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The Black Plague: Infecting Faith & Art
Mary Charlotte Elia, pastor of Holmes Presbyterian and Early Church Scholar, is joined by Joyce Howell, professor of Art History at Virginia Wesleyan University, in an exploration of the horrors of the 14th century European plague and its effect on the Christian Church and the Arts. (FREE)

Sep 30, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Mary Charlotte Elia
Pastor @Holmes Presbyterian Church
A native of Hampton Roads, Elia studied music at Virginia Wesleyan College and received a certificate in church music from the college’s Wesleyan Sacred Music Institute. Elia served as music director at Wycliffe Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach and Calvin Presbyterian Church, Norfolk before pursuing a Master of Divinity at Union Presbyterian Seminary. During her studies at Union, Elia helped found and later led the Society for Patristic and Medieval Studies. A scholar of the earliest centuries of Christianity, Elia is the co-author of “Wisdom from the Early Church” (CMP) as well as a frequent presenter at academic conferences and church workshops.
Dr. Joyce B. Howell
Professor of Art History @Virginia Wesleyan University
Dr. Joyce Bernstein Howell joined the VWU faculty in 1984 and is Professor of Art History. She earned the BA, MA, and PhD in Art History from the University of Virginia where she studied with Fred Hartt, one of the "Monuments Men." She has particular interests in the French Romantics with emphasis on Eugene Delacroix. In this presentation, she'll explore late 14th century Italian artworks and the relevance of earthly events to medieval art.