The Boulder Colorado World Affairs Discussion Group

Meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the Meadows Library

Important Announcement
Here is the Program for the 2017 Conference of World Affairs and
More Information on What's New at the CWA in 2017.

Remember that the Boulder WADG will not meet on Tuesday, April 11th so that our members can attend the conference.

About the Group
  The Boulder World Affairs Discussion Group is attended by people interested in discussing current events and topics of state, national and international interest. New participants are always welcome!

The Boulder-WADG group meets each Tuesday morning at 10:00 at the Meadows Branch of the Boulder Library located behind the Meadows shopping center at Baseline Road and Foothills Parkway. During the first hour we discuss current events or a topic selected by that week's Both hours are lead by a volunteer and terse eloquence is appreciated.

The Boulder WADG group members include Harry Benton, Shirley Bernstein, Robert Bushnell, John Bynum, Rusty Cannon, Attilio Catanzano, Yeida Chang, Rosemary Cooke, John Cowley, Raul Daubt, Nicole DeLorimier, Gail Dohrmann, Zetta Feder, John Forbes, Ed Fuchs, Bob Gafvert, Marion Gately, Margaret Gelatt, Gilberto Gonzalez, Joan Graff, Anna Grinberg, Cherylann Harrington, Ben Harrison, Ken Hausfather, Bruce Hudspeth, Trudy Hughes, Sylvia Hultkrans, Jack Herring, Amy Jaffe, George Langer, Andy Lattanzi, Jane Lederle, Rob Luneburg, Doug Macdonald, Bernard Mendonca, Alf Modahl, Wally Molsberry, Roger Moment, Walt Petersen, Mark Rochkind, Phillip Rogers, Bruce Rothenberg, John Rushton, Rob Rutherford, Martin Ryder, Gabriele Sattler, Kathleen Saunders, Randy Schwartz, Paul Silvers, Art Smoot, Steven Steinbach, Kay Stevens, Larry Sutton, Jeff Wade, David Walden, Laura Lynn Walsh, Paul Weisskopf, Tony Wells, Charlie Winn, Larry Winston, Sherrie Wolff, John Woodruff, Sara Yager, Jim Yanus and Art Zirger. 65 participants.

Here are the general guidelines of the group and here are our running attendance figures. And as requested by the group, here are the Colorado Senators' Phone numbers.

Our Books and Articles
  We typically read a book over the course of several weeks, depending on the subject and its length. Once a book is finished we vote on the next book to be read. Typically the person who suggests the book leads the initial discussion. We also will choose to discuss an article in a magazine or web site. Here we normally only discuss it for one week.

Here's a link to the list of 2017 Speakers and Performers.

The books that are currently up for consideration are:
StatusDate Title Author Submitter
submitted 2017 winter   Raising the Floor   Andy Stern   Bill Cooke
submitted 2017 winter   The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels   Alex Epstein   Dave Walden
submitted 2016 fall   The Great Unwinding of Public Education: Detroit and DeVos   Joseph Natoli   Iris Williams
submitted 2016 fall   Indivisible: a practical guide for resisting the trump agenda   Bethea   Neale Ward
submitted 2016 fall   Thank You For Being Late   Thomas Friedman   Bill Cooke
submitted 2016 fall   Listen, Liberal: What ever happened to the party of the people?   Thomas Frank   Joan Graff

Here are links to Articles submitted by various members of our group . These are Frequently Updated. Some of these have been discussed within the group.

Click here to suggest a book or an article for consideration.

Some books that we have considered in the past are here.

WADG Group Communications

In the beginning of 2017, the group discussed how we communicate online. There was some concern about the volumes of email that began with the new Google Group email list. The proposal was made that there should be two separate "things" for WADG:

An ANNOUNCEMENTS email service
This is a passive system. If you are on the group list, you will receive emails of things of general interest to the group. This is normally a low volume stream of email.

This is an active system. You must intentionally go to this system to read and participate with the other members. Here issues can be bantered back and forth by members without sending information out to everyone. Marc Rochkind has graciously and quickly set up this forum. When you first sign up for this forum you must first register, enter your name and email address. You will be sent an email by the system to confirm your joining the forum and at that time you will select a password. PLEASE remember the password you chose.

Click here for the links to these two services.

Miscellaneous Stuff

At the beginning of each year we make predictions for the upcoming year. Here are our predictions for this year (2017) along with links to earlier years.

Here are some observations about civilization at the end of 2015.

Here are other discussion groups within the Boulder library system.

Here are the results of a quick survey of the attendees about their news sources.

Here are some historical lists of the WADG attendees in 1991, 1997, 2004, 2015 and 2016.

Here are some suggestions from Mark Rochkind about the dangers of opening email.

And finally, here are some suggestions for addressing problems with your computer.