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Games for Change Festival

Hosted in New York City by Parsons The New School for Design, the 6th annual Games for Change Festival will take place May 27 - 29, 2009.

The Games for Change Festival brings together the world's leading foundations, NGOs, game-makers, academics, and journalists to explore how best to harness this incredibly powerful medium to help address the most critical issues of our day, from poverty, climate change, global con´Čéicts, to human rights.

This year, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof will give the opening keynote address. Other featured speakers include:
- James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Chair in Literacy Studies at Arizona State University
- Seth Scheisel, New York Times game critic
- Joseph Kahne, Dean of the School of Education at Mills College and co-author of the Pew study on games and civics
- Tracy Fullerton, Director of the Electronic Arts Game Innovation Lab & author of Game Design Workshop: A Playcentric Approach to Designing Innovative Games
- Eric Zimmerman, CEO of Gamelab and co-author of Rules of Play
- Mary Flanagan, Director of the Tiltfactor Lab
- Ian Bogost, CEO of Persuasive Games and author of Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism
- Heather Chaplin, freelance journalist (NPR, New York Times) and author of Smart Bomb
- Henry Jenkins, the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities.
- N'Gai Croal, Technology Editor Newsweek Magazine

For more information, please see the festival web site:
http://gamesforchange.org/fest2009 or e-mail [email protected]

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