Past Events

March 14-16, 2014: Regional Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN)

Faculty and administrators are invited to register for this regional conference featuring Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945 and Mexico in Revolution, 1911-1920Please visit the conference page for further details.

February 28–March 2, 2014: Regional Conference at University of Georgia (Athens, GA) Save the date! Program and registration details forthcoming, and will be published when available. Please visit the conference page for further details.

January 23, 2014: "Are You Promising to Educate Students as Engaged Citizens? How Socrates, Gandhi, Rousseau, and Others Can Help!"

John Burney (Doane College) and Elizabeth Dunn (Indiana University South Bend) will lead a panel at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD, to be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, D.C. Click here to visit the ACAD web site.

January 24, 2014, 5:30-7:00pm: Reception at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (Washington, D.C.)  The Reacting Consortium Board will host a reception at this year's annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. The theme of this year's AAC&U meeting is "Quality, E-quality, and Opportunity: How Educational Innovation will make - or break - America's Global Future." For further information, please email reactingboard@barnard.edu or visit the AAC&U meeting page.

November 3, 2013: "So Your Faculty Have Flipped their Classroms-Now What?" 

John Burney, Chair of the Reacting Consortium Board and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Doane College, will join fellow provosts Agnes Caldwell (Adrian College) and Charlie McCormick (Schreiner University) for a presentation on RTTP at the 41st Annual Chief Academic Officers Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. To learn more, please visit the announcement page.

October 10-12, 2013: Regional Faculty Conference at Indiana University South Bend (South Bend, IN) | IU South Bend seeks to bring Midwestern University faculty together to start a dialogue about the use of game-based learning and immersive strategies in our classrooms using the “Reacting to the Past” model. The conference featured two game tracks: The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C. and Frederick Douglass, Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Constitution: 1845.

July 18-20, 2013:  2013 RTTP Game Development Conference hosted by Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, MI)

June 6-9, 2013:  Thirteenth Annual Faculty Institute at Barnard College (New York, NY)

May 11-12, 2013: RTTP Workshop at Sophia University, Tokyo

April 19-21, 2013: Regional Conference at Pikes Peak Community College (Colorado Springs, CO) | This conference is hosted by the Rocky Mountain Collaboration (RMC), a partnership started by Glenn Rohlfing at Pikes Peak Community College and Dr. Roger Martinez at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  Funded by the Colorado Immersive and Game-Based Learning Faculty Challenge Grant, RMC seeks to bring Community College and University faculty together to start a dialogue in our region about the use of game-based learning and immersive strategies in our classrooms using the “Reacting to the Past” model.  

February 15-17, 2013: Campus Workshop at Frostburg State University (Frostburg, MD)

January 25-26, 2013: Campus Workshop at Adrian College (Adrian, MI) | Workshop participants will learn about the RTTP pedagogy by engaging in an intensive two-day workshop on Frederick Douglass, Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Constitution: 1845.

January 19-20, 2013: Regional Faculty Conference at Duke University (Durham, NC) | Hosted by the GreaterThanGames Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, conference participants will learn about the RTTP pedagogy by engaging in intensive two-day workshops on particular games, including Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence,1945 and Frederick Douglass, Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Constitution: 1845.

January 6, 2013:RTTP workshop at annual meeting of the American Astronomical Association (Long Beach, CA) | Tony Crider, Elon University, "Learning Astronomy through Role-playing and Debate".

January 5, 2013: RTTP Forum at annual meeting of the American Philological Association (Seattle, WA) | Paula Kay Lazrus, St. John's University, and Saundra Schwartz, University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Paper, "Reacting to Athens, 403 BC: Historical Simulation in the Classroom".

January 4, 2013: Panel at 127th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (New Orleans, LA) | John Moser, Ashland University (Chair); Stephanie Jass, Adrian College; Abigail L Perkiss, Kean University; and Jeffrey N. Hyson, Saint Joseph's University. Panel, "History as Hypothesis: Using 'Reacting to the Past' to Teach the French Revolution".

