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Sunday, March 1
Black Box Theatre, 2 p.m.

DanceWorks is a completely student-produced, choreographed, directed, and designed dance concert featuring a variety of genres. Their faculty advisor is Jane Wellford.

Sunday, March 1
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Faculty Piano Quartet
Whitley Auditorium, 3 p.m.
The Mary Duke Biddle Chamber Music Series

Artists Kevin Lawrence, violin; Brooks Whitehouse, cello; Sheila Browne, viola; and Alejandro Torra Maynegre, piano, perform works by Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel, and John Knowes Paine. The afternoon recital is an inaugural concert at Elon, made possible through the generous philanthropy of The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation of Durham, North Carolina.

Monday, March 2
Dr. Arthur Kramer, “The Aging Brain and Mind – Use It or Lose it!”
NOTE NEW LOCATION: Moseley Center, Room 215, 7:30 p.m.

Between two and four million Americans suffer from the large category of disease conditions known as dementia. Kramer, a professor of neuroscience, and students and colleagues at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology are working to determine effective interventions to enhance cognition. Their research suggests that maintaining brain function may work much like retaining muscle function. Sponsored by the Fund for Excellence and Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series

Wednesday, March 4
David Gessner, nonfiction reading
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Usually classified as a nature writer who includes humans as part of his landscape, Gessner has written six books and received numerous awards including the John Burroughs Award for Best Natural History Essay and a 2007 Pushcart Prize. Return of the Osprey was selected as one of the Boston Globe’s top ten nonfiction books of the year and as one of the Book-of-the-Month Club’s top books of the year. The editor of Ecotone, a national literary journal, Gessner currently teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. Sponsored by Department of English and the William Maness Fund.

Thursday, March 5
The Russian National Ballet Theatre performs Cinderella
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre upholds the grand classical tradition of the major Russian ballet works and develops new artistic talent throughout Russia. Cinderella is a stunning full-fledged production with jubilant music, lush scenery, beautiful costumes, and wicked stepsisters.
Tickets: $15 or Elon ID available February 12.
Elon University Lyceum Series

Monday, March 9
John Bakker, opening reception
Arts West Gallery, 5-6:30 p.m.
James H. McEwen, Jr. Visual Arts Series

Recent trends in art have shifted the focus from the artist and the artwork to the viewer’s response to the work. Bakker’s large scale, multi-paneled, recent works place the audience in a position to reveal their aesthetic by asking: “Does the artist’s intention matter? Does the viewer’s understanding of the artist’s intention structure the meaning of art?” Bakker’s work poses questions about competing interpretative frameworks for art, politics, and theology. Exhibition continues through April 15th.

Monday, March 9
Leonard Pitts, Jr., “Finding God in the Low Post or, Surviving Journalism With Faith”
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Pitts will discuss God as he has addressed Him in His column and, in the larger sense, about the difficult as a journalist of reconciling a progressive stance on social issues with Christian faith. This will be the keynote address of the Elon Religion and Media Conference, a day of discussion between students, faculty, and regional correspondents. Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available February 16.
Sponsored by the School of Communication and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Tuesday, March 10
Jackson Katz, “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help”
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Jackson Katz is one of America’s leading anti-sexist male activists. An educator, author, and filmmaker, he is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys, particularly in the sports culture and the military. He is co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention program, the leading gender violence prevention initiative in professional college athletics. Sponsored by the Office of Personal Health Programs and Community Well-Being

Tuesday, March 10
Major General Bernard Loeffke, “China: Friend or Enemy”
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.

