​​​​​​​Dr. Michael E. Morse Associate Professor of Humanities


Welcome to my home page! My name is Michael Morse and I am an associate professor at Lake-Sumter State College. Information on the courses I teach along with my contact information and office hours are included below. Check the Syllabus and Documents areas of this Website for more information as well!


I teach Humanities, History, Art History, and Religion courses for the college. I for over 5 years I was Department Chair for the following Disciplines: Languages, Humanities, Religion, Philosophy, Art, Art History, Theatre, Music, and American Sign Language. 


Email:​  morsem@lssc.edu
Phone: 352-435-6304        (email preferred)
Office: ​Leesburg: Faculty Office Building Room # 6
​Clermont: Building 1, anti-chamber 155, office # 151
Office Hours:  Summer 2019 B
​Monday:          Leesburg:       10:30-11:20
​Tuesday:         Leesburg: none
Wednesday:   Leesburg:


Online: Wednesdays and Sundays: 6:00 to 8:00 PM 

​Thursday:      Leesburg:  None

And By appointment ​Use Official LSSC Email for an Appointment!

Committee Work:

Curriculum Committee: Fall 2011-Summer 2014 

Search Committee for full-time English Instructor: Spring 2012

Teaching and Learning Committee: Summer 2013 - present

Diversity Committee: Fall 2012 - present

Chair Committee Summer 2013 - present

Chair Search Committee for New Anthropology Position: Spring 2015

Advisor to: College Democrats: Fall 2010-present
Advisor to: Humanities Preservation Society (Humanities Club) Spring 2012-present

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND Graduate: University of Florida Ph.D. in History, 2009; University of Florida M.A. in Art History, 1998; St. Meinrad School of Theology, M. Div., 1984.

Ph.D. Major: Early Modern European; Minor: History of Science; outside concentration Art History. Doctoral Dissertation: The Politics of Art and Religion: Absolutism and Catholic Iconography in Early Stuart England, 1603-1649. Languages: Spanish and Italian.

M.A. in Art History emphasis, Southern European Early Modern and Latin American Early Modern; Masters Thesis: The Influence of Italian Mannerism in Early Viceregal Peru: Mateo Perez de Alesio, Bernardo Bitti and Anglino Medoro, 1998.​

M.Div., emphasis, The Catholic Theology, History and Tradition.

Undergraduate: Saint Ambrose University, BA, 1979. Majors, Fine Arts and Philosophy.

Spoon River College, AA, 1977.

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE Instructor of Humanities and History at Lake-Sumter Community College Adjunct Professor of Religion at St. Leo’s University at the Lake City and Trenton Center: REL 401 The Catholic Tradition, REL 450: History of Christianity, REL 220 Christian Morality, 2002-2010. I am also credentialed to teach REL 423 Christian Ethics III: Medical-Moral Issues.

Adjunct Professor at Santa Fe College in Humanities: HUM 2210 Ancient through Renaissance, HUM 2230 Renaissance through Enlightenment, HUM 2250 Enlightenment through the Present, 2004-2010.

Adjunct Professor at University of Florida in Art History: ARH 2050; Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 1; Summer 2002, Fall 2003, ARH 4312; Late Renaissance Art in Italy, Fall 2009.

During my teaching career, I have also had experience with Blended Class format. In these classes, I used Blackboard 9 or WebCT formatting.

PUBLICATIONS: IN PROGRESS: Book: Michael E. Morse. The Destabilization of Early Modern Europe through the Arts: The Early Stuarts in England and Bohemia. This text emphasizes the relationship between the destabilization of society by a renewed use of the fine arts in Protestant Stuart England (the reigns of James I and Charles I). It contrasts the destruction of arts in a Catholic country by the Elector and his wife Elizabeth (daughter of James I and sister of Charles I), Protestant rulers in Catholic Bohemia. For members of the Stuart royal family the creation or destruction of art was destabilizing. Arts production or destruction ultimately aided the demise of The Elector and Elizabeth Stuart, and Charles Stuart as monarchs.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND RESEARCH: I have traveled extensively and have an extensive collection of slides, photos and research materials and data from these visits. I used my collection of photography for my Dissertation and for many of the illustrations for my Masters Thesis. Research trips before 2003 include England, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, and Denmark. I have also traveled in Latin America doing research in Bolivia, Peru, Columbia and Mexico for my Masters Degree in Art history in the 1990’s as well as in Italy, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan in the 1980’s.

2018 December; I took a group of scholars and pilgrims on a trip to Northern Italy from Dec 11-23.  I visited Milan where we saw Leonardo's Last Supper, Venice, Ravenna with its magnificent Mosaics, Florence and the Academia and Uffizi Museums, Assisi to see the Giotto paintings, then on to Rome and the Vatican Museums, Ostia Antiqua and the great churches there in.  I gave various lectures as well as doing my own independent research.  

