Lectures by Duke University Professor David Morgan Part of 170th Anniversary Event Regarding the “Great Disappointment”

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October 22 Keough Lectureship and Exhibit Free and Open to the Public

The Honors Program at Washington Adventist University (WAU) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year by presenting a wide range of anniversary-themed programs that are free and open to the public. On Wednesday, October 22, the Honors Program is partnering with the WAU Religion Department to present the 35th Keough Lectureship featuring David Morgan, Ph.D., chair of the Duke University Department of Religious Studies.

In his two Keough lectures, Morgan will address the relationship between visual culture and spirituality. The lectures will coincide with an exhibition of original Millerite materials in the WAU library to mark the 170th Anniversary of the “Great Disappointment,” a significant historical event that sparked the beginnings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The lectureship will begin at 11:15 a.m. in the sanctuary of Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, where Morgan will speak about “The Likeness of Jesus.” He will survey the traditions of portraying Jesus, how his likeness has been conceived and why it has taken the appearance that it has. The church is located at 7700 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912.

The second part of the lectureship will be at 7 p.m. in the chapel at Richards Hall on the WAU campus. Morgan will address “The Look of Things to Come,” examining the role of images in the history of Adventism, and exploring how visual imagery has participated in theological reflection, prophetic practice and evangelism. Richards Hall is located at 7600 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912.

Those attending the lectures on October 22 will have access to the exhibition “1844: Millerism and the Legacy of the Great Disappointment,” organized by the Honors Program and Weis Library. The exhibition will be on display in the Weis Library Reading Room from October 15 through March 15, 2015.

For more information about the 35th Keough Lectureship, the exhibition and other anniversary-themed events sponsored by the Honors Program this year, please visit http://www.wauhonorsprogram.org , or e-mail wauhonors@gmail.com .

The university campus is located adjacent to Sligo Seventh-Day Adventist Church in suburban Takoma Park, Md. near the intersection of Carroll Ave. and Flower Ave. There is convenient, free parking and easy access to bus stops and a Capital Bikeshare station on campus. The Takoma Metro station is 1.5 miles away

About the speaker: David Morgan is Professor of Religious Studies and chair of the department, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke. Morgan received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1990. He has published several books and dozens of essays on the history of religious visual culture, on art history and critical theory, and on religion and media. His most recent book is The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling (California, 2012). Other books are: The Lure of Images: A History of Religion and Visual Media in America (Routledge, 2007) and two that he edited and contributed to: Religion and Material Culture: The Matter of Belief (Routledge, 2010) and Key Words in Religion, Media, and Culture (Routledge, 2008). Earlier works include: Visual Piety (University of California Press, 1998), Protestants and Pictures (Oxford, 1999), and The Sacred Gaze (California, 2005). Morgan is co-founder and co-editor of the international scholarly journal, Material Religion, and co-editor of a book series at Routledge entitled “Religion, Media, and Culture.”

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