College faculty and administrators are invited to register for a regional “Reacting to the Past” Conference at University of Oregon (Eugene, OR), November 8-9, 2014. Conference participants will learn about the RTTP pedagogy by engaging in intensive two-day workshops of two featured games. In addition, plenary sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss issues related to student engagement, teaching, and curricular applications.
Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945 (W.W. Norton, 2014) is set at Simla, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where the British viceroy has invited leaders of various religious and political constituencies to work out the future of Britain’s largest colony. Will the British transfer power to the Indian National Congress, which claims to speak for all Indians? Or will a separate Muslim state—Pakistan—be carved out of India to be ruled by Muslims, as the Muslim League proposes? And what will happen to the vulnerable minorities—such as the Sikhs and untouchables—or the hundreds of princely states? As British authority wanes, smoldering tensions among Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs increasingly flare into violent riots that threaten to ignite all India. Towering above it all is the frail but formidable figure of Gandhi, whom some revere as an apostle of non-violence and others regard as a conniving Hindu politician. Students struggle to reconcile religious identity with nation building—perhaps the most intractable and important issue of the modern world. Texts include the literature of Hindu revival (Chatterjee, Tagore and Tilak); the Koran and the literature of Islamic nationalism (Iqbal); and the writings of Ambedkar, Nehru, Jinnah, and Gandhi.
Convener: Ian McNeely is Professor of History and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon. He is a specialist in German, European, and world history and the history of knowledge. He is also the author, most recently, of Reinventing Knowledge from Alexandria to the Internet. Professor McNeely teaches the India game and supervises the Reacting curriculum for honors undergraduates at Oregon. He also serves on the board of the Reacting Consortium.
Greenwich Village 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman (forthcoming from W.W. Norton, Spring 2015) takes students to the beginning of the modern era when urbanization, industrialization, and massive waves of immigration were transforming the U.S. way of life. As the game begins, suffragists are taking to the streets demanding a constitutional amendment for the vote. What, they ask, is women’s place in society? Are they to remain in the home or take an active role in the government of their communities and their nation? Labor has turned to the strike to demand living wages and better conditions; some are even proposing an industrial democracy where workers take charge of industries. Can corporate capitalism allow an economically just society or must it be overturned? African-Americans, suffering from the worst working conditions, disenfranchisement, and social segregation, debate how to support their community through education and protest, thereby challenging their continuing marginalization in both the South and the North. Members of all these groups converge in Greenwich Village to debate their views with the artists and bohemians who are in the process of remaking themselves into the new men and new women of the twentieth century. Their spirited conversations not only show a deep understanding of nineteenth-century thinkers like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Karl Marx; they are also informed by such contemporaries as Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Jane Addams, W.E.B. Du Bois, Emma Goldman, John Dewey, Franz Boas, and Sigmund Freud. The game asks what social changes are most important as well as how one can or should realize these goals.
Convener: Mark C. Carnes, who in 1996 came up with the kernel of the idea that grew into “Reacting to the Past,” is Professor of History at Barnard College and Executive Director of the Reacting Consortium. He is author of the original five RTTP games and many books in American history. Carnes also served as General Editor (with John Garraty) of the 24-volume American National Biography, published by the ACLS and Oxford University Press. His book on RTTP, entitled Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Transform College, was published by Harvard University Press in September 2014.
This conference is generously supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, the College Scholars Program, and the Division of Student Life at the University of Oregon. Registration will be covered for the first 20 faculty and administrators from the host institution thanks to this support.
The general registration rate is $275.00 for faculty, administrators, and graduate students from all other institutions. Reacting Consortium members will receive a $25.00 discount on the general registration rate.
Payment Methods: Credit card payments will be processed live during online registration. All payments made by check must be postmarked by October 15, 2014; an additional late fee of $50.00 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 October 15, 2014. A $50.00 processing fee will be deducted.
