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Reacting to the Past Presentation & Teaching Workshop

On Feb. 13, 2013, The Religious Studies Department presented

REACTING TO THE PAST: A MARSICO VISITING SCHOLAR PRESENTATION

The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.

Athens

A TEACHING WORKSHOP WITH DR. ELIZABETH DUNN, DEAN of ARTS OF SCIENCES & PROFESSOR of HISTORY, INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTH BEND

A highly-acclaimed, innovative approach to pedagogy developed under the auspices of Barnard College, REACTING TO THE PAST [RTTP] consists of elaborate games in which students are assigned rôles that they script themselves.

RTTP games are designed to improve speaking, writing and leadership skills, to promote an immersion in and an analysis of foundational works in the arts and sciences, and to build learning communities. Professor Dunn is co-author of Charles Darwin, the Copley Medal, and the Rise of Naturalism, 1862-1864, a RTTP game that thrusts students into the intellectual ferment of Victorian England just after the publication of The Origin of Species (1859).

Discussion with Dr. Gregory Robbins about his Advanced Seminar Course using Reacting to the Past:

LECTURE & WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

11:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON Public Lecture: Reacting to the Past Games as a Pedagogical Tool
12:00 NOON-12:45 P.M. Informal Luncheon and Conversation
12:45-1:00 P.M. Break
1:00-4:00 P.M. A short "play" of the Athens game
4:00-4:30 P.M. Wrap-up conversation
4:30-5:00 P.M. Refreshments

The lecture was open to the entire DU community.