Elon University offers a rich and varied program of artistic cultural events that complement and support the thriving programs in art, dance, literature, music and theatre. Special lectures and presentations on timely topics support a broad range of curricular and co-curricular learning and enhance the overall academic climate and level of campus discourse. The Elon University Lyceum Series, the Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture, the Elon Common Reading Lecture, and the Isabella Cannon Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership are established and anticipated annual programs. Significant occasions such as convocations and commencements are important traditions for the campus community. All of these events as well as other occasions are planned and executed through the Office of Cultural and Special Programs.
Previous campus speakers include two former Secretaries of State, Madeleine Albright and General Colin Powell, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, former president George H.W. Bush, Queen Noor of Jordan, former Prime Minister of England Margaret Thatcher, renowned conservationist Jane Goodall, Walter Cronkite, George Will and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
In 2010-11, special guests include Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan 2001-08, Pulitzer Prize journalist Jon Meacham, attorney/author Scott Turow, NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor Brian Williams, and former U.S. Representative
J.C. Watts. NPR bureau chief Rob Gifford delivered the Elon Common Reading Lecture for China Road. Adams Foundation Piano recital by visiting artists Awadagin Pratt and Steven Mayer provide intimate opportunities to engage with classical performance. The Russian National Ballet performs classical dance including Romeo & Juliet and Chopiniana. The Department of Art offers six individual and group shows throughout the spring as well as two lectures by visiting art historians. Elon's accomplished faculty, student ensembles and performance companies complete the season with more than twenty concert programs and theatrical works.
Please browse the cultural calendar listing for more information about upcoming performances. Information is also available through E-net, the Elon University online news source, www.elon.edu/e-net
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