Play & Discuss "Tracking Ida," an Immersive Educational Game about Black Women's History
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Venue: Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
Room: Las Palmas/Marseilles
Tracking Ida is an educational alternate reality game (ARG) inspired by the pioneering investigative journalism of Ida B. Wells in the 1890s. Players uncover Ida B. Wells’ crusade against lynching and use her strategies to investigate police and vigilante killings today. Along the way, they solve puzzles, decode messages through a phonograph, role-play as investigative journalists, interview members of their community, and harness social media to spread awareness. The game teaches media literacy, collaboration, connecting the past to the present, and the importance of writing your own page in history. It is a non-digital game that invites players to rummage through fictional historical artifacts as the solve puzzles and search for Ida B. Wells’ legacy. During this session, participants will have the opportunity to play Tracking Ida and participate in a discussion about how play can change the way we teach history in physical spaces like museums, libraries and schools.

Session Type
Chatham House Rule
Session Leader : Lishan AZ, Assistant Professor of Cinema & Digital Media, University of California, Davis