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First Fridays: Computer Gaming, Campus Traditions

April 7, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Free
A black and white photo of a chess game in which two computer programs are competing with each other. The programs are Chess 4.7 from Northwestern University and Cyber 170 from Control Data Corporation. People are seated on either side of the chessboard to move the chess pieces.

…it’s all fun and games!

Have a little fun with Archives and Special Collections for the 2022-2023 season of First Fridays. This year we investigate materials in the archives that are strictly recreational.

Presentations begin at noon. Light refreshments and appetizers will be available. ASL interpreters will be present for all First Fridays events. Presentations resume in person this year, with the option to stream via Zoom. Please make a reservation if you plan to attend in person or online.

A black and white photo of a chess game in which two computer programs are competing with each other. The programs are Chess 4.7 from Northwestern University and Cyber 170 from Control Data Corporation. People are seated on either side of the chessboard to move the chess pieces.Checkmate: The Untold Story of Computer Gaming
Presented by Amanda Wick, Curator, Charles Babbage Institute Archives

As long as there have been computers, there have been games and gamers. This presentation will address some of the lesser known stories from the history of video games — including early computer chess tournaments through the blockbuster success of MECC’s own Oregon Trail.

A historical U of M photo shows a group of people gathered on a field with Pillsbury Hall in the backgroundThe Games People Play…
Presented by Ellen Holt-Werle and Rebecca Toov, University Archives

Universities and campus life are often viewed as steeped in tradition. But, traditions are shaped by the dominant narrative and may not reflect all perspectives. A look at University traditions that shouldn’t have been.

Event details

What: First Fridays, “Checkmate: The Untold Story of Computer Gaming” and “The Games People Play…”
When: Friday, April 7, noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, room 120 | Parking and directions

First Fridays is made possible by a generous gift from Governor Elmer L. Andersen and Mrs. Eleanor Andersen in honor of former University Librarian Dr. Edward B. Stanford.

Details

Date:
April 7, 2023
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
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Organizer

University of Minnesota Libraries
Phone:
612-624-4520
Email:
libevent@umn.edu
Website:
http://www.lib.umn.edu

Venue

Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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