HU to host Reacting to the Past Regional Conference

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is excited to host the 2018 Reacting to the Past Regional Conference May 2-3. 

 Reacting to the Past consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history of ideas. Class sessions are run entirely by students; instructors advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work. It seeks to draw students into the past, promote engagement with big ideas, and improve intellectual and academic skills.”
Registration is live for the event, which will provide interdisciplinary exposure to the Reacting to The Past games system, with a special focus on games for STEM courses. Participants may choose either or both games on offer: The Pluto Debate: The International Astronomical Union Defines a Planet and Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, & the New Woman. To register, follow this Link
Panels will focus on assessment of Reacting games in the classroom, the student learning experience, and the role of Reacting games in STEM courses.
Special guests and workshop facilitators will include:
Jennifer Worth, Administrative Director of the Reacting Consortium at Barnard College, where she collaborates with faculty around the world to spread the active-learning pedagogy Reacting to the Past. She first encountered RTTP in 2006, while a theatre Ph.D. student at CUNY’s Graduate Center. Her primary research interest—other than pedagogy—is the intersection of performance, politics, and popular culture in the contemporary U.S. Her reviews and articles have been published in Western European States, Theatre Journal, Theatre Research International, and most recently, Theatre History Studies. Having previously taught at Washington University in St. Louis, York College-CUNY, and Wagner College, she currently uses RTTP with her first-year students at Barnard.
Eric Remy is the Director of Educational Technology at Gettysburg College. In the dark ages before the invention of the web, he did his undergraduate work in chemistry at William and Mary and graduate at Stanford, following a long family tradition of chemists. He decided to switch to educational technology 20+ years ago so he could regrow his eyebrows and has worked at a number of schools since. He has used RTTP for the past eight years at Gettysburg in a First Year Seminar class, “But Is It Crazy Enough?”, which discusses controversial scientific theories, using the Darwin, Galileo and Pluto games to highlight just how difficult it is to piece together tiny strands of evidence into a coherent theory. (Plus, he enjoys dragging his class outside at 4:00 a.m to look at Jupiter through recreations of Galileo’s telescope.)