Press Play:  Using Games and Simulations for Social Change

Jim Mathews -- Teacher, Researcher and Game Designer will...

present an overview of the “serious games” movement -- it’s progress toward leveraging the power of video games to quicken players’...

•             Awareness and empathy

•             Fascination with local history or ecology

•             Skills and activity on behalf of local and global issues.

He will unpack the learning science of game-design and share examples of games crafted to motivate exploration of a wide range of topics including history, literature, death and ethics.

Through his work at UW-Madison’s Field Day Lab and Clark Street Community School, Jim designs and researches digital media and learning experiences aimed at connecting youth and adults with local people, places and issues.

“Humanities in Community” lectures continue monthly – 2nd Mondays – during Spring-Fall semesters.

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  • Occurred Monday, February 12th, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm