Splash Biography



ELAINE KERR, ESP Teacher




Major: History

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2014

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Past Classes

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H1089: Demonic Possession and Exorcism in Splash Spring 14 (Mar. 29, 2014)
Did you know there is an exorcist in New Haven? In fact, in almost every city in America? Want to know why? Interested in the ‘weird’ parts of history? Or just want to know if the stuff in movies like The Exorcist really happened? In this class we will consider what demonic possession meant to those who experienced it, to those who witnessed it and to those exorcists who fought against it. We will look at cases throughout history right up to the present day and consider how the meaning of ‘possession’ may have changed throughout the centuries. We will also talk about exorcism and possession in the movies and on television, both in terms of historical accuracy and cultural value.


H707: Demonic Possession and Excorcism in Splash Fall 13 (Nov. 09, 2013)
Did you know there is an exorcist in New Haven? In fact, in almost every city in America? Want to know why? Interested in the ‘weird’ parts of history? Or just want to know if the stuff in movies like The Exorcist really happened? In this class we will consider what demonic possession meant to those who experienced it, to those who witnessed it and to those exorcists who fought against it. We will look at cases throughout history right up to the present day and consider how the meaning of ‘possession’ may have changed throughout the centuries. We will also talk about exorcism and possession in the movies and on television, both in terms of historical accuracy and cultural value.


H330: Demonic Possession and Exorcism in Splash Spring 13 (Apr. 06, 2013)
Did you know there is an exorcist in New Haven? In fact, in almost every city in America? Want to know why? Interested in the 'weird' parts of history? Or just want to know if the stuff in movies like The Exorcist really happened? In this class we will consider what demonic possession meant to those who experienced it, to those who witnessed it and to those exorcists who fought against it. We will look at cases throughout history right up to the present day and consider how the meaning of 'possession' may have changed throughout the centuries. We will also talk about exorcism and possession in the movies and on television, both in terms of historical accuracy and cultural value.


H150: Demonic Possession and Exorcism in Splash Fall 12 (Oct. 20, 2012)
Did you know there is an exorcist in New Haven? In fact, in almost every city in America? Want to know why? Interested in the 'weird' parts of history? Or just want to know if the stuff in movies like The Exorcist really happened? In this class we will consider what demonic possession meant to those who experienced it, to those who witnessed it and to those exorcists who fought against it. We will look at cases throughout history right up to the present day and consider how the meaning of 'possession' may have changed throughout the centuries. We will also talk about exorcism and possession in the movies and on television, both in terms of historical accuracy and cultural value.


H91: Witchcraft: Past and Present in Splash Spring 12 (Mar. 24, 2012)
A look at how popular understandings of what a 'witch' is have or have not changed over time. Discussion of several key incidents throughout history, including the burning of witches in Europe and the Salem witch trials. A consideration of modern witchcraft, including pagan and Wicca religions, and the recent increase in fascination with the occult. Ending with a look at representations of witches in pop culture, such as the Harry Potter series, the musical Wicked, and Disney movies like Snow White.