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Meaningful Play 2016 at Michigan State University

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TitleThe Impact of Video Games On Our Children, Society and Culture - Should We Be Worried?

Michealene Cristini RisleyMichealene Cristini Risley is an award-winning writer, director and human rights activist. She has worked with a number of fortune 100 companies such as Sega of America, Zynga, the Walt Disney Company, Marvel Comics, Nike, and Adidas. She ran for the Americans Elect nomination for President of the United States in 2012. Michealene founded and ran the non-profit organization Freshwater Haven from 2002 - 2014 to address the dramatic social change that is required to stop physical, sexual and emotional abuse of women and children.

As an award winning filmmaker, Michealene Cristini Risley co-wrote and directed Tapestries of Hope, a feature-length documentary that exposes the myth behind the belief that raping a virgin cures a man of HIV/AIDS. Her trip to Zimbabwe resulted in her being imprisoned and deported in an attempt by the Mugabe-led government police to quash her telling the story of Betty Makoni, a Zimbabwean child and human rights activist (a CNN top 10 hero for 2009) whose Girl Child Network rescues abused girls and provides them counseling, healing and educational support.

Currently, Michealene continues to focus on merging her corporate life with her work on human rights issues as well as innovative ways to leverage technology and media to create awareness and social change. Learn more about Michealene.

TimeSaturday, October 22, 9:00a-10:00a
LocationMSU Union Ballroom
DescriptionVideo games can be innocent and fun, yet their is a growing body of evidence that shows some games reward misogyny and abuse. This learned behavior feeds into widespread violence against women and girls. What can we do about it?

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