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NMS Speaker Series

The Institute for New Media Studies invites outstanding speakers to the FHSU campus as part of the Speaker Series. If you would like to nominate a speaker to visit FHSU you can contact us with your idea.

Previous Speakers

Officer Mark Engholm from the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force

New Media and the Law: The Intersection of New Technology and Challenges of Privacy & Safety in the 21st Century

Wednesday, January 28, 12:00pm, Forsyth Library

Officer Engholm has years of experience in law enforcement both nationally and in Kansas. Working with the FBI on the Joint Terrorism Task Force, he will speak about the impact of new technologies and capabilities on providing safety for the public while balancing privacy and freedom of expression. Officer Engholm will discuss the challenges that law enforcement face as well as things you should consider when using modern technologies in your everyday life. He will share information in an exciting talk and then take questions during an interactive discussion where everyone is encouraged to participate.

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Dr. Mia Consalvo, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Game Studies and Design at Concordia University in Montreal

Real Games, Real Players? Reconsidering Who and What 'Counts' (and why) in Game Studies

Tuesday, March 24 at 9:00am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm

This talk is drawn from several studies of videogame players over the past decade, as well as media attention to the idea of what games are and who is or should be playing them. It interrogates past work about online games and what counts as achievement as well as interest or advancement within them. It also argues for understanding gameplay over a broad period of time, both in terms of player and game contexts, and in relation to a multitude of other factors. Ways of using gameplay as teaching or learning tools are discussed in the context of modern students.

Mia Consalvo is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Game Studies and Design at Concordia University in Montreal. She is the co-editor of Sports Videogames and author of Cheating: Gaining Advantage in Videogames. She has most recently completed the book Players and Their Pets with Jason Begy and is now finishing Japan's Videogames, a book about Japan's influence on the videogame industry and game culture.

Mia runs the mLab, a space dedicated to developing innovative methods for studying games and game players. She's presented her work at professional as well as academic conferences including regular presentations at the Game Developers Conference. She is the President of the Digital Games Research Association, and has held positions at MIT, Ohio University, Chubu University in Japan and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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