Game Changer Chicago Design Lab

This is an Archive of a Past Event

Please join the Critical Making Collaborative at Stanford University for a presentation by collaborators Melissa L. Gilliam and Patrick Jagoda. 

In this talk, Dr. Gilliam and Dr. Jagoda will present the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3), with a particular emphasis on the Game Changer Chicago (GCC) Design Lab, which they co-founded at the University of Chicago. This interdisciplinary collaboration brings together high school youth from the South Side of Chicago, graduate and undergraduate students, and full-time game design staff. Together, they create digital stories and games about health and social justice issues to improve young people’s health and well-being. 

Projects include a suite of board games that tackle health issues in Chicago (Hexacago), a game-based narrative about sexual violence (Bystander), a mobile game about HIV testing among men who have sex with men (The Test), a roleplaying video game to encourage youth underrepresented in STEM to explore this area (Caduceus Quest), a multimedia intervention based in India (Kissa Kahani), and a birth control counseling tool (Tangible Tool). These research projects raise questions about intersections among the humanities, arts, and sciences, digital media and learning, emerging cultural and narrative genres, and the social and emotional health of youth.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford, as well as the Digital Aesthetics Workshop and the Medical Humanities Workshop, both of which are sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center. 

About the Speakers

Melissa L. Gilliam is Executive Vice President and Provost at the Ohio State University. A scholar, physician, educator, and academic leader, Dr. Gilliam joined Ohio State from the University of Chicago, where she was vice provost, the Ellen H. Block Distinguished Service Professor of Health Justice, and professor of obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics. Dr. Gilliam conducts domestic and international research, addressing adolescent health and education using technology, design, and narrative. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and others. Dr. Gilliam is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.    
Patrick Jagoda is William Rainey Harper Professor and Professor of English and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. He specializes in media theory, game studies and design, science studies, and twentieth and twenty-first century American literature and culture. He also serves as Executive Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Critical Inquiry. Dr. Jagoda is the author of Experimental Games: Critique, Play, and Design in the Age of Gamification (University of Chicago Press, 2020) and Network Aesthetics (University of Chicago Press, 2016), and co-author with Michael Maizels of The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer (MIT Press, 2016). He is currently working on a collaborative multimedia book, Story Lab: Collaborative Narrative Methods for a Transmedia Era. Dr. Jagoda was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2020.