An Electronic Arts/Maxis senior creative director will be one of several notable national and international speakers at the Hispanic and Latin American Gaming symposium hosted in person and virtually Friday and Saturday by the Texas Tech University’s College of Media & Communication.
Admission is free and open to the public, but online registration is required.
Due to the DFW airport closure caused by this week’s winter weather, the symposium will be held virtually via Zoom. One exception is the keynote address by Anna Huerta, Senior Design director at EA/Maxis, which we be held in-person (and Zoom) on Feb. 25 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the College of Media and Communications Room 154.
The symposium is a joint effort of the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic & International Communication and Game Design Culture program in the College of Media & Communication. Their aim for this unique event is to elevate and center the study of Hispanic culture in the U.S. and Latin American video gaming and to catalyze scholarship as well as creative development in this dynamic and profitable media sector. The College is also growing academic, and community programming focused on gaming culture, including a newly renovated gaming and esports lab that will open later this spring.
The two-day event will feature keynote addresses from:
• Anna Huerta, Senior Design Director at EA/Maxis, Fri. 2/25 noon-1:30 pm CoMC 154 · Dr. Phillip Penix-Tadsen, Associate Professor of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Delaware, Fri. 2/25 9 to 10 a.m. via Zoom ·
Dr. Jose Zagal, Professor of Entertainment Arts and Engineering at the University of Utah Sat. 2/26 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. via Zoom ·
Dr. Adrienne Shaw, Associate Professor of Media Studies at Temple University. Sat. 2/26 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom The symposium will also include five panels with research presentations and discussions related to the topic.
The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information and to register, please visit https://www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/research/hihic/events/gaming/