NY Times Writer Visits HPU To Discuss Critical Mindsets In Gaming

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 23, 2011 – Seth Schiesel, video game critic for The New York Times, visited High Point University on Sept. 22 as part of the Faculty Cultural Enrichment Series. The series, titled “Our On-Line Lives,” explores the evolution and implications of living online with specific focus on how online technologies affect human relationships.

During his visit, Schiesel – a former business journalist who is well-schooled in the economics and marketing of video games – held writing workshops, met with video game design classes and hosted a presentation about the evolution of video games and the concept of “gaming.” His talk paid particular attention to how technology is used to create games with complex narratives and deep emotional resonance.

“Students truly appreciated the seriousness he uses in approaching one of their biggest pastimes, and there is a definite value in 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’s a great writer, and has one of the coolest jobs on the planet.”

HPU will host additional speakers as part of this faculty enrichment series, titled “Our Online Lives,” 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. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 10 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

336-841-9055

phaynes@highpoint.edu

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