Schedule of Activities
Saturday, November 8, 2014
8:00-9:00 Participant Check-in & Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Opening Plenary: Welcome & Introduction
10:00–12:30 Game Setup & Faction Meetings
12:30–2:00 Lunch Plenary: Mark C. Carnes, “Minds on Fire”
2:00–4:00 Game Sessions
4:00–4:30 Break & Caucus
4:30–5:30 Game Sessions
Sunday, November 9, 2014
8:00–9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Concurrent Sessions: Topics TBA
10:00–11:30 Game Sessions
11:30 –12:30 Game Debriefings
12:30–2:00 Lunch Plenary: RTTP and the Art of Teaching
Centrally located in Western Oregon, the city of Eugene is situated in the state's lush Willamette Valley. Complete details are available at the U of O site.
Flying: The Eugene Airport, conveniently located approximately ten miles from downtown and campus, is serviced by Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, and United Airlines, and flights connecting from any number of major airlines. Some visitors choose to fly into Portland and drive two hours south to Eugene. For Eugene Airport information, call (541) 682-5544 or visit the Eugene Airport online.
Train or Bus:
- From the Eugene Airport:
Follow Highway 99 until it becomes 7th Avenue. Get in the right lane and follow 7th Avenue until it becomes Franklin Boulevard. Get in the right lane and follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and turn left onto 13th Avenue. Turn right onto Columbia Street, and stay left to enter the Columbia parking garage. The Ford Alumni Center is on 13th Avenue, west of the Matthew Knight Arena, and above the Columbia Garage.
- From Portland and the north:
From Interstate 5 South, take exit 194B. Take Exit 2 and follow the signs to the UO. Proceed over the Ferry Street Bridge. Ferry Street becomes Broadway, which becomes Franklin Boulevard. Follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and left onto 13th Avenue. Turn right onto Columbia Street, and stay left to enter the Columbia parking garage. The Ford Alumni Center is on 13th Avenue, west of the Matthew Knight Arena, and above the Columbia Garage.
- From Ashland and the south:
From Interstate 5 North, take Exit 192. Merge onto Franklin Boulevard. After merging, get in the left lane and follow Franklin Boulevard through three lights. Look for a "UO Next Left" sign as you drive west on Franklin Boulevard. At the fourth light, turn left onto East 13th Avenue. Turn right onto Columbia Street, and stay left to enter the Columbia parking garage. The Ford Alumni Center is on 13th Avenue, west of the Matthew Knight Arena, and above the Columbia Garage.
- From the Oregon Coast:
Take Highway 126 East until it becomes West 11th Avenue. Follow West 11th Avenue to Garfield Street and turn left. Take Garfield to Seventh Avenue and turn right. Get in the right lane and follow 7th Avenue until it becomes Franklin Boulevard. Get in the right lane and follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and left onto 13th Avenue. Turn right onto Columbia Street, and stay left to enter the Columbia parking garage. The Ford Alumni Center is on 13th Avenue, west of the Matthew Knight Arena, and above the Columbia Garage.
- From Bend and the east:
Take Highway 126 West through Springfield and into Eugene. Take Exit 2, the Coburg Road exit ramp; keep left at the fork in the ramp. Go straight onto southbound Coburg Road, which becomes the Ferry Street Bridge. Stay in the left lane on the bridge, exiting onto Broadway, which becomes Franklin Boulevard. Follow Franklin Boulevard to Agate Street. Turn right onto Agate and left onto 13th Avenue. Turn right onto Columbia Street, and stay left to enter the Columbia parking garage. The Ford Alumni Center is on 13th Avenue, west of the Matthew Knight Arena, and above the Columbia Garage.
30 rooms have been reserved until October 6 at The Phoenix Inn for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The discounted rate for conference attendees is $109 per night for a standard king or double-queen room. To take advantage of this discount, attendees must directly call the Phoenix Inn at (541) 344-0001 (not the 800 number), and must reference the "Reacting to the Past Conference" when making the reservation.