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Summer of Reacting 2021

When    All Summer Long 
Various Sessions

Our annual summer conference, virtual once again! Scroll below to register for a game, or see the Summer of Reacting page for more info. 

When    July  
Various Sessions

The annual Game Development Conference, virtual once again! Playtest new games, attend Game Idea Pitch Parties and more for the flat price of $25 (for members)! See the Summer of Reacting page for more info, or click here to register

 When    Fridays at 4PM (EST)

Join us for our free weekly Faculty Lounge Live happy hours, hosted by Michaele Ferguson.  These casual zoom social hours offer opportunities to talk with other active pedagogy (and active pedagogy curious) instructors. Depending on attendee interest, we organize breakout rooms by Reacting game, how you're teaching, or game design. Newbies can ask questions of experienced Reacting professors. You can also just schmooze (or vent!) with friends.

UPCOMING EVENTS

    • July 19, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • August 14, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Online

    Summer of Reacting Part II

    Part II of the Summer of Reacting features eight games, all played virtually. Registration for Summer of Reacting Part II is now open - for more detailed schedules and to register for each game, please visit the registration pages linked below.

    July 19-21
    Bacon's Rebellion, 1676

    July 26-30
    The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.E.
    The Remaking of the Medieval World, 1204: The Fourth Crusade

    August 2-7
    The Trial of Galileo: Aristotelianism, the "New Cosmology, and the Catholic Church 
    Changing the Game: Title IX, Gender, and College Athletics

    August 9-14
    The Black Death Comes to Norwich
    Defining a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence


    NOTES FROM THE REACTING BOARD
    The board and administration of the Reacting Consortium have decided to offer a variety of games over the course of the summer, allowing faculty around the country (and the world) the opportunity to play multiple games, and to experience the Reacting pedagogy online. Our hope is that by providing a broad array of games and methods for using them, faculty will be able to plan more effectively and confidently for the coming academic year, no matter the circumstances.

    This summer includes three conference periods:
    Summer of Reacting - Part I (June)
    Game Development Conference - Early July 
    Summer of Reacting - Part II (July 19 - August 14)

    PRICES (per game)
    $0 - Funded Registration (see below)
    $100 - Member Rate
    $150 - Non-member Rate

    FUNDED REGISTRATION
    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.

    • July 29, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • July 30, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    • 8
    Register

    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

    THE THRESHOLD OF DEMOCRACY: ATHENS IN 403 BCE
    Recommended for all instructors. 
    In this game, the classroom is transformed into Athens in 403 BCE. In the wake of Athenian military defeat and rebellion, advocates of democracy have reopened the Assembly, but stability remains elusive. As members of the Assembly, players must contend with divisive issues like citizenship, elections, re-militarization, and dissent. Foremost among the troublemakers: Socrates.

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

    SCHEDULE
    Additional details to come. All times Eastern. 
    July 29-30 (Thurs-Fri) 11 AM-12 PM; 1-2:30 PM; 3-4 PM daily

    FUNDED REGISTRATION FOR DEI ADVANCEMENT  
    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.

    GAMEMASTER BIO

    Gamemaster TBA

    • August 02, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • August 04, 2021
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    • 18
    Register

    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

    CHANGING THE GAME: TITLE IX, GENDER, AND COLLEGE ATHLETICS
    Recommended for experienced Reacting instructors, and specialists.

    This game is set at a fictional university in the mid-1990s. A debate over the role of athletics quickly expands to encompass demands that women’s sports and athletes receive more resources and opportunities. The result is a firestorm of controversy on and off campus. Drawing on congressional testimonies from the Title IX hearings, players advance their views in student government meetings, talk radio shows, town meetings, and impromptu rallies. As students wrestle with questions of gender parity and the place of athletics in higher education, they learn about the implementation—and implications—of legal change in the United States.


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

    SCHEDULE
    Additional details to come. All times Eastern. 
    August 2 (Mon) 1-2:30 PM; 3-4:30 PM

    August 3 (Tues) 1-2:45 PM; 3:15-3:40 PM

    August 4 (Wed) 1-2:30 PM; 3-4:30 PM

    FUNDED REGISTRATION FOR DEI ADVANCEMENT  
    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.

