“The Privilege to Play: Video Games, Campus Culture, and Identity,” a Washington State University Common Reading Program lecture by professor David Leonard at 5:00 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 28 in Todd 116. The event is free and open to the public.
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.
“Cybersecurity and Privacy in 2017 and Beyond,” a Washington State University Common Reading Program lecture by Professor Adam Hahn at 4:30 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 7 in CUE 203. The event is free and open to the public.
Hahn is an assistant professor of computer science in WSU’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He will cover the current state of cybersecurity and privacy and explore our use and dependency on technologies. The challenges that this technology creates and cybersecurity concerns of the future will also be topics of discussion.
Hahn’s research focus includes cybersecurity risk modelling and metrics. He received his doctorate of philosophy in computer engineering from Iowa State University in 2013.
The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts a lecture on artificial intelligence by Matt Taylor, assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at 5 p.m. Mon., Oct. 30 in CUE 203. The event is free and open to the public.
Taylor holds the Allred Distinguished Professorship in Artificial Intelligence in the school. At the lecture, he will discuss the potential benefits and dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) over the next 10 years. He will also focus on the ways AI will change our lives in both the physical world and the new space of virtual reality.
The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts “Am I Addicted to My Phone? Healthy Ways to Use Technology Without Getting Hooked,” a lecture by psychologist Loren Brown from WSU Counseling and Psychological Services at 5:00 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 23 in CUE 203. The event is free and open to the public.
Interactive technology is a useful and integrated part of modern life, yet a growing number of people say it’s causing them problems, said Brown. As a society we are spending more and more time looking at screen, whether it’s social media or video games, or even measuring steps, heart rate, and sleep using a fitness tracker, said Brown.
The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts “Augmented and Virtual Reality as Immersive Learning Tools,” a lecture by Don McMahon at 4:30 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 17 in Todd 130. The event is free and open to the public.
AR and VR technologies are commonly associate with gaming, said McMahon, a WSU professor who researches practical uses for these emerging technologies. He will present ways that AR and VR are also used as immersive learning tools in education and how these technologies will shape the next 10 years of education.
The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts a lecture, Virtual Design and Construction: AR, VR, and Virtual Worlds in the Building Industry, by Anne Anderson at 4:30 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 10 in CUE 203. This event is free and open to the public.
Anderson is an assistant professor of construction management.
The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts “Recycling of Electronics and the Need to Find a Long-Term Solution,” a lecture by Jason Sampson on Tues., Oct. 3 at 4:30 p.m. in Todd 130. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Researchers always strive to improve technology. As companies provide improvements at an increasingly rapid pace, consumers purchase electronics to remain on the cutting edge. It is estimated that annually over 400 billion electronic devices worldwide are determined useless or obsolete and thrown away or recycled.
Pullman, Wash. — The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts “The Future has Always Been Female: Mary Shelley, Ada Lovelace, and the Origins of Science Fiction and Computing,” a lecture by Roger Whitson on Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in CUE 203. The lecture is free and open to the public.
This year’s common reading book, Ready Player One, is set in a virtual world full of 80s references, geek culture, and science fiction metaphors. Whitson, assistant professor of English, will discuss the origins of science fiction and computing that began in the nineteenth century.
Pullman, Wash. — The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts a lecture titled “Not All Video Games and the Brat Pack: AIDS Stigma from the 1980s to the Digital Age,” on Tues. Sept. 5 at 5 pm in CUE 203. Matthew Jeffries, from the Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center, will lead the discussion. This event is free and open to the public.
PULLMAN, Wash.—Just one week into fall semester 2017-18, Washington State University students will meet acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Ernest Cline, in Pullman to deliver the 11th annual Common Reading Invited Lecture at 7 p.m. Mon., Aug. 28, in Beasley Coliseum.
Common Reading Book, Spring Spielberg Movie
Cline wrote the 2011 internationally best-selling, sci-fi dystopian novel Ready Player One, which thousands of students on five WSU campuses will use as their common reading book in first-year classes. Cline also co-wrote the screenplay for the adaptation of the book. The movie of the same name was directed by Steven Spielberg. It will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on March 30, 2018, but can be seen in select theaters for midnight showtimes on March 29, Cline’s 45th birthday.