From left, conference co-chair Juli Steinhauer, CWA Director Jim Palmer, keynote speaker Liz Coleman, CU-Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano, and co-chair
From left, conference co-chair Juli Steinhauer, CWA Director Jim Palmer, keynote speaker Liz Coleman, CU-Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano, and co-chair Jane Butcher, lead the march across the Norlin Quad and into Macky Auditorium on the CU Boulder Campus to start the 63rd Annual Conference on World Affairs on Monday, April 4, 2011. (Mark Leffingwell / Camera file photo)

The University of Colorado's Conference on World Affairs, now in its 64th year, will begin with its annual participant march through the historic Norlin Quadrangle and into Macky Auditorium on Monday.

The procession will begin at 11:10 a.m., as dignitaries travel from south to north along a walkway lined with more than 80 international flags. Then, at 11:30 a.m. in Macky Auditorium, Alice Rivlin, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will deliver her keynote address titled "Can the Center Hold: Democracy and Governance in a Polarized America."

Leading the march will be Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano, CWA Director James Palmer, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Todd Gleeson and Rivlin.

They will be followed in the second row by CWA co-chairs Jane Butcher and Juli Steinhauer, Rivlin's spouse Sidney Winter (Deloitte and Touche professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School) and CWA student volunteer coordinators Lex Cummings and Mary Rochelle.

Following them will be CWA participants, students and volunteers.

Rivlin is the founding director of the independent, nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and former vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board.

The keynote address is free and open to the public, as are all 210 CWA events being held Monday through Friday.

A complete schedule and biographies of all conference participants are available online at colorado.edu/cwa.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Brittany Anas at 303-473-1132 or anasb@dailycamera.com.