Reacting To The Past Conference at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA 2009

Featured Games

Track A. Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman (recommended for new faculty)
Greenwich Village 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman 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. This conference track will be led by Kathleen Clark, Associate Professor of History at the University of Georgia.

Track B. Red Clay, 1835: Cherokee Removal (in development)
Red Clay 1835 examines the removal of the Five Civilized Tribes from the American Southeast in the 1830s. Specifically it looks at Cherokee Removal (events which culminated in the so-called Trail of Tears) from Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and North Carolina. The game itself takes place at the historical meeting of the Cherokee National Council at Red Clay, Tennessee in October 1835. At that meeting United States treaty commissioner John Schermerhorn formally presented the terms for a removal treaty. Historically, those terms were rejected. However, that rejection, and events surrounding it, led the Ridge family and their supporters to negotiate separately the illegal Treaty of New Echota, which became the rationale for forced removal. Students are divided into three factions: the National Party (the government of Principal Chief John Ross and his supporters); the Treaty Party (the Ridge faction); and the White faction (Schermerhorn, his deputy commissioner, Georgia Governor Wilson Lumpkin, and US President Andrew Jackson). There are also a number of indeterminates, representing a range of opinion that existed in the Cherokee Nation at the time. Students reenact the October 1835 Red Clay conference, engaging in public debate, private negotiations, and behind-the-scenes machinations. This game is in development by Jace Weaver, Director of the Institute of Native American Studies and Professor of Religion at the University of Georgia.

All conference activities will be held in the Miller Learning Center on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, GA. Participants are encouraged to attend all game and plenary sessions.

Travel & Lodging

The University of Georgia is located in Athens, GA, 60 miles northeast of Atlanta. Visitors can fly to Athens via the Athens-Ben Epps Airport or Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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Participants are responsible for reserving their own travel and accommodations.

Hotel rooms are available at: Georgia Center, $99 + tax per night. Call 706 542-1181 to reserve a room. Contact N. Felson ( if you have a problem.

There's a pay lot next to the Georgia Center Hotel. It's a ten-minute walk up Lumpkin to the Miller Learning Center (MLC) for the Conference. 9
Alternatively, use the parking lot across the street from MLC and slightly north, which is free after 5 and on the weekend (all UGA lots are). It's called W03; you get to it by turning onto Baxter from Lumpkin and then making the first right. The lot isn't accessible from Lumpkin but it abuts Lumpkin.

Transportation to Athens (several conferees are driving).
1) AAA Shuttle: Call 1-800-354-7874 to make a reservation. $45 one-way. 1 1/2 hour ride to Georgia Center.
2) Georgia Skies: Call 877-848-4997. 3-4 non-stops/day. $41 one-way. 30 minutes; then you'll need a taxi to Georgia Center.

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Contact Information

Questions about the conference should be directed to:
Nancy Felson, Professor of Classics, UGA (Email:
David Noah, Center for Teaching and Learning, UGA (Email:



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Please register by March 31, 2009. We can only accommodate 40 participants.

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UGA Faculty/Administrators $25
Faculty/Adminstrators from other institutions: $125
Late fee: $50

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Please make check payable to: Reacting To The Past Program, UGA

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Reacting To The Past
c/o Joannie Scheider
Center for Teaching & Learning
Instructional Plaza
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602-3016