10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Breakfast & Registration McKinley 101
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. WelcomeRose Ann Robertson, Associate Dean for Academic Administration SOC
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10:45 a.m.– 11:45 a.m. Keynote Address  Damon Brown, Author/Journalist/Entrepreneur

How does your identity play into video game culture? It’s accepted that race, gender, and other perspectives inform how we create and interpret cinema and literature, but it’s taken decades for games to be viewed as an artistic medium that both reflects and informs our modern culture. In a revealing talk, video game and pop culturist Damon Brown will share how writing about games influenced his identity, what tech culture says about diversity, and why your voice as a gamer, creator, or critic will influence tomorrow’s interactive experiences.

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11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Expert Panel Boris Willis, Associate Professor of Computer Game Design, George Mason University

Dr. Shira Chess, Assistant Professor of Mass Media Arts University of Georgia, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Dr. Mike Treanor,Assistant professor of Computer Science at American University

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1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lunch & Mini Game JamOver a working lunch attendees will design games in a 2 hour game jam session, further the ongoing conversation on diversity, and network with individuals concerned about diversity in games. McKinley T14
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Student Group Presentations McKinley T14
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks Lindsay Grace, Director, Games Initiative SOC McKinley T14
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Reception & Awards  Lindsay Grace, Director, Games Initiative SOC McKinley 101

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