October 12, 2012: RTTP Session at Annual ISETL Conference (San Antonio, TX) | Linda Mayhew and Julie Casey, University of Texas at Austin. Interactive Session, "Reacting to the Past: Teaching a Student Run Course". 42nd Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning.

August 3-7, 2012: Game Workshop at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Society for Values in Higher Education (SVHE) | Drew University, Madison, NJ

July 29-30, 2012: RTTP Workshops at 2012 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (University Park, PA) | Professors Susan and David Henderson will be conducting two 3-hour workshops featuring RTTP at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE). Each workshop will play one short science game. The Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) is the largest gathering of chemistry educators in the world which brings together more than 1,000 teachers committed to inspiring tomorrow's leaders in the sciences.
 
July 19-21, 2012: RTTP Game Development Conference (Mt. Pleasant, MI) | Sponsored by Central Michigan University, this will be the first conference devoted to designing games for the pedagogical method "Reacting to the Past". Participants will play two Reacting-style games that are currently in development, discuss game design principles and processes, and work to expand and explore ideas for new games.

June 7-10, 2012: Twelfth Annual Institute at Barnard College | New York, NY

March 2-4, 2012: Regional Faculty Conference at Georgia College (Milledgeville, GA) | Co-sponsored with the University of Georgia, the program will feature two games: Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman (in development) and Patriots, Loyalists, and Revolution in New York City, 1775-76 (published).

November 18, 2011: Helen Gaudette, Queens College, and Gretchen McKay, McDaniel College. Special Symposium at the 2011 National Meeting of the Faculty Resource Network (San Juan, PR).

November 4, 2011: Diana Polley and Nicholas Hunt-Bull, Southern New Hampshire University. Concurrent Session, "Reacting to the Past: When the Curriculum Gets in the Way of Good Pedagogy".  AAC&U Network for Academic Renewal Conference: Arts & Humanities: Toward a Flourishing State? (Providence, RI).

July 27-31, 2011: Game Workshops at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Values in Higher Education, Elmhurst College (Elmhurst, IL).

June 9-12, 2011: Eleventh Annual Institute at Barnard College | New York, NY

May 28, 2011: Micro-Game Workshop at "Creativity, Play, and the Imagination" Conference  by Nicolas Proctor and Mark C. Carnes, Teachers College, Columbia University (New York, NY).

May 20, 2011: Introductory Workshop at Doane College (Crete, NE) | College faculty and administrators are invited to participate in a Introductory One-Day Workshop on "Reacting to the Past"  facilitated by Dr. John M. Burney, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Doane College.  For more information, please contact john.burney@doane.edu.

April 17, 2011: "Creating Great Texts: The Nicene Creed through the RTTP Pedagogy". Panel by Frank G. Kirkpatrick (Trinity College) and Richard Gid Powers (College of Staten Island, CUNY) at the Association for Core Texts & Courses 17th Annual Conference (New Haven, CT). For further information, please visit the Association for Core Texts & Courses (ACTC) conference web site.

March 25-27, 2011: Regional Faculty Conference at the University of Georgia | Athens, GA 
Read the coverage on the Athens Patch website at http://athens.patch.com/articles/reacting-makes-history-alive-and-different.

March 24-26, 2011: Two RTTP Concurrent Sessions featured at upcoming AAC&U Conference, Engaged STEM Learning: From Promise to Pervasive Practice | Miami, FL

  • David E. Henderson, Professor of Chemistry—Trinity College; and Susan K. Henderson, Professor of Chemistry—Quinnipiac University: "Reacting to the Past: Can Students Learn the Process of Science through Role-Playing?"
  • Tony Crider, Chair, Department of Physics, and Megan Squire, Associate Professor of Computing Science—both of Elon University: "Reacting to the Past: The Pluto Debate"  (Liberal Education & America's Promise Featured Session).

