Videogame Symposium

The Interdisciplinary Writing Program sponsored the inaugural Undergraduate Videogame Symposium: Portals Across Disciplines on

Kain Gee Pfannenstiel

UVS Roundtable 2014. The “Forbes Guy” (Erik Kain), Keynote Professor Betty Gee (ASU), and Opening Speaker Nicole Pfannenstiel (NAU)l, and the IWP Director, me.

Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. We collaborated with professors Nicole Pfannenstiel, Amanda Gilbert, Karen Renner, and Sibylle Gruber, all faculty in the Department of English. While we were a bit nervous on 7 a.m., Saturday, March 29, we then were exhausted and elated by 4:10 p.m. when we tallied that over 100+ individuals came to listen to our student presentations on gaming from NAU, Flagstaff, and the Valley (down the mountain in and around Phoenix).

The IWP unanimously decided to request another collaboration and professors Pfannenstiel, Gilbert, Gruber (Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Design) agreed for a Spring UVS 2015. We designed 3 days of activities that we named the Undergraduate Videogame Symposium: A STEAM Faire 2015. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 4:30 pm. — 6 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion moderated by another NAU collaborator, Andrea Houchard. Our Neighbor, Philosophy in the Public Interest

Friday, March 27, 2015, 4:30 p.m. — 7: 30 p.m.: Game Night. Oh yeah. Let’s talk learning and play! We will host a few games for people to play as they contemplate new found knowledge delivered from our guest-speaker. This evening will also host one of two or a few “Faculty Five” and “Community Conundrum” that will occur over Friday and Saturday. Keep watch for this development.

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.: Symposium and STEAM Faire! Student argument-presentations on stage, and maker-presentations in the hall. An interdisciplinary day of ideas, conclusions, and work that students have designed and made for you to peruse and ask about. More about this in late February after we get the program settled into place.

Fun, verdad? Mas dispues y bien pronto. Te lo seguro.

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