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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Wednesday, February 1
Select African Pieces from Elon's International Art Collection, exhibition opening
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 8 at 5 p.m.
Arts West Gallery

Under the direction of Ethan Moore, coordinator of the Elon Art Collection, students curate and present select African pieces from Elon's International Art Collection. A large body of African art was donated to the university by James Lankton. Using elements of Fred Wilson's Mining the Museum Display and Barbara Bloom's use of veils or curtains in her artwork students will create a display focused on masks in the collection - highlighting the need to "unmask" the assumed identity of black Americans (as it relates to display of African art). Exhibition continues through February 29.

Wednesday–Saturday, February 1-4
Department of Performing Arts presents Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kirby Wahl
Black Box Theatre, Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Love, lust, betrayal, murder and an overwhelming thirst for power create a heady brew in one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Reservations highly recommended and will be taken beginning January 25 by calling (336) 278-5650.

Monday, February 6
Current Trends in Print, opening reception
Isabella Cannon Room, 5:30 p.m.

The annual juried exhibition focused on the diverse medium of printmaking includes representational, non-representational and abstract art from across the country. Exhibition continues through Tuesday, April 10.

Wednesday, February 8
The Tournées Festival: New French Films on Campus
Room 011, McEwen Communications Building, 6:30 p.m.

Film screenings every Wednesday, February 8 - March 14 This year’s Tournées Festival at Elon focuses on themes of religious fervor, anti-Semitism and interfaith/intercultural understanding.

February 8: Des Homes et Des Dieux (2010) [Of Gods and Men]
February 15: Hadewijch (2009)
February 22:Lourdes (2009)
February 29:Un Prophete (2008)
March 7: C'est Dur D'Etre Aime Par Des Cons (2008) [It's Hard Being Loved by Jerks]
Marh 14: La Fille Du Rer (2008) [The Girl on the Train]

Admission: $3 at the door; Phoenix Cash accepted.

Thursday, February 9
Carl Wilkens, "Building Peace: Lessons from the Rwandan Genocide"
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.

As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide was launched in April 1994, Carl refused to leave, even when urged to do so by close friends, his church and the United States government. Thousands of expatriates evacuated and the United Nations pulled out most of its troops. Carl was the only American to remain in the country. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. His actions saved the lives of hundreds.

"I can still hear very clearly the sound of hoes thwacking into the earth… the men swinging them were not gardening, they were digging up mass graves…Take a moment to try and put yourself in the shoes of the family members and friends who had loved ones taken from them. Surviving is more than just staying alive; surviving is learning how to live again.

Carl returned to the United States in 1996. After being featured in the 2004 PBS Frontline documentary, “Ghosts of Rwanda,” about the Rwanda genocide, he began to receive letters, phone calls and offers from teachers around the country to come and share his experiences with students. In January 2008, with no end in sight to the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan, Carl decided quit his job and dedicate himself full time to accepting these invitations. He and his wife Teresa have since formed an educational nonprofit, World Outside My Shoes, to facilitate this important work.

Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Thursday–Sunday, February 9-12
Department of Performing Arts presents She Loves Me
Based on the play Perfumerie by Miklos Lazio; Written by Joe Masterof; Music by Jerry Bock; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed and Choreographed by Linda Sabo; Musical Direction by Matthew Webb
McCrary Theatre, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Feuding anonymous pen pals who in actuality work together is familiar to fans of screen stars and classic films including Jimmy Stewart in The Shop Around the Corner, Judy Garland’s In the Good Old Summertime, and1998’s You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The Bock and Harnick score is both challenging and glorious and makes the perfect date with a Valentine.
Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available January 19.

Friday, February 10
Roy Book Binder, blues and ragtime guitar
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Roy Book Binder travelled with The Rev. Gary Davis in the 60's, Re-discovered Pink Anderson and revived his career in the 70's and has been included in THE BLUES WHO'S WHO & THE BIG BOOK OF BLUES. Roy Book Binder has been to Hell & back....(Blues Festival in Hell Norway last August) But he is still out on the road entertaining audiences around the world, where he is well known as a singing songwriting storytelling fingerpicking blues legend.

Sponsored by the Department of Music with support from the Alamance County Arts Council.

Saturday, February 11
African-American Read-In Day
Koury Business Center, various times

Elon celebrates the experiences and accomplishments of African Americans in the literary arts. Throughout the day, students, faculty, staff and members of the public will read or recite original or selected pieces of literature written by celebrated poets and writers. At 4 p.m., author and Elon Associate Professor Jean Rattigan-Rohr will read Valued Voices in LaRose Digital Theatre.


Saturday, February 11
Night of Worship
Whitley Auditorium, 9 p.m.

A program to promote unity including dance, poetry and performances by worship teams from across North Carolina.

