Aug 22

Past Event

Democratic Issues Forum

Event Materials



  • Government Should Invest at Home

    Amy Liu argues that a major focus should be investment in firms and workers in the U.S. The government should invest in its assets at home to keep companies from moving abroad.

    Amy Liu

  • Iraq Situation Must Be Settled

    Senator Joseph Biden argues that the situation in Iraq must be settled for the U.S. to regain credibility as a world leader, and that the U.S. is more isolated today than ever.

  • Scrap No Child Left Behind

    Bill Richardson proposes scrapping No Child Left Behind and pursuing better measures of efficiency, accountability and testing. "One-size-fits-all" testing doesn''t work, he says.


Brookings and the University of Nevada, Reno hosted two Opportunity 08-Nevada forums to help citizens seek more information about the pressing issues facing our next president: a Republican issue forum on August 20 and this Democratic issue forum two days later.

Panel One – Education and Competitiveness Issues Panel

1 PM - Welcome

  • University of Nevada Reno President Milton Glick

1:15 Issues Panel

  • Moderator: Jill Derby chairwoman of the Nevada Democratic party, served as a Nevada System of Higher Education regent from 1988-2006

  • Panelist: Erik Herzik, chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno

  • Panelist: Peter Berkowitz, senior foreign policy advisory for the Giuliani 2008 campaign and fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University

  • Panelist: Amy Liu, co-founder and deputy director of Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program, visiting scholar at UC-Berkeley

1:25 Panelist Question and Answer

Panelists respond to audience questions

1:45 Closing

Moderator gives closing remarks and thanks

Democratic Candidate Guest Speakers

2 PMSenator Joseph Biden

  • Introduction by Moderator Jill Derby
  • Questions and Answer Period

2:45Governor Bill Richardson

  • Introduction by Moderator Jill Derby
  • Questions and Answer Period


August 22, 2007

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

University of Nevada, Reno

Silver and Blue Room, Lawlor Events Center


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