Reacting to the Past


Professor Ann Engar

Anthony Scoma

“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.” —(

Professor Ann Engar, an award winning teacher in the Honors Intellectual Tradition Program, is the University of Utah’s authority on these games that are an intersection of history, debate, policy-making, and role-playing. She explained the nature of these games, their use in a collegiate setting, and how they can bring classes together as peers and colleagues.

Professor Engar is also creating her own game set in the Diet of Worms in 1521, that centers on the conviction and punishment of Martin Luther for his teachings against the Catholic Church. She is authoring this game alongside Daniel Shaw of Colorado College and Michael Mackey of the Community College of Denver.