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Brookings Mountain West

"The Great Debate" Live Stream

Attend "The Great Debate" Thursday, March 7 at 6PM via live stream. Watch as representatives from the nationally ranked UNLV Debate Team engage colleagues from the Brookings Institution in a battle of ideas and policy positions destined to be remembered as one of the great intellectual forums of the 21st century.

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Previously Recorded Lectures

Brookings Mountain West is a partnership between UNLV and the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution. The purpose of Brookings Mountain West is to bring the Brookings tradition of high-quality, independent, and impactful research to the issues facing the dynamic and fast-growing Intermountain West region. Building upon work at Brookings and UNLV, our community engagement and research initiatives focus on helping metropolitan areas like Las Vegas grow in robust, inclusive, and sustainable ways. Brookings Mountain West provides a platform to bring ideas and expertise together to enhance public policy discussions at the local, state, and regional level.

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Brookings Mountain West In the News

Las Vegas Sun
Mar. 11, 2019

In an age of predawn rage tweets by President Donald Trump and public cries from his opponents like “Impeach that (expletive),” a special debate last week at UNLV offered hope that civil discourse can return to American politics.

Las Vegas Sun
Mar. 6, 2019

Las Vegas residents who’d like to see a battle between a powerhouse hometown team and a top-level opponent are in luck this week.

But we’re not talking about the Vegas Golden Knights, or about athletics at all.

We’re talking about UNLV’s debate team.

Feb. 19, 2019

It is a project that seems to have been under consideration for years but now the head of the Regional Transportation Commission says the final public comment period for mass transit along Maryland Parkway is here.

Las Vegas Sun
Feb. 8, 2019

For Southern Nevada residents who may be on the fence about whether to support development of light rail, the Brookings Institution’s Adie Tomer offered some compelling food for thought during a visit to UNLV this week.

What's Happening

  • In co-sponsorship with the UNLV Graduate College, Brookings Mountain West is pleased to offer a workshop with Brookings Senior Fellow in Economic Studies, and Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families, Dr. Ron Haskins. Haskin's research focuses on evidence-based policymaking in the areas of poverty, education, marriage, welfare policy, and quality of life. He is eager to speak with...
     Date: March 27, 2019
     Location: Student Union (SU), Room 219
  • In co-sponsorship with the UNLV Honors College, Brookings Mountain West is pleased to offer a morning conversation with Brookings Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy, Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown, as part of the "Breakfast with A Brookings Scholar" series. Felbab-Brown's work focuses on international and internal conflict, and her research addresses nontraditional security threats, organized crime, urban...
     Date: April 3, 2019
     Location: Beverly Rogers Literature and Law Building (RLL), Honors College Conference Room, Rm 131
  • As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "The U.S. Opioid Epidemic and Lessons for the World" by Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Vanda Felbab-Brown. The United States and Canada now ravaged by an epidemic of opioid addiction and drug overdoses unmatched in their respective histories...
     Date: April 3, 2019
     Location: Greenspun Hall (GUA), First Floor Auditorium