In this roundtable interview moderated by Paul Darvasi, lecturer at the University of Toronto and co-founder of Gold Bug Interactive, Owen Gottlieb and Matthew Farber discuss research and practice at the intersection of religion, character education, and games in schools. Gottlieb is an associate professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, founder and lead faculty at the Initiative in Religion, Culture, and Policy at the MAGIC center, and founder and director of the Interaction, Media, and Learning Lab at RIT, where he specializes in interactive media, learning, religion, and culture. Farber is an associate professor of educational technology and coordinator of K12 and Secondary Teacher Education Programs (STEP) at the University of Northern Colorado, where he also co-directs the Gaming SEL Lab. He writes for Edutopia, has authored several books and papers, and has collaborated with UNESCO MGIEP, the iThrive Games Foundation, and Games for Change. This conversation occurred over Zoom on 10 October 2022, and is sometimes specific to how schools, education, and educational television function historically and currently in the United States.

Publication Date

Winter 12-21-2023

Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

Interactive Games and Media, School of


Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences


RIT – Main Campus