CU Boulder Conference on World Affairs Speaker to Include ‘Simpsons’ Writer, Soccer Champion Solo

February 21, 2019

The 2019 Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado will feature a writer on “The Simpsons,” a World Cup and Olympic soccer champion and an immigration correspondent for the New York Times.

CU in a Wednesday news release announced that more than 100 speakers from 19 countries are expected to attend the weeklong event that has shifted to a Tuesday through Saturday schedule.

The 2019 CWA is exploring the themes of “Design for Life: Breaking the Bubble,” “Disruptive Technology” and “Women & Girls Changing the World.”

The conference features speeches, panel discussions and performances and is open to the public and free of charge. A full schedule of major addresses and this year’s keynote speaker won’t be released until the middle of March, according to CWA spokeswoman Erin Rain.

Among the speakers expected to attend is Mike Reiss, an Emmy Award-winning writer and producers and one of the first staff writer’s on “The Simpsons,” which was recently renewed for a 32nd season.

Hope Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist soccer player and winner of the 2011 and 2015 FIFA World Cup Golden Glove awards also is expected to attend.

Miriam Jordan, a national immigration correspondent for the New York Times is scheduled to speak at the event. She has covered the impact of U.S. immigration policy on immigrants, employers and the country as a whole.

The conference will feature speakers in a variety of topics and disciplines including arts, business, the environment, film, health, international affairs, the media and music.

Last year, the conference generated some controversy after organizers decided not to allow the public in to see keynote speaker Ali Raisman’s appearance and that the event would not be free. The move was taken by some to be contrary to the freewheeling nature of the conference.

Organizers partially backed off the move and instituted a lottery that allowed 500 members of the public to obtain tickets.

Rain said that all events at CWA this year are free and open to the public.

“If there is a need for a ticket lottery, it will be announced with schedule updates,” she said.

The conference runs April 9-13.

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