HPU To Feature NY Times Writer As Part Of Cultural Enrichment Grant Series

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 12, 2011 – As part of the Faculty Cultural Enrichment Series, High Point University will feature Seth Schiesel, video game critic for The New York Times. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Francis Auditorium in Phillips Hall on the HPU campus. The event is open to the public.

The faculty series this year, titled “Our On-line Lives,” will explore the evolution and implications of living online with specific focus on how online technologies affect human relationships.

Schiesel, a former business journalist, is well-schooled in the economics and marketing of video games. In his presentation, he will discuss the evolution of video games and the concept of “gaming,” paying particular attention to how technology is being used to create games with complex narratives and deep emotional resonance.

“Students will appreciate the seriousness with which he approaches one of their biggest pastimes, and they will better understand the value of bringing a critical mindset to this form of entertainment,” says Dr. Bill Carpenter, associate professor of English at HPU, who invited Schiesel to campus. “He has one of the coolest jobs on the planet. He’s also a great writer, capable of using language to describe action on a screen and to explain his own intellectual, and often emotional, reactions to games.

Schiesel will also hold writing workshops and will meet with classes during his visit.

HPU will host additional speakers as part of this faculty enrichment series, including Sherry Turkle, author of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other,” on Nov. 8; and Dr. Richard Miller, English professor and executive director of the Plangere Writing Center at Rutgers University, on Feb. 9.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist



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