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The Privilege to Play: Video Games, Campus Culture, and Identity

November 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Presented by David Leonard.

This talk will examine how both video games and universities sell “experiences” that not only privilege and empower certain identities and experience but also sell a world that erases, obscures, and finds pleasure in an imagined Other. Both games and college create worlds of tourism, selling not simply an experience of fun and excitement but one in which joy and pleasure are derived through particular understandings of race, gender, sexuality. Highlighting the ways that video games and America’s historically white colleges and universities create experiences that center the needs and pleasure of white male gamers/students, this talk focuses on how these experiences feed off dominant racial and gendered stereotypes. Verification of attendance available.


November 28, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Todd Hall 116
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