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Tri-State Sculptors Exhibition
Installations on view

Various locations

The Tri-State Sculptors Association will exhibit works that range from realistic to conceptual, in scales from architectural to intimate, across the Elon campus. Locations include the Center for the Arts, Carol Grotnes Belk Library and the Sculpture Walk on West Haggard Avenue. Exhibition is in conjunction with the Tri-State Sculptors conference at Elon University and continues through Sunday, October 3.

Sponsored by the Department of Art


Wednesday, September 2
Step Afrika
McCrary Theatre, 7 p.m.

This critically acclaimed professional company is best known for promoting an understanding and appreciation of stepping and the tradition's use as an educational tool for young people worldwide. Step Afrika pounds the floors and fills the air with intricate kicks, stomps and rhythms mixed with spoken word.

Sponsored by the Elon University Diversity Emerging Education Program

Thursday, September 3
Phoenix Piano Trio
Whitley Auditorium 7:30 p.m.

Dan Skidmore, violin; Meaghan Skogen, cello; and Victoria Fischer Faw, piano, perform a faculty recital that includes Mendelssohn's Trio in D minor, Op. 49.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Tuesday, September 8
Polly Cornelius, soprano; Hallie Hogan, mezzo soprano; Carey Harwood, guitar; Meaghan Skogan, cello; Omri Shimron and Inara Zandmane, piano; faculty recital
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty in the Department of Music present a recital of varied repertoire of vocal literature including works by Schumann, Ravel, Rodrigo and Villa-Lobos.

Thursday, September 10
Anya Kamenetz, "What's the Economy For?"
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

A personal finance expert for Yahoo! and author of Generation Debt: Why Now is a Terrible Time To Be Young, Kamenetz will discuss recent government interventions, their long-term impact on the U.S. economy, and the importance of financial literacy and responsibility for young adults to achieve financial stability and success while in college and as they enter the workforce.

Sponsored by General Studies and the Liberal Arts Forum

Tuesday, September 15
John Owen, "Global Journalism: Ignoring the World at Your Peril"
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 4:15 p.m.

Owen, former head of television news at the Canadian Broadcasting Company and past Freedom Forum European director, will offer analysis of international journalism and the importance of world news coverage.

Sponsored by General Studies, School of Communications, Political Science, and elondocs

Wednesday, September 16
Ashraf Haidari, "Beyond the 2009 Elections: Time for a Renewed Parnership with Afghanistan"
Whitley Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Haidari is the political counselor from the Afghanistan Embassy in Washington, DC. He works in diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and the United States Congress. He will talk about the important issues in Afghanistan today, including American intervention and the quality of life and condition of the people there.

Wednesday, September 16
William H. Schlesinger, "Human Impacts on Global Nitrogen: The Next Big Problem?"
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The burning of fossil fuels and use of fertilizers release vast amounts of nitrogen into the environment impacting the health of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Schlesinger, a biogeochemist, is president of Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, an internationally recognized organization dedicated to solving complex global environmental problems through ecological research and working to bridge the gap between science and policy.

Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series

Friday, September 18
Omni Shimron, faculty recital
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Shimron will perform a program of works by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt and Wiesenberg.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Tuesday, September 22
C.K. Williams, "Poems Old and New"
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture

Recognized for his daring and formal style, Williams found poetry in the mid-1960s when writing about the violence directed against civil rights activists. He is considered one of the most esteemed living American poets and the author of 10 books including The Singing, which won the National book Award for 2003, and Repair, for which he received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize and Los Angeles Times Book Award.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available September 1.

Thursday, September 24
Rick Halperin, "The Death Penalty in the USA: Current Trends and Realities"
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.

A longtime activist for human rights and twice director of Amensty International (1992-93, 2005-07), Halperin is currently director of the Human Rights Education Program at Southern Methodist University. For many years he has worked in opposition to the death penalty, and his is a member of the National Death Penalty Advisory Committee, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (president, 2000-06, 2007-present).

Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Non-Violence Studies, and Students for Peace and Justice

Friday-Saturday, September 25 & 26
Yeager Recital Hall, Friday, 7 and 8:15 p.m.; Saturday, 6 and 7:15 p.m.

The Department of Performing Arts presents an exciting collage of entertainment, song and dance from the Broadway stage.

Admission: $10 or Elon ID. A very limited number of tickets for all performances will be available at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25, at the Center for the Arts box office.

Friday, September 25
Department of Music Faculty Gala
Whitley Auditorium, 8:30 p.m.

Faculty artists invite Elon families and friends to a mixed program for voice, piano, organ, percussion, wind and brass.

Sunday, September 27
Dance in the Landscape
Artistic Director: Cherie Bower
Young Commons (near Belk Library), 1:30 p.m.

Relax under the Carolina blue sky and watch the Elon Dance Comapny perform site-based dance by faculty arists. The evocative, outdoor program responds to the physical parameters, architectural elements and environmental characteristics of Belk Library and its adjoining spaces.

Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts

Tuesday, September 29
Nagata Shachu, "New Traditions for the Taiko"
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan, this international ensemble seeks to rejuvenate the ancient art form and is renowned for innovative and exacting performances as well as diverse repetoire. The artists use a vast array of taiko, gongs, bells, clappers, shakers and flutes to achieve a wide spectrum of sound.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available September 8.
Elon University Lyceum Series

Wednesday, September 30
Stephen Grenier, Ph.D., guest lecture
McCrary Theatre, 7:00 p.m.

A former member of the U.S. miltary special forces, Grenier is currently a consultant to the special forces and also a member of the faculty at the Maxwell School of public affairs at Syracuse University. He will talk about the role of special forces in Afghanistan and their interactions with the Afghan people.

Wednesday, September 30
Orville Schell, "The Importance of China to the U.S.: From Climate Change, Trade, to U.S. Debt"
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.

One of the most well-informed observers on China, Schell is director of the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations. As the world's super economies remain in the throes of change, Schelll will report on the current climate and suggest how a strong, collaborative relationship between the United States and China is critical to global peace and security in the future.

Sponsored by General Studies and Liberal Arts Forum