Faculty Profile

Gregory Kaliss

Visiting Assistant Professor of History (2014)

Contact Information

kalissg@dickinson.edu

239 W Louther St
717.254.8169

Education

  • B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1998
  • M.A., 2004
  • Ph.D., 2008

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

HIST 118 American Hist 1877 to Present
This course covers aspects of political evolution, foreign policy development, industrialization, urbanization, and the expanding roles of 20th century central government. Includes attention to historical interpretation. Multiple sections offered.

HIST 211 Sports, Race & Ameri Dream
Many have looked to the world of sports as a realization of the “American Dream” of a color-blind meritocracy in which participants succeed or fail on their own merits alone. And yet issues of racial identity have been central to the story of sports in America, echoing and informing social debates regarding equality, racial and gender stereotypes, legalized segregation, and the quest for civil rights. We will explore these issues and others by examining the history of a wide range of subjects from the late nineteenth century through to the present, including: the life and times of Jack Johnson; Jim Thorpe and the experiences of Native American athletes; the Black Athlete Revolt of 1968; Michael Jordan and corporate America’s influence on black athletes; and much more. Course materials will include historical accounts, sports journalism, theoretical analysis, documentary and feature films, and Internet message boards.

Spring 2017

HIST 118 American Hist 1877 to Present
This course covers aspects of political evolution, foreign policy development, industrialization, urbanization, and the expanding roles of 20th century central government. Includes attention to historical interpretation. Multiple sections offered.

AMST 200 The Long Civil Rights Movement
Cross-listed with AFST 220-01 and HIST 211-01. Taking as its cue the presidential address and subsequent article by historian Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, this course will explore the U.S. Civil Rights Movement from an expanded perspective, chronologically and ideologically. Instead of limiting our study to the "classical phase" of the movement between 1954 and the early 1970s, we will begin in the 1930s and end with contemporary activism such as the Black Lives Matter movement. By exploring a wide range of texts, films, music, and historical approaches, we will better understand the long struggle for black equality, the wide range of individuals and groups involved, and the movement's interconnectedness with numerous other campaigns for social justice.

HIST 211 American Landscapes
This course will explore how Americans have historically conceived of, represented, created, and contested a wide range of American landscapes. From the Hudson River Valley to the Yosemite Valley, from Central Park to the World's Columbian Exposition, and many more noteworthy sites in between, this course will explore the history of artistic representations of landscapes, preservation campaigns, and landscape architecture and park design. By exploring the battles fought between groups over the use and "misuse" of public landscapes, students will also gain insights into the class, race and gender divides that affected individuals' relationships to the land.

HIST 211 The Long Civil Rights Movement
Cross-listed with AFST 220-01 and AMST 200-03. Taking as its cue the presidential address and subsequent article by historian Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, this course will explore the U.S. Civil Rights Movement from an expanded perspective, chronologically and ideologically. Instead of limiting our study to the "classical phase" of the movement between 1954 and the early 1970s, we will begin in the 1930s and end with contemporary activism such as the Black Lives Matter movement. By exploring a wide range of texts, films, music, and historical approaches, we will better understand the long struggle for black equality, the wide range of individuals and groups involved, and the movement's interconnectedness with numerous other campaigns for social justice.

AFST 220 The Long Civil Rights Movement
Cross-listed with AMST 200-03 and HIST 211-01. Taking as its cue the presidential address and subsequent article by historian Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, this course will explore the U.S. Civil Rights Movement from an expanded perspective, chronologically and ideologically. Instead of limiting our study to the "classical phase" of the movement between 1954 and the early 1970s, we will begin in the 1930s and end with contemporary activism such as the Black Lives Matter movement. By exploring a wide range of texts, films, music, and historical approaches, we will better understand the long struggle for black equality, the wide range of individuals and groups involved, and the movement's interconnectedness with numerous other campaigns for social justice.