Two UChicago Professors Discuss Using Alternate Reality Gaming for New Student Orientation at the 2018 Humanities Day

UChicago students enhance their campus orientation through an ARG program.

UChicago professors Patrick Jagoda and Kristen Schilt will present the session “Transforming First-Year Orientation Through Alternate Reality Gaming” at the 2018 Humanities Day, Oct. 20, on the UChicago campus. The two professors helped to design an Alternate Reality Game “the parasite” for new student orientation. ARGs use transmedia storytelling, online and offline gameplay, and social interactions to create dynamic platforms of play, which include both designers and players. A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education explains more about how ARGs work to enhance the experience for students.

World-Famous Musical Composer Augusta Read Thomas to Discuss Composing an Opera at the 2018 Humanities Day

Augusta Read Thomas by Anthony Barlich

UChicago University Professor Augusta Read Thomas will present the session “An Opera in the Making” at the 2018 Humanities Day, Oct. 20, on the UChicago campus. Her presentation will give a glimpse into the creative process of a world-class composer. A recent Big Brains podcast with Thomas also discusses the state of classical music today, and how she helps train the next generation of composer

Prominent Performance Artist Pope.L to Co-Present Session at the 2018 Humanities Day

William Pope.L

William Pope.L and Amber Ginsberg will co-present the session “Poetics in a Time of Climate Collapse and Human Rights Abuses” at the 2018 Humanities Day, Oct. 20, on the UChicago campus. Pope.L’s artistic work is a theatrical provocation that combines scathing satire with heartfelt activism. A recent article about the UChicago professor in the New York​ Times gives more context and examples of his work.

Philosophy Professor Gabriel Richardson Lear to Deliver Aims of Education Address

Gabriel Richardson Lear

Gabriel Richardson Lear, professor in the Department of Philosophy, the Committee on Social Thought, and the College, will deliver the Aims of Education address to incoming UChicago students on Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. During this celebrated UChicago tradition, she will talk about wonder and how it helps us to understand the world and ourselves.
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