College faculty and administrators are invited to register for the regional “Reacting to the Past” conference at Newman University (Wichita, KS). Conference participants will learn about the pedagogy by engaging in intensive two-day workshops on The Trial of Galileo: Aristotelianism, the “New Cosmology,” and the Catholic Church, 1616-33. In addition to game sessions, plenary sessions provide an opportunity to discuss issues related to the classroom experience, game mechanics, and the like.
In The Trial of Galileo the new science, as brilliantly propounded by Galileo Galilei, collides with the elegant cosmology of Aristotle, Aquinas, and medieval Scholasticism. The game is set in Rome in the early decades of the seventeenth century. Most of the debates occur within the Holy Office, the arm of the papacy that supervises the Roman Inquisition. At times action shifts to the palace of Prince Cesi, founder of the Society of the Lynx-Eyed that promotes the new science, and to the lecture halls of the Jesuit Collegio Romano. Some students assume roles as faculty of the Collegio Romano and the secular University of Rome, the Sapienza. Others are Cardinals who seek to defend the faith from resurgent Protestantism, the imperial ambitions of the Spanish monarch, the schemes of the Medici in Florence, and the crisis of faith throughout Christendom. Some embrace the “new cosmology,” some denounce it, and still others are undecided. The issues range from the nature of faith and the meaning of the Bible to the scientific principles and methods as advanced by Copernicus, Kepler, Tycho Brahe, Giordano Bruno, and Galileo. Central texts include Aristotle’s On the Heavens and Posterior Analytics; Galileo’s Starry Messenger (1610), Letter to Grand Duchess Christina (1615) and Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems (1632); the declarations of the Council of Trent; and the Bible.
Convener: Tony Crider is Chair of the Department of Physics at Elon University in North Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in space physics and astronomy from Rice University in 1999 and continued his research in gamma-ray astrophysics at the Naval Research Laboratory. Before moving to Elon, Dr. Crider taught at American University where he coordinated the Multimedia Design and Development program. His interest in science visualization led him to create virtual planetariums, telescopes, and lunar landscapes within the 3D online world of Second Life. Currently, he is assessing the effectiveness of short “Reacting to the Past” role-playing games in science courses and writing a game about the debate over Pluto's status as a planet with support from a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Registration Policies & Procedures
This conference is sponsored by Office of Academic Affairs at Newman University. Registration includes tuition, materials, consultation, and most meals (breakfasts, lunches, and refreshment breaks).
Newman University faculty, administrators, and students: $0
Faculty and administrators from other institutions: $250
Full-time students from other institutions: $175
The priority registration deadline is February 8, 2011.
Credit card payments will be processed live during online registration. All payments made by check must be postmarked by February 8, 2011; an additional late fee of $25 will apply to all registrations/payments postmarked after this date. Workshop materials will not be shipped until payment is received in full.
Cancelation Policy: Registrations are transferable within an institution at any time. Refunds will be provided for cancelations received in writing or via e-mail 10 business days before the scheduled workshop date. A $25 processing fee will be deducted.
Directions to Newman University
Newman University is located at 3100 McCormick Avenue in Wichita, Kansas. Please refer to the campus map below for building locations. An interactive Google map is also available on the Newman University web site at http://www.newmanu.edu/contact-us.
Driving Directions & Parking
From East: Take US 54 west to Meridian exit. Take the MERIDIAN exit toward KS-42/EDWARDS. Go through the first stop light and turn left (south) at the second light (KS-42 S/S SOUTHWEST BLVD.). Take the first right onto McCormick St. Take the first left and park in one of the visitor spots in semi-circle on your right.
From North: Take US 135 south to US 54. Turn right (west) onto US 54. Take US 54 west to Meridian exit. Take the MERIDIAN exit toward KS-42/EDWARDS. Go through the first stop light and turn left (south) at the second light (KS-42 S/S SOUTHWEST BLVD.). Take the first right onto McCormick St. Take the first left and park in one of the visitor spots in semi-circle on your right.
From South: Take US 135 north to US 54. Turn left (west) onto US 54. Take US 54 west to Meridian exit. Take the MERIDIAN exit toward KS-42/EDWARDS. Go through the first stop light and turn left (south) at the second light (KS-42 S/S SOUTHWEST BLVD.). Take the first right onto McCormick St. Take the first left and park in one of the visitor spots in semi-circle on your right.
From West: Take US 54 east to the Edwards exit. Go right (south) onto KS-42/Southwest Blvd. Take the first right (McCormick). Take the first left and park in one of the visitor spots in semi-circle on your right.
Temporary parking passes will be available at the workshop check-in/opening reception in the Eck Hall Atrium.
Shuttle service can be arranged doe participants staying at the Airport Hilton Hotel. To make arrangements, please contact Kelly McFall, Department of History, Newman University:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Office: (316) 942-4291, ext. 2325
Schedule of Activities
Friday, February 25
|5:00pm||WELCOME; INTRODUCTION TO “REACTING TO THE PAST”|
|5:45pm||GAME SET-UP: Gamemasters will “Meet and Greet” participants to introduce the historical context of the games, and specific rules of their games. Players will introduce themselves “in character” while not giving away any secrets. Factions will meet privately to receive pointers from Gamemasters and Student Preceptors.|
Saturday, February 26
|8:00-9:00am||COFFEE AND BREAKFAST FARE|
|9:00-10:00am||GAME SET-UP (CONT’D): Faction Meetings|
|10:00-11:45am||GAME SESSION I|
|1:00-2:00pm||PLENARY SESSION: The Student Experience - Q&A with Preceptors|
|2:15-4:00pm||GAME SESSION II|
|4:00-5:00pm||PLENARY SESSION: Faculty Experiences in Reacting
Sunday, February 27
|8:00-9:00am||COFFEE AND BREAKFAST FARE|
|9:00-11:15am||GAME SESSION III & POST-MORTEM|
|11:15-12:30pm||CLOSING SESSION: Debriefing. Questions on Game Management, Curriculum, Etc.|
|12:30pm||LUNCH: Continued informal discussions. Topics include where to fit Reacting into the curriculum, class sizes, and your concerns and questions.|