University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Visiting Gaming Research Fellow Darryl A. Smith will deliver a Gaming Research Colloquium talk on Thursday, February 24th, 2011 at 12:15 PM; entitled “Dark with Excessive Bright”: Gambling Tells and the Naming Taboo. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California; and Affiliate of the Intercollegiate Department of Black Studies at the Claremont Colleges. He is researching how tells in gambling can be compared to sacred language as considered in a number of disciplines. The study for these signal genres of tell-signs and the strategies developed and deployed to expose them, holds promise for a practical reassessment of the notion of so-called “true names.”
The Gaming Research Colloquium Series presents talks by visiting fellows, UNLV faculty members, and invited guests on a variety of gambling and Las Vegas topics. The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in gaming studies are encouraged to attend. The talk is being held in UNLV Special Collections’ Reading Room, on the third floor of Lied Library, on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. If you have additional questions, please call Special Collections at 702-895-2234.