Major General Loeffke served three and a half combat tours in Southeast Asia. A decorated soldier and language scholar, he has served as military attaché in Moscow and as defense attaché in China. More recently, he has engaged in humanitarian efforts of medical relief worldwide and established the Friendship Fund at West Point to encourage cadets to increase their understanding of the Russians and the Chinese. Sponsored by General Studies, Project Pericles, and the Department of Foreign Languages

Thursday, March 12
Barbara Abou-el-Haj, “What’s the Matter with Pilgrimage Studies? History, Historiography, Hagiography, and the Camino de Santiago”
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Abou-el-Haj examines the role of pilgrims and pilgrimage, fundamental to the historiography of Santiago de Compostela, to ask what is overlooked and who is exclude in a history that concerts itself almost entirely with the consumption, not the production, of the cult of Sainte James. Art History Lecture Series

Thursday, March 12
Joseph Kalichstein, piano
Whitley Auditorium 7:30 p.m.
Adams Foundation Recital Series sponsored by the Times-News and Elon University

Acclaimed for the heartfelt intensity and technical mastery of his playing, Joseph Kalichstein enthralls audiences worldwide, winning equal praise as orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. The program at Elon will include words by Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, and Frederick Chopin. Admission: $15 (RS) or Elon ID. Tickets available February 19.

Friday, March 13
Department of Music Chamber Ensembles Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

A concert which features a variety of student chamber ensembles including flute choir, brass quintet, horn quartet, saxophone quartet, jazz combos, and several duets and trios.

Sunday, March 15
Billy Summers, organ, faculty recital
Whitley Auditorium 3:00 p.m.

A program of solo organ works including Bach, Franck, and Liszt.

Monday, March 16
Amsterdam Cello Octet featuring Elena Gragera, mezzo-soprano
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Hailing from the Netherlands, the ensemble formerly known as Conjuncto Iberico is the world’s sole cello octet combining the perfection of a string quartet, with the volume of a chamber orchestra. Gragera sings with flair and rhythmic élan. The program will include words by Piazzolla, Ginastera, and Guastavino.
Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available February 23.
Elon University Lyceum Series

Tuesday, March 17
Nancy Mairs, “Writing in the Margins”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

All writing—indeed, all work—comes out of the self. Our lives are stories that we tell about ourselves, and so even the most trivial action is a form of self-expression. This observation is especially true of writers, since every word reveals a point of view, whether deliberately or not. Mairs writes personal essays explicitly from an aging, disabled, feminist, spiritually-radical viewpoint, outside the mainstream, “marginalized,” to use a term that emerged during the 1970s. Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Wednesday, March 18
Elon University Wind Ensemble with the Wake Forest University Wind Ensemble
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The Elon University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Tony Sawyer, and the Wake Forest University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kevin Bowen, will present a joint concert of music from the wind literature tradition. Please join us for a first-ever Elon and Wake Forest band collaboration.

Monday, March 30
Barbara Bancroft, “Health Matters…from the A’s to the ZZZ’s”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

With recent scientific and medical advances, people now have a greater understanding of human health and hold the potential to maintain and enhance their wellbeing in ways their ancestors did not. Yet the marketplace is flooded with confusing, complex information and a plethora of new medical products and services. As Executive Director and President of CPP Associates, Inc., Barbara Bancroft provides continuing education to corporate groups and health professionals. A former health-care provider and university instructor, she is widely acclaimed for her ability to interpret recent findings and to make complicated medical understandable. Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series.

Tuesday, March 31
Convocation for Honors with The Honorable Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State
Alumni Gym, Koury Athletic Center, 4 p.m.

Albright served as the U.S. representative to the U.N., was a member of the Clinton Cabinet and the National Security Council and is the former president of the Center for National Policy. A distinguished diplomat with a profound expertise, she candidly discusses America’s role in the world, the effect of strife on the global economy, current regional conflicts, the future of democracy, and the challenge of ensuring security and building peace. Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 10.

Tuesday, March 31
Jubilee: A Non-Profit Band
The Zone, Moseley Center, 9 p.m.

Seattle-based JUBILEE is officially registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Since May of 2004, Jubilee has confidently and enthusiastically supported the international Justice Mission (IJM)—a human rights group that fights forced child prostitution and slavery around the world. Enjoy coffee, snacks, and a great story of how this group decided to make music and make the world a better place at the same time. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life