Cultural Calendar, Spring 2010


Tuesday, March 1
Mysoon Rizk, "A Fire in My Belly," and Other So-Called Dirty Work in the Art of David Wojnarowicz"

Yeager Recital Hall, 6 p.m.

Art History Speaker Series

Rizk, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History at The University of Toledo, will speak on her research into the art of David Wajnarowicz, an artist who died of AIDS in 1992. Wojnarowicz's video, "A Fire in My Belly," was recently censored from an exhibition on sexual difference at the National Portrait Gallery after allegations of offensive content by the Catholic League and Representative John Boehner.

Tuesday, March 1
Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Mary Duke Biddle Chamber Recital Series

March enters with a roar as four notable music programs begin the month. Starting off: a special guest recital by the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. The orchestra consistenly delights audiences and evokes high praise from critics for its well-chosen and unusual classical repetoire.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available February 8.

Wednesday, March 2
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

A program of songs and arias by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the capstone of a two-day symposium with Arlene Shrut, prominent music scholar and professor from the prestigious Julliard School and featuring Elon students and faculty.

Sponsored by the Department of Music and supported by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning

Thursday, March 2
The H. Shelton Smith Lecture featuring Gail O'Day
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

In the fall of 2010, Gail O'Day became Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Her scholarly research focuses on the Gospel of John, the Bible and preaching, and the history of biblical interpretation. She has written a number of books and articles, including the commentary of the Gospel of John in The New Interpreters Bible (1996) and most recently, Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary: A Guide (Abington Press, 2007). The annual H. Shelton smith lecture honors the legacy of Dr. Smith, a 1917 graduate of Elon and founder of the NC Council of Churches and the graduate studies in religion at Duke University. The lecture generally focuses on Religion and Society, a topic of interest and scholarship by Dr. Smith. 

Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Thursday, March 3
Phoenix Piano Trio
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty artists Dan Skidmore; violin, Meaghan Skogen, cello; and Victoria Fischer Faw, piano, are joined with Virginia Novine-Whittaker, alto saxophone, for a sparkling program of chamber music featuring works of Joseph Haydn, Joaquin Turina and Marc Eychenne.

Sponsored by the Department of Music


Friday, March 4
Department of Music Chamber Ensembles Concert - CANCELED
Whitley Auditorium 7:30 p.m.

Students perform works for chamber ensembles as well as selected duets and trios.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Monday, March 7
Mark Slankard, Toplu: Landscapes from Turkish Suburbia
Isabella Cannon Room, opening reception, 5:30 p.m.; artist's talk, 6:30 p.m.

From a long-standing interest in the cultural landscape of Turkey's residential areas, delineations and borders, Slankard's photographs look at how residents and planners define spaces against the chaos perceived by the outside world. Exhibition contines through April 14.

Sponsored by the Department of Art

Tuesday, March 8
Russian National Ballet Theatre
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Thrill to the breathtaking artistry of talented dancers perform the poetic Chopiniana (based on Frederic Chopin's Seventh Waltz) along with passionate Romeo and Juliet, presented with a sense of true Russian warmth and pride.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available February 15.
Elon University Lyceum Series

Thursday, March 10
Luke Johnson, poetry reading
Room 100, Johnston Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Luke Johnson '07 is the author of After the Ark. His poems have appeared in 32 Poems, Beloit Poetry Journal, Epoch, Greensboro Review, Poetry East, and they have twice been featured in the Best New Poets anthology. He currently lives in Seattle, where he teaches at Keiser University.

Sponsored by The English Department and the William Maness Fund

Thursday, March 10
Vandana Shiva, "Sustainability and the Global Food Crisis"
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Philosopher, environmentalist, eco feminist, and author, Shiva is the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize recipient, and a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She has fought for paradigm change in agricultural sciences and biodiversity for three decades and is founder of Navdanya, a women-centered network proving support and training in sustainable practices, organic farming and fair trade across 16 states in India.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Sunday, March 13
Charles Hogan, organ
Whitley Auditorium, 3 p.m.

