Lifelong Learning Lecture: Gaming Empire: What Kids One Hundred Years Ago Learned From Their Board Games: The College at Brockport

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Lifelong Learning Lecture: Gaming Empire: What Kids One Hundred Years Ago Learned From Their Board Games

September 12, 2019 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Dr. Megan Norcia, associate professor of English, describes how 19th-century British board games shaped ideologies about nation, race, and imperial duty, challenging the portrait of Britons as "absent-minded imperialists."

More than a century before Monopoly invited child players to bankrupt one another with merry ruthlessness, a lively and profitable board game industry thrived in Britain from the 1750s onward. These games, catering to the developing mass market of child consumers, shaped ideologies about nation, race, and imperial duty, challenging the portrait of Britons as "absent-minded imperialists." Dr. Norcia’s archival research, considered on a continuum with children's geography primers and adventure tales, offers a new way to historicize the Victorians, Britain, and Empire itself. Dr. Norcia's recently published book is entitled, "Gaming Empire in Children's British Board Games, 1836-1860."

Community members, faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend this free lecture from 6 to 7 pm on Thursday, September 12, in the Liberal Arts Building, McCue Auditorium. For more information about the series and/or to register, visit the link below, or contact the Division of Advancement at 395-2451.

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Jason Dauenhauer, Director, Multigenerational Engagement

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