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Family Resource Center offers seminars

A seminar on "Gender and Computer Games" will be presented by Professors Justine Cassell and Henry Jenkins on Thursday, March 11 from noon-1:30pm in Rm E19-758.

Based on the presenters' new book, From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games (MIT Press 1998), the seminar will describe the assumptions about gender and games that underlie the marketing of games, the new "girls' games movement," an overview of games currently on the market, and strategies for addressing the ways in which games reinforce gender stereotypes.

Dr. Cassell is an assistant professor in media arts and sciences, and Dr. Jenkins is associate professor of literature and director of the Comparative Media Studies Program.

The seminar is one in a series offered this spring by the MIT Family Resource Center.

Other upcoming seminars, all held from noon-1:30pm in Rm 16-151, will include "Girls and Eating Disorders" tomorrow (Thursday, March 4); "Preparing for a Baby" on Thursday, March 18; "Overcoming Food Battles" on April 9; "College Selection: Parents in the Process" on April 12; "Developmental Disorders in Children" on April 26; "Successful Co-Parenting" on May 3; "Alcoholism in the Family" on May 6; and "Parenting Teenagers" on May 10. "Adapting Your MIT Benefits to Changing Family Needs" will be held on April 15 in Rm E19-758. Preregistration is suggested but not required for these events.

Two seminars this spring have limited enrollment and require preregistration: "Resolving Conflicts in the Family" on Monday, March 8 in Rm E19-220, and "Supporting Children's Moral Development," on April 27 in Rm 16-151.

All Family Resource Center seminars are free and open to the public. For further information, to preregister, or to obtain a full calendar of events, contact the Center in Rm 16-151, x3-1592,

A version of this article appeared in the March 3, 1999 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 43, Number 21).

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