The Tartan Terrors

Tuesday, September 18
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

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The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion

Tuesday, September 25
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

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Byron Pitts, “We are Tough and Delicate Creatures”

Thursday, September 20
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

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“An Evening with Maya Angelou” for Elon University’s Fall Convocation

Thursday, October 4
Alumni Gym, Koury Athletic Center, 7:30 p.m.

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Soyeon Kate Lee, piano

Tuesday, October 23
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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Turtle Island Quartet, A Love Supreme

Thursday, November 8
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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October  2012

Monday, October 1
Fabian Winkler and Shannon McMullen, The National Security Garden Project
opening reception, Arts West, 12:30 p.m.
artist talk, Yeager Recital Hall, 5:30 p.m.

A series of art installations demonstrating critical gardening strategies to address issues of climate change, energy, agriculture and national security in a post-surplus world.  Exhibition continues through October 30. Website


Monday, October 1
James Howard Kunstler, “Can America Remain Civilized?”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

With his classics of social critique The Long Emergency and The Geography of Nowhere, Jay Kunstler established himself as one of the great commentators on American space, place and the post-peak oil future. In many polemical books, he has investigated society’s relationship to our landscape and the future of American “civilization” in the face of resource scarcity, climate change and the dislocations of capital finance. His latest book is Too Much Magic; Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum


Tuesday, October 2
“Science that Matters: A Nonpartisan Look at the Science Relevant to the 2012 Presidential Election”
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 4:30 p.m.

Science and technology continue to play a large role in our society, but key scientific issues mentioned by presidential candidates are often misunderstood. Elon scientists provide insight on the natural science issues most relevant to the upcoming election. 

This event is being organized by Dave Gammon, an associate professor in biology who coordinates the SCI (Science) program.


Tuesday, October 2
Jonathan D. Katz, “Queer Before Stonewall: Art, Eros and the Sixties”
Yeager Recital Hall, 6 p.m.

Katz explores why in the art world of the late 50s and 60s, before difference was particularized, specified, embodied and made over into artistic identity, a single, universal human capacity – Eros – was elevated to determining status and made ground for global politics of social liberation. For a few short years, a diverse group of artists, female and male, queer and straight, produced an art that, in politicizing the body while obfuscating its signs of differentiation, paradoxically engendered the very specific contemporary social categories like feminist and queer that now obscure Eros’ formative and foundational role. 

Art History Lecture Series


Thursday, October 4
“An Evening with Maya Angelou” for Elon University’s Fall Convocation
Alumni Gym, Koury Athletic Center, 7:30 p.m.

A distinguished poet, author and remarkable Renaissance woman, Angelou is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. Within the rhythm of her poetry and the elegance of her prose lies a unique power to help readers of every orientation span the lines of race. Angelou will share stories of her life and recite her award-winning work.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available Thursday, September 13. 


Friday—Thursday, October 5-11
Department of Performing Arts presents “A Story of Home”
Based on Homer’s Odyssey; Written by Logan Sutton ’13, BFA acting major and Lumen Prize recipient
Directed by Kevin Otos

Black Box Theatre, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m; Sunday, 2 p.m.; Monday—Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

The Trojan War has begun. Odysseus has gone to serve in the conflict, leaving his wife, Penelope, and son, Telemachus, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca in his absence. Enduring struggles from without and within, the two find their greatest challenge is coping without their beloved king. When the war ends and Odysseus fails to return, Penelope, Telemachus and the dwindling number of citizens loyal to them face new trials as suitors arrive every day with aspirations for the throne.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be taken beginning September 28 
by calling (336) 278-5650. 


Sunday, October 7
Robert Ridgell, organ; Charles Hogan, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Robert Ridgell and Charles Hogan perform a delightful concert for organ and piano. Ridgell is director of music at Cathedral of St. Paul in Minnesota and has recorded classical organ repertoire as well as the music of Michael Jackson and James Brown. Expect the unexpected.

Sponsored by Cultural & Special Programs


Tuesday, October 9
A. Van Jordan, guest reading
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Jordan, currently teaching at the University of Michigan, is the author of three books of poetry and the winner of a Guggenheim, a Pushcart and a Whiting Award. He is a powerful voice in contemporary poetry and combines interests in history, music, science and race to create poems that are both moving and challenging.

