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Game Changers: Women Activists in Digital Space

May 5 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Join an influential panel of artists, authors and game developers, all contributors to PEM’s Playtime exhibition, as they examine the representation of women in digital spaces, and discuss ways each of them work to transform this male-dominated world into one that welcomes all players.

Angela Washko, author and artist, addresses gender sensitivity and behavioral awareness in World of Warcraft (WoW), the massive, multiplayer online role-playing game. Washko also likes to generate new forums for discussing feminism in frequently hostile spaces.

Susana Morris, activist and associate professor in the School of Literature, Media and Communication at Georgia Institute of Technology, focuses on black feminism as it relates to digital spaces and Afrofuturism. As a co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, Morris is committed to illuminating women’s stories and experiences.

Jane Friedhoff, game developer and creative technologist, loves designing games that encourage silly and absurd behaviors in public spaces. She co-founded the Code Liberation Foundation, which provides free, trans-inclusive, women-only game design and programming classes, and created the game Lost Wage Rampage, a cheeky take on the gender pay gap.

Lydia Gordon is an Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research at PEM and a member of the Playtime project team. Gordon hosts today’s conversation.

Playtime is open 5:30-6:30 pm for program attendees. Offered in conjunction with the Present Tense Initiative.

Location: Morse Auditorium
Reservations Recommended



May 5
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
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