"The Struggle for Civil Rights: Birmingham to Memphis, 1963-66," (April 3-4, 2009) this conference, held at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and led by Professor James Highland and Harold McDougall introduces college faculty and administrators to a new game in the "Reacting to the Past" pedagogical initiative. In "Reacting," which won the Theodore Hesburgh Award (TIAA-CREF) as the nation's outstanding innovation in higher education in 2004, students play elaborate games, set in the past, their roles informed by important texts. The conference exposes professors to the Reacting concept by having them play a mini-version of a game over the course of a two-day conference on April 3-4. The conference will also feature guided tours of Civil Rights movement sites in Birmingham. Taking on roles in Civil Rights organizations including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee (SNCC), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), students discuss and debate the worth and cost of nonviolent action, in the context of previous and upcoming protests. Key texts include the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Franz Fannon, and Malcolm X. The conference is sponsored by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Professor Andrew Keitt (email@example.com). For information and conference registration, see: www.barnard.edu/reacting.
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