Cultural Calendar, Spring 2010


Tuesday, March 2
Ciompi Quartet
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

The Mary Duke Biddle Recital Series

The Ciompi Quartet was founded in 1965 at Duke University by renowned Italian violinist Giorgio Ciompi. Its Elon program will include classical and contemporary work, including David Garner's i ain't broke, but i'm badly bent, 13 fantasies on well-known fiddle tunes for the string quartet.

Wednesday, March 3
Carol C. Mattusch, "Art and Technology in the Classical World"
Yeager Recital Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Mattusch has produced four major books dealing primarily with bronze sculpture from the Greek and Roman worlds. Her recent curatorial project was the exhibition titled Pompeii and the Roman Villa for the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Art History Lecture Series

Wednesday, March 3
Michael Chabon, "I Was Edgar Allen Poe!"
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Chabon's lectures are an intriguing combination of performance and presentation. At Elon, he will share a tale of his childhood love and adult appreciation for one of America's darkest writers.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available February 10.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum and General Studies

Thursday, March 4
Legends of Business: Kerrii Anderson
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 4:30 p.m.

Kerrii Anderson '79, former president and CEO of Wendy's International and a member of the board of trustees at Elon University, will share highlights of her career.

Monday, March 8
An-My Le, photography exhibition
Arts West Gallery

An-My Le, a Vietnamese refugee, examines the complex culture of warfare through the combined lenses of traditional documentary photography and the drama of Hollywood films. Focusing on Vietnam War re-enactments and military training sites, she brings into question the depiction and realities of war. Exhibition continues through April 14.

Monday, March 8
Neil Shubin, "Finding Your Inner Fish"
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

A distant past lurks within each of our skeletons, our behavior and deep within our DNA. Our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, our hands resemble fossil fish fins, and the major parts of our genomes function like those of bacteria and worms. Shubin is the co-discoverer of Tiktaalik roseae, a 375-million year old fossil fish whose anatomical features provide a link between fish and the earliest land-dwelling creatures.

Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series with support from the Liberal Arts Forum

Tuesday, March 9
Ian Hobson, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

The Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series sponsored by the Times-News and Elon University

Hobson studied a the Royal Academy of Music, Cambridge, and Yale University, and his career was launched in 1981 with a first place appearance at the Leeds International Piano Competition. He has since established himself as a musician of tremendous versatility, an accomplished conductor and an awe-inspiring teacher. His Elon recital will be a highlight of the semester.

Admission: $15 or Elon ID (reserved seating). Tickets available February 16.

Tuesday, March 9
Chris Hellman, "The Federal Budget - Making National Choices"
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.

Hellman is director of research at the National Priorities Project which analyzes federal data so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent. He joined NPP after serving as a military policy analyst for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation where his work focused on national security spending, military planning and policy, base closures, major weapons systems, trends in defense industry, global military spending, and homeland security. Prior to joining the Center, Hellman spent six years as a senior research analyst at the Center for Defense Information. He is a frequent media commentator on military planning, policy, and budgetary issues and is the author of numerous reports and articles.

Cosponsored by Non-Violence Studies, Political Science Department, Students for Peace and Justice, and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Wednesday, March 10
Marilyn Cochran-Smith, "Inquiry for the Next Generation: What's Justice Got to Do With It?"
Whitley Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Cochran-Smith's perspective on practitioner research is intended to challenge the current school focus on testing and outcomes and to raise questions about the role of practitioners in educational change and initiatives for social justice. Her presentation will blend conceptual frameworks for defining and understanding practitioner research with compelling examples from teachers and administrators in K-12 schools.

Sponsored by the Elon Teaching Fellows and the School of Education

Wednesday and Friday, March 10 & 12
Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark by Ariel Dorfman
Yeager Recital Hall, 7 p.m.

Human rights students at Elon perform this powerful play based on the stories and lives of human rights defenders from around the world, including the Dalai Lama, Vaclav Havel, Muhammad Yunus, Desmond Tutu and others.

Sponsored by the department of Political Science and support by the Elon Fund for Excellence

Thursday, March 11
Storytelling, Activism and Human Rights, panel discussion
Isabella Cannon Room, 4:15 p.m.