March 11, 2011: Faculty Workshop at Eastern Michigan University | Ypsilanti, MI

March 5, 2011: John M. Burney, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of History, Doane College; and Mark Higbee, Professor of History, Eastern Michigan University. Concurrent Session, "Facing the Elephant: Overcoming Faculty Fears about Active Learning and Game Playing." AAC&U Network for Academic Renewal Conference, General Education and Assessment 3.0: Next-Level Practices Now  | Chicago, IL

February 25-27, 2011: Regional Faculty Conference at Newman University | Wichita, KS
This 2.5-day regional conference will introduce faculty to two games: Confucianism and the Succession Crisis of the Wanli Emperor, 1587 and The Trial of Galileo: Aristotelianism, the "New Cosmology," and the Catholic Church.

Fall 2010: Workshop Series at Eastern Michigan University | Ypsilanti, MI
October 22-23, 2010: The Trial of Galileo: Aristotelianism, the "New Cosmology," and the Catholic Church
November 19-20, 2010: Confucianism and the Succession Crisis of the Wanli Emperor, 1587

October 28, 2010: Carl A. Anderson (Michigan State University), T. Keith Dix (UGA), and Naomi J. Norman (UGA). Panel. "Reacting to the Past: Student Engagement in the Classics Curriculum." 90th annual meeting of the Classical Association on the Middle West and South, southern section | Richmond, Virginia

July 21-25, 2010: Workshops at theAnnual Meeting of the Society for Values in Higher Education, Portland State University | Portland, OR

June 30, 2010: Karen Busch, Eastern Michigan University. Presentation, “Extended Simulations (Reacting to the Past) Create Quality Learning for Both Students and Teaching Staff.” 2010 Meeting of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED) | Barcelona, Spain

June 9-12, 2010: Tenth Annual Summer Institute at Barnard College | New York, NY

April 9, 2010: Lara Vapnek, St. John's University, Mark Carnes, Barnard College, Jeffrey Hyson, Saint Joseph's University, and Bill Offutt, Pace University,  Presentation, "’Reacting to the Past’: The Collision of Ideas and Historical Contexts in College-Level Classes."  2010 Annual Meeting of the Organization for American Historians  | Washington, D.C.

April 16-18, 2010: Regional Faculty Conference at the University of Georgia | Athens, GA

March 25-27, 2010:  Gretchen McKay, McDaniel College, Judith R. Shapiro, Barnard College, and Paula Kay Lazrus, St. John’s University. Session, “’Reacting to the Past’ and the Engaging the First-year Student.” AAC&U Network for Academic Renewal Conference – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices  |  Philadelphia, PA

March 12-13, 2010: Regional Faculty Conference at Eastern Michigan University. Click here to visit the EMU conference page. | Ypsilanti, MI

March 2, 2010: Mini-Conference at Trinity College. | Hartford, CT

February 18-20, 2010: Elizabeth Kraft, University of Georgia. Paper, "Reacting to the Eighteenth Century" and Panel on "Teaching Eighteenth-Century Literature." 36th Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS) regional conference | Johnson City, TN

February 5-7, 2010: Christopher Budzisz (Loras College), Peter Doerschler (Bloomsburg University), and John Eby (Loras College). Paper, “Reacting to the Past: Role-Playing Regime Change and Democratization in Political Science.” American Political Science Association 2010 Teaching and Learning Conference | Philadelphia, PA

January 10, 2010: Nancy Reagin, Pace University, Marsha Driscoll, Bemidji State University, Elizabeth E. Dunn, Bemidji State University, and Mark Higbee, Eastern Michigan University.  Panel, "'Reacting to the Past': Role Play, Persuasion, and Engagement in Undergraduate Teaching." 124th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association  |  San Diego, CA | Read coverage by the HistoryNewsNetwork . . .

October 31, 2009: John C. Eby, Loras College, Doug Peterson, University of South Dakota, and Mary Jane Treacy, Simmons College. Symposium, "Reacting to the Past and Honors: Creativity, Diversity, and Empathy in Learning." 44th Annual Conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council | Washington, D.C.

