Past Lectures

Select from the list below to view presentations or watch videos of past Brookings Mountain West lectures and events.

  • Oct. 16, 2019
    Can the United States Escape the Middle East? See event description for details.

    Can the United States Escape the Middle East?

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "Can the United States Escape the Middle East?" by Brookings Senior Fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy, Tamara Wittes. The U.S. is beginning to pull back from the greater Middle East. However, violent crises, the continued risk of terrorism, and pressure from local partners are...
  • Oct. 2, 2019
    House Oversight of the Executive Branch in the 116th Congress - Details in Event Description.

    House Oversight of Exec. Branch in the 116th Congress

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "House Oversight of the Executive Branch in the 116th Congress" by Brookings Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, Molly Reynolds. Democrats promised to undertake oversight of President Trump and the executive branch. This lecture will answer questions about the ability of the House...
  • Sep. 18, 2019
    Payday Lenders and Credit Cards: A Hidden Driver of Income Inequality - See event description for details.

    Payday Lenders and Credit Cards

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "Payday Lenders and Credit Cards: A Hidden Driver of Income Inequality" by Brookings Fellow in Economic Studies, Aaron Klein. This lecture will examine how, for millions of working families, America’s slow payment system costs billions of dollars. The system needs technological...
  • Apr. 17, 2019
    Jon Valant giving a presentation

    The Causes and Consequences of Student Discipline...

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "The Causes and Consequences of Student Discipline Disparities " by Fellow in Governace Studies, Brown Center on Education Policy, Jon Valant. Students of color and students from low-income families are suspended or expelled from school at much higher rates than their white and non-poor peers...
  • Apr. 3, 2019
    A woman in a red dress speaking in front of a podium

    The U.S. Opioid Epidemic and Lessons for the World

    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...
  • Feb. 13, 2019
    Andre Perry

    The Devaluation of Assets in Black Neighborhoods...

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "The Devaluation of Assets in Black Neighborhoods: How Racism Robs Homeowner of the American Dream" by David M. Rubenstein Fellow in Metropolitan Policy, Andre Perry. Homeownership lies at the heart of the American Dream, representing success, opportunity, and wealth. However, for many of its...
  • Feb. 6, 2019
    Brookings Scholar Lecture Series: Adie Tomer

    Digital Place: How Technology Will Change Our Built...

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled, "Digital Place: How Technology Will Change Our Built Environment" by Fellow in Metropolitan Policy, Adie Tomer. Digital technologies promise to upend nearly every component of the economy, including how we work, shop, travel, and even live inside our homes. There is too little conversation...
  • Oct. 24, 2018
    Anthony Pipa, Brookings Scholar Lecture Series speaker

    Using Global Goals to Drive Progress in Mountain West

    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...
  • Sep. 26, 2018
    Samantha Gross, Brookings Scholar Lecture Series Speaker

    The New Energy Geopolitics

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "The New Energy Geopolitics" by Fellow in Foreign Policy, Samantha Gross. The global energy landscape is changing fast. With concerns about climate change, rapidly growing energy demand in developing countries, and increasing US oil and gas production, the balance of power in the energy world...
  • Sep. 19, 2018
    Geoffrey Gerts, Brookings Scholar Lecture Series Speaker

    Commercial Interests in American Foreign Policy

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "Commercial Interests in American Foreign Policy, from Dollar Diplomacy to the Trump Administration" by Post-Doctoral Fellow in Economy and Development, Geoffrey Gertz. Throughout history, foreign investors have often relied on their home governments for support in managing complex...
  • Apr. 11, 2018
    Molly Reynolds

    The Politics of Republican Governors

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "When Interests Collide: The Politics of Republican Governors in an Era of Unified Republican Federal Control" by Brookings Fellow in Governance Studies, Molly Reynolds. This lecture will focus on three key questions. First, what are policy areas where the political interests of states,...
  • Apr. 4, 2018
    Martha Ross

    Challenges Facing Youth Entering the Labor Market

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "Challenges Facing Youth Entering the Labor Market" by Fellow in Metropolitan Policy, Martha Ross. Labor force participation and employment are declining among teens and young adults, suggesting that fewer young people are having the kinds of work experiences that prepare them for the world of...
  • Mar. 7, 2018
    Richard Reeves speaking

    Upward Mobility in the Mountain West

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "Upward Mobility in the Mountain West" by Senior Fellow in Economic Studies, Richard Reeves. This lecture examines the state of the American dream in the Mountain West. Which cities and states have the highest rates of upward social mobility, and why? What role do colleges and universities...
  • Feb. 14, 2018
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    A Demographic Bridge to America’s Diverse Future

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "A Demographic Bridge to America's Diverse Future" by Brookings Senior Fellow in Metropolitan Policy, William Frey. As a bridge generation between a whiter older America and the more multi-hued country of the future, as leaders and role models, millennials will play an important part in...
  • Feb. 7, 2018

    Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy" by Brookings Senior Fellow in Economic Studies, Ron Haskins. This lecture tells the story of how the Obama administration changed the role of evidence in federal policymaking. Based on public documents and 135 interviews with major players...
  • Nov. 15, 2017
    Danny Bahar

    What Drives Economic Growth?

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "What drives economic growth? A look into structural transformation and export diversification" by Brookings Fellow in Global Economy and Development, Dany Bahar.  About 60 percent of cross-country income differences can be explained by productivity differences. In the long-run, productivity...
  • Oct. 18, 2017
    Samantha Gross

    Paris Agreement 101

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled, "Paris Agreement 101" by Brookings Fellow in Foreign Policy, Samantha Gross. The Paris Agreement reached at the end of 2015 represents a significant change in how the world approaches the “wicked problem” of climate change. The bottom-up approach to commitments brought the world on board, but...
  • Oct. 4, 2017
    Jonathan Pollack

    An Asia-Pacific Strategy: Where is the U.S. Headed?

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled “The Search for an Asia-Pacific Strategy: Where is the United States Headed?” by Brookings Fellow in Foreign Policy, Johnathan Pollack. Asia and the Pacific has long been a vital priority for American political, economic and security interests. However, the historically unprecedented shift in...
  • Sep. 13, 2017

    Alt-Truth: Can Reality Survive the Era of Trump?

    As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West invites you to a lecture titled "Alt-Truth: Can Reality Survive the Era of Trump?" by Brookings Fellow in Governance Studies, Jonathan Rauch. The ability of our citizens, media representatives, and public officials to distinguish objective truth from opinion depends on social conventions that accept a claim as knowledge only...
  • Apr. 4, 2017
    Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings Scholar

    Narco Noir: Mexico's Cartels, Cops, and Corruption

    The Brookings Mountain West invites you to attend a lecture titled, Narco Noir: Mexico’s Cartels, Cops, and Corruption given by Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings Scholar. Based on Felbab-Brown’s forthcoming book of the same name, the lecture will review the evolution of organized crime in Mexico, the escalation of criminal violence there during the 2000s, and the security policies adopted by the...