The 6th Annual Reacting Winter Conference, hosted by the University of Georgia Reacting to the Past Program, will be held from January 14-16, 2022. In response to community feedback, the conference will be a remote event, allowing you to attend from anywhere through the Zoom webinar platform.
Our theme for this year's conference is "Bold Design, Brave Students" and will focus on the opportunities that the pandemic has given Reacting faculty and students, rather than what it has taken away. Our goal is to provide a conference that will rejuvenate and encourage faculty in their pursuit of active learning through Reacting to the Past!
7:30 - 9 PM
COURSE DESIGN WORKSHOP
This workshop will walk faculty through inclusive course design principles for using Reacting games to meet course objectives and demonstrate how to incorporate archival material (both what may be available in their own campus’ archival collections and what they can find in digital archive collections that are open to the public) to enhance game play.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 15
11 AM - 11:30 AM
LAST-MINUTE QUESTION SESSION
11:30 AM - 1 PM
GAME WORKSHOP - SESSION 1
The game workshop offers a condensed gameplay experience, context for the simulation, and includes post-game guidance on how to use Reacting in your own classes. You'll be sent a gamebook, as well as a detailed a role sheet. During the game, you participate as your role, making arguments and forging alliances to achieve specific objectives. The first session will cover historical context, game set-up, and faction meetings. Choose from five games:
1 - 1:30 PM
1:30 - 3 PM
GAME WORKSHOP - SESSION 2
3 - 4:00 PM
We are looking to turn this keynote address over to the Reacting community! Reacting faculty are agile and resilient—two qualities very much in demand during a pandemic—so we want to hear about how Reacting helped you adapt and thrive in the midst of unprecedented challenges and uncertainty over the past year. Submit a video on how Reacting to the Past enriched your teaching during the pandemic. We will select up to eight instructors to share their experiences at the Conference and provide those selected with a discount on registration fee for a future event. If you're interested in being considered as one of our keynote speakers, click details to read more.
Take the following steps to apply to be a keynote speaker:
SUNDAY, JANUARY 16
11:30 AM - 1 PM
GAME WORKSHOP - SESSION 3
1 - 1:30 PM
1:30 - 3:30 PM
GAME WORKSHOP - SESSION 4
The final session includes time for debriefing the game, discussion of mechanics and implementation, and questions.
3:30 - 4:00 PM
CLOSING AWARD PLENARY
Closing remarks and announcement of the Reacting Brilliancy Prize.
Includes all conference events. Members need to sign into your account in order to register at the member rate. Become a member here.
| Early Bird
through October 31
December 1-January 10
FUNDED REGISTRATION FOR DEI ADVANCEMENT
The Reacting Consortium is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging. We have funded registration for instructors who are members of historically underrepresented and marginalized identity groups, and/or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Funded WC Spot” by November 1. Approved applicants will be able to register for free. Please apply and share with colleagues.
Instructors wishing to attend only the Inclusive Course Design Workshop "Reacting with the Archives: Bold Design, Brave Faculty" workshop on Friday can register for only that workshop. These registrants cannot observe or participate in the game workshop.
CAN I ONLY PARTICIPATE IN ONE GAME?
Yes. You play through one game for the full weekend.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE GAME WORKSHOP?
First of all: fun! In terms of practical details: Participants will be sent a gamebook (either digitally or a hardcopy in the mail) outlining the topics and debates of a historical moment, as well as a detailed a role sheet for a historical actor in those debates. Participants prepare and engage as that historical actor, making arguments and forging alliances to achieve specific Victory Objectives. You need not be a specialist to play (or run) a Reacting game, but you should plan on doing some preparatory reading.
I HAVE A CONFLICT FOR PART OF THE GAME WORKSHOP SESSIONS, CAN I STILL ATTEND?
Yes. While it's not ideal, you can absolutely still attend. Please make note of your conflict when you register so we can try to work around it in casting, and we can let your GM know.
STILL GOT QUESTIONS?
Email email@example.com and we'll try to answer them.