Marion Nestle, "Food Politics 2014: Beyond the Farm Bill"

Tuesday, September 9
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

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Yesterday & Today – The Interactive Beatles Experience

Tuesday, September 23
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

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Fall Convocation with Nicholas Kristof and
Sheryl WuDunn

Thursday, October 2
Alumni Gym, 3:30 p.m.

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The Soul of Flamenco

Wednesday, November 5
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Photo copyright Lois Greenfield 2007

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Kip Fulbeck, “Race, Sex and Tattoos”

Thursday, January 15
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

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October 2014

Thursday, October 2
Elon University Fall Convocation with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Alumni Gym, 3:30 p.m.

The Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture

Highly respected by journalists worldwide, Kristof and WuDunn are recognized as passionate human rights advocates reporting on the trials and triumphs of those struggling for opportunity and equality. Their latest project, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, provides a deep examination of today’s most successful local and global aid initiatives. Available in September 2014, A Path Appears is the focus of an upcoming PBS four-part series. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available September 11 at the Center for the Arts Box Office.

Thursday, October 2
Matthew Buckmaster, trombone
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Mozart once likened the trombone to the voice of God. The Elon University associate professor of music performs contemporary works for trombone, including crossover pieces that blend styles and genres. Faculty artists Sharon LaRocco, Jon Metzger and Chip Newton are also featured for a uniquely delightful evening of musical premieres.

Thursday-Wednesday, October 2-8
Department of Performing Arts presents Reckless
Written by Craig Lucas; Directed by 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.

On Christmas Eve, as she anticipates an idyllic holiday shared with her husband and small children, Rachel learns that her life is in danger. Fleeing home in her slippers and robe, she begins a strange odyssey across a darkly comic America. The zany play poses questions about family, loss, identity and Santa Claus. Admission: Free with Elon ID or $13 suggested donation. Reservations are highly recommended and will be taken beginning September 25 by calling (336) 278-5650.

Friday, October 3
Pelo malo (Bad Hair), directed by Mariana Rondón (Venezuela, 2013)
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 6 p.m.

The slippery nature of identity — how it forms in us, the ways it tells us how we might want to look or who we desire — is at the heart of this feature film. At times harsh but often tender, Pelo Malo exudes compassion for all involved, even Marta, whose concerns may be grounded in homophobic panic but whose desperation is almost palpable. In Spanish with English subtitles

Monday, October 6
The Poetry Café
Irazu Coffee Shop, Moseley Center, 7 p.m.

As heard on WNAA The Voice 90.1 FM in Greensboro, North Carolina, feed your mind, body and soul with powerful spoken artistry. Pick up a pen, take hold of the mic and share your own creativity in words, rhythms and rhymes. Support the voices of others speaking their creativity and passion. The evening is hosted by Josephus III, spoken word artist and educator. 

Tuesday, October 7
Patrizio Scarponi, violin, and Giuseppe Pelli, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

A recital of Vitali, Mozart, Beethoven and Paganini. Scarponi has performed as first violinist with symphony orchestras including The New Aidem of Florence, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Rome and the Orchestra Sinfonia of Umbria. Pelli is a first-prize winner of the Chopin National Piano Competition.

Thursday – Friday, October 16 & 17
Elon Dance Program, Works in Progress Choreography Salon
Moderated by Jen Guy Metcalf
Studio A, Center for the Arts, 6 and 8 p.m. both nights

The concept of the “salon” is based on the French model of performing works-in-progress in an intimate environment that allows dialogue between the audience and artists. The salon showcases original solos and duets from Renay Aumiller’s fall Choreography I class and quartets, quintets and sextets from Sara Tourek’s fall Choreography II class. Admission is free; donations to the BFA Dance Scholarship Fund are welcomed. 

Thursday, October 16
Eid al-Adha Celebration
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 7 p.m.

Students and staff present stories and a sampling of traditional foods at Elon’s celebration of the Muslim festival also known as the Feast of Sacrifice. The eid recognizes the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son to God and commemorates the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Thursday, October 16
West Residence Hall Birthday Celebration
West Commons, 7:00 p.m.

This an annual tradition begun is sponsored by Elon's Historic Neighborhood. Everyone is invited to celebrate the history and heritage of Elon by celebrating the oldest building on campus.  

Thursday, October 16
Paisley Rekdal, poetry and nonfiction reading
Johnston Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; the photo-text memoir Intimate; and four books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope and Animal Eye. She is recipient of numerous awards including Fulbright, Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, two Pushcart Prizes, the University of Georgia Press’ Contemporary Poetry Series Award, and inclusion in the Best American Poetry series (2012 and 2013).


Friday-Saturday, October 17 & 18
Instant Laughter – An Evening of Improvisation
Directed by Fredrick J. Rubeck
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Instant Laughter features several very spontaneous performing arts majors working with suggestions from the audience to create games and humorous scenes before your very eyes. Admission: $13 suggested donation to benefit Elon Theatre Arts at the door or in advance through Elon’s Homecoming web page.

Monday, October 20, 2014
New Refugee and Immigrant Communities in Greensboro: A Panel Discussion
Global Neighborhood Commons, Media Room 103, 6:30 p.m.

