Mary Beth Looney’s ‘Reacting to the Past’ Game Featured at UGA Workshop

Breanu's Mary Beth Looney unveils her Reacting to the Past game at the University of Georgia this April.
Brenau’s Mary Beth Looney unveils her Reacting to the Past game at the University of Georgia this April.

Maybe you’ve heard about it, but what do you know about it? Come to the Reacting to the Past Regional Institute’s workshop Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3, at the University of Georgia’s Miller Learning Center to find out more about the unique, role-playing pedagogical method taking higher education by storm.

Attendees have the option to play one of two shortened games – one of which, American Artists Congress 1935-39,  was developed by Brenau’s very own Mary Beth Looney.

The game explores the Work Progress Administration’ Federal Art Project and how the arts can be a catalyst for political change. Reading about it is one thing, Looney said, but to truly grasp the instructional value of Reacting to the Past, it is something you have to experience for yourself.

“The absolute best way to learn more about this pedagogy is to play a game and interact with others who use such games in their own classrooms,” she said.

Registration is $35 for UGA faculty, $15 for UGA graduate students and $70 for all other attendees. Registration fee includes. Friday reception, Saturday and Sunday breakfasts, Saturday lunch and coffee breaks. To register for the event, please visit https://ugeorgia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bjXipXMsLpwKbNH.