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Summer of Reacting II: 1349: Plague

  • August 09, 2021
  • 11:00 AM
  • August 11, 2021
  • 2:30 PM
  • Virtual
  • 11


  • 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.

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 all instructors.

It's January of 1349, and the bustling city of Norwich faces the rising threat of plague. Members of the community, including merchants, clergy, tradesmen, medical men, and bailiffs, must decide how best to respond to uncertain and rapidly changing circumstances. Should the city impose a quarantine? How can one balance the need for health measures and economic interests? What is the role of of religion in protecting a community? You might win an argument, but will that save your life?

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. 
August 9-11 (Mon-Wed) 11 AM-12:30 PM; 1-2:30 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 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.


Amy Curry is a Professor of History at Lone Star College – Montgomery in Conroe, TX. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota with a dissertation titled, “Land, Family, King: Experiences of Aristocratic Widows in Late Twelfth-Century England”. Her Reacting to the Past game 1349: Plague Comes to Norwich engages students in simulating the reactions to plague through role playing and primary sources. She uses the game in her Western Civilization Survey as well as her World History Survey.

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