In 1685, hundreds of thousands of Huguenots were forced to flee France attempting to seek refuge in other countries. Shasa Sartin, Luther College junior of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is researching the lives of French Huguenots to create a game based in 17 and 18th century Europe for her summer research project at the college.
Sartin, the daughter of Leanna Sartin, of Minneapolis, is a 2015 graduate of Washburn Senior High School. She is majoring in religion and minoring in French at Luther.
"Being a part of multiple research projects has been really motivating to my learning experience at Luther. These projects have been concrete examples of what I can do with the knowledge I'm gaining in the classroom" said Sartin. "For example, the research I did in the 2016-17 school year with Dr. Feat in the French department was used to create a college class' curriculum that will be offered in the fall 2017 semester! Seeing my work come to fruition like that is a very special thing."
Sartin is working with Maren Johnson, Luther assistant professor of Scandinavian studies, and Anne-Marine Feat, Luther associate professor of French, along with six other Luther students on the project "The Stories We Tell." She has done prior research centered on the Muslim veil controversy in French schools during the 2016-17 school year.
The group is researching the European refugee crisis that occurred in the 17 and18th centuries to create a micro "Reacting To The Past" game, in hopes of using it to engage students and the community in discussions about exile, resettlements and minority experiences. "Reacting To The Past" games consist of elaborate games, set in the past, during which students are given roles informed by historic texts and ideas. Individually, each student is researching a different topic related to the game period which means gathering data from records as well as corresponding with Huguenot descendants in Denmark and other sources. This information was then brought together by the group to write character profiles to be used in the game.
They hope to present their findings and game at various regional conferences next year and at the RTTP Game Development Conference in late July 2018, along with in French and Nordic studies courses on campus in fall 2018.
The group's collaboration is one of 26 summer student-faculty research projects funded through Luther's College Scholars Program and Dean's Office. The Student-Faculty Summer Research projects provide students an opportunity to research topics of interest alongside Luther faculty. This program is one of a wide selection of experiential learning opportunities at Luther intended to deepen the learning process and that are part of Luther's academic core.
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