Accomplishments: Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
October 15, 2019
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently gave an invited presentation to a visiting management group from London's Hippodrome Casino. The talk, “Parallels between the United Kingdom and Las Vegas Gaming Markets, 1950 to Now," positioned the current UK gaming market in the context of past and current trends in Las Vegas, and offered practical advice for marketing, branding, and positioning strategies.
October 7, 2019
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) was the featured speaker at the October meeting of the Italian-American Club of Las Vegas. His talk, "A History of Italian-Americans in Las Vegas, with a Focus on Hospitality," was warmly received, and by popular demand he delivered additional remarks about current issues in the gaming industry. A robust question-and-answer session, with input from many long-time Las Vegans, followed.
September 23, 2019
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently had an article published in the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly. “Torchbearers Eastward of the Pacific, into the Darkness of This Wasted Land: Themes of Western History in the Postatomic Mojave of Fallout: New Vegas,” examines how elements of real-world Western history are reflected in the video role-playing game Fallout: New Vegas.
September 9, 2019
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) presented a talk, "Jay Sarno's Wild Ride" as part of the Clark County Library's Las Vegas Stories series. The event attracted a number of notable figures, including associates and relatives of Mr. Sarno, who was the subject of Schwartz's 2013 biography Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas.
June 6, 2019
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) published an article called "Futures of Gaming: How Casinos and Gambling Might Evolve in the Near Future" in the June edition of Gaming Law Review. The article explores the historical forces that caused gambling to flourish within the American casino resort, and examines how gambling and casinos will continue to evolve now that the larger political and cultural context that created the casino resort has changed.
May 29, 2019
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) presented, via video, a keynote address at the Eighth International Conference on Language and Literary Studies: Language, Literature, Play, and Games, in Belgrad Serbia. Sponsored by the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Alfa BK University, the conference included international scholars presenting on topics ranging from Shakespeare to fantasy sports. Schwartz's keynote, "To Stand the Test of Time: Reading Sid Meier’s Civilization V as Text,” explored the...
May 6, 2019
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) recently had an essay called "The Consumer Age Turned Americans into Gamblers: When the Economy Shifted from Production to Consumption, How You Spent Your Money Mattered More Than How You Earned It." This essay, commissioned by Zocalo Public Square for "What It Means to Be American," a national conversation hosted by the Smithsonian and Arizona State University, examines how the shift of the U.S. economy from production to consumption enabled the on-going...
April 1, 2019
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) gave a presentation, "Disruptive Convenience: A Brief History of Technology in Las Vegas Gaming," to the Hospitality Finance and Technology Professionals Las Vegas chapter. The audience included UNLV faculty, students, and alumni.
March 28, 2019
David G. Schwartz (Faculty Affairs) delivered a talk, "Where Is Las Vegas Going in the 2020s?" for the Economic Club of Las Vegas. Drawing on his work in gaming history and his analysis of past statistical patterns, he discussed several trends he believes will steer the casino and tourism industries in Southern Nevada over the coming decade.
February 8, 2019
Karen G. Harry (Anthropology) and Barbara J. Roth (Faculty Affairs) have an edited book, Interaction and Connectivity in the Greater Southwest, published through the University Press of Colorado.
December 11, 2018
Tiffiany Howard (Political Science), Mary-Ann Winkelmes (Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs), and Marya Shegog (Environmental and Occupational Health) are the authors of "Transparency Teaching in the Virtual Classroom: Assessing the Opportunities and Challenges of Integrating Transparency Teaching Methods with Online Learning" which will be published in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of Political Science Education.