October 24, 2009: James Highland, Northern Michigan University, and Harold McDougall, Howard University School of Law. “Nonviolent Resistance is Not a Game, Or Is It?”  2009 Gandhi-King Conference on Peacemaking | Memphis, TN

October 23, 2009: John M. Burney and Jennifer  McCrickerd, Drake University. Workshop, "Recreating the "Real World" in the Classroom: Using Role Playing Games to Foster Student Engagement and Integrative Learning." AAC&U Network for Academic Renewal Conference-Integrative Learning: Addressing the Complexities | Atlanta, GA

October 16–18, 2009: Regional Faculty Conference at Eastern Michigan University | Ypsilanti, MI

July 22–26, 2009: "Reacting to the Past" Faculty Workshops, in association with the Annual Summer Conference of the Society for Values in Higher Education, Elmhurst College | Elmhurst, IL

June 11-14, 2009: Ninth Annual Summer Institute at Barnard College | New York, NY

April 18–19, 2009: Faculty Workshop at St. John's University | Queens, NY

April 17–19, 2009: Regional Faculty Conference at the University of Georgia | Athens, GA

April 3–4, 2009: Regional Faculty Conference at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

April 1-4, 2009: Carl Anderson, Michgan State University, and T. Keith Dix, University of Georgia. Paper presentation, "Games Students Play: 'Reacting to the Past' and Student Engagement in Learning." At 105th annual meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South | Minneapolis, MN

January 13-17, 2009: Faculty workshop led by Barbara Waldinger, Queens College (CUNY). Region 2 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival | Philadelphia, PA

November 15, 2008: “Reacting to the Past – A Pedagogy for Student Engagement”: Introductory workshop sponsored by the Trinity College Center for Teaching and Learning and the University of New Haven Honors Program | Hartford, CT

October 22-28, 2008: Faculty workshop led by John C. Eby, Loras College. 2008 Annual National Collegiate Honors Council Conference | San Antonio, TX

October 16-19, 2008: Megan Squire, Anthony Crider, and Peter Felten, Elon University. "Assessment of student
learning in Reacting to the Past role-playing games." International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL 2009) | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

September 19, 2008: Marsha Driscoll and Elizabeth Dunn, Bemidji State University. Roundtable, "The Development of Classroom Simulation Games." 2008 Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching | Traverse City, MI

July 31–August 2, 2008: Barbara Waldinger, Queens College (CUNY). Panelist, "iGen Live; Performance, Pedagogy and the Millenial Generation." Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference | Denver, CO

June 18-22, 2008: Eighth Annual Summer Institute at Barnard College | New York, NY

April 4-5, 2008: Regional Faculty Conference at the University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS

February 23, 2008: "'Reacting to the Past': An Integrative Approach to General Education" Workshop, Mark C. Carnes (Barnard College), John M. Burney (Drake University), and Ann Davison (Queens College).  AAC&U Integrative Designs for General Education Conference | Boston, MA

February 15-17, 2008: Regional Faculty Conference at Elon University | Elon, NC

February 8, 2008: Megan Squire and Anthony Crider. " Reacting to the Past: Role playing and learning in the college classroom." At 2008 Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching | Greensboro, NC

February 1-2, 2008: Faculty Workshop at the American University in Cairo, sponsored by the AUC Center for Teaching & Learning | Egypt

June 27-30, 2007: Reacting Conference hosted by the Center for Hellenic Studies | Washington, D.C.

June 7-10, 2007: Seventh Annual Summer Institute at Barnard College | New York, NY

April 14, 2007: Carl Anderson, Michigan State University, and T. Keith Dix, University of Georgia.  "After the Ides of March: History, Agency, and Chance in a Classroom Game."  103rd Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South | Cincinnati, OH

March 30, 2007: "'Reacting to the Past' -- A New Step Forward in the Pedagogy of Core Texts" Workshop. Mark C. Carnes, Columbia University, "Applying Confucius to Problems of Ming Governance;" J. Patrick Coby, Smith College, "Applying Marsilius of Padua's Defender of the Peace to Church-State Issues of the Reign of Henry VIII and the English Reformation;" Kenneth Scott Morrell, Rhodes College, "Realizing We Are the Barbaroi: Thucydides' History and Plato's Republic." 13th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) | Williamsburg, VA

