Elon University offers a rich and varied program of artistic cultural events that complement and support campus life and the thriving academic programs in art, dance, literature, music and theatre. Special lectures and presentations on timely topics support a broad range of curricular and co-curricular learning. The Elon University Lyceum Series, the Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture, the Elon Common Reading Lecture, and the Isabella Cannon Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership are established and anticipated annual programs. Significant occasions such as convocations and commencements are important traditions for the university. All of these events are planned and executed through the Office of Cultural and Special Programs.
Previous campus speakers include two former Secretaries of State, Madeleine Albright and General Colin Powell, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, former president George H.W. Bush, Queen Noor of Jordan, former Prime Minister of England Margaret Thatcher, renowned conservationist Jane Goodall, Walter Cronkite, George Will, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and NBC News Editor Brian Williams.
In 2012, special guests include Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, arts icon Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, foreign correspondent Robin Wright, and gender outlaw Kate Bornstein. The spring Adams Foundation Piano recital by Frederic Chiu provides an intimate opportunity to engage with classical performance. In March, the Richmond Ballet performs a breathtaking program of spellbinding beauty. The Department of Art offers individual and group shows throughout the spring as well as art lectures by visiting scholars. Elon's accomplished fine arts faculty, student ensembles and performance companies complete the season with more than twenty concert programs and theatrical works.
Please browse the cultural calendar listing for more information about upcoming performances. Information is also available through E-net, the Elon University online news source, www.elon.edu/e-net