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September 2006

Tuesday, September 5
The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion

McCrary Theatre, 7:00 p.m.

Kevin and Cindy Spencer have entertained audiences around the world with their popular touring illusion shows. Their uniquely entertaining program combines drama, comedy, and suspense with elaborate stage illusions, dazzling special effects and magnificent set design.

Sponsored by Student Activities, the President’s Office, and the Office of Cultural and Special Programs.

Admission by ticket only: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets on sale Tuesday, August 29.

Wednesday, September 6
“The Future of College Athletics,”
Joseph N Crowley Moderator, Myles Brand, Deborah A. Yow & Frank Haith

McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Elon University will host a day-long symposium titled “The Past, Present and Future of College Athletics.” At 7:30 p.m., a panel presentation, “The Future of College Athletics,” is moderated by Joseph N. Crowley, interim president, University of Nevada at Reno and author of In the Arena: The NCAA’s First Century. Panelists include NCAA President Myles Brand and Elon alumni Deborah A. Yow ’74, University of Maryland director of athletics, and Frank Haith ’88, University of Miami head
basketball coach.

Sponsored by the School of Communications

Wednesday, September 6
Charles Cook, “Looking Ahead to the 2006 Elections”
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

The editor of The Cook Political Report, Charles Cook has been described as “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of congressional races” by David Broder of The Washington Post. His lively and authoritative analyses of presidential and congressional elections has been featured on CBS,
NBC, and CNN.

Sponsored by The Institute of Politics and Public Affairs and the Political Science Department

Monday, September 11
Art Department Faculty Exhibition
Opening Reception

The Elon West Gallery and
Isabella Cannon Room, 5 - 7 p.m.

The inaugural exhibition in the new Elon West Gallery will include recent work in a variety of media by members of the Elon University Art Department. Elon West, the new home of Elon’s Art Department, is located at 406 W. Haggard Avenue. Exhibition continues through October 5.

Tuesday, September 12
Roland Fryer, Jr., “The Science of Affirmative Action”
McCrary Theatre, 6:30 p.m.

Affirmative action policy regulates the allocation of scarce positions in education, employment, and business contracting. These policies have remained highly controversial, and the discussion is often filled with personal rhetoric. Fryer will present a statistical approach to dispel some of the misconceptions in the current racial affirmative action debate. Fryer is assistant professor of
economics at Harvard University, a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows, and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum and the Love School of Business

Wednesday, September 13
Richmond Ballet “American Masterpieces of Dance”
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Now in its 23rd performing season, Richmond Ballet is considered one of the most innovative and impressive regional ballet companies in the country. For its 2006-07 tour, Artistic Director Stoner Winslett has planned a program of works by prominent American choreographers
including From Far Away by Mauricio Wainrot, After Eden by
John Butler, and Who Cares? by George Balanchine.

Admission by ticket only: $15 or Elon ID (RS). Tickets on sale Tuesday, August 29.

Elon University Lyceum Series

Friday & Saturday, September 15 & 16
Yeager Recital Hall, 7 and 8:15 p.m. on Friday,
6 and 7:15 p.m. on Saturday

The Department of Performing Arts will present an exciting collage of entertainment, song and dance from the Broadway stage. This is a wonderful presentation by our talented students.

Admission by ticket only: $10 or free for Elon
students with valid ID. Tickets for Friday shows
will be available in the Koury Concourse Friday,
September 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets for Saturday
shows will be available Saturday, September 16
at 8 a.m. Tickets will not be available in the box
office; please call (336) 278-7271 with questions.

Friday, September 15
Department of Music presents Music Faculty Gala
Whitley Auditorium, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 17
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
presents “Happy Birthday, Dmitry!”

McCrary Theatre, 3 p.m.

Join the Symphony to celebrate Shostakovich’s 100th birthday as they perform Festive Overture and Symphony No. 1. Former Music Director and pianist Stuart Malina returns to perform Gershwin’s ever popular Rhapsody in Blue.

