Jason Lahr: Signal Jammer

Monday, August 19
Isabella Cannon Room, gallery hours Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Morgan Craig: Form, Function and Futility: An Exploration in Architecture and Identity

Monday, September 30
Artist talk and reception, Arts West Gallery, 5:30 p.m.

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Elon University Fall Convocation: Steve Wozniak, "Fostering Creativity & Innovation in a Technical Environment"

Thursday, October 3 
Alumni Gym, Koury Center, 3:30 p.m.

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Concert for Organ and String Quartet, premiere of Numen Lumen for Organ and Strings

Sunday, October 6
Whitley Auditorium, 3 p.m.

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Kenji Yoshino, “Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights”

Monday, November 4
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, October 1
Manuel Gomez, “Free Speech and Critical Thinking: Why Academic Freedom is Critical to Democracy”
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

First Amendment advocates focus on the virtues of the Marketplace of Ideas, while critics lament the incivility of the public space. Higher education, which has always engaged the concept of academic freedom as a means to protect freedom of inquiry and debate – at least at a baseline level – has often been seen as a privileged space, held separate from public and political marketplaces like the Internet and physical sites of front-line civil disobedience and dissent. However, when you think about the importance of free speech on a University campus – that one of its most important functions is to promote thoughtful debate and potent, rational inquiry – it becomes clear that the model of academic freedom actually reaches much further than the boundaries of a campus. Because what a rich intellectual exploration both relies on and facilitates is critical thinking. And critical thinking is the most powerful tool of the people in their understanding and check on state power. This talk will explore the concept of academic freedom as a fundamental principle of democracy, utilizing relevant and timely examples of First Amendment cases and issues, as well as classic political and legal concepts and texts. Sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning and the Better Together Living Learning Community

Thursday, October 3 
Elon University Fall Convocation: Steve Wozniak, “Fostering Creativity & Innovation in a Technical Environment”
Alumni Gym, Koury Center, 3:30 p.m.

Co-founder of Apple Computer, Wozniak revolutionized the personal computer industry and brought computers to the hands of the mass market. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology, the highest U.S. honor bestowed to leading innovators. Through the years, he has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, and currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io. The Utah-based corporation develops ioMemory solutions that accelerate virtualization, databases, cloud computing, big data and performance applications.

Thursday-Wednesday, October 3-9
Department of Performing Arts presents The Children’s Hour
Written by Lillian Helman, Director: Kirby Wahl
Black Box Theatre, Thursday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.,, Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m., Monday–Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

American playwright Lillian Hellman established herself in what had been primarily a man’s business when this, her first play, opened on Broadway in 1934. In The Children’s Hour, a disaffected student in an elite, all-girls school spreads a rumor that her two young, female teachers are secretly lovers. How will – how should – local society respond? What is the destructive power of her lie? Or is it a lie? Children wrestle with adult topics and adults behave like children in this intriguing drama. Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be taken beginning September 26 by calling (336) 278-5650.

Friday, October 4
The Return, film screening
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 6 p.m.

The Return is the story of a delightful and life-changing journey back to Costa Rica. After living 10 years in New York, 30 year-old Antonio returns to San José where he is forced to deal with the realities he ran away from. He is welcomed by his intense sister, Amanda--whose husband recently abandoned her--and their young son Inti--who is apprehensive about Antonio’s presence. When things take an unexpected turn, Antonio is forced to remain home far longer than he had anticipated. Add in the comedy of Antonio finding out that his best friend is the lead singer of a death metal rock band and sprinkle in the rekindling of a childhood romance and you have the ingredients of a superb film, known as El Regreso. Actor and director Hernán Jiménez not onlywrote, directed, and stared in this, his second full-length film, but also financed it with the proceeds from his first feature, his stand up comedy act, and the most successful Kickstarter campaign in Latin America to date. Far from the image of Costa Rica promoted by the country’s Department of Tourism, The Return became the highest grossing Costa Rican’ film ever and the first to earn international recognition. Sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Cultures, Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communications, Pragda, the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC, Spain-USA Foundation, Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

