|Professors Nancy Reagin and Bill Offut invite you to join them for a weekend of reacting games. Nancy and Bill will host an abbreviated version of each game, but you can be assured that each game will reanimate historic issues and classic texts. You will have the opportunity to once again be a student where you take on the roles of historical characters, and through arguments and gameplay, have the potential to reshape history.
Kentucky, 1861: A Nation in the Balance
As one of the northernmost slaveholding states, Kentucky played a pivotal role in the crisis unleashed by Lincoln’s election in 1860. Roles include political leaders, newspaper editors, and militia leaders. The game will open with a special session of the legislature, Kentucky, 1861: A Nation in the Balance where alumni will deal with the complex and divided loyalties. You will determine how to reconcile varied motivations, interests, and ideologies with an unprecedented and intensely combustible situation. Informed by assorted speeches, debates, and political tracts, you will debate the cultural, economic, and political concepts driving secession while reacting to a constantly shifting political and military situation.
Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791
Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791 will plunge you into the intellectual, political, and ideological currents that surged through revolutionary Paris in the summer of 1791. You will become leaders of major factions within the National Assembly (and in the streets outside) as it struggles to create a constitution amidst internal chaos and threats of foreign invasion. Will the king retain power? Will the priests of the Catholic Church obey the “general will” of the National Assembly or the dictates of the pope in Rome? Do traditional institutions and values constitute restraints on freedom and individual dignity or are they its essential bulwarks? Are slaves, women, and Jews entitled to the “rights of man”? Is violence a legitimate means of changing society or of purging it of dangerous enemies?
|9:00 - 9:30 a.m.:||Registration/Continental Breakfast - Lecture Hall CIVIC W613|
|9:30 - 10:15 a.m.:||Welcome & Introduction - Lecture Hall CIVIC W613|
|10:15 - 12:30 p.m.:||Game Setup and Faction Meetings: Historical background lecture and breakout sessions|
|12:30 - 2:00 p.m.:||Lunch possibly w/teams for work session - Lecture Hall CIVIC W613|
|2:00 - 4:00 p.m.:||Game Session One - Rooms CIVIC W609, W610, W612 |
|4:00 - 4:30 p.m.:||Coffee break and caucusing - Lecture Hall CIVIC W613|
|4:00 - 5:30 p.m.:||Game Session Two - Rooms CIVIC W609, W610, W612|
|5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: ||Wine & Cheese reception - Lecture Hall CIVIC W613|
|9:30 - 10:00 a.m.:||Continental Breakfast - Lecture Hall CIVIC W613|
|10:00 - 11:30 a.m.:||Game Session Three - Rooms CIVIC W609, W610, W612 ||11:30 - 12:30 p.m.:||Post-mortem and wrap-up - Lecture Hall CIVIC W613