"Galileo Before the Holy Office" by Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury (1847)

Call for Participants – Reacting to the Past Workshop at John Jay College

Paula Lazrus (Institute for Core Studies, St. John’s University), Elizabeth Hovey (History, John Jay), and I are organizing a Reacting to the Past faculty workshop at John Jay College on February 28th and March 1st. We will be running a short version of The Trial of Galileo: Aristotelianism, the “New Cosmology,” and the Catholic Church, 1616-33. This workshop is designed to expose you to the pedagogy at work during game-play (and you get a sense of what students go through, to boot). Even if the Trial of Galileo game isn’t relevant to your typical teaching area(s), there are over thirty RTTP games in various stages of development. More details (copied from our flyer) are below: please email me by Wednesday, January 29th at bholmstrom [at] lagcc [dot] cuny [dot] edu or bethanyholmstrom [at] gmail [dot ] com to RSVP.



Come learn about an exciting, compelling, and interactive pedagogy –
Reacting to the Past Faculty Workshop
The Trial of Galileo @ John Jay College
February 28th & March 1st

Reacting to the Past is an award-winning method of teaching history, liberal arts, science, philosophy, theology, and other content areas, involving role-playing and informed by critical texts in complex contexts. Students drive the discussions, present oral arguments, and write papers, coached and advised by professors.

Join us at John Jay College (524 W. 59th Street) to learn how to teach with this method by playing a compact version of the game The Trial of Galileo: Aristotelianism, the “New Cosmology” and the Catholic Church 1616-33, designed and written by Frederick Purnell, Jr., Michael S. Pettersen, and Mark Carnes.

Our workshop will allow you to get a feel for what it is like to teach with this pedagogy as well as provide time for an introductory overview and question/answer period with faculty and students who have used/played RTTP games. The registration fee covers game materials (sent in advance of the workshop to participants) and light refreshments on Friday and Saturday.

Friday Feb. 28 6:30pm-8pm & Saturday March 1 9:30am-2pm
Registration Fee: $25
Email your RSVP to one of the organizers below by Wednesday, January 29th. Space is limited.

Elizabeth Hovey, History, John Jay College of Criminal Justice / ehovey [at] jjay.cuny.edu

Paula Lazrus, Institute for Core Studies, St. John’s University / Lazrusp [at] stjohns.edu

Bethany Holmstrom, English, LaGuardia Community College / bholmstrom [at] lagcc.cuny.edu

Support for this workshop comes from the Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY.

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