The President's Lecture Series
The President’s Lecture Series will provide an opportunity for all to gather, learn and discuss the ideas and issues that animate our communities. President Bodnar looks forward to hosting a series that challenges all of us to engage in meaningful—and enjoyable—learning both on campus and in the community.
Title: Esports in the Age of Networked Broadcast
Friday, Nov. 15, 2019
6:30 p.m. (doors) 7:30 p.m. (lecture)
T.L. Taylor is Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT and co-founder and Director of Research for AnyKey, an organization dedicated to supporting and developing fair and inclusive esports. She is a qualitative sociologist who has focused on internet and game studies for over two decades. Dr. Taylor’s research explores the interrelations between culture and technology in online leisure environments. Her book 2018 about game live streaming, Watch Me Play: Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming (Princeton University Press), is the first of its kind to chronicle the emerging media space of online game broadcasting. She is also the author of Raising the Stakes: E-Sports and the Professionalization of Computer Gaming (MIT Press, 2012) which explores the rise of esports and Play Between Worlds: Exploring Online Game Culture (MIT Press, 2006), an ethnography of the massively multiplayer online game EverQuest. In 2012 Princeton University published her co-authored book on conducting ethnographic research in online multi-user worlds, Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method. Dr. Taylor is a highly sought after speaker. Both the White House and the International Olympics Committee have invited her to special summits focused on gaming. And journalists for the The New York Times, PBS, the Los Angeles Times, BBC, CBC, and many others often reach out to Dr. Taylor for her expertise. More info at tltaylor.com.