In conjunction with the Speak Truth to Power human rights play, come to a though-provoking conversation about storytelling, human rights and the complexities of humanitarian work and activism today. Featuring Robin Kirk, director of Duke University's Human Rights Center, activist, and award-winning author of More Terrible than Death: Massacres, Drugs, and America's War in Columbia; and James Dawes, author of Bearing Witness to Atrocity: That the World May Know; English professor and director of Program in Human Rights and Humanitarianism, Macalester College, Minnesota.

Friday, March 12
Department of Music Chamber Ensembles Concert
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. 

A variety of student ensembles perform works for flute choir, bass quintet, horn quartet, saxophone quartet and jazz combos, as well as selected duets and trios.

Monday, March 15
Megachurches and the Media: The Second Annual Elon Religion and Media Conference
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.

A discussion focused on the phenomenal growth and variety of American megachurches (defined as churches with more than 2,000 members). Guests include Dr. Sir Walter L. Mack, Jr. '89, pastor and teacher of Union Baptist Church in Winston-Salem; Ken Garfield, former religion editor of the Charlotte Observer and current director of communications for Myers Park UMC in Charlotte; and Tim Riddle, executive/media pastor of St. Mark's Church in Burlington/Mebane.

Sponsored by the School of Communications and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Tuesday March 16
Sara Evans: "Tidal Wave: How Women Changed America at Century's End"
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

The last third of the 20th century witnessed a revolution in the landscape of gender in the United States, from the workplace to the family to sexuality to the language of daily life. Evans traces the trajectory of that movement and the internal complexities that have left a new terrain on which the struggle for gender justice continues.

Sponsored by Women's/Gender Studies, Phi Beta Kappa, and the History and Geography department

Tuesday, March 16
Nina Totenberg, "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You"
Carolina Theatre, Greensboro, 7 p.m.

The Joseph M. Bryan Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series

The National Public Radio award-winning legal affairs correspondent breaks down the latest Supreme Court developments and current issues affecting the United States today, answers the most pressing questions and offers predictions for what's to come.

Wednesday, March 17
The H. Shelton Smith Lecture with Dr. Alton B. Pollard, III, Dean, Howard University School of Divinity
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.

The H. Shelton Smith lecture honors the legacy of Dr. Smith, a 1917 alumnus of Elon and Professor of Divinity at Duke University. Known as an engaging and wide-ranging teacher not only of Christian education but also of Christian ethics and American Christianity, Smith influenced the lives of many scholars, pastors, and educators throughout the world.

Dr. Pollard is an authority on religion and culture specializing in African American religion and culture, the sociology of the black church, Southern African studies, Pan-Africanist religious thought, American religious cultures, and the sociology of religion.

Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Wednesday, March 17
Elon University Wind Ensemble
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The 2010 Wind Ensemble, directed by Tony Sawyer, will perform selections from traditional and contemporary wind band literature.

Monday, March 29
Giovanni Battel, piano

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Giovanni Umberto Battel is Director of the famed Marcello Conservatory of Music in Venice, Italy, where he is also professor of piano. He has performed throughout the world in recital and as concerto soloist. Among his noteworthy recordings is the monumental Piano Concerto by Ferrucio Busoni, on the Bongiovanni label. His recital at Elon is a virtuoso tour de force, including some of the most demanding piano repertoire ever composed: Toccatas by Schumann and Prokofiev, and sonatas by Chopin and Rachmaninov.

Tuesday, March 30
50 Years of Living and Working in India
Isabella Cannon Room, 4:15 p.m.

Rolf Lynton and Ronken Lynton read from their recently published memoirs based on life in India.

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

Tuesday, March 30
Elon Hillel Community Passover Seder
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 6 p.m.

Learn about the Jewish holiday of Passover, joining in a celebratory Seder meal and retelling of the Exodus story.

Admission: $10 for non-students. For information, call (336) 278-7729.

Wednesday, March 31
Steven M. Johnson, "Imagine If: What the World Needs Now"
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.

Johnson is a proponent of lateral thinking, the theory that nothing around us is permanent and that most anything can be re-imagined and improved. After years as an urban planner and author of two books of thought-provoking concepts, Johnson will present a stimulating talk about a whimsical, but highly plausible, creative process.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Wednesday, March 31
Bill Porter, "China's Hermit Tradition and the Beginning of Zen"
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

An acclaimed translator (under the name of Red Pine), Porter is author of more than a dozen books about Chinese religion and poetry, including Road to Heaven, the first book about the cultivation of solitude.

Sponsored by the departments of Philosophy, Religious Studies, Asian Studies with the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and Iron Tree Blooming