A panel of experts including Curtis L. Myles, CEO and President of the Las Vegas Monorail Company, Thomas J. Schoeman, architect for AIA, and Donald D. Snyder, Presidential Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at UNLV, examine past and present plans for the redevelopment of Downtown Las Vegas as a tourist and entertainment destination and as an urban residential neighborhood. This lecture is part of Building Las Vegas, an initiative launched in 2016 by UNLV University Libraries Special Collections & Archives to collect and preserve the history of the growth of Las Vegas.
Paul Reyes is the editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, a national journal of literature & discussion,” and the author of Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession (2010). His writing —which has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, and The Oxford American— has earned him a nomination for a National Magazine Award in Feature Writing as well as a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Douglas Rushkoff is professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens, where he recently founded the Laboratory for Digital Humanism. Rushkoff is the author of fifteen books, including the best-selling Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now. Rushkoff is also a talented documentation who has made the Frontline documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, and The Persuaders.
Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, selected by Eileen Myes for the 2013 Gatewood Prize. Her second collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, was published by Tin House Books in February 2017. Her work has also been featured in numerous publications, as well as anthologized in Why I Am Not A Painter (Argos Books), The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, and Best American Poetry 2016.
Over the course of two decades, several thousand planets have been discovered and recorded. Most of these exoplanets look nothing like the planets in our Solar System. Dr. Steffen, a member of the science team for NASA’s Kepler mission, joins us to talk about these discoveries and what we’ve learned from them.