The Boulder Colorado World Affairs Discussion Group

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

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 volunteer leader. The second hour's discussion typically focuses on a book selected for the group. Both hours are lead by a volunteer and terse eloquence is appreciated.

The Boulder WADG group members include Harry Benton, Willette Burson, Robert Bushnell, John Bynum, Rusty Cannon, Attilio Catanzano, Yeida Chang, Rosemary Cooke, John Cowley, 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, Herb Held, Bruce Hudspeth, Trudy Hughes, Sylvia Hultkrans, Jack Herring, Amy Jaffe, George Langer, Andy Lattanzi, Jane Lederle, Rob Luneburg, Doug Macdonald, Bernard Mendonca, Roger Moment, Walt Petersen, Mark Rochkind, Phillip Rogers, Bruce Rothenberg, John Rushton, Rob Rutherford, 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, Jim Yanus and Art Zirger.

Here are the general guidelines of the group and here are our running attendance figures. A thank you from the moderator.

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.

On December 6th, we will discuss the article: Foreign Affairs: Populism on the March

The books that are currently up for consideration are:
StatusDate Title Author Submitter
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
submitted 2016 summer   The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America   Walker, Spohn, Delone   Don Lamprecht
submitted 2016 summer   The New Trail of Tears: How Washington is Destroying American Indians (book)   Naomi Riley   Marc Rochkind
submitted 2016 summer   The Industries of the Future   Alec Ross   Doug Macdonald

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.

Miscellaneous Stuff

At the beginning of each year we make predictions for the upcoming year. Here are our predictions for this year (2016) 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 and the WADG Google Group.

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 and 2015.

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.