The College of Liberal Arts’ University Forum lecture series presents Sensory Inflation: The Bidding War for Your Perceptions a lecture by Joseph Svendsen, Assistant Professor of Music, UNLV. Svendsen’s talk explores how our modern world is increasingly stimulating our senses to pull our attention, time, money, and heart toward new dynamic art forms.
As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West Brookings Fellow in Global Economy and Development, Dany Bahar will give a lecture titled “What drives economic growth? A look into structural transformation and export diversification.” About 60 percent of cross-country income differences can be explained by productivity differences. Bahar argues that, in the long-run, productivity is what best explains economic growth and welfare.
In this lecture Melissa Slocum, Visiting Assistant Professor in Native American/Indigenous Literatures, will weave together a reading from her fiction, non-fiction, and critical work, all of which document and witness the effects of forced assimilation which have harmed American Indians since contact. Her stories explore relationships affected by trauma and seek to shift the dialogues toward an understanding of Indigenous experiences.
In 1955, Walt Disney opened Disneyland, thus beginning the era of themed, interactive space. He was assisted in this project by the first president of Disneyland, Inc., C.V. Wood, a man that Disney fired shortly after the park’s opening. Wood would go on to oversee other theme parks, including the first Six Flags. This talk will focus on the origins of Disneyland and its enduring legacy.
Olsen is author of more than 25 books of and about innovative writing. As a Fulbright Scholar, Olsen teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah and serves as chair of the Board of Directors at the independent press Fiction Collective Two. For this edition of UNLV speaks, Olen will read from his work-in-progress as part of the Black Mountain Institute’s visiting writers series. Joining Olsen are author’s Millie Chapman and Eryn Green who will read from their own works-in-progress.