Colin Beavan, "Saving the World, Being Yourself"

Thursday, April 19
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 7:30 p.m.

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Richmond Ballet

Thursday, March 8
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

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Judith Jamison, “Passion – The Key to Great Leadership”

Monday, March 5
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Isabella Cannon Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership Lecture

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The National Players perform Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

Tuesday, February 28
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

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Convocation for Honors 2012 with Muhammad Yunus

Tuesday, April 3
Alumni Memorial Gym, Koury Center, 3:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 3
Convocation for Honors 2012 with Muhammad Yunus
Alumni Memorial Gym, Koury Center, 3:30 p.m.

Elon’s annual Convocation for Honors recognizes recent achievements among students, the faculty and members of the Elon Society, the premier annual giving group at Elon. 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient and microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus is the featured speaker. His book, Creating a World Without Poverty, is the 2011-12 Elon University Common Reading.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 13.

Thursday, April 5
E.J. Dionne, Our Divided Political Heart: Barack Obama, the Tea Party, and the Battle for the American Idea
Whitley Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.
The James P. Elder Lecture

What is tearing our nation apart? Why is there so much brooding about American decline? What can be done to restore the voters’ sense of confidence? E.J. Dionne delivers reasoned analysis in his latest book and is also followed by a wide circle of policy-makers through syndicated Washington Post columns and his appearances as a commentator for NPR, ABC and NBC.

Thursday, April 5
Readings from National Park Service Anthology
Isabella Cannon Room, 7:30 p.m.

Melanie Fox, Elizabeth Arnold and Cassandra Kircher read excerpts from Permanent Vacations: Twenty Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks, Volume 1: The West, an anthology focused on the National Park Service published by Bona Fide Books. Kim Wyatt, founder and editor of the California-based independent press, discusses how her years in a national park led to the creation of the anthology.

Sponsored by The English Department

Wednesday, April 11
Symposium on Human Trafficking
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 5 p.m.

A panel of professionals, led by Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves, address a variety of issues related to human trafficking. The discussion will be followed by an undergraduate poster session highlighting these issues both locally and internationally.

Sponsored by the Periclean Scholars

Wednesday, April 11
Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

So, how’s your paradiddle? Check out this ensemble’s instrument, and much more on gongs and cymbals, rattles and shakers, drums, blocks, vibes and marimba. Directed by Jon Metzger.

Sponsored by the Department of Music 

Thursday, April 12
Paul Swanson, "Buddhist Socialism in Japan: Thoughts on a Buddhist Monk and Martyr"
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 4 p.m.

Takagi Kenmyo (1864–1914) was a True Pure Land Buddhist priest who was arrested by the Japanese government on trumped-up charges during a crackdown on “socialist elements” in 1910.  As part of this so-called Taigyaku “Great Treason” incident, the government identified Takagi as an activist troublemaker for anti-discrimination and anti-war causes during the Russo-Japanese war (1904-05). After Takagi’s arrest, his Buddhist denomination immediately renounced him, rescinded his ordination and drove his family from their temple and home. Takagi himself was sentenced to be executed, but died in prison in 1914, reportedly by his own hand. His honor was finally restored in 1996 with an official apology and the posthumous restoration of his priestly rank. In this presentation Swanson will look at the life and times of Takagi, and examine his experiences and writings (mainly his essay on “My Socialism”) that attest to his role as one of a very few Buddhist priests who conscientiously opposed the official policies and social pressures of early 20th century Japan. 

Sponsored by Asian Studies with support from the Department of Religious Studies, Political Science, the Multicultural Center and the Truitt Center.

Thursday, April 12
Kate Bornstein, Gender Outlaw
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

As a “gender outlaw,” Bornstein insists on saying no to gender, and saying no to systems that rein in, classify, pin down or confine individuals. Bornstein approaches the oppressive binary system with a combination of patience, humor and moral outrage – not to mention a wealth of personal experience. Conformity to absolute gender roles and identities, she reminds us, is only one option among many.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Friday, April 13
Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert
Directed by Jon Metzger
Pardue Court, 7:30 p.m.

Elon’s jazz ensemble puts the pots on the stove for some serious cooking of big-band arrangements of well-known standards and jazz classics.

Sponsored by the Department of Music 

Sunday-Thursday, April 15-19
Sunday-Thursday, April 22-26
BA Senior Thesis Exhibitions, opening receptions
Arts West Gallery, Sundays, 1 p.m.

Two consecutive exhibitions are part of graduating art majors’ capstone experiences at Elon and participation represents the culmination of their art making endeavors. During each opening reception, exhibiting artists present statements that offer context to their theses.

Sunday, April 15
Linda Cykert, flute; Elijah Chester, tenor; Richard Auvil, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Faculty artist Linda Cykert and guests Elijah Chester and Richard Auvil perform a delightful program for various combinations of flute, voice and piano from the Baroque through 20th Century.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Monday, April 16
Tom Hubbard, photography, opening reception and artist talk
Isabella Cannon Room, 5:30 p.m.

A series of photographic images and mixed media works incorporating found objects, colors, textures and materials from the artist’s home environs in Voorschoten, the Netherlands. Like the farms and barns he knew growing up in the Midwest of the United States, these subjects have a sense of history, place and integrity in spite of any outward condition. Exhibition continues through May 18.

