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Published: October 10, 2019

Portrayal of Native Americans in Video Games Focus of UT Lecture

Ashlee Bird, a doctoral candidate in the Native American Studies program at the University of California, Davis, will speak about the history of Native Americans in video games at a lecture at The University of Tampa on Friday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery on campus.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery on campus.

Bird’s presentation, “From Custer’s Revenge to Red Dead Redemption: Changing the Language of Indigenous Representation in Games,” will emphasize the two types of language taking place in video games: mechanical, coded language; and visual, representational language. The talk will focus on the importance of teaching the history of indigenous representation in games and break down various examples from Custer’s Revenge to the Mortal Kombat and Red Dead Redemption series to demonstrate these types of gamic language.

Bird has a dual bachelor’s degree in English and American literature and American studies from Middlebury College, as well as a master’s degree in American studies from the University of Nottingham in England and a master’s degree in Native American Studies from UC Davis.

The lecture is sponsored by the UT Department of English and Writing.

For more information about this event, contact Sarah Juliet Lauro, UT assistant professor of hemispheric literature in the Department of English and Writing, at or (813) 257-3322.

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