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The People of Las Vegas, Featuring Amanda Fortini: A Jim Rogers Contrarian Event

Every two years, the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute remembers James E. Rogers, the pioneering media entrepreneur and philanthropist, who challenged individuals and institutions to go beyond fixed ideas and cherished truisms. This year, in lieu of a traditional lecture on a weighty subject, BMI offers a live experience to counter the fixed idea—in the minds of many—that Las Vegas is an unserious city of transients and tourism. “The People of Las Vegas” will include a panoply of voices from residents, and an original essay by BMI’s spring 2019 Shearing Fellow Amanda Fortini.

This event is free but a RSVP is required.


Amanda Fortini, a spring 2019 Shearing Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute, has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, The Paris Review, New York, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Wired, Slate, and Salon, among other publications. She has worked as an editor at Mirabella, The New York Review of Books, and Slate, and has been the William Kittredge Visiting Professor at the University of Montana. Her essays have been widely anthologized, including in Best American Political Writing and Best of Slate, and she was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award. After several semesters as a lecturer in journalism at UNLV’s Greenspun College for Urban Affairs, Fortini has contributed articles and essays on Las Vegas, including several for The New Yorker, and an acclaimed cover story California Sunday.

This event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is requred.