Academic Historian

Marion Goldman is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Oregon, focusing on alternative spirituality, material culture, and gender. She wrote about spirituality and the American Antislavery Movement in The Spiritual Virtuoso (2018). Some of her other books are Passionate Journeys: Why Successful Women Joined a Cult (1999) and The American Soul Rush (2012).

Robert Colescott (1925-2009)

Robert Colescott’s massive paintings evoke powerful emotions and thoughtful contemplation. For the past thirty years, Colescott has engaged themes of race, gender, and social inequality. His art is both highly charged and also intrinsically beautiful. In 1997, Colescott was the first African American painter to … Read MoreRobert Colescott (1925-2009)

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater began in 1958 in New York City, New York as a repertory company of seven African American dancers performing both Ailey’s work and also classic modern pieces. They were soon acknowledged as the preeminent dance company articulating African American … Read MoreAlvin Ailey Dance Theater