Rebel Recharge Lecture: How Las Vegas Can Come Back

Last Friday, I gave the first ever virtual Rebel Recharge lecture for UNLV’s Office of Alumni Engagement. I was asked to talk a little about what might be ahead in the future. Here is the conversation:

The description for the talk was:

Las Vegas has never witnessed a crisis like the one brought by COVID-19. A city-based on connections has found itself in a world where connections are liabilities. While many can’t wait for things to get back to “normal,” it is becoming clear that, when the world starts connecting again, it will likely be quite different. For the past seventy years, Las Vegas has evolved to serve a world that has seemingly gone away. But that doesn’t mean we’ll have to start from scratch as we rebuild post-pandemic. Las Vegas grew in the past because it was resilient and adaptable. This May 15, 2020 Rebel Recharge discussion for UNLV”s Office of Alumni Engagement, Dr. Schwartz explored how Las Vegas can adapt to be a paragon of a healthy, prosperous, and caring community. 

The questions and comments that followed were, for me, the best part of the afternoon. While the next few years won’t be easy, history shows that the people of Las Vegas can rise to a challenge.