Student Workers

Leanne Vastbinder is a sophomore communication and history major at Newman University. She has been interning for Reacting to the Past since the Fall 2018 semester and is an administrator for the Reacting Consortium and the Reacting Faculty Lounge on FaceBook. Her responsibilities include managing game files and approving access to Reacting materials.

Leanne precepted games at the Eighteenth Annual Faculty Institute at Barnard College and the Third Annual Winter Conference at University of Georgia.

She currently serves as the preceptor for Dr. Kelly McFalls honor’s games course, and has experience with the following games:

Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791

The Needs of Others: Human Rights, International Organizations, and Intervention in Rwanda 1994

Monuments and Memory-Making: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1981-82

The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.E.

The Constitutional Convention of 1787: Constructing the American Republic,

Changing the Game: Title IX, Gender and Athletics in American Universities

And many other games in development

Leanne says she loves Reacting to the Past because “it offers a hands on experience to education and an in-depth look at history.” 

Courtney Klaus is a junior communication and history major at Newman University. She has been interning for Reacting to the Past since the Spring 2017 semester. She works on public relations projects for Reacting. She works with Campus Spotlights, updates the Reacting list of conferences and events, and occasionally works with video and graphic design.

Courtney has attended four Reacting conferences: the Sixth Annual Game Development Conference, the Second Annual Winter Conference at the University of Georgia, the Eighteenth Annual Faculty Institute at Barnard College, and the Third Annual Winter Conference at University of Georgia.

She has experience with the following games:

Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791

The Needs of Others: Human Rights, International Organizations, and Intervention in Rwanda 1994

Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945

Kentucky, 1861: Loyalty, State, and Nation

The Collapse of Apartheid and the Dawn of Democracy in South Africa, 1993

Changing the Game: Title IX, Gender and Athletics in American Universities

And many other games in development

Courtney believes Reacting to the Past is a fun and innovative pedagogy that “gives me a history addiction that far surpasses my FaceBook addiction.

Ella Morelli is a sophomore at Barnard College majoring in Computer Science and Visual Arts. She has been interning for Reacting to the Past since the Fall 2018 semester and is a student worker for the Reacting Consortium. Her responsibilities include updating and maintaining the Reacting website, as well as designing the registration websites for conferences. She also occasionally handles fun financial documents and designs newsletters.

Ella precepted games at the Eighteenth Annual Faculty Institute at Barnard College. She has experience with the following games:

The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.E.

The Constitutional Convention of 1787: Constructing the American Republic

Building the Italian Renaissance: Brunelleschi’s Dome and the Florence Cathedral

Ella thinks that Reacting to the Past is a fantastic pedagogy that combines her interests in theatre, debate, and history seamlessly. She hopes to participate in games such as Art in Paris, Fountain, and Guerilla Girls in the future.