Cultural Calendar, Spring 2010



Friday-Saturday, April 1&2
Grand Night XIX
Yeager Recital Hall, 7 and 8:30 p.m.

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

Saturday, April 2
2nd Annual Diversity Leadership Conference presents Tim Wise
Whitley Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Award winning anti-racism author and national speaker, Tim Wise provides a critical perspective of racism and privilege as it affects all aspects of life. He has authored five dynamic books that examine issues of race, class, and the affects of a colorblind perspective including White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son; Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White; Speaking Traason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male; Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama, and his latest, Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity. In his address, Wise will discuss issues such as white privilege, racism, and the inequalities that plague our society. Wise will also participate in two group sessions for faculty/staff during his visist. For information, contact the Multicultural Center at 336-278-7243 or email


Sunday, April 3
Linda Cykert, flute, and Ramon Brito, piano
Yeager Recital Hall, 4 p.m.

Faculty artists perform a program of flute and piano music composted by St. Saens, Boehm, Enesco, and more.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Monday, April 4
3rd Annual Religion and Media Conference: Media Portrayal of Atheism
LaRose Digitial Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.

The 2008 U.S. Senate campaign in North Carolina featured a controversial television ad "accusing" candidate Kay Hagan of being an aetheist. In 2009, the media reported extensively on Cecil Bothwell's near removal from office as an Asheville City Councilman due to a provision in North Carolina's Constitution ostensibly forbidding atheists from holding public office. WRAL-TV anchor David Crabtree, University of South Carolina journalism professor Cecile Holmes and Bothwell will participate in a panel moderated by Elon professor Tom Arcaro, discussing the portrayal of atheism through local and regional media and how this influences society.

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

Wednesday, April 6
Michael Chitwood, guest reading
Isabella Cannon Room, 7:30 p.m.

Chitwood is the author of seven books of poems - including Salt Works, Whet, The Weave Room and Spill - and two collections of essays, Hitting Below the Bible Belt and Finishing Touches. He teaches at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and works as a freelance writer.

Sponsored by The English Department and the William Maness Fund

Thursday, April 7
Convocation for Honors 2011
Alumni Gym, Koury Athletic Center, 3:30 p.m.

Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, will moderate a panel discussion exploring complex issues that challenge people around the world: bankrupt economic systems, increasing demand for energy and the resulting environmental threats, and the scourge of terrorism.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 17.

> See the special Convocation for Honors website

Thursday & Saturday, April 7 & 9
The Elon Opera Workshop presents Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini
Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m.

A wealthy Florentine family, motivated by greed, employs a shrewd citizen to help them gain the inheritance they feel they deserve. Gianni Schicchi is one of the most beloved comic operas in history filled with delightful ensembles and beautiful arias including the famous "O mio babbino caro."

Admission: $7 or Elon ID at the door.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

 Sunday, April 10
Department of Music presents The Elon University Camerata featuring Sharon LaRocco, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Camerata will perform sacred and secular selections in a tribute to African-American composer Robert Harris, professor of conducting and ensembles at Northwestern University.

Monday, April 11
Jubilee: a band of advocates
Irazu Coffee Shop, Moseley Center, 7:30 p.m.

Seattle band JUBILEE -- comprised of singer/songwriter Curtis Romjue, slide & electric guitar player Jonathan Haglunch, keyboardist and tamborine expert Grace Romjue, cellist EmilyAnn Peterson, and drummer/poet/wordsmith Steven Wilbur have a re-thought, re-designed, re-fueled, and re-newed mission: Advocacy. In fact, they are a federally recognized 503(c) nonprofit organization. JUBIlLEE's approach to their music is bolstered in part by their motivation to fight modern slavery via their music and the stage.

Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Tuesday, April 12
Elon University Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

The Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Jon Metzger, will perform contemporary works including student compositions and arrangements for percussion instruments.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Tuesday, April 12
Linnell Secomb, "Suffering and Sensation"
Isabella Cannon Room, 7:30 p.m.
The Ferris E. Reynolds Lecture in Philosophy

Author of Philosophy and Love, Secomb will present a consideration of the politics of suffering, informed by consideration of contemporary philosophers such as Jean-Luc Nancy and other thinkers within the humanities and social sciences.

Sponsored by the Philosophy Department

Wednesday, April 13
Lynn Fuchs & Douglas Fuchs, "Responsiveness to Intervention: Its Promise and Problems"
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Responsiveness-to-Intervention (RTI) is an education reform taking hold across the country. RTI schools are reorganized into a system of multi-level tiers that increase in intensity as a student moves from classroom instruction to small group instruction to individualized instruction. Professors Lynn Fuchs & Douglas Fuchs of Vanderbilt University will explain RTI and the research illustrating its promise and limitations for improving students' learning.

