The United States has reached a critical time as civil unrest and mass protests against racist policies become more frequent across the country. The increased discontent and polarization has no clear resolution in sight and continues to challenge and weaken the bonds of our communities. Unfortunately, racism and the struggle for civil rights and equity is not new to the American experience. To help us understand how we arrived at this point, professor David Kalivas will offer a reflection on the history of racism and civil rights in the United States.
About David Kalivas: David M. Kalivas, Ph.D., currently serves as Senior Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Prior to retirement, he was a full-time professor of history at Middlesex Community College for nearly 40 years. For the last thirteen years of his career at the college he served as founding director of the Commonwealth Honors Program. His teaching and research interests cover a broad range of topics in world history with specialties in the history of racism, religion, and cross-cultural interactions. David has a Ph.D. from Northeastern University, a Master's from the University of Connecticut, and Bachelor's Degree from Suffolk University.
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