2017 Reacting Winter Conference
Make your New Year’s Resolution early: join us for the RTTP Winter Conference! It’s the best antidote to the mid-winter blues. Is this the year that you resolve to engage with students differently? Shake up your teaching? Set their minds on fire?
Date(s): January 13th-14th, 2017
Time: 8:30am to 5:30 pm
Location: University of Georgia Hotel & Conference Center. 1197 S Lumpkin St., Athens, Georgia 30602 United States
Start off 2017 the right way, by meeting like-minded faculty who are revolutionizing their classrooms with Reacting to the Past. For those of you who already love the Summer Institute, come to Athens, Georgia to get an energy boost that will take you through the spring semester and to enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with fellow Reactors in this more intimate setting.
For the first time ever, the Reacting to the Past Consortium will be hosting a winter conference in beautiful Athens, Georgia! This conference will have all the same amazing game play, plenaries, and keynote addresses you’d find at the Summer Institute, except this time without the blazing New York summer heat. Additionally, at this conference you’ll react to the past with recipients of the new Reacting Endeavor Challenge Grants—teams from institutions across North America that are working on major initiatives to embed Reacting within their curriculum. You will come away with great ideas both for your own classes and for curriculum reform at your institution.
Conference attendees will have the option to play one of five games that cover different continents, disciplines, and historical periods:
- Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945
- Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman
- Modernism vs. Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888-89
- Patriots, Loyalists and Revolution in New York City, 1775-76
- The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.E.
So make that New Year’s resolution now: sign up for the ReactingWinter Conference. You will get all the benefits of the Full Annual Institute, but with less homework (only one game) and more winter sunshine.
We hope to see you there!
Faculty Development Workshop:
Reacting to the Past and Setting the Stage for Active Learning
Date: Monday, September 19, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Location: CTL North Instructional Plaza
Presenters: Peggy Elliot, Chase Hagood, and Naomi Norman
Join Dr.’s Peggy Elliot, Chase Hagood, and Naomi Norman as they discuss general approaches to RTTP’s pedagogy, current game offerings, and explore research findings supporting the Reacting methodology. This session features opportunities for modified gameplay utilizing the RTTP text Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791.
Introductions & Background: This workshop will begin by introducing the general approach of RTTP’s pedagogy, as well as explore research findings that support the methodology and provide an overview of current game offerings.
Participant Engagement: This workshop features gameplay where participants will adopt an assigned role, meet with their faction, and offer a defense of their position based on interpreting primary documents—thus, participants will see the game from the student perspective.
Faculty guest Peggy Elliott will lead participants through a portion of the French Revolution RTTP game, modeling her experiences embedding the game in French language courses.
Game Play: Participants will share in a modified gameplay of Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791. This RTTP game plunges students into the intellectual, political, and ideological currents that surged through revolutionary Paris in the summer of 1791. Students are leaders of major factions within the National Assembly (and in the streets outside) as it struggles to create a constitution amidst internal chaos and threats of foreign invasion. Will the king retain power? Will the priests of the Catholic Church obey the “general will” of the National Assembly or the dictates of the pope in Rome? Do traditional institutions and values constitute restraints on freedom and individual dignity or are they its essential bulwarks? Are slaves, women, and Jews entitled to the “rights of man”? Is violence a legitimate means of changing society or of purging it of dangerous enemies? In wrestling with these issues, students consult Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract and Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, among other texts.
Theory to Practice: Participants will discuss how RTTP and game-based pedagogies can influence teaching in higher education and its tangible impact on critical-thinking, student-centered classrooms, and innovative methods for creating individualized, motivated learning experiences.
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