2014 May; England and Scotland. I visited and researched various museums and sites throughout the United Kingdom whilst leading a group of travelers which included two professors from LSSC.  We visited, Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, Bath, Stratford on Avon, Edinburgh, York and Yorkminster, Oxford, London, and the National Gallery of Scotland, National Gallery in London, and the British Museum, London, as well as other sites. 

2012: May; Italy. I visited and researched various sites and museums in Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Amalfi and Paestum, including the Vatican Museum, and the Capitoline Museum.

2010: December; Spain and Portugal. I visited and researched at various sites the influence of Moorish culture on early modern art and architecture in Cordoba, Lisbon, Segovia, Salamanca, and Toledo.

2009: Ireland: Dublin. Research dealing with the treatment of Catholics by the English in the 16th and 17th centuries. This research focused particularly on the destruction of church art and the suppression of the Mass by the English before, during, and after the English Civil War, which included major battles fought in Ireland.

2004-2009: Doctoral research period.

2007: Italy: Rome, Florence and Milan. Research dealt with ancient Christianity, art and culture. During this trip, I visited museums, which now hold part of the dispersed collection of Charles I. Focus of this research was Catholic themes in Stuart art collected or created by Charles I, Queen Henrietta Maria, James I and Queen Anne of Denmark. Here I studied and photographed the Constintinian works done in St. John Lateran, which described the inter-relationship between Church and Monarchy. The Stuart monarchy made connections with previous Christian monarchs such as Constantine and Charlemagne.

2007: In Washington D. C. I spent two weeks during the summer and visited the National Gallery of Art to examine artworks that were originally in the collection of the early Stuarts. Of particular notice were the large numbers of religious works commissioned by Charles I or collected by the monarch. The Early Stuarts were the first English monarchs to collect religious art on any scale since Henry VII Tudor nearly one century earlier.

2006: Greece: Delphi, Corinth, Athens, and Olympus. The focus of this research dealt with early Christianity, the arts of antiquity and the early church. Much of this research was incorporated into my humanities classes at Santa Fe College and Religion classes for St. Leo’s.

2005: England: London, Oxford, Cambridge, and Scotland: Edinburgh. Under the valuable guidance of Dr. C. John Sommerville and Dr. Robert Hatch (committee chair), I explored evidence dealing with Stuart Monarchy, the use of Art, Catholic treatment during the Early Stuart years. I also studied the influence of Queen Henrietta Maria and Queen Anne of Denmark, as well as iconoclasm during the English Civil War on Protestant as well as Catholic holy sites and churches. One of the most important evidences to be gleaned from his research was the importance of the Stuart consorts in religious and political direction in Early Modern England. I spent extensive time looking at the Collections of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and many works associated with the Early Stuarts dispersed after the execution of Charles I and re-collected by Charles II and following kings after the restoration of the monarchy. I also made a through study of the Banqueting House in London, commissioned by James I and decorated by Charles I with the magnificent Rubens works depicting the Stuart Monarchy in counter-reformation style and theme. At Oxford, I studied the Church of St. Mary the Virgin where Archbishop Laud commissioned a counter-reformation portal featuring The Virgin Mary and angels. This came under attack during the English Civil War and was used by the Parliamentary officials as “proof” of the archbishop and king’s Roman leanings.

2003: Italy: Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Venice. Research dealing with renaissance art and Neo-Platonism, ancient Roman arts. I studied the importance of renaissance, mannerist and counter-reformation art during the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries under the direction of Dr. Robert Westin. It was during this period that I put together my initial proposal of making a connection between Catholic counter-reformation art and the counter-reformation arts that emerged in Protestant England under the early Stuarts after 1618. In addition, for a second time, I participated in the seven week long University of Florida’s Rome Program. Much of this research and photography has been incorporated into his humanities classes as well as his Dissertation.

Master’s Research: 1998: South America: During the spring of 1998, I visited Peru, Bolivia, and Columbia to research the influence of the Italian artists Mateo Perez de Alesio, Bernardo Bitti and Anglino Medoro. During this two-month period, I was given permission to review documents from churches archives that still hold these late Renaissance masterworks in trust. As with my dissertation, I used many of my own photographs for my Masters thesis as these artists are under appreciated and many photos of their works remain difficult to find. Dr. John Scott directed my master’s work along with guidance from the rest of his committee, Dr. Robert Westin and Dr. David Stanley.

1995: Italy; Rome, Florence. During two months in the summer of 1995, Dr. Morse researched Alesio and photographed the Church of S. Eligio degli Oreficci​​​​, Rome. Here the under appreciated artwork of this Italian mannerist artist was incorporated into his Masters Thesis. In addition, he participated in the seven week University of Florida’s Rome Program and did independent study with Dr. Robert Westin. As with other trips, much of my research has been incorporated into my humanities, history and religion classes.