Research Reflections: Seth Hudson

Seth Hudson is an assistant professor of game writing in the Computer Game Design program in Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. On September 25, 3-4 p.m., in the Fenwick Main Reading Room, Professor Hudson will present “Theoretical Approaches to Developing Industry-Relevant Pedagogy
in Computer Game Design”. He will discuss his research on pedagogy in computer game design programs, presenting a framework for course and curriculum development for computer game design in higher education and methodologies that leverage the actual experiences of practitioners in the games industry.

Professor Hudson teaches story design for computer games, critical studies, and the history of computer games. His continuing interests lie in narrative, critical theory, the teaching of writing, and research to improve teacher practice in higher education — all in relation to the emerging field of game studies and game design.

Research Reflections in the Reading Room highlights Mason faculty research interests and foci.

Mason Author Series: Robin Hanson

Join us in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room on Thursday, September 6 at 3:30pm for our first Mason Author Series event of the new academic year!

Robin Hanson, Associate Professor, Economics, will discuss his work on The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life, which he co-authored with Kevin Simler. In their book, the authors aim to confront our hidden motives directly in an effort to better understand human nature – both in our personal lives and in large-scale social institutions.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Author: Robin Hanson is an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He received his PhD in 1997 in social sciences from Caltech, and he joined Mason’s economics faculty in 1999 after completing a two-year post-doc at UC Berkeley. His major fields of interest include health policy, regulation, and formal political theory.

About the Mason Author Series: The University Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For upcoming events, visit http://library.gmu.edu/masonauthorseries.

Artist’s Talk on July 25

Join artist Nikki Brugnoli and curator Jennifer Lillis on Wednesday, July 25, 1:30pm in the Fenwick Main Reading Room for a discussion of Convergence, our current Fenwick Gallery exhibition. For more information, visit http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/convergence/

Convergence focuses on the intersecting and overlapping lines of artist Brugnoli’s research over the last four years in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Disregarded, post-industrial structures from her past and present as well as widening horizons converge through a series of mixed media drawings, screen prints and photographs. These investigations are engaged meditations on memory and loss, abandonment and reconciliation.

Mason Author Series: Bryan Caplan

Join us for our last Mason Author Series event of the spring semester on Thursday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in the Fenwick Main Reading Room. Our featured faculty author is Bryan Caplan, who will be discussing his recent book, The Case Against Education.

In this explosive book, Bryan Caplan argues that the primary function of education is not to enhance students’ skill but to certify their intelligence, work ethic, and conformity—in other words, to signal the qualities of a good employee. Learn why students hunt for easy As and casually forget most of what they learn after the final exam, why decades of growing access to education have not resulted in better jobs for the average worker but instead in runaway credential inflation, how employers reward workers for costly schooling they rarely if ever use, and why cutting education spending is the best remedy.

Caplan draws on the latest social science to show how the labor market values grades over knowledge, and why the more education your rivals have, the more you need to impress employers. He explains why graduation is our society’s top conformity signal, and why even the most useless degrees can certify employability. He advocates two major policy responses. The first is educational austerity. Government needs to sharply cut education funding to curb this wasteful rat race. The second is more vocational education, because practical skills are more socially valuable than teaching students how to outshine their peers.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Author: Bryan Caplan is professor of economics at George Mason University and a blogger at EconLog. He is the author of Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent Is Less Work and More Fun than You Think and The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies (Princeton).

About the Mason Author Series: The University Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For more information about the Mason Author Series, please contact John Warren, Head, Mason Publishing, jwarre13@gmu.edu.