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.
Race is visual phenomenon, the ability to see “difference.” At least that is what conventional wisdom has led us to believe. However, American ideologies of white supremacy are just as dependent on what we hear – voices, musical taste, volume – as they are on skin color or hair texture. With examples ranging from Fredrick Douglass to #blacklivesmatter, this lecture explores how sound and listening not only register the racial politics of our world, but actively produce them.
As part of the Brookings Scholar Lecture Series, Brookings Mountain West Brookings Fellow in Foreign Policy, Johnathan Pollack, will discuss how Asia and the Pacific have long been a vital priority for American political, economic and security interests. Pollack argues that With the growth of national power and political-military capacities across Asia the developments there— including power rivalries and potential crises— will determine the future of American power and global influence.
Although a major topic within international development studies since the 1980s, the subject of NGOs (or ‘nonprofit organizations’ or ‘third sector’) in developing countries has only recently begun to interest social policy researchers. Professor of Social Policy & Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr. David Lewis will talk about how international nonprofit organizations affect social policy in developing countries, from helping develop agriculture to providing relief when disasters strike.
Brookings Fellow in Governance Studies, Jonathan Rauch, gives a lecture on how citizens, media representatives, and public officials ability to distinguish objective truth from opinion depends on social conventions. He argues that President Trump and other social-media devotees are only the latest of many challenges to maintaining the distinction between fact and personal opinion.