Spring Arbor University’s Department of Communication hosts video game author, Kevin Schut, Ph.D., for a lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Whiteman-Gibbs, room 213. Schut will make a presentation titled: “The +10 Double-edged Sword of Escape: video games, addiction and the faithful joy of Fantasy.” The event is free and open to the public.
Schut is associate professor and chair of the Department of Media and Communication in the School of the Arts, Media + Culture at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. His research uses video games to investigate the intersection of communication, technology and culture. He has published articles and chapters on video games and history, games and mythology, and evangelical involvement with video games.
Read a brief description of his presentation below.
“Video games are escapist. When we play the latest version of Halo or Angry Birds, we temporarily leave the here-and-now behind. But is that a good thing or a bad thing? Do these alternate realities that are all around us call us into the slavery of addiction? Are they simply a waste of time? Or is there something potentially redemptive behind the screen? Join video game researcher Kevin Schut as he considers research on addiction and the writing of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis on fantasy.”
For more information, contact Robert Woods, professor of communication, at email@example.com.
Article provided by Cameron Robinson, a senior English writing major from Cleveland Heights, Ohio.