“KILLERAPPS: VIDEOGAMES AND THE WAR ON TERROR” LECTURE ON FEBRUARY 9
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Monmouth University is pleased to announce
that Dr. Harry Brown will give the lecture “Killer Apps: Videogames and the War
on Terror” on Thursday, February 9 at 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall Auditorium. The
presentation is free and open to the public.
Harry J. Brown is an associate professor of
English at DePauw University, where he teaches American literature and culture.
His recent book, Videogames and Education (2008), models
critical thinking about videogames as a new art form and a new kind of public
speech, and proposes ways that educators can use videogames as a new kind tool
for thinking critically about the larger world.
Dr. Brown explains that videogames have
become a window through which we see modern war. Since the Gulf
War, new military technology, specifically smart bombs and gun cameras, have
influenced game design and the representation of war in digital media. Conscientiously
designed and critiqued, they can teach us to see the world differently and to
understand global conflict from new perspectives. If they can train us to
become detached from others and to kill, then they can also train us to
empathize with others and to connect with them. As teachers, we should not miss
the potential for videogames to shape young peoples’ thinking about gravely
important issues like democracy, violence, and war. As critical thinkers, however,
we should resist uncritical, emotional responses that propaganda compels,
subjecting these games to the rhetorical analysis of what they say and what
they do not.
The presentation is sponsored by the Wayne D.
McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences Distinguished Speakers Series.
contact: Petra Ludwig at 732-263-5507