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MSU Digital Humanities
Walter Greason | Sojourners Trail: The First Afrofuturist Classroom Game
Walter Greason | Monmouth University, USA *Note*: During the presentation, the live interpretation cut over the presenter's sound briefly. The video has been edited to remove the section of presentation affected by this issue. As a result, 30 seconds at the beginning of the presentation were lost. Before the pandemic, educational technology could be considered a luxury. Educators no longer have that option. Digital puzzles and games have become an integral part of daily instruction. Sojourners Trail represents the next generation of immersive, digital simulations for every level of education. Starting with the Wakanda Syllabus in 2016 and based on the subsequent educational text, Cities Imagined, Sojourners Trail allows instructors to use principles of user experience design and digital humanities to explore the Black Speculative Arts Movement with their students. Additionally, as these learning communities explore the simulated environment, they experience lessons from world history, critical theory, and post-colonial literature. Initially presented at the Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association meeting in 2019, the initial version of the game inspired new ways to excite students about the learning process, while giving them ownership of the development of new content. The beta launch of the game in August 2020 attracted millions of users, and the initial guide to the game will be released in December 2020. The final version of the game as a 3D augmented and virtual reality system will be available in 2022. Moving beyond the standard game play environments like Minecraft and Fortnite, Sojourners Trail provides instructors with ways to deliver advanced and emerging academic content across disciplines. The audience for this presentation will learn how to create their own immersive simulations as well as how to develop specific platforms like Sojourners Trail. The concept for the system started with Bowdoin University’s “Flight to Freedom” simulation based on abolitionist narratives written by African Americans in the nineteenth century. More recent breakthroughs like Damian Duffy and John Jennings’ Kindred and Parable of the Sower graphic novels have enabled graphic and digital arts to inform new innovations. The process of creating Sojourners Trail combined aspects of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther film and Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch production. It offers ways to combine literary analysis with graphic art design, while advancing strategies for media convergence. Access the game at: http://bluehawk.monmouth.edu/~wgreason/Maze/05/story_html5.html For more information about the 2021 Global DH Symposium visit msuglobaldh.org.
New Jersey Social Justice Remembrance Coalition
NJSJRC documentary interview with Dr. Walter Greason
Dr. Walter Greason, President Emeritus of the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center was interviewed by EJI Coalition Liaison, Kerwin Webb at the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center in Red Bank, NJ. Dr. Greason is a professor at Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota and a former professor at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.
Meet Professor Walter Greason, History
Professor Greason is a historian, educator, and urbanist. The chair of the History Department at Macalester College, Professor Greason teaches courses about the civil rights movement, African Americans in digital technologies, and the forms of analysis used by historians to study texts and sources. He lectures nationally and internationally, and has provided anti-racism training to educators, administrators, and many other groups nationwide. His work is available every day on Twitter, @worldprofessor.
Critical Race Theory & Culturally Responsive Teaching: An Open Conversation About What the Right Gets Wrong
Dr. Alicia Moore, Dr. Walter Greason, and Founder of the Karson Institute, Dr. Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead, will take on the conversation of critical race theory and culturally responsive teaching. Listeners will be able to engage with these scholars and grasp an understanding of the differences and interconnectedness between critical race theory and culturally responsive teaching within education. There will be time allocated for Q&A so listeners can get answers to the questions most important to them surrounding these topics.
Race Into the Space Age: The life, scholarship and legacy of Dr. Walter McAfee
Recording from February 5th, 2021 Black History Month Event at Monmouth University. Learn more about the now endowed Walter McAfee scholarship ➡️ monmouth.edu/university-advancement/mcafee/ Learn more about the Monmouth University Intercultural Center ➡️ Monmouth.edu/intercultural/
NYTReadalong | Professors Walter Greason and Kaye Whitehead
On this week's #NYTReadalong we will cover the not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, the #1619Project Book, which was just published this week by Nikole Hannah-Jones and the ongoing debates over #CriticalRaceTheory and more. We have two great guests. Professor Walter Greason is an interdisciplinary scholar, historian, urbanist and economist. He is the chair of the Department of History at Macalester College. Professor Karsonya Wise Whitehead is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and award-winning radio host. She is also the director of the Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice. Neil Parekh, our executive producer, will be the guest host. Click here for additional links and background information: https://www.digimentors.group/nytreadalong-walterandkaye-21nov2021 ------------------ Produced by Digimentors, a social and digital consulting company specializing in hybrid and virtual events. If you're interested in having our team work with you, or are looking for sponsorship opportunities, please contact me: email@example.com or Neil: firstname.lastname@example.org. Every week, we review the print edition of the Sunday New York Times, taking audience comments and interviewing special guests. In addition to Neil, our production team includes Paula Kiger, Steve Taylor, Julia Weeks and Carla Baranauckas. Click here for our #NYTReadalong Playlist on YouTube: https://readalong.link/youtubeplaylist Subscribe to my YouTube channel: youtube.com/sreenet. If you're interested in having our team produce a virtual event for you, or are looking for sponsorship opportunities, please contact me: email@example.com or Neil: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you to MuckRack for your support of the #NYTReadalong.
Educating through Entertainment: Reginald Hudlin Makes Meaning in Hollywood
Monmouth University's School of Education hosted Oscar-winning writer, director, and producer Reginald Hudlin in a conversation about his education, career, and visionary contributions to world cinema. (co-sponsored by the Intercultural Center, the School of Business, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
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