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Online Workshop: Making History, the Breakup Microgame

  • August 11, 2022
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 5


  • For current members of the Reacting Consortium.
  • For any instructors who are not yet members of the Reacting Consortium.

Registration is closed


Making History: The Breakup Microgame was originally authored by Consortium Executive Director Nick Proctor, and has been adapted for online use by Aaron Cowan.  Great as an intro to full Reacting games, a preliminary to discussions of how knowledge is created in your field, or just a lively first-day icebreaker, Making History asks players to puzzle through the reasons for a recent break up of an undergraduate couple. Evidence is supplied, sources conflict, narratives must be traced and retraced in light of changing information.

This one-session game will be run by Cowan, and all participants will be supplied with information on how to deploy the game in their own classrooms. Join us for an hour and find out what armadillo-shaped bongs have to do with love.

$35 for members
$50 for non-members

60+ Minutes 


A native of southwest Virginia, Aaron Cowan has been teaching at Slippery Rock University since 2008. He is the author of A Nice Place to Visit: Tourism and Urban Revitalization in the Postwar Rustbelt, published in 2016 by Temple University Press. The book examines the rise of tourism as a revitalization strategy in struggling "Rustbelt" cities, and the effects of that development on cities' political, economic, and social dynamics.

Dr. Cowan is also founder and director of SRU's Stone House Center for Public Humanities, an initiative that seeks to build partnerships between university and community that expand public appreciation of the humanities. 

Dr. Cowan lives in Grove City, PA with his wife and three children. When not teaching, writing, or buried under a pile of grading, he enjoys reading fiction, playing tennis, and cheering for the Cincinnati Reds.

Contact jworth@barnard.edu

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