UNC Charlotte Hosts Women + Video Games Festival

Thursday, February 4, 2016

UNC Charlotte will host a Women + Video Games Festival Feb. 15-21 on the main campus. A series of workshops, lectures, panel discussions and video screenings, the festival’s mission is to encourage women and girls to explore game design and programming and to promote a creative gaming culture that is inclusive of individuals regardless of gender, race, or creed.

Events are being organized and hosted by the Department of Art & Art History, the College of Computing and Informatics, the Women's and Gender Studies Program, the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics and the Center for Teaching and Learning.  Events are funded in part by grant from the Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund.

Among the events are gamification coding workshops for faculty, workshops that address sexism in the technology fields, and lectures by prominent writers and creators in the video game industry. The keynote address will be given by feminist video game critic Anita Sarkeesian on Feb. 18 at 7:00 pm in McKnight Hall. Melissa MacCoubrey, narrative director at Ubisoft Quebec and assistant narrative director of “Assassin's Creed: Syndicate,” will speak on Feb. 19 at 7:00 pm in Rowe Arts 130.

For a complete list of programs and events, please visit the festival website.