Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ATLAS Speaker Series: Digital Media Design, Gender and Games

Yasmin Kafai, a professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and a pioneer in research on electronic gaming, learning and gender, will talk about her research into digital design, gender and gaming during an ATLAS Speaker Series program at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the ATLAS Cofrin auditorium. She was an early developer and researcher of Scratch, an educational programming language that helps students program virtual worlds. She is the author of the book "Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat: New Perspectives on Gender and Gaming" and several other gender and technology-related studies. She received her doctorate from Harvard University while working with Seymour Papert at the MIT Media Laboratory and examines technology designs and cultures through the lens of constructionist theory. The ATLAS Speaker Series is made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel.

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