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LECTURE | What IF? Building Interactive Fiction to Teach and Learn Biblical Studies

Dr. G. Brooke Lester, assistant professor of Hebrew Scriptures at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, will present his sabbatical lecture, "What IF? Building Interactive Fiction to Teach and Learn Biblical Studies," on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 11:10 a.m. in Room 205. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Games offer unique possibilities for learning, and text-based interactive fiction ("IF") lends itself as a low barrier to entry for instructors and students wishing to build interactive narrative games. What might learners discover as they ransack an Israelite Iron-Age four-room house for ingredients to make the daily barley loaves? How might they decide their allegiances as Babylon’s army beseiges Jerusalem, while Jeremiah urges the populace to give themselves over to the enemy? What biblical worlds and characters would my learners make if they could, and why?

March 21, 2019

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston , IL 60201

About Dr. G. Brook Lester

Dr. G. Brooke Lester is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Scriptures and Director of Digital Learning at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Lester has published several articles, co-authored Handbook to A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew (Abingdon, 2005), is a contributor to Effective Social Learning: A Collaborative, Globally-Networked Pedagogy (Fortress Press, 2015), and is author of Understanding Bible by Design: Create Courses with Purpose (Fortress Press, 2014) and Daniel Evokes Isaiah: Allusive Characterization of Foreign Rule in the Book of Daniel (T&T Clark, 2015).