Come and join a panel discussion on the needs, challenges and opportunities for resettlement and adjustment of new refugees and immigrants in Greensboro. This conversation will be moderated by Elon faculty members of PERCS: Elon's Program for Ethnographic Research & Community Studies, Elon's Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic, and by representatives from the nonprofit organizations North Carolina African Services Coalition (NCASC) and the Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC). Speakers will share ideas for developing collaborative relationships and the development of partnerships in service, student and faculty research, and community engagement among these organizations including PERCS, Elon's Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic , NCASC, CNNC, the Elon Global Neighborhood students; and students and faculty from across the campus in diverse disciplines, majors, and schools in 2014-2015 and beyond. Sponsored by Elon, PERCS, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Elon Global Neighborhood Association, the Sociology and Anthropology Student Club, Lambda Alpha, Alpha Kappa Delta  and the International Living and Learning Community.

Monday, October 20
Michelle Hebl and Leslie Ashburn-Nardo: “Identifying and Reducing Discrimination: Strategies for Targets, Allies and Organizations”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Two experts in the areas of interpersonal discrimination, micro-aggression, stereotyping and prejudice present recent scholarship on important issues for the community.

Tuesday, October 21
Travis Chamberlain, “'Performance Archiving Performance' at the New Museum: Reevaluating the Museum’s Responsibility for Documenting and Archiving Performance"
Yeager Recital Hall,  6:00 p.m.

Travis Chamberlain is the Associate Curator of Performance at the New Museum in New York City as well as a New York Times-recognized director and producer whose recent work explores issues of legacy in contemporary performance through various forms of public engagement. In 2013 he was named one of Blouin Art Info’s “10 Cutting-Edge Curators From Around the World”. One of his recent curatorial events, “Performance Archiving Performance”, was a multi-platform presentation of projects that engage archive as medium, including work by a canary torsi, Jennifer Monson, Julie Tolentino, and Sara Wookey. Within these artists’ projects, the acts of recording, storing, indexing, and redistributing are as much a part of the work as the performance itself. As a result, the site of performance—its position in time, space, and form—is placed in question so that the actual process of archiving may be interpreted as its own mode of performance, its own singular event. Presented as part of New Museum’s 2013 Fall “Archives” Season organized by the Department of Education and Public Engagement, “Performance Archiving Performance” included an exhibition of these projects, an accompanying series of residencies, open studios, an experimental study program for teens, a workshop for families, published dialogues with the Museum’s Digital Archivist, and a lineup of performances and public talks with artists, curators, and scholars. Together these platforms provided an opportunity to reassess the role of archives and the Museum’s responsibility for their evolving forms. For this talk, Chamberlain will share a virtual walk-thru of the entire “Performance Archiving Performance” project and discuss the impact it continues to have on the Museum’s own performance document.

Art History Speaker Series

Tuesday, October 21
Susannah Heschel, "Praying with their Legs: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr."
Numen Lumen Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

Professor Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) will speak about the shared vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and her father, Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel. The relationship between these men was a close friendship as well as of colleagues working together as political activists in the civil rights movement and in opposition to the war in Vietnam. Sponsored by the Lori and Eric Sklut Emerging Scholar in Jewish Studies Program

Wednesday, October 22
"Talkin' Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell The Story of North Carolina"
Yeager Recital Hall, 7 p.m.

Are you considered a "dingbatter," or outsider, when you visit the Outer Banks? Have you ever noticed a picture in your house hanging a little "sigogglin," or crooked? Do you enjoy spending time with your "buddyrow," or close friend? Drawing on over two decades of research and 3,000 recorded interviews from every corner of the state, Walt Walfram and Jeffrey Reaser's lively book introduces readers to the unique regional, social and ethnic dialects of North Carolina, as well as its major languages including American Indian languages and Spanish. Considering how we speak as a reflection of our past and present, Wolfram and Reaser show how languages and dialects are a fascinating way to understand our state's rich and diverse cultural heritage. The book is enhanced by maps and illustrations and augmented by more than 100 audio and video recordings which can be found online at Walt Wolfram is William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of English at North Carolina State University and author of Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks: The Story of the Ocracoke Brogue, among other books. Jeffrey Reaser is associate professor of English at North Carolina State University and coauthor of the curriculum Voices of North Carolina: Language and Life from the Atlantic to the Appalachians.

Wednesday – Friday, October 22-24

Sand Mandala
Sacred Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, ongoing viewing

Tibetan Buddhist monks will construct a sand mandala for healing and peace during a period of three days. Viewers are encouraged to frequently stop by to see its progress. A closing ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday in which the mandala is deconstructed and the sand is then shared with the community and the earth.

Thursday-Saturday, October 23-25 and October 30-November 1
Department of Performing Arts presents Titanic
Story and Book by Peter Stone, Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Directed by Catherine McNeela; Music Direction/Conducting by Richard Church; Choreography by Linda Sabo
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m. each night

Titanic is based on the true story of the great ship's maiden voyage from departure in Southampton, England, to its sinking in the Atlantic. The show touches on issues such as class, immigration and mankind's vulnerability in the face of nature. The story follows actual passengers and crew members aboard the Titanic in 1912. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available October 2 at the Center for the Arts Box Office.

Tuesday, October 28
Ang Li, “China to Chopin with Love”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Steinway artist Ang Li selects some of Chopin’s most celebrated compositions for an Elon piano recital. The program will include polonaises, mazurkas, waltzes and ballades as well as a selection of Chinese folk music in the finale. Elon University Lyceum Series