Sponsored by Elon Teaching Fellows, School of Eduction and Kappa Delta

Thursday, April 14
Jeffrey C. Pugh, "Devil's Ink: Blog from the Basement Office"
LaRose Digital Theatre, 7 p.m.
Elon University Distinguished Scholar Award Lecture

Ever wonder what the devil's eye view is on religion, politics, evil, Disney? Pugh will read from his latest book to address these and other concerns that perplex and mystify us in the present age. Devil's Ink is a collection of fictionalized blog posts from Satan instructing, informing, ridiculing and occasionally encouraging his demonic minions to "use those things that humans have created to help us reach our goals."

Thursday-Sunday, April 14-17
Department of Performing Arts presents Ajax by Sophocles
Directed by Kirby Wahl
McCrary Theatre, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Reimaging a nearly 2,500-year-old play, this production explores the great warrior's PTSD-like struggles on the battlefield. Set in a contemporary and familiar war-torn landscape, Ajax's family pleads his case as the army commanders clash over what to do about this once-inspiring warrior's ruination.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 28.

Friday, April 15
Elon University Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert
Pardue Court, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.

The Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jon Metzger, puts the pots on the stove for some serious cooking of big-band arrangements and familiar standards and jazz classics.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Sunday, April 17
2011 Bachelor of Arts Thesis Exhibition, opening reception
Arts West Gallery, 1 p.m.

A group exhibition and the culmination of an Elon art major's capstone experience. Each installation delineates an artist's undergraduate art making endeavors. At the opening, participants will offer remarks and provide context to their theses. Exhibition continues through April 27.

Sponsored by the Department of Art

Monday, April 18
Faculty Select Collective
Isabella Cannon Room, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This exhibition displays selected art from enrolled Elon University students. The art, chosen by faculty of the Department of Art, represents some of the strongest work coming out of the department. Exhibition continues through May 21.

Sponsored by the Department of Art

Monday, April 18
Doug McAdam, "The Long-term Civic Impact of Youth Activism: The Curious Contrast between Freedom Summer and Teach for America"
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Doug McAdam, professor or sociology and form director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, is the author or coauthor of 11 books and more than 70 articles in the area of political sociology with a special emphasis on the study of social movements and revolution. His Elon lecture will focus upon two groups of young activitists: the applicants to the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer project and those offered teaching positions by Teach for America during years 3-8 of the program.

Sponsored by North Carolina Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar's Program

Tuesday, April 19
Elon University Orchestra
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Thomas Erdmann concludes his seventh season as orchestra director with guest solist Anne Sellitti performing Dvorak's monumental Cello Concerto, William Hofeldt's lush The Gift and C.P.E. Bach's Symphony No. 3.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Wednesday, April 20
Anna Lappé, "Diet for a Hot Planet"
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center 7:30 p.m.

Lappé is respected for her work on sustainability, food politics, globalization and social change. Named one of Time's "eco" Who's Who, Lappé is a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund. Drawing from her latest book, she will describe the links between today's global food system and climate change and offer inspiration for making sustainable food a catalyst for healing the planet.

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

Thursday, April 21
Department of Music presents élan eclectique live
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

A program of a cappella selections by the Swingle Sisters, Bobby McFerrin, Peter Gabriel, Yes, The Eurythmics, Jamiroquai and others.

Tuesday, April 26
Dance Concert on the Patio
Pardue Court, Center for the Arts, 1 p.m.

An entertaining hour of witty, beautiful and whimsical dances ranging from solo to group performances by Jane Wellford's improvisation classes.

Thursday, April 28
E3: Elon Electric Ensemble
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The Department of Music's Pop/Rock ensemble performs an exciting show as part of CELEBRATE! The concert will showcase en eclectic mix of music including original songs by Elon students and faculty.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Thursday-Saturday, April 28-30
Student-Directed Full-Length Play
Black Box Theatre, Thursday & Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Please join us for a performance produced entirely by Elon performing arts majors.

Admission: $5 at the door. Note: Viewer discretion advised.

Friday, April 29
Elon University World Percussion Ensemble presents Global Rhythm Fusion
Isabella Cannon room, 7:30 p.m.

Major rhythm centers from around the globe including Africa, Cuba, Brazil, India and the Middle East are studied and infused into a comprehensive percussion experience performed by Elon students.

Sponsored by the Department of Music