Board games have been played since antiquity, enjoyed a late twentieth century renaissance in Europe, and are now rapidly growing in popularity in the United States. Though largely misunderstood stateside, knowledge of modern games suggests that if incorporated
wisely, they may prove quite valuable for students, teachers, and parents alike. This seminar will explore the possibility that modern board games might provide a helpful tool for Christian classical schools. Consideration will be given to the use of board games in a variety of important ways including: within a classroom, as an extra-curricular club, a library offering, a tool for multi-generational interaction in the home, and as a potential means for community outreach. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of gaming as a human phenomenon, but more importantly with easily implemented, practical ideas to help foster true community in their schools and positive relationships in their families.
Jason Edwards is an associate professor of history at Grove City College. He serves as a fellow with The Center for Vision & Values as well as a Lehrman Scholar and Salvatori Fellow for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Edwards co-authored the book Ask the Professor: What Freshmen Need to Know 2.0 (TDH Communications,2012) and has published writings in a variety of newspapers and journals including the Washington Times, University Bookman, and Touchstone. Edwards received a B.A. in history from Asbury College, his M.A. in history from the University of Kentucky, and his Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of education from the University of Kentucky