Sponsored by The English Department and the William Maness Fund


Tuesday, October 9
Matthew Anderson, guitar
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Renowned classical guitarist Matthew Anderson performs works by Villa-Lobos, Pujol, Mangoré and Brouwer. 

Sponsored by the Music Department


Wednesday, October 10
Religion and Politics, 2012:  National and State Perspectives on the Role of Religion in the Presidential Election
Whitley Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Robert Jones, CEO and founder of Public Religion Research Institute in Washington, D.C., and Jason Husser, assistant director of the Elon University Poll, discuss the role of religion in voter decision-making in the upcoming election. 

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life


Friday—Sunday, October 12-14
6th Annual Carolina Classic Mock Trial Invitational Tournament
Koury Business Center, Friday, 5 p.m. to Sunday, 2 p.m.

The Carolina Classic brings more than 250 undergraduate students from 20 universities to compete in mock trials. In past years, Elon hosted teams from Harvard University, Duke University, the University of Virginia and George Washington University. 

Sponsored by Elon Mock Trial Center for Law & Humanities and the Pre-Law program


Thursday—Friday, October 18 & 19
Choreography Salon
Moderated by Lauren Kearns
Studio A, Center for the Arts, 6 and 8 p.m. on all dates

The “salon” is based on the French model of performing works-in-progress in an intimate environment to encourage dialogue between the audience and artists. Original solos and duets will be performed by Assistant Professor Renay Aumiller’s Choreography I class, with quartets, quintets, and sextets from Instructor Chris Burnside’s Choreography II class. Each night, two shows will be comprised of different works that result in four unique dance programs of approximately 60 minutes apiece.

Admission is free but donations to the BFA Dance Scholarship Fund are welcomed.
Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts. 


Friday—Saturday, October 19 & 20
Instant Laughter – An Evening of Improvisation
Directed by Fredrick J. Rubeck
Yeager Recital Hall
, 7:30 p.m. on both dates

A fun-filled evening of comic improv using audience suggestions to create scenes before your very eyes! Instant Laughter features the talents of several very spontaneous performing arts majors. 

Admission: $10 at the door or in advance through Elon’s Homecoming web page. Complimentary tickets will not be available. Proceeds benefit the Department of Performing Arts. 


Tuesday, October 23
Soyeon Kate Lee, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
The Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series sponsored by Elon University and the Times-News

Winner of the prestigious 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition, Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has been hailed as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound” and “a stunning command of the keyboard.” Lee earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and the Artist Diploma, from The Juilliard School where she garnered every award granted to a pianist.

Admission: $15 (reserved seating) or Elon ID. Tickets available Tuesday, October 2.


Wednesday, October 24
Jessica Valenti, “The Purity Myth”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Analyzing cultural stereotypes and media messages, Valenti reveals the overt and hidden ways society links a woman’s worth to her sexuality rather than to values like honesty, kindness and altruism. Valenti takes on issues ranging from abstinence-only education to pornography as well as the legal and social punishments that women who dare to have sex endure.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum 


Thursday—Saturday, October 25-27
Thursday—Saturday, November 1-3
Department of Performing Arts presents Crazy for You
Music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin; Written by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Catherine McNeela; Choreography by Linda Sabo
McCrary Theatre
, 7:30 p.m., all six nights

Bobby Child is a well-to-do 1930’s playboy whose dream in life is to dance. Despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be-ex-fiancée, Bobby achieves his aspiration! Memorable Gershwin tunes include I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Embraceable You, and Someone to Watch Over Me. This high-energy comedy includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers and classic Gershwin music!

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available Thursday, October 4. 


Friday. October 26
Jill Jacobs, "Taking Judaism Public: What Traditional Wisdom Can Teach America"
LaRose Digital Theatre, 12:15 p.m.

Jacobs, a leading Jewish voice on questions of social justice, is the Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights - North America. In this lecture, she will argue that ancient Jewish traditions can offer valuable resources for responding to twenty-first century economic and social concerns. The lecture will examine Jewish perspectives on some contemporary challenges, and then consider whether and how religion belongs in the public debate. Lunch (kosher and vegetarian) will be available following the lecture to those who register.

Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, the Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Non-Violence Studies Program. Lunch sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life.