Sunday, October 6 
Concert for Organ and String Quartet, premiere of Numen Lumen for Organ and Strings
Composer: Todd Coleman, Associate Professor of Music
Whitley Auditorium, 3 p.m.
The Mary Duke Biddle Chamber Series Recital

Tim Olsen, Kenan Professor of Organ at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, is in demand as a solo artist throughout the country in churches and universities. The Ciompi Quartet, artists-in-residence and professors at Duke University, has received rave reviews for its performances on five continents. The program includes Coleman’s composition commissioned for this recital.

Monday, October 7
H. Shelton Smith Lecture: Dr. Charles Kimball 
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 7 p.m.

The author speaks on his latest book, "When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam." Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Thursday, October 10
Asa Mittman, “Are the Monstrous Races ‘Races’: Representing Difference in Medieval Art”
Yeager Recital Hall, 6 p.m.
Art History Lecture Series

The so-called “Monstrous Races” have been a popular feature of literature and art since the Ancient Greek period, when Herodotus included descriptions of cyclopes, dog-headed cynocephalae and werewolves in his influential Histories. Are they races? What could this term mean for medieval audiences, and how does its use influence modern perceptions of these beings? This talk examines images of and text about the “monstrous races” – as well as current critical race theory.

Thursday, October 10
Beverly Seckinger, Laramie Inside Out, film screening and discussion 
NOTE ROOM CHANGE to McKinnon D, 7 P.M.

In October 1998, Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left to die. The horror of this murder pushed Laramie into the media spotlight and sparked a nationwide debate about homophobia, gay-bashing and hate crimes. Filmmaker Beverly Seckinger returns to her hometown to see how this event had affected the site of her own closeted adolescence.Film is 56 minutes long with discussion to follow with filmmaker.

Thursday, October 17 
Ann Schein, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
The Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series sponsored by the Times-News and Elon University

From her highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut, Ann Schein’s amazing career has earned her praise in major American and European cities and in more than 50 countries around the world. Her Elon visit is arranged through the Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series, which brings international artists to campus twice each academic year. Admission is free. Reserved seating available September 26.

Thursday-Friday, October 17 & 18
Choreography Salon
Studio A, Center for the Arts, 6 and 8 p.m.

The concept of the “salon” is based on the French model of performing works-in-progress in an intimate environment that encourages dialogue between the audience members and the artists. Choreography Salon features original solos and duets from Renay Aumiller’s Choreography I class and quartets, quintets and sextets from Chris Burnside’s Choreography II class. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts

Monday, October 21
James Thompson, "Why Jane Austen Made the Ten-Pound Note"
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

James Thompson is Professor of English at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has taught eighteenth-century literature and literary theory since 1982. He has published four books on eighteenth-century drama and fiction, and is at work on yet another Austen study, tentatively entitled Jane Austen and Modernization. Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society and the Department of English. 

Monday-Friday, October 21-25
3rd Annual Italian Festival
Elon University campus, schedule TBA

Elon’s Third Annual Italian Festival will take place October 21-25 and will feature a number of Italian-focused events, presentations on Commedia Dell’Arte and other Italian arts, and an Italian “Iron Chef” competition featuring local celebrity chefs and some professors, displays of photographs by students in the Italian Study Abroad programs, special guest speakers and much much more. Additionally, as in years past, the festival will be concluded with a performance by the local Italian folk band, Mebanesville.  All events are free, open to the public and will take place in various locations throughout the campus. For more information, please contact Professor Marina Melita: mmelita@elon.edu

Tuesday, October 22
Eid al-Adha Celebration
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 6 p.m.