March 23-25, 2007: Regional Conference at Drake University | Des Moines, IA

January 12-14, 2007: Regional Conference at the University of San Diego | San Diego, CA

November 17, 2006: Workshop led by Robert A. Alsop, Associate Professor of English and Honors College Director at Waldorf College. "Innovative Pedagogies: 'Reacting to the Past.'"  2006 National Collegiate Honors Council annual conference | Philadelphia, PA

November 3, 2006: Alisa Rosenthal, Gustavus Adolphus College "Reacting to the Past in Political Theory Courses." Association for Political Theory Conference | Bloomington, IN

November 2, 2006: Carl Anderson (Michigan State University) and Nancy Felson (University of Georgia). "Classics across the Curriculum" Pedagogy Panel at the 86th anniversary meeting of the Southern Section of CAMWS (Classical Association of the Middle West and South) | Memphis, TN

October 19-21, 2006: Two presentations at the Thirty-Sixth Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning: Elizabeth Dunn, Marsha Driscoll, Dann Siems, and Kamran Swanson (Bemidji State University). "Reacting to the Past: Transdisciplinary Games that Really Work for University Students and Instructors"; and Amy Hughes, Sarah Ryan, and Mark Spergel (Baruch College). "The Day Thrasybulus Stole the Show: How Reacting to the Past is Empowering Students and Instructors" | Palm Springs, CA

August 2-5, 2006: Sixth Annual Summer Institute at Barnard College | New York, NY

August 3-6, 2006: Barbara Waldinger (Queens College) and Amy E. Hughes (Baruch College), "Reacting to the Past: Reliving Historical Milestones through Role-Play," annual Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference | Chicago, IL

June 12-16, 2006: Faculty Resource Network at New York University.  Summer 2006 Faculty Enrichment Programs for member institutions | New York, NY

May 22-25, 2006: Faculty workshop at Washington & Jefferson College | Washington, PA

April 1-2, 2005: Regional Conference at Michigan State University | East Lansing, MI

April 6-9, 2005: John M. Burney, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Drake University, represents "Reacting" at the Twelfth Annual Association for American Core Texts and Courses Conference (ACTC) | Chicago, IL

February 18-20, 2006: Christopher H. Anderson, "Political Theory Simulations? Using Reacting to the Past to Explore the History of Political Thought." American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference | Washington, DC

November 19-20, 2005: Regional Conference at the University of Hartford | Hartford, CT

September 23-25, 2005: Regional Conference at Bemidji State University | Bemidji, MN

July 2005: "Recreating the French Revolution in the 21st Century Classroom." Talk by Pace University professors Michael Rosenfeld and Anthony Sallustio.  Mendel University | Czech Republic

June 20-23, 2005: Fifth Annual Summer Institute at Barnard College | New York, NY

May 23-25, 2005: Regional Conference at the University of Texas at Austin 

May 6, 2005: Faculty Workshop, Making Connections: A CUNY General Education Conference on Integrative Learning hosted by the LaGuardia Center for Teaching and Learning | New York, NY

April 15, 2005: Presentation at the AAC&U's "Pedagogies of Engagement: Deepening Learning In and Across the Disciplines" | Bethesda, MD

April 9-10, 2005:  Regional Conference at the Ohio State University | Columbus, OH

April 1-3, 2005:  Presentation by Bemidji State University faculty, "Innovations in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the Liberal Arts Colleges" | Northfield, MN

April 1, 2005:  "Bringing Ancient Athens to Athens, Georgia: Reacting to the Past" panel at the annual CAMWS meeting | Madison, WI

March 11-13, 2005: Regional Conference at the University of Georgia | Athens, GA

February 9, 16, and 23, 2005: NYC regional conference, Pace University | New York, NY

February 4-8, 2005:  Workshop, Conference on the First Year Experience | Phoenix, AZ

January 10-12, 2005: Regional Conference at Smith College | Northampton, MA

December 3-5, 2004: Regional Conference at Trinity College | Hartford, CT   Click here to view photos