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PLAY: Games: Life, and Death

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 2:00am to 6:00am


UC Santa Cruz Institute for Humanities Research presents

Questions That Matter: A Series of Public Dialogues in Santa Cruz

PLAY: Games, Life, and Death 

Play is now, more than ever, serious business. The revolution in gaming has created new communities, identities, and careers. Games can now help detect early dementia and other cognitive deficits; they can reduce the pain felt by burn victims and speed recovery from concussions; and they can keep our kids— and some of us too—entertained for hours and hours. What have we gained and what have we lost as a result of the ongoing "gamification of life"? How will games help to shape the future and what it means to be a human being?


Kimberly Lau, professor of Literature

Noah Wardrip-Fruin, professor of Computational Media

Moderated by

Nathaniel Deutsch, director of the Institute for Humanities Research

March 1, 2016

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 

6 p.m. Wine & hors d'oeuvres

7 p.m. Program

$10 ticket includes one complimentary drink

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Please join us for an evening of conversation and connection as we explore questions that matter. 

Questions? Contact the Institute for Humanities Research at or (831) 459-5655.