• TalkXTalk: Finding the “Fun” in Principled Practices  A feminist primer for game players and makers with Dr. Jennifer Jenson

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 5th @ 5pm
WHERE: Music Hall at St. George the Martyr Church – 197 John Street.

Our Lecture Series continues next week Thursday, Feb. 5th with a talk from Dr. Jennifer Jenson, Professor of Pedagogy and Technology in the Faculty of Education and Director of the Institute for Research on Learning Technologies at York University.

Dr. Jenson’s interest and work include: Digital game studies, new media, pedagogy and technology, gender and technology, multimedia and online content/design issues in education, educational gaming, and cultural studies of technology, and the design and development of educational games.

Feminism has long been considered an “F” word: it’s rehearsed to accuse (women) of misandry, lesbianism (as if THAT were a failing), favoritism, and much more. The “F” word, it appears, deflates masculinity, and in relation to video games over the past 6 months in particular has meant that (again, primarily) women are tar­ gets for rape, death and dismemberment threats, threats to family and immediate
friends, doxing, and other internet breaches.

In this talk, I’ll overview the historical ‘problem’ of women in games and bring that into conversation with the recent discharges of ‘gamerhate’, drawing at­ tention to the clear benefits (economic, social and cultural) to approaching game design and play with principled, equitable and inclusive ‘fun’ in view.

Dr. Jen Jenson is Professor of Pedagogy and Technology in the Faculty of Edu­ cation and is the Director for the Institute for Research on Digital Learning at York University. She has played, made and written about digital games from educational and gender-based standpoints for almost 20 years and was the principal investigator for the Feminists in Games, Social Sciences and Human­ ities Research Council of Canada funded research project. She unapologeti­ cally still enjoys Frogger spinoff games and has recently (nearly) completed
(with a lot of laughing) South Park Stick of Truth for the PS3.


  • FLAG DAY Celebration 2015: Edward Burtynsky Photo Event: February 13, 2015

Alumni, current students, faculty and staff interested in the following Community Opportunity should confirm their interest and RSVP no later than February 5, 2015 via  http://www.ocadu.ca/CM/WebUI/PageTypes/Survey/Survey.aspx?PageID=1600

Canada has used a number flags over the years, including the St. George’s Cross, the fleur-de-lis, the Royal Union Flag, and the Canadian Red Ensign but February 15, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the National Flag of Canada as we know it today. After its approval by Parliament in 1964, the flag was proclaimed by Her Majesty The Queen.

On Friday, February 13, the OCAD University community (alumni, students, faculty and staff) are invited to join The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, OOnt, 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Representative of Her Majesty The Queen of Canada as she hosts a Flag Day Photograph Event; a living re-creation of the Canadian flag, to be captured by renowned large-format photographer Edward Burtynsky*.

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario intends to make available and display the Flag Photograph in the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite at Queen’s Park and publish the photograph on the Lieutenant Governor’s official website (www.lgontario.ca). The Flag Photograph may also be published or displayed on social media websites including Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, February 13, 2015
Mattamy Athletic Centre (former Maple Leaf Gardens)
50 Carlton Street, Toronto
Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.

By confirming your attendance, you agree to be photographed and/or videotaped for
this project.

Red shirt, dark pants, warm socks.
(You are responsible for looking after your personal belongings).

• 8:00 a.m. Doors open (refreshments provided)
• 9:30 a.m. Doors close. Instructions provided
• 10:00 a.m. Canadian Flag Photograph set up and session
• 10:45 a.m. Reception resumes (refreshments provided)
• 11:30 a.m. Event concludes

More people have been invited to this event than can be accommodated; therefore,
RSVPs will be accepted in the order in which they are received. You will be advised if your name has been added to the waiting list.

Edward Burtynsky is known as one of Canada’s most respected photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.

Find out more: http://www.edwardburtynsky.com
Alumni, current students, faculty and staff interested in the above Community Opportunity should confirm their interest and RSVP no later than February 5, 2015 via  http://www.ocadu.ca/CM/WebUI/PageTypes/Survey/Survey.aspx?PageID=1600
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  • Virtual Scavenger Hunt: Explore research. Solve clues. Win prizes. Stay Curious

5 Grand Prizes of $500 – with a valid ID from an Ontario University.
21 Grand Prize Gift Bags
5 Grand Prizes of lunch with a researcher for K-12 classrooms in Ontario

Multiple clues released each work day from February 17-27. Solve clues to enter for daily prizes. Solve clues to unlock the secret answer and enter for grand prizes. Grand prizes will be announced during Ontario Research Week (March 30-April 2).

Deadline For Grand Prize Draw Entries: Monday, March 2, 2015

Start your hunt at: http://yourontarioresearch.ca/contest

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