Gregory Beirich, Ph.D.
(Lecturer of History, Cal State, Long Beach)
6.19 – Alien Encounters (8.15.14)
7.4 – The Genius Factor (11.21.14)
Dr. Beirich holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Religious and Intellectual History from Fordham University. His research interests involve the development and application of medieval intellectual concepts of political, religious, and social outsiders. In particular, Dr. Beirich finds the challenges that medieval heresy presented to social and political authority fascinating, and he seeks to situate these challenges within the overall context of medieval society and culture while at the same time relating them to more contemporary developments. In other words, he explores what the dissenters of the past can tell us about the dissenters of our own times. Dr. Beirich has taught a variety of courses in the History Department at California State University, Long Beach, including Critical Thinking, Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Western and World History, the Middle Ages, Research Methods, Historiography, The Italian Renaissance, The Reformation, the Development of Modern Europe, Modern Europe, and Medieval Heresy and Witchcraft. He also has a keen interest in collegiate and professional football that stems from his days as an undergraduate at the University of Texas, Austin.