Bringing people together to discuss today's important issues.

Upcoming Events

Rage Against the Machine: Technology, Rebellion and the Industrial Revolution

March 2  |  5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  |  Prairie Rose, Memorial Union

Manchester, England, 1817-1818. You are living in a period of wage crisis, class conflict, and rapid technological change during the early years of the Industrial Revolution. In this game, you will experience a snapshot of everyday life living and working in Manchester England at this time. Roles are drawn from all classes of society, from lords to laborers; agricultural workers, merchants, aristocracy, and more. Each person has their own motivations and will approach the issues differently as they try to prosper during this unique period in history. 

The game will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a break for dinner. This event is free and open to all NDSU students.

Sign Up 

How it works:

After signing up, you will be assigned a role with a study sheet. You should review your role before the event and come prepared to interact with other players in this simulation. You will engage in debates related to issues such as:

  • Industrialization: the impact of machine labor and the factory system
  • Labor exploitation, capitalism, and socialism
  • The balance between benevolence and self-interest
  • The nature of class and status
  • The role of the government in the economy
  • Political power and powerlessness
  • Why revolutions do, or do not, occur in different places and times

Reacting to the Past is an award-winning series of immersive role-playing games that actively engage students in their own learning. Students assume the roles of historical characters and practice critical thinking, primary source analysis, and argument, both written and spoken. Reacting games are run by students, and Reacting roles and games do not have a fixed script or outcome. While students are obliged to adhere to the philosophical and intellectual beliefs of the historical figures they have been assigned to play, they must devise their own means of expressing those ideas persuasively as they pursue a course of action to try to win the game.


A Conversation with Emily Chamlee-Wright

Feb. 23   |   3:00 - 4:00 p.m.   |   Zoom webinar

As part of the Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series, Scott Beaulier, NDSU Dean of Business, hosts a conversation with Emily Chamlee-Wright, president and CEO of the Institute for Humane Studies.

Emily Chamlee-Wright is the president and CEO of the Institute for Humane Studies. Prior to joining IHS in 2016, Dr. Chamlee-Wright served as provost and dean at Washington College and professor of economics and associate dean at Beloit College. She has six books to her credit and is an expert on the complex and often fraught topic of free speech policy and governance in higher education.

Register     Learn More


A Conversation with Susan Schwab

March 25   |   3:00 - 4:00 p.m.   |   Zoom webinar

As part of the Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series, Challey Institute Director John Bitzan hosts a conversation with Susan Schwab.

Susan Schwab served as U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) from 2006-2009. As a member of the President’s cabinet, public policy scholar and global strategic corporate executive, Schwab is considered a foremost expert on global trade relations. Her efforts as the USTR include work to dramatically increase free trade agreements, resolve trade disputes and enforce existing agreements.

Register     Learn More


A Conversation with Robert Koopman

April 13   |   3:00 - 4:00 p.m.   |   Zoom webinar

As part of the Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series, Challey Institute Director John Bitzan hosts a conversation with Robert Koopman.

Robert Koopman serves as the Chief Economist and Director of the Economic Research and Statistics Division at the World Trade Organization. Prior to this post, he served as the Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Register     Learn More


With the health and safety of our guests, attendees and community in mind, events will follow the latest guidelines released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), North Dakota Department of Health, and Fargo Cass Public Health. This includes following all University policies, including face covering guidelines. For questions regarding specific events, email

COVID-19 Updates: See current information about campus preparedness and response here



Top of page