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Poker Conference to be Held at Harvard

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Some familiar names from the poker world will be attending Harvard Law School, at least for a day.

On Saturday November 10th, professors and students at Harvard will be hosting a conference which will explore the educational possibilities of using poker as a tool for teaching. The conference which is called "Innovative Thinking: The Educational Value of Poker," will take place from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in the Austin East lecture room of Harvard's Austin Hall.

The conference is part of a continuing series at Harvard Law School that examines the academic educational properties of poker. Harvard's Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS) has set up a student poker society at Harvard as well as at many large universities, including Stanford, UCLA, and Michigan.

One of the founders of the GPSTS is Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson who said, "This conference underscores that poker is more than just a fun game. It is one of the best tools we have to teach negotiation, risk assessment, strategic thinking and other essential life skills.

"It is also a quintessentially American game that draws on the best traditions in our culture, mixing individualism and sociability, and placing a premium on smarts," Nesson continued, "Poker has real educational possibilities, which I look forward to examining in detail at the conference."

The executive director of the GPSTS, Harvard Law student Andrew Woods said, "We are dedicated to three basic goals at GPSTS: forming local chapters at colleges and universities, presenting academic conferences that highlight the strategic thinking and policy implications inherent in poker, and exploring ways to use poker as a bona fide educational tool to teach life skills. We are delighted to have such notable speakers Jim McManus, Mike Sexton and Dr. Alan Schoonmaker join us on the 10th."

The scheduled conference topics and speakers are:

The History of Poker: How U.S. Luminaries Have Anted Up Throughout History, and Why Our Students Should Too
, speaker Jim McManus.

Fun and Cool: How Educators Can Reach Students Through Poker, speaker Mike Sexton.

Tools for Education: Interactive Workshops: Introduction To Poker Literacy and Texas Hold'Em Beginners Workshop, speakers Professor Charles Nesson and Andrew Woods.

Poker is Good for You: The Ability Of Poker To Teach Life Skills, speaker Dr. Alan Schoonmaker.

Focusing on Pedagogy; Developing An Effective Curriculum For Different Levels Of Education, speaker Professor Charles Nesson and Andrew Woods.

The Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society has this to say about poker, "We view poker as an exceptional game of skill that can be used as a powerful teaching tool at all levels of academia and in secondary education. We use poker to teach strategic thinking, geopolitical analysis, risk assessment and money management. We see poker as a metaphor for skills of life, business, politics and international relations. Our goal is to create an open online curriculum centered on poker that will draw the brightest minds together, both from within and outside of the conventional university setting, to promote open education and Internet democracy."

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