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Reacting to the Past: Extended Simulations and the Learning Experience in Political Science
Unformatted Document Text:  Notes 1. Reacting to the Past is a widely adopted educational program built around the Reacting games. The program has been used at over 400 colleges and universities. Interested scholars can read an introduction to the program at its website, www.barnard.columbia.edu/reacting. 2. LaGrange College is located about 65 miles southeast of Atlanta, Georgia. The institution has approximately 1100 students and is Carnegie classified as a national baccalaureate college. 3. The games can be taught using 90 minute sessions, but experienced Reacting instructors ad-vise providing a time for decompression at the end of each class when this is done. Game ses-sions can become extremely intense. 4. The Simla Conference in 1945 collapsed quickly; preliminary disagreements between the par-ties led Viscount Wavell to decide against proceeding further (Keay 2000). This historical hiccup is ignored in the India game. 5. There are presiding officers - an elected President of the National Assembly and two British Governors General - for the debates in the games and students speaking from the floor should be recognized first. This requirement was honored more in the breach than not. 6. This proposal bore some similarity to the actual compromise that Jawaharlal Nehru and Mo-hammed Ali Jinnah had agreed to in 1948 before Nehru’s unfortunate declaration that a new na-tional government would not not be bound by prior agreements scuttled the prospects for further cooperation (Embree and Carnes 2005). There were enough differences in detail, however, to make it evident that the plan had been the result of the students’s deliberations, not a consultation with the internet. 7. A bibliography of sources describing the use of Reacting games in a variety of courses and pedagogical settings and with appropriate links can be found at the Reacting website (www.barnard.columbia.edu/reacting/conference.htm, select “Past Events”). 16

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1. Reacting to the Past is a widely adopted educational program built around the Reacting
games. The program has been used at over 400 colleges and universities. Interested scholars can
read an introduction to the program at its website, www.barnard.columbia.edu/reacting.
2. LaGrange College is located about 65 miles southeast of Atlanta, Georgia. The institution has
approximately 1100 students and is Carnegie classified as a national baccalaureate college.
3. The games can be taught using 90 minute sessions, but experienced Reacting instructors ad-
vise providing a time for decompression at the end of each class when this is done. Game ses-
sions can become extremely intense.
4. The Simla Conference in 1945 collapsed quickly; preliminary disagreements between the par-
ties led Viscount Wavell to decide against proceeding further (Keay 2000). This historical hiccup
is ignored in the India game.
5. There are presiding officers - an elected President of the National Assembly and two British
Governors General - for the debates in the games and students speaking from the floor should be
recognized first. This requirement was honored more in the breach than not.
6. This proposal bore some similarity to the actual compromise that Jawaharlal Nehru and Mo-
hammed Ali Jinnah had agreed to in 1948 before Nehru’s unfortunate declaration that a new na-
tional government would not not be bound by prior agreements scuttled the prospects for further
cooperation (Embree and Carnes 2005). There were enough differences in detail, however, to
make it evident that the plan had been the result of the students’s deliberations, not a consultation
with the internet.
7. A bibliography of sources describing the use of Reacting games in a variety of courses and
pedagogical settings and with appropriate links can be found at the Reacting website
(www.barnard.columbia.edu/reacting/conference.htm, select “Past Events”).
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