Assistant Professor of Political Science Caleb Goltz

Hartwick’s Goltz Selected For Presidential History Seminar Participation

June 19, 2017

Hartwick College Assistant Professor of Political Science Caleb Goltz is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special American history seminar on the 20th century presidencies. The seminar will be held July 23 – 27, 2017, at Stanford University’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center in Washington, D.C.

From a pool of 77 nominations, Goltz is one of 30 faculty members selected to participate in the seminar, titled “The 20th Century Presidency.”

This multidisciplinary seminar is for faculty members in history, political science, and related fields to explore characteristics of 20th century presidential leadership, including several individual presidents and their presidencies. Participants will consider presidents’ ability to handle domestic and foreign policy leadership as well as personal qualities including vision, charisma, credibility, and communication and consensus-building skills.

The seminar will focus on the administrations of three 20th century presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency will be considered in the context of the Great Depression and World War II; John F. Kennedy’s presidency will be reviewed in the context of the Cold War; and Lyndon Johnson’s presidency will be discussed in the context of the Great Society and Vietnam.

“Working with other faculty in politics and history in Washington D.C. at Stanford’s Bass Center to study the 20th century American presidency is an exciting opportunity to consider our present political moment in the context of past events,” Goltz said. “I look forward to bringing the insights that we generate at this seminar into my classes this fall to help students place current presidential politics within larger institutional trends and precedents.”

“The 20th Century Presidency” seminar is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is no cost to the participants.

For more information on the seminar, visit the CIC website at