Students and staff offer presentations and a sampling of traditional foods at this celebration also known as the Feast of Sacrifice recognizing the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son to God and commemorating the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. d. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and the Muslim Student Association

Tuesday, October 22 
Michael Shermer, “Why People Believe Weird Things”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Most of us, most of the time, arrive at our beliefs for reasons having little to do with empirical evidence or logical thought. Instead, the facts of the world come to us through the colored filters of theories, hypotheses, hunches, biases and prejudices accumulated through life. Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, does not judge the validity of beliefs but rather shares his interest in the question of how individuals came to them in the first place, and how they are perpetuated in the face of either no evidence or contradictory evidence. Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Wednesday, October 23
Shiho Fukada, "Japan's Disposable Workers"
McEwen 011, 5 p.m.

Freelance photojournalist based in Beijing and New York City with Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting visits Elon and will attend classes as well as meet with student groups and faculty members to discuss her journalistic projects about Japan, China and the Middle East. Ms. Fukada's main presentation will be a talk on still photos and short film from her recent documentary project. She has chronicled events for several large news organizations, including The New York Times, Le Monde, and The Chicago Tribune. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and worked in the fashion and advertising industries in new York before becoming a photojournalist in 2004. After working in New York for five years and traveling the world. she moved to China in 2008. Sponsored by the School of Communications

Wednesday, October 23
Strings, Jacks and Hammers: Music for Keyboard and Viola
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

The viola, which is often heard as part of a string quartet or an orchestra, seldom receives the spotlight it deserves. In this collaborative recital, Omri Shimron in Elon’s Department of Music joins forces with violist Kirsten Swanson on both the piano and the harpsichord, performing works by C.P.E. Bach, Brahms, Prokofiev, and Arvo Pärt. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Thursday-Saturday, October 24–26
Thursday-Saturday, October 31- November 2
Department of Performing Arts presents Ragtime
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens; Book by Terrence McNally; Directed by Catherine McNeela; Choreographed by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato; Music Director/Conducted by Richard Church
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m. on all six dates

This powerful portrait of life in New York at the turn of the 20th century is a most relevant tale for today. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished novel, the musical intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families as they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in the United States. Includes such show stopping songs as “Getting Ready Rag,” “Your Daddy’s Son,” “Wheels of a Dream,” “Till We Reach That Day,” “Back to Before” and “Make Them Hear You.” Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available October 3.

Friday, October 25 (Note: date change)
Van Dam, guitar
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Dutch singer/songwriter Van Dam combines original lyrics and music with smooth vocals. Having lived in France for 15 years, his repertoire has transatlantic allusions, reminiscent of James Taylor and Francis Cabrel.

Friday, October 25
Wilaya (Spain, 2012), film screening
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 6 p.m.

Fatimetu is born to a Sahrawi family in a Saharan refugee camp in Algeria and later sent to live with foster parents in Spain. After the death of her mother she returns to the camp. She has been absent for sixteen years. Her brother now expects her to stay and lookafter her sister Hayat, who has difficulty walking. Fatimetu, who unlike the other women can drive a car, finds work transporting animals, meat and bread from one administrative district to another. In time, the Sahrawi people become accustomed to the woman who tears about the desert without a hijab in her beaten up jeep. But Fatimetu is torn between life in the desert and her memories of her family and friends in Spain. With unprecedented access to the Sahrawi community, Pedro Pérez Rosado, provides a voice this unrepresented group of refugees and their struggle for independence. The outstanding performance of newcomer Nadhira Mohamed, who was herself born in a refugee camp in Tinduf, landed her the Best Actress award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Cultures, Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communications, Pragda, the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC, Spain-USA Foundation, Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

Tuesday, October 29
Joseph Millar, guest reading
Johnston Hall, 7:30 p.m.

The author of three collections of poetry grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Johns Hopkins University before spending 25 years in the San Francisco Bay area working at a variety of jobs, from telephone repairman to commercial fisherman. It would be two decades before he returned to poetry. He has won fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a 2008 Pushcart Prize.