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Brookings Mountain West

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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
Oct. 11, 2018

Opponents of public schools like to dissect teacher salaries in all sorts of ways to suggest that K-12 educators are not underpaid and in fact are lavishly rewarded for their work. But don’t let those numbers fool you.

Las Vegas Sun
Oct. 7, 2018

When Samantha Gross visited UNLV in 2017, President Donald Trump had just announced that he planned to rescind the Clean Power Plan.

Fast-forward a year, and Gross was back in Las Vegas on the day when António Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, told global leaders that the world had less than two years to avoid “runaway climate change.”

Las Vegas Sun
Sep. 27, 2018

Sept. 18 turned out to be an opportune day to speak with Geoffrey Gertz.

Gertz, who studies the global economy and development at the Brookings Institution, was visiting UNLV that day and was watching as President Donald Trump announced $200 million in new tariffs on Chinese imports and China retaliated with $60 million in new tariffs on U.S. goods.

Las Vegas Sun
Sep. 19, 2018

Scholar urges students not to reject government service as a career option.

What's Happening

  • As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "Using Global Goals to Drive Progress in the Mountain West" by Senior Fellow in Global Economy and Development, Anthony Pipa. This lecture will examine the state of inclusive economic progress and environmental sustainability in the Mountain West, as measured against the globally adopted...
     Date: October 24, 2018
     Location: Greenspun Hall (GUA), First Floor Auditorium
  • Are you interested in public policy, but not sure how to translate that into a career? Do you want to learn more about think tanks and other opportunities in Washington, DC? Brookings Mountain West is pleased to offer a workshop exploring internship and job opportunities in Washington, D.C., featuring Brookings scholars John Hudak and Molly Reynolds. Please RSVP to attend, and learn more about...
     Date: October 31, 2018
     Location: Greenspun Hall (GUA), Room 2116
  • The Brookings Institution and Brookings Mountain West at UNLV invite you to screen a new documentary short-film, "The Life She Deserves: Medical Marijuana in the United States." Produced by Brookings, “The Life She Deserves” is an intimate portrait of Jennifer Collins and her family’s struggle to find a treatment to control her debilitating epilepsy. Because her legal pharmaceutical treatments...
     Date: November 5, 2018
     Location: Greenspun Hall (GUA), First Floor Auditorium