students will be going to the conference.”

Events are intended to be interactive, Palmer explained, with a half an hour or more set aside after each event for questions from the audience.

All events will take place on the CU campus or nearby on the Hill, where Flatirons Theater will serve as a venue.

The conference will feature a panel on pop culture, a panel on celebrities that includes Patch Adams, and a panel titled “Newspapers are So Last Century” which will address a decline in print media, Palmer said.

Palmer went on, “There are hot topics socially, one being evolution and intelligent design. There will be an event on Monday about the evolution and religion and will have Robert Ebert.”

Later there will be an event titled “Get Your Laws off My Body” addressing the recent abortion ban in South Dakota, and will involve South Dakota Lt. Governor Carole Hillard.

Palmer said Tuesday will be an especially notable day for the conference, with a talk by the decorated Marine who commanded the famous operation to pull down the Saddam Hussein statue during the first few months of the Iraq war, creating an image that has reverberated around the world.

That talk will take place at noon in the Glenn Miller Ballroom, followed by another event in the same room led by CU alumni Richard LaBaron, ambassador to Kuwait.

The talk will be called “Does the Middle East Want Democracy?”

A jazz concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday in Macky Auditorium will feature musician and CU alum Dave Grusin performing with others.


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