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, September 4
The Unseen Labor of Elon's Working Class, panel discussion
Whitley Auditorium, 9:25 a.m.

Sherry Lee Linkon (Professor of English and Faculty Director of Writing Curriculum Initiatives, Department of English at Georgetown University and founding president of the Working Class Studies Association) will moderate a panel including four members of the Elon University working community. Sponsored by the Consortium for Diversity and Inclusion Content Experts

Monday, September 4
Biennial Studio Art Faculty Exhibition
Gallery 406, Arts West, opening reception, 5:30 p.m.

Studio faculty from the department of Art & ARH will exhibit their work in mediums ranging from photography, video, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Exhibition continues until October 20.

Saturday, September 9
Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Event
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center
8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. (2 different shifts)

Students will collectively pack more than 30,000 meals with Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) as part of this annual Elon tradition. Rise Against Hunger is an international relief agency committed to ending hunger. Meals packed will be distributed around the globe through school feeding programs, orphanages and medical clinics to help break the cycle of poverty by providing nutritious meals in conjunction with education, skill development and health care. Advance registration is required: Students may sign up for the 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. shift hereSponsored by the Campus Kitchen at Elon University, the Office of Residence Life, the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement

Monday, September 11
BAP Accounting Meet and Greet
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Students will meet with employers in the accounting and finance industry. Open to all Elon students and alumni. Sponsored by Beta Alpha Psi and the Student Professional Development Center

Tuesday, September 12
Tectonic Plates: Alamance County's Science Cafe with Michael Vaughn
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 September, Michael Vaughn, Elon University Instructional Technologist will discuss "Why Making Matters."

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Wednesday, September 13
Active Citizen Series: Listening Across the Aisle - How to Find the Truth Somewhere in Between
Moseley 215, 7 p.m.

This panel will use news sources from the left and the right as a means of understanding how different sides discuss the same issue. The panel will also address how to find objective news sources during this polarizing political environment. Facilitated by Naeemah Clark, Associate Professor of Communications and Faculty Fellow for Civic Engagement.  Sponsored by Elon Votes! Elon Political Engagement Work Group, Council on Civic Engagement, and the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement

Thursday-Friday, September 14 & 15
Elon Core Forum #1: "Make Your Home Amoung Strangers"
The Elon Common Reading and Conversation with Jennine Capo Crucet, author
Thursday, 8 a.m. and 2:20 p.m., Great Hall of Global Commons
Friday, 9:25 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Great Hall of Global Commons

Thursday, September 14
Jennine Capó Crucet, "Make Your Home Among Strangers"
Alumni Memorial Gym, 5 p.m.
Elon University Common Reading & Conversation

A higher education is often cited as the single most important factor to escape generational poverty. Admitting low income and first generation students to colleges and universities is just the start to the process. Institutions of higher learning must also understand student experiences on campus and their sometimes unique social and academic needs. Make Your Home Among Strangers is a heartfelt novel about Lizet, a first generation Cuban American woman, who enrolls at Rawlings College - a fictionalized small liberal arts school in the northeast. Crucet draws attention to the experiences of first generation and low-income students on campuses quite like our own. Moreover she encourages us to consider issues of the first-year experience, transitions between home and campus, identity, diversity and inter-cultural competency and Cuban-American relations. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available August 29 at the Center for the Arts Box Office.

Thursday, September 14
Gershwin with a Twist!
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

An innovative production honoring the music of George and Ira Gershwin includes hits from ragtime and jazz to catchy Broadway hits to fabulously creative and humorous arrangements in Doo Wop, R&B, Reggae, Rock n' Roll and even Rap! Vocalist and a dynamic 6-piece band combining brilliant expressions, lush harmonies and a multiplicity of unexpected surprises accompany pianist Brian Gurl. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available August 29 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call 336-278-5610

Monday, September 18
Sales Meet and Greet
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 5:30 p.m.

Event for students to meet with employers regarding internship and job opportunities in sales and business development. Sponsored by the Chandler Family Professional Sales Center and the Student Professional Development Center.

Tuesday, September 19
Job and Internship Expo
Alumni Memorial Gym, Koury Center, 2 - 5:30 p.m.

Students meet with employers regarding internship and job opportunities. Open to all Elon students and alumni. Sponsored by the Student Professional Development Center

Tuesday, September 19
Claudia Brittenham, "Unseen Art in Ancient Mesoamerica"
Yeager Recital Hall, 6 p.m.

