Past Events

2020 Winter Conference

Date: January 17th-19th, 2020

Location: University of Georgia Hotel & Conference Center.

1197 S Lumpkin St., Athens, Georgia 30602



More Information:

Register before December 1, when the conference rate goes up!

Remember: any institution that is part of the University System of Georgia is considered a Reacting Consortium member for the purposes of registration!

Reacting to the Past’s 4th Annual Winter Conference will be held at the University of Georgia.

This  year’s theme is Engaging the Future: Purposeful Teaching for Real World Learning. We will focus on purposeful strategies for maximizing Reacting’s potential for transformative student learning. Gather with colleagues to explore how educational gaming can enhance learning, build inclusive communities, and shape the future of learning.


2019 Reacting Winter Conference

Date(s): January 18th-19th, 2019
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Location:  University of Georgia Hotel & Conference Center. 1197 S Lumpkin St., Athens, Georgia 30602 United States
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Formal Announcement History: 

Reacting to the Past’s third annual Winter Conference will be held at the University of Georgia on January 18-19, 2019. 
Our theme is Reacting to the Past & Gaming: Revolutionizing Higher Education. In “Reacting to the Past” courses, students learn by taking on roles, informed by primary evidence, in elaborate games set in the past; they learn skillsspeaking, writing, critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, and teamworkin order to prevail in difficult and complicated situations. Come to the conference to experience Reacting by playing an abbreviated game, network with other faculty involved with Reacting, and learn more about gaming in higher education.

How do I learn more about the Winter Conference?
To learn more about the Winter Conference and to register, click hereRegister before December 1, when the conference rate goes up! Participants from institutions within the state of Georgia will receive a reduced rate as “Consortium Members.”
Should I tell my colleagues and friends about the Winter Conference?
Absolutely! For more information on Reacting to the Past, click here. Please share this note with others on your campus and beyond!

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2018 Reacting Winter Conference

Over 175 people attended the 2018 RTTP Winter Conference! Attendees participated in Reacting gameplay, instructor development, and much more to hone their skills to engage with students differently, shake up their teaching, and set student’s minds on fire!

Date(s): January 12th-13th, 2018
Time: 8:30am to 5:30 pm
Location:  University of Georgia Hotel & Conference Center. 1197 S Lumpkin St., Athens, Georgia 30602 United States


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.

The conference is taking place January 13th-14th, 2017 at the beautiful University of Georgia Conference Center. Registration is open NOW, and the best rates are available before November 1st.

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. 

Workshop Agenda
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.


Related Resources
Carnes, M. C. (2011). Setting students’ minds on fire. Chronicle of Higher Education, 57(27).
Carnes, M. C. (2014). Minds on fire: how role-immersion games transform college. Harvard University Press.
Lazrus, P. and McKay, G.K. (2013). The reacting to the past pedagogy and engaging the first-year student. To Improve the Academy, 32(1), 351-363.
Lightcap, T. (2009). Creating political order: Maintaining student engagement through “reacting to the past”. PS: Political Science and Politics, 42(1), 175-179.