Monday, April 16
Jonathan Rosenberg, “The Invisible Revolution: Remaking Telecoms in the Image of the Internet”
Whitley Auditorium, 4 p.m.

Rosenberg, the chief technologist for Skype, speaks about the radical transformation in telecommunications during the past 10 years as it has migrated to Internet technologies and smartphones. With graduate degrees from M.I.T. and Columbia University, Rosenberg has invented Internet technologies that lie at the core of modern telecommunications, generating billions of minutes and revenue for companies all over the world. In 2002, he was named one of the 100 most innovative young technologists in the world by Technology Review magazine.

Sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, Eta Chapter North Carolina

Tuesday, April 17
Ann Cahill, “In Defense of Big Words: Intersubjectivity and Scholarship”
LaRose Digital Theatre, 6:30 p.m.

Elon University Distinguished Scholar Award Lecture

Elon University Distinguished Scholar Award Lecture Why do philosophers use such big words? And what does scholarship have to do with theories of the self? In this presentation, Ann J. Cahill, Elon’s 2011 Distinguished Scholar, will explore the meanings of a central theme in her own writing (intersubjectivity), defend the practicality of multisyllabic words, and explain the connection between our understandings of the self and our understandings of scholarship.

Thursday, April 19
Colin Beavan, “Saving the World, Being Yourself”
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 7:30 p.m.

In 2006, Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man, vowed to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. Colin’s experiment became the subject of his provocative, award-winning blog, book and Sundance documentary, all by the same name. Whatwould it be like to try and live a no-impact lifestyle? Colin explains how to realistically live a more “eco-effective” and “more content” life.

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

Thursday, April 19
John J. Stuhr, “God, Death and the Absurd: What Makes Life Worth Living?”
Isabella Cannon Room, 7:30 p.m.
The Ferris E. Reynolds Lecture in Philosophy

Renowned American philosopher John Stuhr (author of Pragmatism, Postmodernism, and the Future of Philosophy, as well as a number of other books and articles) wades into a set of philosophical questions that have troubled thinkers for centuries: Must human beings have a faith in an omnipotent, omniscient being to render life meaningful? Is belief in God ultimately pragmatic, or does it run counter to a robust pragmatism? Stuhr will weave together considerations of pragmatism, existentialism and pop music as he tackles these questions from his relentlessly contemporary perspective.

Refreshments will be served.

Thursday–Sunday, April 19-22
Department of Performing Arts presents Pride and Prejudice
Written by Jane Austen, Directed by Kevin Otos
McCrary Theatre, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet’s most urgent priority. However, with four sisters, an overzealous match-making mother and a string of unsuitable suitors, it’s difficult to escape the subject. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined to resist his looks and wealth, and instead pursue her true feelings – but the truth is not as clear as one might expect. Can Elizabeth, Darcy and their families look beyond their pride and prejudice for the betterment of all?

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 29.

Friday, April 20
Department of Music presents Sanctus!
St. Mark’s Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m.

Elon Electric Ensemble and élan present an evening of praise and worship music from a variety of genres and styles including Christian rock, alternative and contemporary praise, traditional spirituals of the Tuskegee tradition, modern jazz/gospel selections, Southern and African-American gospel pieces and anthem settings…an exciting performance guaranteed to raise the roof!

Tuesday, April 24
Elon University Orchestra
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The Elon University Orchestra closes Professor Thomas Erdmann’s eighth season as conductor with guest saxophonist and Elon alum Brad Linde ’01. Currently working in both New York and Washington, D.C., jazz clubs, Linde will perform rarely heard selections from Charlie Parker’s historically important Bird with Strings album. The orchestra will also perform Handel’s electrifying Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 6 No. 10.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Tuesday–Saturday, April 24-28
Black Box Festival: A Man of No Importance plus Dog Sees God
Black Box Theatre, Tuesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

A Man of No Importance is based on the 1994 Albert Finney film with beautiful music and lyrics by Ahrens and Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island). Based in Dublin, an amateur theatre group and their leader, Alfie, discover the power of art, love, friendship and the courage to stand up for one’s beliefs. Directed by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato; Musical Direction by Matthew Webb; Performances on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be taken beginning April 17 by calling (336) 278-5650.

A twist on Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” characters,  Dog Sees God explores the growing pains of finding who you are through the darker, teenage days. Written by Burt V. Royal; Directed by Dylan Moon and produced entirely by Elon performing arts majors. Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m.Admission: $10 or Elon ID at the door.

Thursday, April 26
Elon University Combined Choirs Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Elon University Camerata and Chorale perform a concert of music of various styles.

Sponsored by the Department of Music 

Saturday, April 29
DeMar Austin Neal IV, baritone and Katherine Thomas, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 3:30 p.m.

A faculty recital featuring contemporary American art song with works by Simon Sargon, Dominick Argento, Jake Heggie, Frank Ferko, Lee Hoiby and Gabriel Kahane.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Sunday, April 29
BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition, opening reception
Arts West Gallery, 1 p.m.

This exhibition is part of the Elon BFA capstone experience and represents the culmination of students’ art making endeavors. At the opening reception, exhibiting artists present brief statements to offer context to their theses. Exhibition continues through May 8.