Elon University offers a rich and varied program of artistic cultural events that complement and support campus life and the thriving academic 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. The Elon University Lyceum Series, the Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture, the Elon Common Reading Lecture, are established and anticipated annual programs. Significant occasions such as convocations and commencements are important traditions for the university. All of these events 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, poet and author Maya Angelou, renowned conservationist Jane Goodall, Walter Cronkite, George Will, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and NBC News Editor Brian Williams.
In 2013, guest lecturers include New York Times Magazine journalist John Jeremiah Sullivan; sustainability advocate Hunter Lovins; and William Chafe, the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History, Emeritus, at Duke University. The spring Adams Foundation Piano recital by James Tocco provides an intimate opportunity to engage with classical performance. In March, Ailey II visits Elon led by Troy Powell, the student company's newest Artistic Director. The Department of Art offers individual and group shows throughout the spring as well as art lectures by visiting scholars. Elon's fine arts 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