Conference on World Affairs – Touch Drawing Gallery

The Conference on World Affairs, sponsored by the University of Colorado Boulder, is a premier forum for discussion of world affairs, attracting a diverse group of experts from around the world. The goal is to engage, educate, and inspire University of Colorado students, faculty, and staff; the greater Boulder community; and the people of Colorado and the nation to exchange ideas, acquire knowledge, and gain new insights. CWA week is a festival of ideas featuring 200 panels, 100 speakers and performers, over 5 days, attracting more than 70,000 in cumulative attendance each year.
My husband Ross Chapin and I were both invited to be a part of the 2019 CWA Week. Ross was on 7 panels and also spent a day with the University design students. I was a formal part of one panel each day, drawing on stage and sharing what I was doing with the participants. But I like to fully immerse myself when I do Interpretive Touch Drawing, so I selected 3 more sessions to draw on each of the 5 days, 19 panels in all. Each session was in a different location on campus, so I had to be really portable. See me below with my drawing materials and box that I used as a table. Scroll down to see the galleries. When you enlarge an image, you will see which session it was inspired by. Custom signed fine art prints available in 3 sizes. Contact us to inquire about originals. Find out more about Interpretive Touch Drawing.


It’s Not ALL Bad News: Doing Good For Humanity
Nancy Donaldson, Nancy Janus, Morgan Keay, Marcelle M. Wahba, Moderator: Kurt Firnhaber

Keynote: Disrupting the Status Quo… By Design
Leyla Acaroglu – Moderator: Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano, Presented in Partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado

Stories Women Tell: Sharing the Defining Moment in Their Journeys
Nancy Janus, Christina Lowery, Lydia K. Murithi, September Penn, Susi Snyder, Touch Drawing: Deborah Koff-Chapin,  Moderator: Pesha Rudnick

The Era of Identity Politics: Ways our religious, racial, ethnic, and social backgrounds influence the way we think about politics.
Ana Cabrera, Steven Hayward, Elizabeth Eastman, Lis Smith, Moderator: Albert Hand




Analogies and Anecdotes: Crafting Creative Connections: Interactive panel with writing prompts/short exercises to engage and discuss with the audience.
Priya Jha, Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, Mary Reynolds Thompson, Moderator: Eric Klinger

Mobilizing Your Passion
Alexander Bard, Matija Goljar, Conor Lyne, September Penn,
Touch Drawing: Deborah Koff-Chapin, Moderator: George Deriso

Social Media: Twenty Years Later
Ali C. Barta,  Jason Breed, William Hertling, Reza Ramazani, Moderator: Casey Fiesler

Magic in Mentoring: Experience creates support and fresh eyes generate innovation.
Kimberly Y. Moore, Moderator: Lisa Morzel




Wisdom Worldwide: How cultures define the concept of wisdom.
Christopher Horsethief, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Moses Ma Christopher, M. Thomforde, Peter J. Whitehouse, Touch Drawing: Deborah Koff-Chapin, Moderator: Jane Brautigam

Women Left Behind: The cost of gender and racial inequality.
Nancy Donaldson , Priya Natarajan, Michelle Thaller, Teresa Younger Moderator: Eliza Woloson

 A Discussion of “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
Margo Squire, Mary Reynolds Thompson, Moderator: Kate Thompson


FRIDAY April 12

Saving the Planet: All Countries on Deck
Cassandra Brooks, Lyssa Freese, Bonnie Keeler, Alexander Verbeek, Moderator: Max Boykof

Disruptive Technology Keynote: The Internet and Humanity
Berit Anderson, Moderator: Alison Cool

Rhythm and Words: An unpredictable improvisation panel combining movement, music and spoken word.
Rony Barrak, Thom Rotella , Michael Spencer, Mary Reynolds Thompson, Touch Drawing: Deborah Koff-Chapin

Where Has the Silence Gone?
Rony Barrak, Ross Chapin, Michael Spencer, Mary Reynolds Thompson, Moderator: Dean Katherine Schultz



Peace Through Poetry
Lisa Graves Basia Irland, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Mary Reynolds Thompson, Moderator: Brian Buckley 

What I Learned From Remarkable People
Andrew Lehren, Ann Reynolds, Tali Weinberg, Moderator: Rita Klees

“A Big, Beautiful Wall” A discussion of U.S. immigration policy.
Maya Averbuch , John C. Eastman, Nadia Firozvi, Reza Ramazani, Touch Drawing: Deborah Koff-Chapin, Moderator: Lee Shainis

A Conversation with Amy Klobuchar: Molly Ivins Memorial Plenary
Senator Amy Klobuchar, Moderated by CU history professor Tom Zeiler


5 comments on “Conference on World Affairs – Touch Drawing Gallery

    1. Deborah Koff-Chapin Post author

      Katrice – Actually – YES, I am seriously looking at two possible decks to be released in 2020, the 25th anniversary of SoulCards 1. One would be more of the same – SoulCards 3. the other just faces….trying to decide whether to do one or both…..

    1. Deborah Koff-Chapin Post author

      Thanks Jen – it was especially wonderful that Ross and I were both invited – We usually go to very different conferences. There were journalists, scientists, designers, political thinkers – sometimes I wasn’t sure what to say in conversation while waiting on a foos line – when the man next to me was the president of the Ploughshares Fund, for instance. (A major aniti-nuclear organization)


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.