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Wednesday, October 1
Celtic Crossroads
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Seven world-class Irish musicians playing an array of traditional and non-traditional instruments are accompanied by two step dancers to create a truly unforgettable musical experience for their second U.S. tour.

Elon University Lyceum Series

Admission $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available September 10.

Monday, Oct ober 6
Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, “Science is Fun!”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Shakhashiri is a professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is well known for promoting science literacy and making science accessible and fun through lively demonstrations of scientific principles.

Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series

Tuesday, October 7
Carol G. Duncan, “A Matter of Class: Art Collecting and Class Identity in an American Manufacturing City in theEarly 20th Century”
Yeager Recital Hall, 6 p.m.

Duncan, a professor emerita at Ramapo College of New Jersey, will discuss her latest book on John Cotton Dana and his revolutionary and often contradictory theories of museum practice. Author of several books and groundbreaking essays, she presents a new way of perceiving the role of the museum and its influence on the visitor’s experience.

Art History Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 8
Matthew Buckmaster, trombone
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Buckmaster, an Elon faculty member, will present a recital of whimsical selections from past to present. He will be joined by Sharon LaRocco on piano and Jon Metzger on the vibes/marimba.

Wednesday-Tuesday, October 8-14
Department of Performing Arts presents The Pavilion by Craig Wright
Directed by Kevin Otos
Black Box Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.;2 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; 7:30 p.m. Mon.-Tue.

High school sweethearts Kari and Peter meet at their 20-year reunion for the first time since graduation. As the night progresses they grapple with their past and discover the complexity of adulthood.

Reservations highly recommended: $12 or Elon ID. Reservations will be taken beginning Wednesday, October 1, by calling 278-5650.

Wednesday, October 8
Campus Debate
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Elon University Campus Democrats and Campus Republications will face-off in a debate addressing issues from immigration to healthcare reform. Special guest moderators will facilitate the event.

Hosted by the Council on Civic Engagement and coordinated by Elon Campus Democrats and Campus Republicans

Monday, October 13
Malena Morling, poetry reading
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Morling was born in Stockholm and grew up in southern
Sweden. She received an MA from New York University and
an MFA from the University of Iowa. She is the author of
two books of poetry, Ocean Avenue, selected for the New
Issues Press Poetry Prize in 1998, and Astoria, published in 2006. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2008,
she currently teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.

Sponsored by the Department of English


Tuesday, October 14
Festival of Four
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Flutist Viviana Guzman, guitarists Richard Patterson and
Marc Teicholz, and Guillermo Rios on mandolin will take
you on a passionate journey throughout exotic world
cultures, from the fiery rhumbas of Spain to the sultry
rhythms of the Caribbean.

Elon University Lyceum Series

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available Tuesday September 23.


Wednesday, October 15
Ahmed Fadaam, Scholar-in-Residence: Ahmed’s Diary
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Fadaam, an Iraqi sculptor who turned to journalism after the war began, will serve as Periclean-in-Residence at Elon University, October 16-31. Fadaam is an award-winning journalist, who has written for the NY Times, and whose work with Dick Gordon’s “The Story” has gained a wide audience. While in residence, Fadaam will also speak to a variety of classes, including Global Studies, Art, and Communications about Iraq, Iraqis, and the day-to-day situation on the ground.

Tuesday, October 21
Invisible: Slavery Today, traveling exhibition
Octagon Room, Moseley Center

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center organized this exhibition to increase awareness of how many people around the world and in local communities are enslaved. Because they remain “invisible,” the victims are all too often overlooked, dismissed or forgotten.

The exhibition continues through November 7 and is a collaborative project of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Free the Slaves, International Justice Mission, Polaris Project, ChildVoice International, Free the Children, RugMark USA, TransFairUSA, Break the Chain Campaign and the Amazing Change.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum and the End Slavery Now! Coalation.

Wednesday, October 22
The Rev. Richard Cizik, “For God’s Sake: Caring for Creation”
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 7:30 p.m.

Vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, Cizik’s talk will address a growing realization among conservative Christians that a faithful Christian witness includes attention to the health of our planet. His primary responsibilities for NAE include setting policy direction on issues before Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court, as well as serving as a national spokesman on issues of concern to evangelicals.

Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Wednesday, October 22
David McCullough, “George Washington & Nathanael Greene and the Miraculous Outcome of the American Revolution”
Carolina Theatre, Greensboro, 7 p.m.

McCullough will discuss the qualities of leadership shared by Washington and Greene and how Washington’s choice of Greene to command the Southern Army in 1780 contributed to the “miraculous outcome” of the war.

Admission by ticket only. Tickets are free and will be available October 1.

Wednesday-Thursday, Oct ober 22 & 23
Choreography Salon
Moderators: Cherie Bower and Lauren Kearns

Studio A, Center for the Arts, 6 and 8 p.m.

The concept of the “salon” is based on the French model of having artists perform works-in-progress in an intimate environment that encourages dialogue between the audience members and the artists. Choreography Salon showcases original solos, duets, and trios from Bower’s Choreography I class and quartets, quintets and sextets from Kearns’ Choreography II class.

Thursday, October 23
Fall Convocation with David McCullough
“Leadership and the History You Don’t Know”
Alumni Gym, Koury Athletic Center, 4 p.m.

The Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture

McCullough is a two-time winner of both the NationalBook Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He has been called a “master of the art of narrative history.” His books have been praised for their exceptional narrative sweep, their scholarship and insight into American life, and for their literary distinction.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available October 2.

Monday, Oct 27
Kathleen Davis, “Invisible: Slavery Today”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

We are living in the midst of a tragic paradox: No longer is there an underground railroad that guides slaves to freedom, but rather, there is an underground criminal network to entrap people and sell them into slavery. Until confronted, this grave human rights violation will continue to plague the world and feed off vulnerable men, women, and children. Davis is the director of Contemporary Slavery Programs at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum and the End Slavery Now! Coalation.

Wednesday, Oct ober 29
Joe Garden, “Inside The Onion: Satire and the Political Process"
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Garden is the senior writer at the weekly online newspaper that has provided a unique look at current events for the past 20 years. He will speak on satire and parody in news coverage and its impact on the 2008 presidential election.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Thursday-Saturday, October 30-31 & November 1, Friday-Sunday, November 7-9
Department of Performing Arts presents Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Directed by Catherine McNeela

Choreographed by Linda Sabo
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.

Stephen Sondheim’s chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous “barber”-ism and culinary crime tells the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, Sweeney Todd nevertheless has a great sense of fun, mixing intense drama with hilarious moments of dark humor.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available October 9.