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Science Pub: The Games People Play – and how they transform our lives

Science Pub is back at Salt hill pub in Lebanon at a later start time of 6pm. Come and find out how games can influence our actions and thoughts in real life and online.

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Salt hill pub, 2 W Park St, Lebanon, NH 03766
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Place: Salt hill pub, 2 W Park St, Lebanon, NH 03766
Date: Thursday, September 28
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
The Games People Play – and how they transform our lives

From online multi-player games, to hopscotch, to board games, to Candy Crush, games are universal. Although we often think of games as a fun pastime, they can be so much more. Games can be harnessed as a powerful social tool to create interventions for a range of social issues, from combating bias to getting people to recycle. We see elements of games showing up in digital technologies we use on a regular basis, and can use them as a platform for transforming education.

How can we use games to address social issues? What role do computer games have in our children’s classrooms? What are the effects of “gamification” on how we interact with each other, work, play, and learn? Come along to this month’s Science Pub and find out.


Discussion leaders:
Gili Freedman, Postdoctoral Scholar in the Tiltfactor lab. Founded and led by Mary Flanagan, the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities, Tiltfactor designs games that lead to positive social change—reducing sexual assault on campuses, raising climate change awareness, diminishing gender bias—that are also fun to play.
Luke Stark, post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at Dartmouth College, and a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Marilyn Lord, history teacher at Kimball Union Academy, Meriden NH, and founder of EdPlay.org . https://www.edplay.org


For more information, contact:
Amanda Skinner

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.