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, September 3
Victoria Fischer Faw, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Faculty recital featuring the music of Béla Bartók and more. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Friday, September 6
Even The Rain, film screening
LaRose Digital Theatre,
Koury Business Center, 6 p.m.

The Department of World Languages and Cultures, in collaboration with Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Communications, presents a series of films on select Fridays this fall. In Even the Rain by Icíar Bollaín, filmmaker Sebastian (Gael García Bernal) and his cynical producer Costa (Luis Tosar) arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia to make a film about Columbus’s voyage to the New World and the subjugation of the indigenous population. Just as filming begins, the natives face a crisis when the government privatizes the water company and prices skyrocket. Daily protests erupt and the local man cast as a rebellious sixteenth century Taino chief, also becomes a leader in the water hike protests. Bollaín intercuts footage of Sebastian’s film, with recordings of the demonstrations that occurred during the real life “Water Wars” that took place when the Bolivian government privatized the water company in 2000. In this masterful film-within-a-film which is anchored in the philosophies of historian Howard Zinn, as well as the stories of 16th century priests, Fathers Bartolome de las Casas and Antonio Montesinos, Bollaín raises questions about exploitation in South America, blurring the lines between past and present,fiction and reality. With an airtight script by Paul Laverty (long-time KenLoach collaborator) and stellar performances from cast Luis Tosar, Gael García Bernal, Carlos Adurivi and Karra Elejalde, Even the Rain is Spain’s submission for the 2011 Academy Awards. 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, September 10  
A Brief Wondrous Evening with Junot Díaz
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning author reads from his acclaimed works and discusses prominent themes of art, love, family, the realities of Caribbean diaspora, American assimilation and lives lived between cultures. Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Thursday, September 12
DRUM WARS: Carmine Appice and Vinny Appice
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Hear the hits that made these legendary drummers famous – experience the ultimate battle! Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available Tuesday, August 27. Elon University Lyceum Series

Tuesday, September  17 
Elon Common Reading Lecture by Conor Grennan
Alumni Gym, Koury Center, 7:30 p.m.

Grennan is founder of Next Generation Nepal, an international child rights advocate and author of the 2013–14 Elon Common Reading selection. Little Princes is a compelling narrative that connects with themes of diversity, global engagement, human trafficking, poverty, the Nepal region, Buddhism and Hinduism, personal development and writing. Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available August 27. 

Thursday, September 19
Paul Lockhart, “A Journey of Endeavour”
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Paul Lockhart piloted the space shuttle Endeavour on two missions to the International Space Station. These missions involved space station crew exchanges, delivery of supplies and research equipment as well as maintenance work on the station. During the second mission, Lockhart coordinated the spacewalk activities. Lockhart is currently senior vice president for aerospace operations at QinetiQ North America, a division of a multinational defense technology company based in London.

Thursday, September 19
Hallie Coppedge Hogan, mezzo-soprano & Charles Hogan, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
A recital of art songs featuring works such as “Frauenliebe und -leben” by Robert Schumann and Dominick Argento’s delightful song cycle Miss Manners on Music. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Friday, September 20
12th Annual Fall Environmental Forum, "Innovations in Sustainable Furnishings, the Road Ahead"
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The furniture industry is experiencing a renaissance in North Carolina, returning with a new vision for the design and manufacturing of interior furnishings. This conference will showcase innovative approaches that conserve natural resources and enhance the environmental quality inside our homes and other buildings. Admission: Free to Elon students, faculty and staff. $15 for community participants which includes locally-sourced gourmet lunch. Sponsored by Elon University Center for Environmental Studies, Sustainable Furnishings Council, Elon University Office of Sustainability, and the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business. 

Friday, September 20
Here and There, film screening
LaRose Digital Theatre,
Koury Business Center, 6 p.m.

Winner of the top prize at the Critics' Week section of the Cannes Film Festival, Antonio Méndez Esparza's directorial debut radiantly captures the complex homecoming of a loving father. In an unexpected take on the traditional immigrant story, Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico, after years of working in New York. He finds his daughters older and more distant than he imagined; his wife still has the same smile. The villagers think this year’s crop will be bountiful and there is work in a growing city nearby. But the locals are wise to a life of insecurity, and their thoughts are often of family members or opportunities far away, north of the border. Antonio Méndez Esparza has made a most remarkable debut. Using non-professional actors, Méndez Esparza gets remarkable performances that provide a richness of nuance and detail to each of his characters going waybeyond cliché and stereotype. Rarely has a film about US/Mexican border experience felt so fresh or authentic. 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, September 24
Religious Communities Fair
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 4 p.m.

Representatives from local religious and spiritual communities share information about programs and services. This is a great opportunity to connect with a community of faith or learn more about the religious diversity in our community. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Tuesday, September 24
Kenya Safari Acrobats
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

An evening of breathtaking stunts, comedy, audience participation and heart-pounding music will have all ages at the edge of their seats. Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available September 3. Elon University Lyceum Series

Wednesday, September 25  
Taylor Branch, “Myth and Miracles from the King Years”
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
The Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture Series

Author of the landmark trilogy America in the King Years, Branch depicts several watershed moments in civil rights during the time of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available September 1

Thursday, September 26
“The Value(s) of the Liberal Arts”
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.

Both domestically and abroad, the liberal arts have recently been criticized for being irrelevant, elitist and impractical. Two esteemed scholars present strikingly different visions of the role of the liberal arts in contemporary society. Elizabeth Minnich is Senior Scholar at the American Association of Colleges and Universities: Office of Diversity, Equity and Global Initiatives. Mary Gowan is dean of the College of Business at James Madison University and former dean of Elon’s Martha and Spencer Love School of Business. Peter Felten, assistant provost and executive director of Elon’s Center for Engaged Learning, moderates the discussion. Sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa

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, percussion, wind, strings and brass. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Friday-Saturday, September 27 & 28
Director: April Hill; Music Director: Richard Church
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 program of song and dance from the Broadway stage. Admission by ticket only through the Family Weekend website.

Sunday, September 29
Dance in the Landscape
Artistic Director: Jason Aryeh; Assistant Director: Julie Crothers
Pardue Court, Center for the Arts, 1 p.m.

Enjoy the Carolina blue sky, the beautiful Elon campus and exquisite dancing by the Elon Dance Company as students explore the use of site specifics. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts

Monday, September 30 
Morgan Craig: Form, Function and Futility: An Exploration in Architecture and Identity
Artist talk and reception, Arts West Gallery, 5:30 p.m.

Craig’s large-scale paintings of dilapidated, abandoned architectural spaces provide a tangible framework through which facets of society can be expressed. He considers the structures as repositories and memorials to the workers who spent a large portion of their lives within the now-spent buildings and to the neighborhoods that thrived at one time within such industrial landscapes. Exhibition continues through October 30.