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So COOL! In Main South: Getting serious about play at Clark U

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Where do Chandler Elementary School students play? Why was Flagg Street School’s perfectly fine play-scape dismantled and replaced a few years ago with A BRAND NEW ONE? They also have a ton of other play ground goodies! But Chandler, in the heart of Worcester’s inner city, gets zippo. Look at that beat-up door! Look at that empty, concrete playground! Would any of this fly on the West Side? Depressing … soul-sapping. Our kids deserve way better than this scene!   – R.T.

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Clark University, 950 Main St.

Clark University’s Higgins School of Humanities dialogue symposium will focus on “The Work of Play” and how play thrives in our achievement- and results-oriented society.

We will consider free play and games, cooperation and competition, sports and technology.

How does play provide space for fantasy, diversion, and escape? When does it challenge the status quo and when does it re-inscribe existing hierarchies?

All events in the symposium are free, open to the public, and will be held on the Clark University campus.

All of these events are sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For more information, call 508-793-7479

Conversation

Come (Think About) Play: A Community Conversation 

7 pm

Tuesday, February 3

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons, Clark University campus
950 Main St.

What exactly do we mean by play and what attracts us to its different forms? We will gather in the Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons to reflect on the role of play in our lives.

The dialogue will be facilitated by Professor Barbara Bigelow (Graduate School of Management) and Jennifer Plante (director of the Writing Center and Writing Program). This event is sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities.

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Lecture
Real Play: Promoting Children’s Intellectual, Social, and Emotional Development

7 pm

Tuesday, February 10

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons, Clark University campus
950 Main St.

Evidence from anthropology, psychology, and history demonstrates that free play is the primary means by which children learn to control their lives, solve problems, get along with peers, and become emotionally resilient.

Professor Peter Gray will describe the defining characteristics of play and show how they contribute to play’s educational and developmental power.

He also will present evidence for a cause-effect relationship between the dramatic decline of play and the marked rise in emotional and social disorders in young people over the past 60 years.

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Lecture

Playing Like a Girl: Tales of a Feminist Gamer

7 pm

Thursday, February 19

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons, Clark University campus, 950 Main St.

Can girls and women be gamers? This seemingly simple question reveals more complex debates about identity, community, and power in the world of videogames and beyond. In August of 2014, many feminist gamers became targets of #GamerGate, an Internet harassment campaign that moved from the virtual to the real world. In this talk, gamer, feminist, and media scholar Nina Huntemann will draw upon her own experiences and in-depth interviews with other self-identified feminist gamers to decipher #GamerGate and to explore four decades of the marginalization of female gamers.

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Lecture

Dangerous Play: Racial Conflict in Twentieth-Century Urban Amusements

7 pm

Tuesday, February 24

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons, Clark University campus
950 Main St.

In recent years, there has been a tremendous nostalgia for urban recreation of the early and mid-twentieth century. Old wooden roller coasters, lavish swimming pools, and swinging dance halls have been celebrated in documentary films and other forms of public history. Historian Victoria W. Wolcott will challenge this nostalgia, arguing that these public depictions ignore the racial exclusion on which recreation was premised — a system of segregation primarily enforced by white violence on urban beachfronts, playgrounds, and in commercial facilities like roller skating rinks and amusement parks.

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Exhibition Opening and Reception
“Playing With Rules: Drawing on the Spirit of Sol LeWitt”

4 pm

Thursday, February 26

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons, Clark University campus
950 Main St.

In honor of artist Sol LeWitt’s dedication to the act of artistic creation as a form of play, the Higgins Lounge will be the site of a wall drawing produced by students in Assistant Professor Toby Sisson’s course, The Expanded Mark: New Strategies in Drawing. The composition of the artwork will be the collective effort of students and faculty translating the essence of Sol LeWitt’s playful wisdom. The exhibition will run from February 26 through May 25.

This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

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Improv Workshop & Community Conversation

The Art of Play: An Improv Workshop and Community Conversation

7 pm

Tuesday, March 10

Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons, Clark University campus
950 Main St.

Visual and Performing Arts faculty members Dan Balel and Gino DiIorio will facilitate theater games and improvisation exercises designed to develop the skills of imaginative play. This event is sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities.