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?Wednesday, March 1
Dr. May Berenbaum
“Phytochemicals: Plant Sex, Human Drugs,
and Insect Rock and Roll”
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. May Berenbaum, professor of entomology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is internationally known for her studies of the chemical interactions between plant-consuming insects and their host plants. Dr. Berenbaum is particularly interested in co-evolution and how plants and insects influence each other’s evolutionary path.

Voices of Discovery Speaker Series

Thursday, March 2
The North Carolina Symphony Classical Concert
McCrary Theatre, 8 p.m.

Welcome Grant Llewellyn, Music Director of the North Carolina Symphony, in his first performance in Alamance County. This exciting program will feature Brian Reagin, Concertmaster, and Bonnie Thron, Principal Cello, as soloists in the Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello. The program also includes works of Bach and Mozart, and concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

Admission by ticket only:  Adults $20; Seniors $18 or Elon ID*

Monday, March 6
Augusten Burroughs
Running with Scissors
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 

A natural and gifted storyteller, Burroughs delves into his own bizarre, disturbing, but ultimately life-affirming childhood in a tour de force performance that employs the same dry wit and eye for the absurd that have made his books so popular. Howlingly funny and devastatingly moving, he inspires audiences to embrace humor, accept difference, and create the conditions for their own success.

Admission by ticket only: $12 or Elon ID*

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Tuesday, March 7
Kevin Bales
Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Bales, an internationally recognized authority on contemporary slavery, is president of Free the Slaves, the
U.S. sister organization of Anti-Slavery International, and visiting professor at the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi. His book, Disposable People, reveals the nature of present day bondage and uncovers the economic and social forces that sustain this deplorable global phenomenon. He further offers suggestions for how individuals and governments can combat slavery and describes successful anti-slavery actions by international and local organizations.

Sponsored by General Studies, Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Office of Cultural Programs

Thursday, March 9
James Tocco
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
The Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series
sponsored by the Times-News & Elon University

Italian-American virtuoso James Tocco has been widely praised for his interpretations of Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt, as well as twentieth century composers. Mr. Tocco is currently an Eminent Scholar/Artist in Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and professor of piano at both the Manhattan School of Music and the Musikhochschule in Lübeck, Germany.

Admission by ticket only: $15 or Elon ID* (RS)

Thursday, March 9
Henry Glassie
“A Story of Work and Devotion:
The Ethnographer in a Muslim Land”
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Henry Glassie is professor of folklore at Indiana University and serves as co-director of Turkish Studies. Glassie has published 13 books including Turkish Traditional Art Today for which he was honored with the Award for Superior Service by the Turkish Ministry of Culture. Drawing upon twenty years of ethnographic field study in the cities and villages of modern Turkey, Glassie will use the art of everyday life as an entry into Islamic history, culture and thought.

Co-sponsored by: PERCS: The Program for Ethnographic Research and Community Studies, The Isabella Cannon Center for International Studies, the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, the International Studies Program, and the departments of Sociology/Anthropology, Religious Studies and Art.

Monday, March 13
Chris Turner
Planet Simpson
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Chris Turner uses The Simpsons as a window on popular culture at large. Planet Simpson features reportage and analysis of the Internet boom, the alternative-rock explosion, the triumph of ironic culture, the origins of anti-globalization, and the impact of globe-trotting on the developing world. This is not a presentation about a TV show — it’s a presentation about how a TV show documented and defined an entire era.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Wednesday, March 15
Elon University Wind Ensemble presents “Band Dances”
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Director Tony Sawyer will lead the ensemble in a concert of contemporary wind band music written with a dance theme, including Bandancing by Jack Stamp, Incantation and Dance by John Barnes Chance, and many others.


Monday, March 27
Brad Cohen
“The Difference You Make”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Cohen, a second grade teacher with Tourette Syndrome, came from the depths of abuse and was determined to rise above it to become an inspiration to others. His book, Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had, focuses on having a positive attitude and how all it takes is for one person to believe in a child in order for them to be successful.

Sponsored by the Elon Teaching Fellows Program

Tuesday, March 28
Edward McDonough
“Forensic Pathology: Art or Science?”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Edward McDonough is a pathologist and deputy chief medical examiner for the State of Connecticut. As a forensic pathologist, McDonough applies his knowledge of medicine to solve mysteries and answer questions surrounding suspicious deaths. He will talk about his interesting career that is both an art and a science.

Voices of Discovery Speaker Series

Wednesday, March 29
Gail Pressberg
“Israeli-Palestinian Peace Prospects”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Senior Fellow at the Institute for Civil Society and former executive director of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, Pressberg will draw upon her efforts to bring Israeli, Palestinian and Arab leaders together to speak about obstacles and breakthroughs in the search for peace in the Middle East.

Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life


Thursday, March 30
L’Orchestre de Chambre Français
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Acclaimed as one of France’s best chamber orchestras, L’Orchestre de Chambre Français has performed since 1989. These talented instrumentalists are keen string quartet players, and bring the particular passion and technique that make them equally at home in baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary music.

Elon University Lyceum Series

Admission by ticket only: $12 or Elon ID* (RS)


Friday and Saturday, March 31and April1
It’s a Grand Night for Singing XIII
Directed by Catherine McNeela
Sharon LaRocco, Piano
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:00 and 8:30 p.m.

Music Theatre and Theatre Arts majors give you a fun-filled evening of song and dance with show stopping numbers.