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|Session Name:||Educators Soapbox|
|Speaker(s):||Seth Hudson, Gillian Smith, Jane Pinckard, Damon Packwood, Laura Dilloway, Alec McClure, Michael Mateas|
|Company Name(s):||George Mason University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USC, Gameheads, inkle, City University of New York, UC Santa Cruz|
|Track / Format:||Educators Summit|
|Overview:||This annual session will consist of a series of enlightening, opinion based microtalks as given by veteran educators and game scholars. Experience different perspectives on preparing students to avoid typical first-job pitfalls, defending why one teaches in a game program, voicing the struggles of urban minority students studying games, cultural design aesthetics for teaching game design to youth of color, game design as a liberal art, and harassment and toxicity in the academy as presented by this cast of colleagues: Laura Dilloway (inkle Studios), Seth Hudson (GMU), Alec McClure (CUNY), Damon Packwood (Gameheads), Jane Pinckard (USC), and Gillian Smith (WPI).|