Reacting to the Past

“Reacting to the Past” (RTTP) 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. The Curriculum seeks to draw students into the past, promote engagement with big ideas, and improve intellectual and academic skills. See

All Reacting-to-the-Past courses are general education Social Science group satisfying.

Note: CAS101 (RTTP) courses only count once towards your degree, so please do not enroll in more than one of these courses.

Winter 2016

CAS 101H – Frederick Douglass, Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Constitution: 1845 and  The Struggle for Civil Rights: Birmingham to Memphis, 1963-1966William Rossi

CAS 101H – Forest Diplomacy: War, Peace, and Land on the Colonial Frontier, 1756-57 and Red Clay, 1835: Cherokee Removal and the Meaning of SovereigntyKevin Hatfield

Spring 2016

CAS 101H – Japan, the West, and Road to World War, 1940-1941, Jane Cramer

CAS101H – Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman, Dorothee Ostmeier.

CAS101H – Kansas 1999: Evolution and Creation Science and Climate Change in CopenhagenElly Vandegrift