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Summer of Reacting II: Bacon's Rebellion

  • July 19, 2021
  • 12:00 PM
  • July 21, 2021
  • 3:30 PM
  • Virtual
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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 16 to apply.

Registration is closed

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 experienced Reacting instructors, and specialists.

In essence, Bacon’s Rebellion of 1676 was a conflict within the colonial Virginia gentry---the elite planters rewarded for loyalty to the established order, but in disagreement over Virginia’s governance. With a powerful elite class ever increasing their authority and landholdings, the lower classes of Anglo and Afro-Virginians became increasingly restless, difficult, and dangerous. This restlessness extended across race. Even though black and white laborers shared the same plight against the Virginia gentry, and their commiserations are evident, the backlash of Bacon's Rebellion changed that. The threat to the gentry’s power and authority in colonial Virginia warranted a redefinition of the planter class. In demonstrating that process, this game is designed to teach historical skills including critical thinking, persuasive writing, oral articulating and debate in an active-learning environment.

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 19-21 (Mon-Wed) 12-1:30 PM; 2-3:30 PM daily

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 16. Even if the general spots for this event are sold out, these funded spots may still be available. Please apply and share with colleagues.


Verdis L. Robinson (he/him) is an associate of the Kettering Foundation with a focus on the democratic practices in community colleges. He has previously served as Campus Compact’s director for community college engagement and the national director for The Democracy Commitment. Prior to his national leadership, Verdis served as a tenured professor of history and African American studies at Monroe Community College where he employed RTTP in all of his history survey courses. Verdis has also served as fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Seminar on Citizenship and the American and Global Polity, and a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Faculty Seminar on Rethinking Black Freedom Studies: The Jim Crow North and West. Robinson holds a B.M. in Voice Performance from Boston University, a B.S. cum laude and M.A. in History from SUNY College at Brockport, and an M.A. in African-American Studies from SUNY University at Buffalo. He is currently the Lenora Montgomery Scholar at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.

Paul Otto (he/him) is a member of the faculty at George Fox University where he serves as Professor of History, Faculty Fellow in the university’s honors program, and campus coordinator for role-immersion pedagogy. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Humanities Center. His research focuses on European–Native American relations in early America and teaches courses on the history of early America, African-Americans, Latin America, and South Africa. He has published several articles, edited two books, and wrote The Dutch-Munsee Encounter in America: The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Hudson Valley, which won the Hendricks Award for the best volume in colonial Dutch studies. He is also writing three other Reacting-style games set in South African history.

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