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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Monday, October 2
Lisa Wade, "American Hookup: Real Facts and True Stories about Hookup Culture"
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.
Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Lecture

The media both celebrates and condemns "hookup culture," a mythical environment in which college students have an endless string of casual sexual partners. In fact, students are having a lot less sex than these stories suggest. More, they report that the sex they are having is disappointing, to say the least. In this talk, Wade suggests that the problem on college campuses isn't too much sex, it's bad sex: unpleasurable, unwanted, uncaring and competitive. The solution? Not to abandon the casual hookup (it has some interesting advantages), but to multiply the sexual discourses on campus in ways that give students the cognitive freedom and cultural support to make the sexual choices that are best for each of them. Sponsored by Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies, Dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, Public Health Studies and Kappa Omicron Nu (the honor society for Public Health and Exercise Science majors)

Tuesday-Wednesday, October 3 & 4
Elon Core Forum: Facilitated conversation and Q&A with John Della Volpe, Director of the Harvard IOP Poll on Millennial political attitudes/civic engagement
Tuesday, 8 a.m. and 2:20 p.m., Great Hall of Global Commons
Wednesday, 9:25 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Great Hall of Global Commons

Saturday, October 7
Alamance Pride Festival
Historic Train Depot, Downtown Burlington, 12 - 5 p.m.

This family-friendly event is full of music, face painting, jewelry and other vendors, food trucks and more! Last year's event was attended by 2,500 community members and was ranked in the Top 5 most attended events by the City of Burlington. For event plans and updates, check out or


Thursday, October 5
Fall Convocation with The Rt. Hon. David Cameron
3:30 p.m.

As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2010-16), David Cameron led a government that transformed the UK economy. Under his leadership, the deficit was reduced by more than two-thirds. 1 million businesses were created and Britain became the fastest-growing major advanced economy in the world. He also introduced a National Living Wage, won passage of gay rights legislation, championed environmental issues and fought to protect the publicly funded National Health Service. He resigned in July 2016 after unsuccessfully campaigning to keep the United Kingdom in the European Union. Cameron now serves as chairman of patrons at the National Citizen's Service and as president of Alzheimer's Research UK. He offers lessons in leadership at an extraordinary and turbulent time in global affairs. Admission: Ticket information to be announced.

Thursday - Wednesday, October 5-11
Department of Performing Arts presents "American La Ronde"
Written by Steven Dietz; Directed by Kevin Otos
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West, 7:30 p.m.

Sexy, provocative, emotional and highly theatrical, a silver bracelet travels through the lives of ten bold and desperate lovers, giving us a glimpse into their desire and pain. Steven Dietz's American La Ronde is a contemporary re-imagining of Schnitzler's notorious play, Reigen, known for its French translation as La Ronde. Not recommended for children under 17. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be taken beginning September 28 by calling the Roberts Studio Theatre Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650.

Friday, October 6
The Music Department Faculty Concert
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty artists invite Elon families and friends to a mixed program for voice, piano, percussion, wind, brass and strings. This program has become a much-anticipated event since it began in 1999 and is sure to be an outstanding concert. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Saturday, October 7
Department of Performing Arts presents "Dancing in the Landscape"
Artistic Direction by Renay Aumiller
Arts West, 12 p.m.

Enjoy the Carolina blue sky, beautiful Elon campus and exquisite dancing by the Elon BFA Dance Majors. Students will perform site-specific choreography in, with, and around the sculptures located in front of Arts West. We invite the audience to take a walk with us as we utilize dance to accentuate the natural beauty of the environment. 

Tuesday, October 10
Tectonic Plates: Alamance County's Science Cafe with Brenna Beckelman
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 October, Brenna Beckelman of Wake Forest University will discuss "What Causes Alzheimer's Disease?"

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Tuesday, October 10
Alexis Shotwell, "Claiming bad kin: Responsibility for a suffering world"
Yeager Recital Hall, 7 p.m.
Ferris J. Reynolds Lecture in Philosophy

Our shared social world includes histories and ongoing realities of tremendous harm and wrongdoing. Those of us who benefit from this reality often try to disavow our connection to the people harming the earth and everyone living on it; we may want to take the side of the oppressed, the murdered, the wounded. We may try to claim kin relations with the people who are targeted by social relations of racism, rather than claiming kin with the social relations of harm that benefit us. What could it mean for white people and settlers who benefit from legacies and current effects of chattel slavery, colonialism, racial distributions of environmental devastation, and capitalism to claim kin with the people producing these effects? If we are complicit in the pain of this suffering world, how might we take responsibility for our bad kin?

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

Through original compositions and arrangements, this quartet artfully fuses the western classical traditions in which they were trained with hip-hop, jazz, improv and Latin rhythms on which they were raised. With their extended percussive techniques, Sweet Plantain gives voice to a sound that is contemporary and multicultural. Elon University Lyceum Series - Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available September 20 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610.


Thursday, October 19
Richard Dowling, "Great Scott! A Centennial Celebration of Scott Joplin"
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Dowling is the first pianist to perform the complete cycle of Scott Joplin's 53 rags, marches, waltzes and cakewalks in concert. Throughout the 2017 and 2018 performance seasons, he will complete more than 60 all-Joplin recitals nationwide in commemoration of the centennial of Joplin's death and the sesquicentennial of his birth. Elon University Lyceum Series - Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available September 28 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610.

Friday & Saturday, October 20-21
Instant Laughter
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. both nights
Directed by Fredrick J. Rubeck and Artemis Preeshl

"Instant Laughter" features several very spontaneous performing arts majors working with suggestions from the audience to create games and humorous scenes before your eyes. Admission: $13 at the door. All proceeds benefit Elon's theatre arts program.

Monday, October 23
Ryan Rasmussen
Gallery 406, Arts West
artist talk, 5:30 p.m.

Ryan Rasmussen is a multi-disciplinary artists whose work spans practices in printmaking, sculpture, installation, interactive objects, video, digital fabrication, teaching and things that have mass or do not. His work serves to investigate how contemporary cultural artifacts simultaneously embody and emit desire through an expanding global vernacular. Rasmussen sees these forms as a cultural composite whose morphology is based on abstract, socially agreeable representations of value. As a result, they are exceptional in their adaptability to social change and are capable of igniting cultural mutation as well as mirroring it. His role as an artist is to interpret these forces that are not only present in our world but are major players in crafting it. Exhibition continues until December 1.

Tuesday, October 24
Active Citizen Series: Writing for Action - Writing Persuasive Letters to Elected Officials and Newspapers
Moseley 215, 4:15 p.m.

Angered, annoyed, or distressed by something in your local or national community? You can do something about it: write! In this interactive workshop, participants will model and practice techniques for writing compelling letters to public officials and public audiences. Read sample letters, discuss what to consider when writing this genre, then write and share or receive feedback on your letter. Participants will leave with a draft and a toolkit for writing effective letters that call for action! Facilitated by Julia Bleakney, Writing Center Director and Assistant Professor of English, and Paula Patch, College Writing Program Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in English. Limited to 40 participants and registration here is required. Sponsored by Elon Votes! Elon Political Engagement Work Group, Council on Civic Engagement, and the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement

Wednesday, October 25
Diwali Celebration
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 6 p.m.

The Hindu festival of lights commemorates the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.  Experience Elon’s celebration of the spiritual holiday through traditional food and dance as well as songs and stories from students, faculty, staff, and community members. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Thursday-Saturday, October 26-28 and 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 Michael Jablonski
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.