Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith will be the keynote speaker at this spring's Conference on World Affairs.

The annual conference, which is in its 65th year, will take place April 8-12 on the University of Colorado campus.

Smith's keynote address will be at 11:30 a.m. April 8 in Macky Auditorium.

During his 26-year tenure with The New York Times, he has covered six American presidents and their administrations. In 1971, he was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that produced the Pentagon Papers series.

He covered the Vietnam War from Saigon and the Cold War from Moscow, and has won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.

Smith is also author of the new book "Who stole the American dream?"

Prior to his keynote address, there will be the traditional keynote procession into Macky through the CWA's colorful “avenue of international flags” in Norlin Quad at 11:10 a.m.

Other confirmed guests this year include Scott Flanders, the chief executive officer of Playboy Enterprises, The Wall Street Journal reporter Neil King, Jr., and Carrie Hessler-Radelet, director of the Peace Corps.

Past keynote speakers include Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry Kissinger, Arthur Miller, Charles Krauthammer, and Chuck Hagel.

Another CWA tradition is the annual Tuesday night jazz concert, which will be at 8 p.m. April 9. Conference sessions are free and open to the public. Due to the popularity of the jazz concert, advance seat-specific tickets will be allocated through a random lottery drawing.

E-mail cwapress@colorado.edu to recieve instructions on how to enter the free lottery.

A biographical listing of participants confirmed to date is now online at www.colorado.edu/cwa.