Jennine Capó Crucet, Elon University Common Reading Lecture

Thursday, September 14
Alumni Gym, 5 p.m.

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Siddhartha Mukherjee, “The Changing Landscape of Cancer”

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

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Sweet Plantain

Wednesday, October 11
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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Winona LaDuke, “Creating a Multi-Cultural Democracy”

Tuesday, November 28
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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Wes Moore, Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture

Wednesday, January 10
McCrary Theatre, 6 p.m.

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Wednesday, November 1
Percussion Ensemble Fall Concert
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

The Percussion Ensemble fall program features the music of contemporary composers including a variety of musical styles directed by Marianna Poole. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Wednesday-Friday, November 1-3
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 and see its progress.  An opening ceremony will begin the process at 10 am on Wednesday, and a closing ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday in which the mandala is deconstructed and the sand is shared with the community and the earth. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Thursday, November 2
Student Juried Art Exhibition
Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts
opening reception, 5:30 p.m.

The annual juried student exhibition represents some of the strongest art selected from currently enrolled Elon University students. This exhibit is coordinated and executed completely by the students enrolled in Art 380: Professional Practices. Exhibition continues through December 6.

Thursday-Saturday, November 2-4
Department of Performing Arts presents "Hello Dolly!"
Book by Michael Stewart; Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman; Based on the play "The Matchmaker" by Thornton Wilder; Directed by Catherine McNeela; Choreographed by Lynne Kurdziel Formato
McCrary Theatre, all shows 7:30 p.m.

HELLO, DOLLY, the blockbuster Broadway hit, bursts with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history. The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and “woman who arranges things,” are certain to thrill and entertain audiences again and again. The show’s memorable songs include “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Hello, Dolly,” “Elegance,” and “It Only Takes a Moment.” Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available October 6 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610.

Monday, November 6
Active Citizen Series: A Conversation About the Intersection of Religion and Politics
McBride Gathering Space, 5:30 p.m.

How does faith apply to the politics of the present day? How does our faith inform how we think and act as citizens? Join this conversation to discuss questions such as these. Facilitated by Jan Fuller, University Chaplain. Sponsored by Elon Votes! Elon Political Engagement Work Group, Council on Civic Engagement, and the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement

Tuesday, November 7
Cate Marvin, guest reading
Johnston Hall, 7 p.m.

Cate Marvin, the author of three books of poetry, will read and discuss her poems. Sponsored by The English Department and the William Maness Fund

Tuesday, November 7
Elon Orchestra Fall Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Director Thomas Erdmann and the Elon Orchestra open the 14th season with featured soloist Wayne Bennett, the Atlanta area orchestral and chamber music trumpeter, performing Alexander Arutiunian’s Elegy. The program also includes Mendelssohn’s monumental Third String Symphony and Melissa D’Albora’s amazing Kinley Row. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Thursday, November 9
Elon University Chorale Fall Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Gerald Knight, Chorale presents a variety of secular and sacred selections. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Thursday-Sunday, November 9-12
Department of Performing Arts presents "The Fall Dance Concert"
Artistic director: Jen Guy Metcalf
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West
Thursday, 6 p.m.; Friday, 6 & 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 6 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.?

The Fall Dance Concert features the 2017-2018 Elon BFA dance majors performing original and experimental work by faculty, guest artists and select students. Please join us for what will prove to be a creative, innovative and entertaining show! Admission is $13 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be taken beginning November 2 by calling the Roberts Studio Theatre Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650.

Friday-Saturday, November 10 & 11
2017 Intersect Diversity and Leadership Conference
Moseley Center, Check-in begins Friday at 4 p.m.

Intersect is a two-day conference that provides an unprecedented look at the disciplines of diversity, leadership and the cross-sections of the two. Participants engage in dialogue reflection through keynote speakers, educational sessions, and roundtable discussions. The conference pillars work to inspire participants to create positive change for the common good in their organizations and community. The 2017 Intersect keynote speaker is Kat Blaque, an animator, illustrator and YouTuber who has been open sharing her life, which she playfully refers to as "intersectionality salad" as she embodies various identities and experiences. Register at by October 27. Sponsored by the Center for Leadership and the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Education. Free and open to all Elon faculty, staff and students; $50 for faculty, staff and students from surrounding colleges and universities. 

