Cultural Calendar, Spring 2010


Thursday, April 1
Edward Luce on Modern India
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.

Washington bureau chief for Financial Times, formerly the FT Delhi bureau chief, and author of In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India, Luce discusses current issues pertaining to the world's largest democracy.

Part of Experience India Week, sponsored by the Periclean Scholars Class of 2012 and supported by the Elon Fund for Excellence and the Liberal Arts Forum

Tuesday, April 6
American Chamber Players
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

This talented group has established new standards for chamber music and is consistently praised for its dynamic performances. Violist Miles Hoffman, known to NPR listeners as music commentator for "Morning Edition," is the ensemble's founding member.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 16.

Elon University Lyceum Series

Friday-Saturday, April 9 & 10
Grand Night XVIII
Yeager Recital Hall, 7 and 8:30 p.m.

One hour of show-stopping numbers by students in the Department of Performing Arts.

Sunday, April 11
Department of Music presents Of Birds & Bees
Whitley Auditorium, 3 p.m.

The Elon University Camerata, under the direction of Stephen A. Futrell, performs a recital of madrigal, chanson, ballad and villancico from the 14th through 16th centuries, all about birds, bees and love.

Tuesday, April 13
Elon University Convocation for Honors and installation of Phi Beta Kappa chapter, with Nicholas Kristof
Alumni Gym, Koury Athletic Center, 3:30 p.m.

The 2010 celebration for academic achievement is the occasion for the installation of Elon University's Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The keynote speaker, New York Times journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof, is widely known for reporting on human rights offenses in Asia and Africa, especially the Darfur genocide. An astute chronicler of humanity, he has crossed over from journalism to activism. He encourages students to identify a cause they care about and apply their academic pursuits to make a powerful difference in the world.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 16.

Tuesday, April 13
Elon University Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

The Percussion Ensemble directed by Jon Metzger, will perform contemporary works for percussion instruments.

Wednesday, April 14
Kathryn Norlock, "Forgiveness as Moral Housekeeping"
Isabella Cannon Room, 7:30 p.m.

The Ferris E. Reynolds Lecture in Philosophy

Femininity is loaded with some undesirable historical baggage, including the persistent expectation by both men and women that women will be more forgiving than men. Norlock takes the position that forgiveness is like housekeeping; although social expectations may result in an unfair distribution of labor, over time there are virtues to doing both that are difficult to deny.

Wednesday, April 14
Andrew Bacevich, "The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism"
Whitley Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

The James P. Elder Lecture

Dr. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. With the U.S. Army, he served during the Vietnam War, and held posts in German and the Persian Gulf, retiring as a colonel in the early 1990s. At Elon, Bacevich will describe how previous administrations - dating back to the end of the Second World War - have led America on an increasingly unsustainable path. Our government is now a democrary in name only. Our military is overstretched and exhausted. Our economy is in a tailspin. Bacevich provides an eloquent argument; respecting power and its limits; suppressing claims of American Exceptionalism; avoiding easy solutions; and making certain that the books balance.

Thursday, April 15
Joyce Flueckiger, "When the World Becomes Female: Religious Festival in South India"
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.

Author of numerous books on Indian culture and religion, Flueckiger has carried out extensive fieldwork in India with both Hindu and Muslim popular traditions. She will speak about the goddess tradition and festival of Gangamma (one of seven village-goddess sisters) based on experiences in Tirupati, South India.

Sponsored by the Program for Ethnographic Research and Community Studies (PERCS), Project Pericles, Women's/Gender Studies, International Programs, and the departments of Religious Studies, History & Geography, Sociology and Anthropology

Friday, April 16
Elon University Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert
Pardue Court/Love Terrace, 7:30 p.m.

The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jon Metzger, will perform jazz classics and well-known standards arranged for big band.

Monday, April 19
Laura Roselle, "Constructing a New World Order: Strategic Narratives and International Communication in the Post-Cold War Era"
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 7:30 p.m.

Elon University Distinguished Scholar Award Lecture

International relations theory has much to say about the importance of how states are structured in the world order. In a time of transition, the bi-polar model of the past with the Soviet Union and United States locked in a confrontational balance is gone. What will the future bring? Roselle will address this question and discuss how strategic narratives and the new media landscape of today will shape the international system of the future.

Thursday, April 22
Annie Leonard, "The Story of Stuff"
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 7:30 p.m.

An activist for sustainability and environmental health issues, Leonard has more than 20 years of experience investigating factories and dumps around the world. She wrote and narrated The Story of Stuff, a 20-minute film that takes viewers on a provocative tour of the real costs of our consumer-driven culture.

Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability; the Center for Environmental Studies, General Studies and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Thursday-Sunday, April 22-25
Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kevin Otos
McCrary Theatre, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

A feast of sparkling verse! Shakespeare's wonderful characters navigate their passions and grapple with that "evil angel" called love in this witty, romantic comedy.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available April 1.

Sunday, April 25
Virginia Novine Whittaker, saxophone; Linda Cykert, flute; Chip Newton, guitar; Omri Shimron, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Department of Music faculty members perform a program from the Baroque through 20th century.

Sunday-Monday, April 25 & 26
Tapped Out!
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, Sunday, 6 and 7:30 p.m.; Monday, 8:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Gene Medler with assistant student choreographers William Commander and Rachel Perlman, the Elon Tap Ensemble will provide an entertaining and rhythmic performance of original dance.

Admission: $10 or Elon ID at the door

Tuesday, April 27
Elon University Chamber Orchestra
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Join the Elon University Chamber Orchestra as members close Thomas Erdmann's sixth year as music director with Beethoven's wonderful Symphony No. 2. Faculty member Thomas Turanchik '02, principal oboist, will be the featured soloist.

Tuesday-Saturday, April 27-May 1
Black Box Festival: i.d. and Jake's Women
Black Box Theatre, Tuesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

The Department of Performing Arts presents two exciting productions in rolling repetory! i.d. is an original musical written by Christopher Staskel '10 and Dan Gibson '09 that follows twenty-something Isabella Darrow in her desparate pursuit to find out who she is on the eve of her father's funeral. Struggling with dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder), Isabelle ultimately discovers that the true keys to unlocking her dark past and identity lie within herself. Directed by Lynne Kurdziel Formato with musical direction by Nathaniel Fox Beversluis (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.). The Alpha Psi Omega full-length show is Jake's Women by Neil Simon (Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m.).

Thursday, April 29
Elon University Camerata, Chorale and Festival Orchestra Masterwork Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Gerald Knight, the Elon University Camerata and Chorale combine with special guest choir, The First Presbyterian Chancel Choir, to present Gabriel Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine" and Requiem Opus 48. The combined choirs will be accompanied by the Elon Festival Orchestra. Guest solo vocalists will be Elon voice faculty Pamela Henderson and Matthew DiCamillo. Also appearing on the concert will be Elon music faculty Bonnie Bach, harp; and Billy Summers, organ.



Friday, April 30
Elon Electric Ensemble, The Music of Woodstock
Young Commons, 6 p.m.

The Electric Ensemble distills a program from the three days of peace and music in 1969 White Lake, NY.

Friday, April 30
Elon University World Percussion Ensemble Concert
Pardue Court/Love Terrace, 7:30 p.m.