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New NAS Course: Reacting to the Past, “Forest Diplomacy: War, Peace, and Land on the Colonial Frontier” and “Red Clay: Cherokee Removal and the Meaning of Sovereignty”

Got Game?  Come play with us in a Reacting to the Past course and experience an immersive way of learning described as “subversive playworlds” characterized by competition, pretend/make-believe, subversion of authority, absurdity, and fun by Mark Carnes—the creator of RTTP!

You are invited to attend a catered and interactive information session to learn about the Reacting to the Past games that will be played in winter and spring terms.  Meet and talk with former students who will share their experiences playing particular characters, including strategies of negotiation, diplomacy, deceit, espionage, and the occasional bribe and assassination!  They will also be happy to relate how their factions either vanquished their rivals, or failed to achieve their victory objectives. Reacting to the Past faculty will also explain their roles as “game masters” rather than traditional instructors, and describe how students (performing their roles) run the class sessions once the games begin!

The following Native Studies course/game will be highlighted at the information session:

Winter 2017:

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

These exciting courses offer several opportunities:

  • small-enrollment (25 students) allows students to get to know their professors
  • CAS 101H earns credit for general education Social Science Group Requirement
  • CAS 101H can count toward some minors/majors with petition (e.g. History)
  • role-playing games inspire students’ imagination and creativity

Please email me at if you have any questions.


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