Monday, February 13
Damian Yanessa, Shifting Ground, opening reception
Arts West Gallery, 12:30 p.m.
Artist talk, Yeager Recital Hall, 5:00 p.m.

Artist Damian Yanessa, professor of art at George Washington University, creates large mixed media sculptures and installations that examine the modern world with visual transformations and evolving definitions of materiality. Exhibition runs through Wednesday, March 7.

Tuesday, February 14
Elon University Jazz Festival Lunchtime Lecture
Whitley Auditorium, 12:30 p.m.

The annual Elon University Jazz Festival hosts a mid-day performance of a new musical work by vibist Jon Metzger that examines the juxtaposition of jazz and classical styles, the marriage of text and music, and the collaborative process. Participants include Metzger, poet Kevin Boyle, tenor Gerald Knight and pianist Omri Shimron.
View the full festival schedule at

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Tuesday, February 14
The Vagina Monologues
Yeager Recital Hall, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

This award-winning performance is based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women of different ages, nationalities, ethnicities and circumstances. With humor and grace, the monologues celebrate women’s sexuality and strength and are performed by Elon students as part of the National V-Day campaign to stop violence.

Admission: $5. Proceeds will benefit CrossRoads Sexual Assault Response and Resource Center. For information, contact

Sponsored by EFFECT with Women and Gender Studies

Wednesday, February 15
Will Read for Food
Isabella Cannon Room, 7:30 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff read selections about love, like and maybe even hate by their favorite authors.

Sponsored by the Arts and Letters Learning Community

Admission: A can of food or other nonperishable item. Proceeds benefit the Alamance County Food Bank.

Wednesday, February 15
The H. Shelton Smith Lecture featuring Tony Campolo
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, Campolo has worked to nurture and support programs for “at-risk” children in cities across North America and has established schools and universities in developing countries. This annual lecture honors the legacy of Dr. Smith, a 1917 graduate of Elon and founder of the Carolina Council of Churches and of graduate studies in religion at Duke University.

Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Friday, February 17
Art History @ Elon: A Symposium
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 4 p.m.

A presentation of recent scholarship by Evan Gatti, Richard Liebhart, Robert Mayhew and Vanessa Schulman.

Saturday, February 18
16th Annual Elon University Jazz Festival Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The culmination of Elon’s week-long Jazz Festival features visiting international artists Ed Neumeister and Howard Curtis, and guest artist/clinicians John Brown and LeRoy Barley, performing with the Elon University Jazz Ensemble directed by festival host Jon Metzger.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Monday, February 20
Robert Bracey, tenor Karen Beres, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty artists from area universities perform a recital of art song featuring works by Schubert, Schumann, Hahn and Finzi. Bracey is the coordinator of voice area at UNC Greensboro and Beres is coordinator of group piano/piano pedagogy at UNC School of the Arts.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Tuesday, February 21
Jose Obando “Ceremonial Origins of Salsa”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Obando traces the instruments, music and lyrics used in the African, Taino and Spanish Catholic rituals that provide a base for salsa, the musical amalgam created by Puerto Ricans and Nuyoricans in Spanish Harlem.

Sponsored by the Department of Music and the Office of Cultural and Special Programs

Wednesday, February 22
Department of Music Faculty Recital
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Tenor Gerald Knight, pianist Omri Shimron and vibist Jon Metzger perform the premiere of Knight Music, a new work composed by Metzger for the group.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Thursday, February 23
Robin Wright, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

In her latest book, Wright chronicles the cultural forces and individual stories beneath the recent Arab Spring uprisings. She argues that this emergent “counter-jihad” is imaginative, defiant and inspires a new culture of activism set against rigid political ideology and religious extremism.

Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Thursday, February 23
Phoenix Piano Trio
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Victoria Fischer Faw, with faculty colleagues Meaghan Skogen and Dan Skidmore, presents a recital of works for piano solo and chamber ensemble. The program includes Dvorak’s masterpiece Piano Trio in F minor, Op. 65.

Sponsored by the Department of Music 

Monday, February 27
Belarus Free Theatre
Yeager Recital Hall, 4 p.m.

This independent theatre group uses performance to highlight injustice in their native country and have become a prominent voice for their people. The directors of the company will share video excerpts from performances and speak about their advocacy efforts to promote personal freedoms in Belarus.

Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts

Tuesday, February 28
The National Players perform Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

One of the best-loved “battles of the sexes” is back, with a Wild West flare! Sparring lovers Kate and Petruchio duke it out on the western frontier. Will they ride into the sunset or die trying? Founded in 1949, National Players is America’s longest running touring company dedicated to the world’s greatest dramatic literature and the development of young theatrical talent.

Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available February 7.

Elon University Lyceum Series