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Friday, June 24 • 10:00am - 10:30am
Keynote - William Adams and Tracy Fullerton, in Conversation

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What does it mean to design games within the humanities? Join William “Bro” Adams, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Tracy Fullerton, Director of the USC Game Innovation Lab, for a candid conversation about the challenges and opportunities in exploring history and culture through interactive media. Alongside discussing how the process of working in the humanities differs from (and, occasionally, aligns with) STEM-related fields, this talk will highlight the development and production of Fullerton’s NEH-funded Walden, an open-world game built from primary sources that allows audiences to play as Henry David Thoreau as he chases inspiration (and sustenance) during his first year at Walden Pond.

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William Adams

Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
William D. Adams is the tenth chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Adams, president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine from 2000 until his retirement on June 30, 2014, is a committed advocate for liberal arts education and brings to the Endowment a long record... Read More →
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Tracy Fullerton

Professor and Director, USC Game Innovation Lab
Tracy Fullerton is an award-winning experimental game designer, professor, and director of the cross-disciplinary USC Games program, a collaboration between the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Viterbi School of Engineering. She holds the Electronic Arts Endowed Chair in Interactive... Read More →

Friday June 24, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Tishman Auditorium