    GAMEMASTER BIO

    Abigail Perkiss is an Assistant Professor of History at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. Her first book, Making Good Neighbors: Civil Rights, Liberalism, and Integration in Postwar Philadelphia (Cornell University Press, 2014), examined the creation of intentionally integrated neighborhoods in the latter half of the twentieth century. She completed a joint JD/PhD in U.S. history at Temple University. She is the Managing and Pedagogy Editor of the Oral History Review, and Vice President of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

    • August 05, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • August 06, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    • 8
    Register

    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

    THE TRIAL OF GALILEO: ARISTOTELIANISM, THE "NEW COSMOLOGY," AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1616-1633
    Recommended for all instructors. 
    In The Trial of Galileo the new science, as brilliantly propounded by Galileo Galilei, collides with the elegant cosmology of Aristotle, Aquinas, and medieval Scholasticism. The game is set in Rome in the early decades of the seventeenth century. Most of the debates occur within the Holy Office, the arm of the papacy that supervises the Roman Inquisition. At times action shifts to the palace of Prince Cesi, founder of the Society of the Lynx-Eyed, which promotes the new science, and to the lecture halls of the Jesuit Collegio Romano. Some students assume roles as faculty of the Collegio Romano and the secular University of Rome, the Sapienza. Others are Cardinals who seek to defend the faith from resurgent Protestantism, the imperial ambitions of the Spanish monarch, the schemes of the Medici in Florence, and the crisis of faith throughout Christendom. Some embrace the “new cosmology,” some denounce it, and still others are undecided. The issues range from the nature of faith and the meaning of the Bible to the scientific principles and methods as advanced by Copernicus, Kepler, Tycho Brahe, Giordano Bruno, and Galileo.

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

    SCHEDULE
    Additional details to come. All times Eastern. 
    August 5 (Thurs) 11 AM-12 PM; 1-2 PM; 2:30-3 PM; 4-5 PM

    August 6 (Fri) 11 AM-12 PM; 1-2:30 PM; 3-4 PM

    FUNDED REGISTRATION FOR DEI ADVANCEMENT  
    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.

    GAMEMASTER BIO

    Tony Crider is a Professor of Astrophysics at Elon University. After completing his thesis research in gamma-ray astrophysics at Rice University and continuing it as a National Research Council associate, he taught at American University, serving as director of its new Multimedia Design and Development program. At Elon, in addition to chairing the Department of Physics, he collaborated with NASA to create the SciLands, an archipelago of virtual world islands dedicated to science education and outreach. Crider also pioneered the development of the short Reacting to the Past-style role-playing games. His own, The Pluto Debate: The International Union Defines a Planet, was the first of many such games to receive funding from the National Science Foundation. His recent publications include a book chapter on visual literacy in astronomy education, a journal article on the reliability of Google Trends data in gauging video game popularity, and new research using virtual reality to test balance issues in concussion patients. Crider also regularly speaks at conferences advocating the use of experiential assessment through the use of “epic finales” in higher education.

    • August 09, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • August 11, 2021
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    • 14
    Register

    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

    1349: PLAGUE COMES TO NORWICH
    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?

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

    SCHEDULE
    Additional details to come. All times Eastern. 
    August 9-11 (Mon-Wed) 11 AM-12:30 PM; 1-2:30 PM daily

    FUNDED REGISTRATION FOR DEI ADVANCEMENT  
    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.

    GAMEMASTER BIOS

    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.

    • August 12, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • August 13, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
    • 17
    Register


    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

    DEFINING A NATION: INDIA ON THE EVE OF INDEPENDENCE, 1945
    Recommended for experienced Reacting instructors, and specialists.

    This game is set at Simla, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where the British viceroy has invited leaders of various religious and political constituencies to work out the future of Britain’s largest colony. Will the British transfer power to the Indian National Congress, which claims to speak for all Indians? Or will a separate Muslim state—Pakistan—be carved out of India to be ruled by Muslims, as the Muslim League proposes? And what will happen to the vulnerable minorities—such as the Sikhs and untouchables—or the hundreds of princely states? As British authority wanes, tensions among Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs smolder and increasingly flare into violent riots that threaten to ignite all India. Towering above it all is the frail but formidable figure of Gandhi, whom some revere as an apostle of nonviolence and others regard as a conniving Hindu politician. Students struggle to reconcile religious identity with nation building—perhaps the most intractable and important issue of the modern world.


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

    SCHEDULE
    Additional details to come. All times Eastern. 
    August 12-13 (Thurs-Fri) 11 AM-12 PM; 1-2:30 PM; 3-4 PM daily

    FUNDED REGISTRATION FOR DEI ADVANCEMENT  
    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.

    GAMEMASTER BIOS

    Mark Carnes is a professor of history at Barnard College and creator of Reacting to the Past. He is the author of many books in American history and general editor of the 26-volume American National Biography, published by the ACLS and Oxford University Press.

    Lopita Nath is the Chair of the History Department and the Director of the Asian Studies Program at the University of the Incarnate Word. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership at the university. Dr. Nath is an expert on migration in Asia and issues of human displacement, refugees, and human rights. In 2003, she authored her first book, The Nepalis in Assam: Cross Border Movements and Ethnicity (Minerva: Kolkata, India). Her current research is on the Bhutanese refugee resettlement in the United States. Dr. Nath has presented at several U.S. and International conferences and published several articles and book chapters on her research. She is the past president of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies, coordinator of the European, Middle-Eastern and Asian Studies at the Southwestern Historical Association and serves on the boards of the Catholic Charities and the Institute of Texan Cultures.

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