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Summer of Reacting II: Mexico in Revolution, 1912-1920

  • July 22, 2021
  • 11:00 AM
  • July 23, 2021
  • 5:30 PM
  • Gather.town
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  • For current members of the Reacting Consortium.
  • For any instructors who are not yet members of the Reacting Consortium.
  • For instructors who are members of historically underrepresented and marginalized identity groups, and/or those teaching at HBCUs, Tribal colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, or community colleges. Email reacting@barnard.edu by July 10 to apply.


The Summer of Reacting II, part of our annual summer conference series, offers faculty around the world opportunities to play a variety of games and experience the Reacting pedagogy online. See more of the Summer of Reacting, and all our events

Recommended for all instructors. 
The year is 1912, and Francisco Madero is president of Mexico. Just last year he and his top general ousted the long-standing president (some say dictator) Porfirio Díaz, who is now in exile. But the country is far from stable. A basic cultural rift between elite and the poor portends a sequence of tumbling revolts. Students are assigned to play characters that are charged with stabilizing their country and preventing further civil war. The goal is to reform Mexico and make it a better nation for all of its inhabitants—but Mexicans and foreigners worry that without a firm hand, Mexico’s governance might spiral out of control. At what cost will progress come?

Become a member (sliding scale for individual membership starts at $25)
$100 for members
$150 for non-members
$0 for funded registrants (see below)

Additional details to come. All times Eastern. 
July 22 (Thurs) 11 AM-5:30 PM

July 23 (Fri) 11:30 AM-1 PM; 2-5:15 PM 

The Reacting Consortium is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging. These values inform our work to foster an accessible community, our approach to game development, and our determination to contend with “big ideas.” We have reserved free spots in all of our 2021 workshop and conference programming to advance these values. These spots are for instructors who are members of historically underrepresented and marginalized identity groups, and for those teaching at minority-serving institutions (HBCUs, Tribal colleges and universities, AAPI and Hispanic-serving institutions). If you are interested in applying for one of these spots, please send an email to reacting@barnard.edu with the subject line “Funded SOR Spot” by July 10. Even if the general spots for this event are sold out, these funded spots may still be available. Please apply and share with colleagues.

Jonathan Truitt, Professor of Latin American and World History, received his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2000, his M.A. from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2003, and his Ph.D. from Tulane University in 2009. He joined the History Department at Central Michigan University in 2009.  Truitt focuses on indigenous and European relations in colonial Mexico. His primary research interests have surrounded the interactions between the Nahua people of central Mexico and the Catholic Church during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His current research focuses on the intersections of cultural development around board games during the colonial period. The idea for this project developed as a result of his pedagogical work in game-based learning. Professor Truitt is also the director of the Central Michigan University Center for Learning through Games and Simulations (CLGS).


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