Step Into the Story: What Will Virtual Reality Mean for News, Entertainment, Art, and Democracy?

As immersive experiences become more commonplace, how will virtual reality transform storytelling and shape society?

Slated as the first event of the Fall 2018 lineup at LMU’s new Playa Vista campus, “Step Into the Story” invites you to explore this question in further detail with Nonny de la Peña, founder and CEO of Emblematic Group and New American Fellow. De la Peña’s keynote presentation of how VR can help us confront pressing issues in the world today will be a springboard for further exploration of immersive technologies and storytelling at the LA Film Festival, to be hosted at the Playa Vista Campus on September 22-23.

Nonny de la Peña is a visionary storyteller widely known as the ‘Godmother of VR,’ who continues to redefine the standard for how creativity and technology can work together to empower people to tell their own stories and create life-changing experiences. She will discuss her personal journey developing best practices for storytelling in virtual and augmented reality, as well as touch on lessons learned from being at the forefront of using VR as a tool for experiencing, rather than escaping, uncomfortable realities.

de la Peña will share her work as a member of the Knight Foundation and Aspen Institute Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy and also reveal the power of a new platform Emblematic is developing. Once complete, ‘Reach’ will provide an open door for content authorship, empowering new voices to tell their own stories in the medium.

Amy Woodson-Boulton, associate professor of history, and Evelyn McDonnell, associate professor of journalism, will moderate a Q&A with de la Peña.

As part of the event, the Emblematic team will offer a limited number of opportunities to feel transported into another reality. A reservation is required for one of the 36 VR demo appointments available between 12:30 – 5:00 p.m. and from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m VR demos will be available on a first come first served basis.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Playa Vista Campus
12105 W. Waterfront Drive, Suite 200

Event Type

Exhibitions and Performances, Speakers and Seminars


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, History Department, English Department, Political Science, Psychology Department, Modern Languages & Literatures


history, Journalism, Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, English




This event is free to attend, but space is limited. Please RSVP.


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