Barnard College, 2001
A documentary video showing Barnard College students playing the "Reacting to the Past" game Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791. The game plunges students into the intellectual, political, and ideological currents that surged through revolutionary Paris in the summer of 1791. Students are leaders of major factions within the National Assembly (and in the streets outside) as it struggles to create a constitution amidst internal chaos and threats of foreign invasion. Their debates are informed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract and Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, among other texts.
Filmed and produced by Edward Jahn with assistance from Barnard students, Barnard Electronic Archive and Teaching Laboratory (BEATL), 2001.