Admission by ticket only: $20 orchestra or balcony; $5 students or Elon ID (RS). Tickets on sale Tuesday, August 29.


Tuesday, September 19
Elon University Fall Convocation with
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, retired

Koury Center, 10 a.m.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who retired in February 2006 after a distinguished 24-year career on the nation's highest court, will deliver the address at Fall Convocation. Later in the day, she will dedicate the Elon University School of Law, located in downtown Greensboro.

Admission by ticket only: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets for students, faculty and staff on sale Tuesday, August 29. Tickets for the public on sale Tuesday, September 12, subject to availability.

Wednesday, September 20
John Neff, “A Higher Ambition: The Healing Art of
Henri Matisse and Anselm Kiefer”

Yeager Recital Hall, 6 p.m.

John Hallmark Neff, former executive director of the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, has directed and curated for such major national museums as the Terra Museum of American Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. He comes to Elon to discuss artists whose work is intended to heal, particularly Henri Matisse and Anselm Kiefer.

Art History Speaker Series

Thursday, September 21
Cristián Samper, “Biodiversity On The Edge:
How Real is the 2010 Target?”

McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Cristián Samper is the director of the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. As a tropical biologist, Dr. Samper‘s primary interests concern the state of biological diversity on our planet. As the new director, he hopes to promote greater awareness of the importance of maintaining the Earth’s biodiversity through scientific investigations, education and linking both of these with public policy. The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity proposes to slow the loss of biodiversity by the year 2010 and Dr. Samper will address this in his talk.

Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series


Friday, September 22
An American Songbook: Bill Grimes, bass, Willis Delony, piano, and Troy Davis, percussion
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Elon welcomes Bill Grimes, E. & D. White Professor of Jazz Studies and Director of Graduate Studies at the Louisiana State University School of Music, and artists Willis Delony and Troy Davis for an evening of classic and contemporary jazz by American composers George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, and Hoagy Carmichael among others. Elon University Music Department Choral Director Stephen Futrell will accompany the trio on select works.

Elon University Lyceum Series

Monday, September 25
Wayne Winkler, “The Melungeons of Appalachia”
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Wayne Winkler, author of the book Walking Toward the Sunset, is director of public radio station WETS in Johnson City, Tennessee, and is of Melungeon descent. He will speak of “Melungia” and the scholarship and issues associated with the Melungeon community.

Sponsored by the English, History and Sociology/Anthropology Departments and the General Studies Program

Tuesday, September 26
Elon Common Reading Lecture
Tracy Kidder, author, Mountains Beyond Mountains:
The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure
The World

Koury Center, 7:30 p.m.

Tracy Kidder became acquainted with Dr. Paul Farmer in 1994 while working on a story about American soldiers in Haiti. For the following six years, Kidder traveled extensively to research the remarkable story of this brilliant young physician. Mountains Beyond Mountains, an account of the fundamental spirit and monumental scale of Farmer’s work in Haiti and around the globe was selected as the 2006-07 Elon Common Reading. Kidder has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum and the General Studies Program

Thursday, September 28
Take Back the Night
Whitley Auditorium, 8 p.m.

The Take Back the Night Rally brings awareness and empowerment to individuals, inspiring action that will bring an end to sexual violence. The evening will include a rally at Whitley, a march through campus, an open microphone for survivors to speak out, music and a candlelight vigil.

Sponsored by The Office of Personal Health Programs and Community Well-Being, Greek Life and Resident Student Association

Friday, September 29
Robert Ehrlich, “Crazy Ideas in Science”
Whitley Auditorium, 9 p.m.
Professor of Physics at George Mason University, Dr. Ehrlich considers how crazy ideas can sometimes lead to great scientific advances, and even cause us to re-examine the nature of science itself. Ehrlich is the author of several popular science books, including Eight Preposterous Propositions (2003) and Nine Crazy Ideas in Science: A Few Might Even Be True (2001).

Sponsored by the Department of Physics