Monday, November 13
Jeffrey Piascik, "Reinventing the Toilet"
McCrary Theatre, 7 p.m.
Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series

Jeffrey Piascik, Senior Research Engineer and lead systems integrator for the Reinvent the Toilet program at RTI in Research Triangle Park works in partnership with other engineers and social scientists to develop and test a safe, effective and affordable toilet that sanitizes and recycles human waste without inputs of electricity, water or other infrastructure. Off the grid, sustainable toilets can provide great benefits in terms of reducing fecal contamination of water and childhood infectious diarrhea in poor or isolated areas. Toilet prototypes are currently in field-testing in several locations around the world.

Monday, November 13
Faces of Homelessness Panel
Lakeside Hall, 7:30 p.m.

A panel assembled by the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) will share personal and powerful experiences of homelessness with the Elon community. NCH is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, committed to a single mission: to prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected. Presented as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and sponsored by the Campus Kitchen at Elon University and the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement

Tuesday, November 14
Elon Core Forum, Ambassador Cameron Munter, President and CEO of the EastWest Institute
Tuesday, KOBC 101, 2:20 p.m.

Tuesday, November 14
Tectonic Plates: Alamance County's Science Cafe with Melaine Rickard
Fat Frogg Bar & Grill, Elon, 7 p.m.

Learn cutting edge science in a relaxed informal atmosphere without all the technical jargon. Programs are held on the second Tuesday of each month (September through December). In November, ABSS science teacher Melaine Rickard will discuss "Innovations in STEM Education." Information is available at

Tuesday, November 14
Ambassador Cameron Phelps Munter, "Foreign Policy Engagement: A Look at the Operation Against Osama bin Laden and Today’s Key Global Challenges"
Whitley Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Ambassador Cameron Munter has been a career diplomat, serving in some of the most conflict-ridden areas of the globe. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan from 2010-2012, where he guided U.S.-Pakistani relations through a strained period, including the operation against Osama bin Laden. Whether as Ambassador to Serbia managing the Kosovo independence crisis or twice serving in Iraq, leading the first Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mosul (2006), Amb. Munter has a unique insider’s view on key global events. Today, as CEO and president of the EastWest Institute (, he leads one of the foremost international organizations working to reduce international conflict and addressing seemingly intractable problems that threaten world security and stability.  Admission: $13 or free with Elon ID. Tickets available Tuesday, October 24 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. Presented by LIFE@Elon

Wednesday, November 15
Elon Phoenix Winds Fall Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Program will feature Elon University Professor of Cello Meaghan Skogen, as well as premiere performances of two newly commissioned works including Donald Grantham’s “Shenandoah” and Ted King-Smith’s “Between Glimpses of Blue” for wind ensemble and fixed media. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Tuesday, November 28
Carole King’s "Tapestry" a cappella
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Elon’s vocal jazz ensemble, élan, presents Carol King’s 1971 Grammy award- winning album Tapestry, all a cappella. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Tuesday, November 28
Winona LaDuke, "Creating a Multi-Cultural Democracy: Religion, Culture and Identity in America"
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

LaDuke is an internationally prominent activist who is widely recognized for her work on environmental and human rights issues. As Program Director for Honor the Earth, she tirelessly works on behalf of indigenous communities on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, food systems and environmental justice. For more than 40 years, she has maintained an insistent presence and upheld the importance of Native people and their cultures. Her visit to Elon will provide students an important introduction to the realities of Native political and cultural sovereignty as real, legitimate forces in our democracy. Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Thursday, November 30
A Celebration of Light
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Narrated by Associate Dean of Communications Don Grady; Mary Alice Bragg, organ

The Elon University Camerata performs a concert of a cappella works from centuries of choral art in celebration of the holiday spirit. This year’s narrated script features writings from poets such as Tennyson, Dickens, Herbert, Eliot, Hughes and others. Holiday decorations, candlelight processional and Camerata's singing will warm your heart. This unique, reflective celebration of the season will be the twelfth installment of a highly acclaimed program and an annual part of our community’s anticipation of the season of light.  Sponsored by the Department of Music