The Department of Drama and Speech Communication’s 2016 Distinguished Lecturer, Professor Kishonna Gray, will lead a roundtable discussion on the subject of gender and race in video games and game cultures.
The participants are undergraduate students in the Theatre and Performance, Speech Communication, Women’s Studies, and Global Business and Digital Arts programs. All are welcome to attend and to join in the discussion.
Kishonna L. Gray (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is the Director of the Critical Gaming Lab at Eastern Kentucky University as well as faculty in the School of Justice Studies, African/African-American Studies, Women & Gender Studies. Her work broadly intersects identity and new media although she has a particular focus on gaming. Her most recent book, Race, Gender, & Deviance in Xbox Live (Routledge, 2014), provides a much-needed theoretical framework for examining deviant behavior and deviant bodies within that virtual gaming community. In additional to academic outlets, her work has been featured in the LA Times, New York Times, Paste Magazine, Engadget, The Guardian, BET, and Blavity. She’s a featured blogger and podcaster with “Not Your Mama’s Gamer” and actively blogs on her own websites at kishonnagray.com and lachezbippy.kinja.com. Journey with her on Twitter @DrGrayThaPhx and the Critical Gaming Lab @CriticalGameLab.