As part of UVA’s Martin Luther King celebration, the Library and the Commerce school invite you to register and come to the 3rd Floor Art Gallery of Rouss Hall and Robertson Hall on Wednesday, January 23rd from 5:00–7:00 p.m. for a game. The game is called Factuality, but it’s not about winning; it’s about life.
Players choose to be one of 8 characters divided into different ethnic backgrounds—Asian, White, African American, or Latinx. The characters are diversified further by being assigned gender, sexual orientation, religion, and social class. In the game, each character encounters situations that highlight advantages and limitations corresponding to data compiled in the real world about the effects of structural inequality on the various groups represented by the characters.
During the game, players are invited by a facilitator to give feedback about how their characters are affected by issues like redlining and gentrification, race and gender pay gaps, incarceration and bail disparities. However, the rich mix of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and class does not allow for easy answers.
The object of the game is to make participants comfortable with feeling uncomfortable, to reveal the intricacies of structured inequality, and to give participants information they can use to dismantle preconceived biases.
Take this opportunity and come to Rouss & Robertson Hall on January 23rd. Find out more about yourself than you knew!
A Noodle Bowl dinner will follow.