Regional Conference at Pikes Peak Community College

Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Consortium
Friday, April 19 - Sunday, April 21, 2013
Colorado Springs, CO


College faculty and administrators are invited to register for a regional “Reacting to the Past” 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.  We also seek to encourage our colleagues to enter an international conversation; our organization is happy to partner with the Reacting to the Past Consortium at Barnard College.  We believe that our collaborations provide dynamic curriculum for our students imbuing complex ideas of our disciplines with skills central to the workplace today.

On April 19 and 20, conference participants will learn about “Reacting to the Past” (RTTP) by engaging in an intensive workshop on a particular game:  Kentucky, 1861: Loyalty, State, and Nation or The Trial of Galileo: Aristotelianism, the "New Cosmology," and the Catholic Church, 1616-33.  In addition, plenary sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss issues related to teaching and learning, game mechanics, and the like. While the games are historical in nature, faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to attend the conference.

On April 21, RMC will also host an optional training session on game development and the RTTP pedagogy.  Faculty will have the opportunity to network and collaborate and to learn about a special opportunity available through the RMC to design their own games.  The RMC will begin to field proposals from faculty to create short, chapter games with support from the RMC grant.  Faculty who attend the workshop on the third day of the conference will get priority consideration.

Featured Games

Kentucky, 1861: Loyalty, State, and Nation (Game Under Review)

As one of the northernmost slaveholding states, Kentucky plays a pivotal role in the crisis unleashed by Lincoln’s election in 1860. Student roles include political leaders, newspaper editors, and militia leaders. Opening with a special session of the legislature, Kentucky, 1861 forces students to struggle with the complex and divided loyalties of their roles. They must determine how to reconcile varied motivations, interests, and ideologies with an unprecedented and intensely combustible situation. Informed by assorted speeches, debates, and political tracts, students debate the cultural, economic, and political concepts driving secession while reacting to a constantly shifting political and military situation. Through the use of rhetoric, the press, and paramilitary action, they struggle to alter the fate of the nation.

  • Author/Convener: Nicolas Proctor is Chair of the History Department and Director of the First Year Program at Simpson College (IA). Proctor is Chair of the Reacting to the Past Editorial Board and author or co-author of several games in development, including: Forest Diplomacy: War, Peace, and Land on the Colonial Frontier, Kentucky, 1861, Modernism vs. Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888-89, and Security, Self-Determination, and Empire: Yalta, 1945

The Trial of Galileo: Aristotelianism, the "New Cosmology," and the Catholic Church, 1616-33 (Published Series)

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: Roger L. Martinez is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, he served as the Burton Postdoctoral Fellow at St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) from 2008 to 2010. Martínez specializes in the study of medieval and early modern Spain, religious minorities and religious converts in Spain, and Spanish trans-Atlantic migration to Mexico and Bolivia. He is working on a new book entitled Blood, Faith, and Fate: Jews, Conversos, and Old Christians in Early Modern Spain and Colonial Spanish America.


This conference is supported by the Colorado Community College System through the Colorado Immersive and Game-Based Learning Faculty Challenge Grant.

Participation is free for faculty from the Colorado Community College System and from the University of Colorado System. . The registration fee is $250 for faculty, administrators, and graduate students from other institutes. Registration includes tuition, materials, consultation, and the meals listed on the schedule below.

Click here to access the online registration form.

Payment Methods: Credit card payments will be processed live during online registration. All payments made by check must be postmarked by March 22, 2013; an additional late fee of $25 will apply to all registrations/payments postmarked after this date. Conference materials will not be shipped until payment is received in full.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: Registrations are transferable within an institution up to ten business days before the event. Refunds will be provided for cancellations received in writing or via e-mail by March 22, 2013. A $25.00 processing fee will be deducted.

Schedule at a Glance

Faculty who are interested in designing games are encouraged to attend on the third day; those faculty who want to learn about and experience the curriculum so that they may run established RTTP games only need to attend the first two days.

Friday, April 19: RTTP Game Workshops

8:00–9:00AM Check in; Continental Breakfast
9:00–10:00AM Opening Plenary: Introduction to Reacting to the Past

Game Set-Up and Faction Meetings

11:30–1:00PM Lunch
1:15–2:50PM Game Session I
2:50–3:10PM Refreshments and Break
3:15–4:15PM Breakout Session: Topic TBD
4:15–5:00PM Game Session II
5:00–5:30PM Faction Meetings
5:30–7:00PM Dinner

Saturday, April 20: RTTP Game Workshops (continued)

8:00–9:00AM Full Breakfast
9:00–11:00AM Game Session III
11:15–12:45PM Lunch; Discussion of Opportunity to Participate in Grant
1:00–3:00PM Game Session IV: Post-Mortem Discussion
3:00–4:00PM Final Breakout Session: Teaching Reacting at the Community College

Sunday, April 21: Workshop on Game Development, Pedagogy, and RTTP

8:00–9:00AM Continental Breakfast
9:00–10:10AM Workshop: Session I
10:10–10:30AM Refreshments and Break
10:30–12:00PM Workshop: Session II
12:00–1:00PM Lunch
1:00–2:10PM Workshop Session III
2:10–2:30PM Refreshments
2:30–4:00PM Workshop Final Session

Travel and Lodging

All conference activities will be held on the Rampart Range campus of Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs. Maps and directions are available on the PPCC web site.

For participants coming from out of town, a special rate for conference has been negotiated  at the Residence Inn Colorado Springs North/Air Force, just down the road from Rampart Range. The negotiated rate is $79.00 per night.  Visit or call 719-388-9900 to make reservations; be sure to mention that you are with the Reacting to the Past group.      

Apr. 19, 2013 (All day)