Reacting to the Past

The Center for Teaching and Learning supports the Reacting to the Past program at the University of Georgia.

This award winning pedagogy transcends traditional disciplinary divisions and gives students a unique opportunity to engage in active learning.

Invented by Professor Mark C. Carnes, Barnard College, to enliven his American History classes, it now is available across the curriculum. Reacting consists of elaborate games, set in a specific time and place. Students play sustained roles in a structured multi-day or multi-week game, speaking and writing in character on issues of the day.

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