[Socrates] India, 1945: Reacting to the Past workshop (Feb 22), call for participants (RSVP by Feb 15)
james.garfield at qc.cuny.edu
Wed Jan 23 14:04:30 EST 2013
As part of Queens College's Year of India academic programming, the Center
for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Global Education Initiatives, and
Queens College members of the Reacting to the Past community cordially
invite you to learn about pedagogical uses of games and simulations
andexperience a critical moment in Indian history by playing part of a
a Nation: India on the Eve of Independence, 1945.
Workshop Facilitator: Helen Gaudette, History and Global Education
When: Friday, February 22, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Where: The President's Conference Rooms, 5th Floor, Rosenthal Library,
Preparation: Approximately four pages of reading is required prior to the
Food: Breakfast (light) and Lunch will be provided
RSVP: To allow us time to deliver your materials, please RSVP as soon as
possible but no later than FRIDAY, February 15, by clicking on the
following link: http://tinyurl.com/YearofIndiaEvent
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. This pedagogy seeks
to draw students into the past, promote engagement with big ideas, and
improve intellectual and academic skills.
In “Reacting to the Past” courses, students learn by taking on roles,
informed by classic texts, in elaborate games set in the past; they learn
skills—speaking, writing, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership,
and teamwork—in order to prevail in difficult and complicated situations.
While students will be obliged to adhere to the philosophical and
intellectual beliefs of the historical figures they have been assigned to
play, they must devise their own means of expressing those ideas
persuasively, in papers, speeches or other public presentations; and
students must also pursue a course of action they think will help them win
This workshop offers you the opportunity to learn about Reacting to the
Past and Indian history by playing part of a game, Defining a Nation: India
on the Eve of Independence,1945, to experience a student’s perspective.
After the hands-on portion, the group will debrief on its experiences and
talk about how to incorporate the Reacting to the Past approach into
individual teaching practice.
Read more about Reacting to the Past: http://reacting.barnard.edu/
Please direct questions to Rob Garfield (james.garfield at qc.cuny.edu). *
Queens College Center for Teaching and Learning
319 Razran Hall
james dot garfield at qc dot cuny dot edu
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