Art History Lecture Series

Claudia Brittenham's research centers on the art of ancient Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, with a special interest in issues of art and identity, intercultural interaction, the materiality of art and the politics of style. Her current research project examines problems of visibility and the status of images in Mesoamerica. Unlike objects made to be displayed in modern art museums, many visually elaborated Mesoamerican objects would have been extraordinarily difficult to see in their original contexts. By exploring these conditions of visibility, Brittenham suggests that art could operate beyond the realm of the visual, and explore the ways in which concealed images and esoteric knowledge might be used to maintain power and social difference.

Wednesday-Friday, September 20-22
Jewish High Holy Days – Rosh Hashanah
Sacred Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, Wednesday at 6:45 p.m.; Thursday & Friday at 10 a.m.

Join Elon Hillel and Jewish Life as we celebrate the Jewish New Year with student-centered, engaging services and meals. Come be a part of our thriving Jewish community!  See for more information about meals, Tashlich, and other Rosh Hashannah events. All are welcome.

Wednesday, September 20
Siddhartha Mukherjee, "The Changing Landscape of Cancer"
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Baird Lecture Series and Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series

A leading oncologist and researcher, Mukherjee has received wide acclaim as an author for his examinations of cancer and the human gene. His first book, "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer," received a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 and offered insights into the various forms of cancer that plague humanity, from the first known reference in Egypt to present time. A Rhodes scholar who was honored in 2011 as one of the "100 Most Influential People," Mukherjee is a graduate of Stanford University, the University of Oxford and Harvard Medical School. He is currently assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a cancer physician at CU/NYU Presbyterian Hospital. His articles have appeared in Nature, the New England Journal of Medicine, Neuron, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, The New York Times and The New Republic. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available August 29 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. 

Thursday, September 21
WGSS Faculty Spotlight: Ann Cahill on “The Politics of the Embodied Voice”?
Lakeside Meeting Room 212, 5 p.m.

This presentation will explore a variety of social, political and ethical meanings of the human voice, with a focus on sound rather than speech. How are the sonorous qualities of the human voice implicated in social and political systems of inequality? What might vocal liberation look like? How does understanding the voice as embodied and material help to illuminate its relationship to sexism, racism, ableism and heteronormativity? Sponsored by Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies

Friday-Saturday, September 22 & 23
Directed by Linda Sabo
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West, Friday & Saturday, 7 and 8:30 p.m.

The much-anticipated, annual Collage Concert never fails to amaze! Music Theatre Majors present an hour of show-stopping and exhilarating performances. Collage features all of Elon’s Music Theatre Majors. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended by calling the Roberts Studio Theatre Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650 starting Friday, September 15.

Monday, September 25
Deliberative Dialogue: Climate Choices - How Should We Meet the Challenges of a Warming Planet?
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 4:30 p.m.

A Deliberative Dialogue is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff of gather together to exchange diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of a challenge facing our society and to search for common ground for action. This fall's dialogue will focus on the topic of climate choice. This model has been established by the National Issues Forum, a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues. Advance registration is required at this linkSponsored by the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and Council on Civic Engagement

Tuesday, September 26
Rich Benjamin, "Searching for Whitopia: The Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America"
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

As communities become more multicultural and strive to be more inclusive, Rich Benjamin noticed that some areas are actually becoming less diverse. Between 2007 and 2009 he traveled to some of the fastest-growing white locales in the nation to reveal the social and political implications of this phenomenon. Rich Benjamin is a Senior Fellow at Demos, a nonpartisan national think tank based in New York City.  He continues to follow space and place, Western cultural anxiety and our demographic and democratic future.  His recent articles appear regularly in The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, NPR, PBS, MSNBC and CNN. Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Wednesday, September 27
Eid al-Adha Celebration
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 6 p.m.

Students, staff, and community members present stories and a sampling of traditional foods at Elon’s celebration of the Muslim festival 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. All are welcome to join in this occasion! Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Thursday, September 28
Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Rock to the music of The Beatles in an interactive experience with dead-on musical precision, stunning set designs, personal stories and laughter. After selecting the playlist for the night, the audience is immersed in the sights, sounds and memories of the 1960s. Elon University Lyceum Series - Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available September 7 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610.

Friday-Saturday, September 29 & 30
Jewish High Holy Days – Yom Kippur
Numen Lumen Pavilion Sacred Space Friday, 6:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.

One of the holiest days of the Jewish year is the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).  This day is traditionally observed by a twenty-five hour fast with services and prayer, and a celebratory meal to break the fast. All are invited to join us in fellowship, prayer, learning opportunities and meals. See for more information about meals before and after the fast, learning opportunities during the day, Mincha afternoon services time and other Yom Kippur events.