Curator, author, teacher and lecturer Kelli Morgan holds both a B.A. in African American Studies and an M.A. in Afro-American Studies from Wayne State University. Morgan has worked in a variety of curatorial, programming, and research positions at various institutions, including Wayne State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. A visual imagery analyst, Morgan examines the ways in which people construct visual discourses, conceptualize images, and sometimes resist these discourses. Her interdisciplinary research concentrates on African American visual culture, linking Art History, Women’s Studies, African American History, and Museum Studies to consider the complex ways that Black women artists visualize, represent, and reappropriate images of minority women to challenge mainstream visual discourses concerning beauty and sexuality.
Loosely inspired by a true story, this tender portrait of marriage asks: What do you do when the person you love has to change? It starts with a question, a simple favor asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate. Uniting fact and fiction into an original romantic vision, The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the unique intimacy that defines every marriage and the remarkable story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires. The Danish Girl’s lush prose and generous emotional insight make it, after the last page is turned, a deeply moving novel about one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the twentieth century.
What are these creatures? How did the idea of angels and demons develop over the ages? The tradition gives us a varied and often shocking vision of them: six-winged beings made of fire; powerful entities that descend from heaven to mate with human women; spirits left without bodies as the first Sabbath fell and God rested; frightening soldiers which guard the heavenly palaces; horrors which stalk in the darkness. How do we make sense of these legends? How did other ancient near eastern cultures influence the Israelite/Jewish conceptions of these entities?
Join Dr. Justin Sledge in a two-part lecture series on the early history of angels and demons. In the first, Dr. Sledge will trace the earliest Israelite, Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Zoroastrian accounts of these intriguing creatures. We will tour the rich tapestry of creatures said to act as intermediaries and messengers of the Gods visiting revelation and woe upon human kind.
In his second lecture, Dr. Sledge will take up the flowering of angels and demons around the time of the second Jewish Temple—from roughly the lifetime of Jesus up to the time of the writing of the Babylonian Talmud. It is during this period that angels and demons take the character of the entities well-known to us in mythology, lore, and pop culture.