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October Professors at the Pub

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Kimpton Goodland

5650 Calle Real

Goleta, CA 93117

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Can Playing Games Save the Planet, an ecological discussion conducted by Associate Professor in Film and Media Studies, Alenda Chang.

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Games, especially digital ones, are often criticized as being bad role models for kids or wasting time that would be better spent outdoors. They seem especially out-of-sync with the pressing environmental issues of our time, among them climate change and biodiversity loss. As Professor Chang will discuss, however, games offer exciting opportunities to represent and respond to these complex ecological problems. They can, for instance, foster better understanding of human impacts on natural processes and systems, build emotional connections to the nonhuman world, and, most importantly, move us beyond apathy or resignation by requiring us to take action.

Alenda Y. Chang is an Associate Professor in Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara, who specializes in environmental media and digital media. Her book, Playing Nature: Ecology in Video Games, is due out from the University of Minnesota Press this December. Chang is also the founding co-editor of the journal Media+Environment, and co-founder of the digital media studio, Wireframe (along with Professor Laila Shereen Sakr).

Head out to our October Profs at the Pub for some apps and an after-work drink. Huge thank you to our host, the Kimpton Goodland Hotel.

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