Twelfth Annual "Reacting to the Past" Institute at Barnard College

Thursday, June 7 - Sunday, June 10, 2012
New York, NY

Reacting 2.0: Looking to the Future

We were delighted to host such a diverse group at this year's "Reacting to the Past" Annual Institute, which included 180 faculty, administrators, and students from over 85 institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Over the course of the institute, participants engaged in workshops on ten existing and new games, along with a track featuring new chapter-length games in the sciences.  The program also included a series of concurrent sessions that allowed more formal opportunities for participating faculty to share their experiences and insights.  Topics this year ranged from panels on implementing the pedagogy in community colleges and in science courses to more general discussions related to the art of teaching in a “Reacting to the Past” classroom.  

We regard this institute as especially significant because "Reacting to the Past" is poised to enter an important new phase of its development. The Reacting Consortium Board announced several new initiatives on Saturday, June 9 during a special lunch plenary; further details will be published on this site in the coming months.  Reacting 2.0, as we think of it, marks the emergence of a new leadership structure, redefining the Board as a governing body that will establish policies for game development and publication, promote dissemination, improve web operations, and oversee revenue and expenses in conjunction with RTTP program staff.  Most importantly, the Board will work to establish a firm basis for collaboration with member schools and help them incorporate RTTP into their curricular and faculty development activities.

Please use the menu links to the right to learn more about the program details and session resources.  Questions regarding the institute should be directed to Dana Johnson, Project Manager via email to or telephone to 212.854.6627.


As we embark on a new era of our collaborative enterprise, we acknowledge the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Spencer Foundation, and the Teagle Foundation for their support. We also thank Ellen Chodosh and the members of the Reacting Consortium Board for their counsel and creativity.

We also gratefully acknowledge the exemplary service of two wonderful colleagues, Larry Carver, University of Texas at Austin, and Michael S. Pettersen, Washington & Jefferson College, for their tenure on the “Reacting to the Past” Advisory Board.
Special thanks are also due to the staff and administration of Barnard College; the gamemasters, student preceptors, and designers of new games; and the faculty participants who have devoted their time to make this institute a memorable and rewarding experience.

Jun. 7, 2012 (All day)