Replay History: Reacting to the Past Conference begins this Friday

Reacting to the Past - UGAThe 2014 Reacting to the Past Conference begins at 5:00 pm on Friday afternoon, continues from 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday and ends around noon on Sunday.

Reacting to the Past (RTTP) is an exciting and innovative pedagogy that is used in hundreds of institutions around the nation, including right here at UGA. RTTP consists of elaborate games, set at critical moments in human history, in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history of ideas. The pedagogy draws students into the past, promotes engagement with big ideas, and improves a variety of intellectual and academic skills. As President Morehead puts it, “it also supports cross-disciplinary thinking, a critical element of a 21st – century education. It engages students in the skills that we know are essential in the modern world: critical thinking, teamwork, problem-solving and content knowledge.”

Attending a conference like this one is the best way to determine whether this pedagogy has something to offer you and your students. Participants (20-25 per game) will have pre-assigned roles and be given game materials in advance so that they can prepare to play either “America’s Founding: the Constitutional Convention” or “Climate Change in Copenhagen.”

“Reacting” is not just for history classes. The pedagogy has been used to great enthusiasm in courses in French, Theater and Drama, Speech Communication, English, Comparative Literature, Physics & Astronomy, Political Science, Religion, Art , Greek, classical culture, Latin, and Women’s Studies at UGA and elsewhere. Please register to attend and encourage your Ph.D. students to register for the conference as experience with this pedagogy has set more than one job applicant apart from the pack.

Registration is free for UGA faculty and graduate students. We hope you will join us for the conference. If you have questions, feel free to contact Naomi J. Norman (, or graduate assistant Emily Sharp (

To register, go to

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