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On July 15, Dickinson announced that the fall 2020 semester will be remote. Campus is closed to visitors who do not have an approved appointment. Face coverings must be worn at all times.

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Faculty Profile

Say Burgin

Assistant Professor of History (2017)

Contact Information

Denny Hall Room 03


  • B.A., Saint Olaf College,2006
  • M.A., University of Leeds, 2009
  • Ph.D., 2013

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

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 Afr Am Food & Civ Rgts Mvmt
Cross-listed with AFST 220-05.Part of the African American Foodways and the Civil Rights Movement Mini-Mosaic.

AFST 220 Afr Am Food & Civ Rgts Mvmt
Cross-listed with HIST 211-04.Part of the African American Foodways and the Civil Rights Movement Mini-Mosaic.In recent years, the Civil Rights Movement has been memorialized and remembered in an ever-expanding heritage sector, particularly in the US South. In so doing, the course revisits civil rights movement history through the prism of foodways – the food cultures, establishments and politics that shaped how that movement was fought throughout the country. Three major themes will guide the work of this course: pleasure, contestation, and nourishment. Students and professors will explore these themes in relation to resistance initiatives planned in African American restaurants in Washington, DC; sit-in protests of segregated lunch counters in the rural south; and Black-owned and -operated grocery stores, eateries, farmer’s cooperatives and freedom farms as they produced powerful critiques of food poverty and malnourishment within African American communities.