The Cassavant anniversary celebration continues with a virtuosic recital of French Romantic masterworks.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Monday, March 14
Golan Levin, exhibition opening
Arts West Gallery, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Levin has spent more than 20 years as an artist immersed in high-technology research environments, including the MIT Media Laboratory, Ars Electronica Futrelab and the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology. His work is concerned with the "medium of response," the revelatory potential of information visualization, and the conditions that enable sustained creative feedback with reactive system. Levin will speak at Elon on March 31, and the exhibition continues through April 5.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Tuesday, March 15
Lindsay Hale, "Living with the Spirits: Umbanda in Rio de Janeiro"
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7 p.m.

The Umbanda religion summons the spirits of old slaves and Brazilian Indians to speak through the mouths of mediums in trance. In describing its many aspects and exploring its unique place within the lives of a wide variety of practitioners, Hale will position Umbanda spiritual beliefs and practices within the broader context of Brazilian history and culture.

Sponsored by PERCS: Program for Ethnographic Research and Community Studies

Tuesday, March 15
Elon University Wind Ensemble
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Tony Sawyer, the wind ensemble presents a night of contemporary wind band music.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Wednesday, March 16
Jay H. Sanders, "Telemedicine: Where We Are and Where We Need to Be"
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

In the typical health care model, patient and physician remain in close proximity during diagnosis and treatment; however, it is increasingly becoming a long-distance relationship. Rural areas now have access to rapid care through referral or digital information to a distant expert. Homebound or hospitalized individuals can be monitored through "electronic house calls." A pioneer in telemedicine, Sanders' research is focused on technological advances that improve the accessibility of quality health care.

Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series

Saturday, March 26
Anthony Atala, "Regenerative Medicine: New Approaches to Healthcare"
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 11:15 a.m.

Atala is a practicing surgeon and researcher at Wake Forest University in the area of regenerative medicine and led the team that developmed the first lab-grown organ implanted into a human. He will discuss the future of this new health care approach.

Admission: Limited public admission tickets will be avialable for $10. Contact Professor Michael Kingston at

Sponsored by Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences and the North Carolina Academy of Science

Saturday, March 26
American College Dance Festival Gala Performance
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

A dance concert featuring the top college dance pieces from the Mid-Atlantic region.

Admission: $10 at the door.

Tuesday, March 29
Jessica K. Dallow, "Animal Acts: Richard McLean's Equine Paintings"
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 6 p.m.

Dallow will speak on her research for her current project, America's Steed: The Horse in American Visual Cultural, 1830 to the Present. She argues that artworks featuring the horse provide lenses through which Americans negotiate issues of identity to reveal the ethical, gendered and commercial formations of modern American sport and leisure.

Art History Lecture Series

Tuesday, March 29
Steven Mayer, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
The Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series sponsored by the Times-News and Elon University

The Adams spring recital at Elon will be a return engagement by Mayer, whose unique repertoire includes jazz icons Arts Tatum and Fats Waller, as well as music from Mozart to Liszt to Charles Edward Ives. He is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

Admission: $15 (reserved seating). Tickets available March 8.

Thursday, March 31
The Berenstain Bears Go to Elon
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 2:15 p.m.

Renowned author Mike Berenstain will share stories about his parents, Stan and Jan, and the origins of the much-loved Berenstain Bears books. He will address the importance of early literacy and the art of writing and illustrating for children.

Sponsored by the School of Education

Thursday, March 31
Jacob S. Hacker, "Reform 2.0: The Battle over the Future of American Health Care"
Whitley Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.
James P. Elder Lecture

The Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University and a Resident Fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Hacker is an expert on the politics of health and social policy. In his Elon lecture, Hacker will address the U.S. health system and health security.

Thursday, March 31
Golan Levin, "The Crossroads of Arts, Science, Technology and Culture"
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.

Levin's work explores new moders of interactive expression and nonverbal communication. Through performance, responsive artifacts and virtual environments, he applies creative twists to digital technologies that highlight our relationship with machines, expand the vocabulary of human action and awaken people to their potential as creative thinkers.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum