Kontras Quartet

Thursday, February 28
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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Ailey II

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

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David Hamlow: Archival Structure 5: Bricks

Monday, March 18
opening reception, Arts West Gallery, 12:30 p.m.
artist talk, Yeager Recital Hall, 5:30 p.m.

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Jimmy Webb

Thursday, March 14
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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William Chafe, “The Unfinished Journey: America Since World War II”

Tuesday, April 2
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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Grand Night

Friday & Saturday, April 5 - 6
Yeager Recital Hall, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, April 2
William Chafe, “The Unfinished Journey: America Since World War II”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. 

Much of Dr. Chafe’s professional scholarship reflects his long-term interest in issues of equality. In considering both the paradoxes and the possibilities of postwar America, he portrays the significant cultural and political themes that have distinguished our country's past and present, including race, class, gender, foreign policy, and economic and social reform. Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Wednesday, April 3
John Jeremiah Sullivan, guest reading
Johnston Hall, 7 p.m.

Essayist, journalist and editor, Sullivan is the author of two books of nonfiction, Blood Horses: Notes of a Sportwriter’s Son and Pulphead: Essays. The winner of a Whiting Award, an Eclipse Award, a Pushcart Prize, and two National Magazine Awards, he writes brilliantly about contemporary life and culture for Harper’s Magazine, The Paris Review, and The New York Times Magazine. Sponsored by The English Department and the William Maness Fund

Friday-Saturday, April 5&6
Grand Night XXI
Yeager Recital Hall, 7 and 8:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday, April 9
Edward L. Ayers, “What Is Academia, Anyway?”
Whitley Auditorium, 4:15 p.m.*

*Please note the change in time from the printed cultural calendar.

Edward Ayers is President and Professor of History at the University of Richmond. Ayers will talk about the concert of “academia” – why it seems so strange to outsiders and why it is essential to a healthy society. Author and editor of twelve books, Ayers, a historian of the American South, has won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history and the Beveridge Prize for the best book on the history of the Americas, as well as being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He has been named National Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Institute and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A pioneer in digital history, Ayers oversaw the creation of the Valley of the Shadow and is co-editor of an ambitious digital atlas of United States history at the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond.  Sponsored by the Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

Wednesday, April 10
Elon University Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

This concert will feature music for cymbals and gongs, rattles and shakers, drums and cowbells, vibes and chimes, and marimba and xylophone directed by Jon Metzger. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Thursday, April 11
Bill Hart-Davidson, “Digital Humanities and Writing”
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7 p.m.

Director of the Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE) program, a component of MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters & Social Sciences at Michigan State University, Hart-Davidson speaks on how the digital humanities can be integrated into writing initiatives at liberal arts institutions. Sponsored by the Elon Fund for Excellence

Thursday, April 11
Cynthia Lowen, “Not Just Kids: Bullying from the Playground to the Workplace & Beyond”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

How does bullying transcend the schoolyard, following us into our workplaces, communities, family relations, and online? In this engaging multimedia presentation, Lowen combines clips from the film Bully, as well as pop-culture references, news stories, and more to illustrate the key characteristics of bullying behaviors and long-term patterns for the target, the bully, and the witness; how to identify bullying and its impact; and how recognizing and preventing the behavior can create a positive culture-shift. Sponsored by Elon Teaching Fellows, School of Education, Elon Academy, Communication Fellows, Elon College Fellows, Honors Fellows and Kappa Delta Pi

Thursday, April 11
Stuart Eizenstat, "The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and Its Relationship with the United States"
Lakeside Dining Ballroom, Moseley Center, 7:30 p.m.

Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat has held senior U.S. government positions in three presidential administrations, from the White House to the State Department, from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union to the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury; he has also been a leader in the Jewish community, having led American and international Jewish groups and institutions. He will share his provocative thesis regarding the future of Jewish people in light of the major geopolitical, economic and security challenges facing the world in general, and the United States and the State of Israel in particular. Sponsored by the Lori and Eric Sklut Emerging Scholar in Jewish Studies Program, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of History and Geography, Middle East Studies, International Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, the Elon School of Law, the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center, and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, with special thanks to the President's Office.

Thursday – Sunday, April 11-14
Department of Performing Arts presents August: Osage County
Written by Tracy Letts; Directed by Kirby Wahl
McCrary Theatre, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

When their father disappears, the Weston sisters are reunited at their childhood home in rural Oklahoma. They have ostensibly returned to support their mother, Violet. But Violet finds more comfort in pills than conversation, and when she’s high there’s no telling what she’ll say. The words and actions of this dysfunctional family manage to be simultaneously heartless and hilarious. Written for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, this script won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play. Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 21. Note: Contains mature language and subject matter – viewer discretion is advised.

Friday, April 12
Elon University Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert
Pardue Court, Center for the Arts, 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 directed by Jon Metzger. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Friday – Saturday, April 12 & 13
2013 Annual Media and Religion Conference
Whitley Auditorium, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The School of Communications hosts the 4th annual conference in Media and Religion including a Friday evening keynote address by Dr. Robert Darden of Baylor University. