Katerina Zacharia, Classics & Archaeology
Reacting to the Past 15th Annual Faculty Institute
June 11-14, 2015
New York City, NY
Nature/Type of the Event
The Reacting Consortium is an independent organization of colleges, institutions and individuals, governed by a board drawn from faculty from many schools across the nation. This 15th annual faculty Institute event offers a unique opportunity for instructors to test Reacting to the Past (RTTP) role-playing "games", engage with active learning pedagogies and discuss with seasoned faculty from diverse disciplines, sharing perspectives, ideas and experiences from the classroom.
I participated in the annual faculty institute at Barnard playing in two RTTP games: (i) in the "Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman" as Mabel Dodge, the eccentric host of famous "Wednesday evening" Salons in NYC in 1913-16, and was successful in meeting most of my role's objectives; (ii) in the "Constantine and the Council of Nicaea, 325 AD" as the Bishop of Caesarea Eusebius, embracing my role and winning a bonus from Emperor Constantine!
I participated in a CTE workshop in summer 2013 and then developed an FYS course on the Ancient Greek World. The course was structured as an RTTP game to enable students to relive important intellectual debates in a specific historical moment, The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.
Due to the success of this course, and as I am engaging more deeply with active learning techniques, I developed a course on "Greek Tragedy in Performance" which I taught in spring 2015, and I am looking into developing my own RTTP game. Meeting so many faculty with many years of expertise in the RTTP game is invaluable. I have now joined the RTTP consortium and as I develop my own game, I will seek assistance and present my work at a future RTTP conference.
I highly recommend this pedagogy and the RTTP conferences to LMU colleagues and hope LMU will become the West Coast RTTP Regional Representative School.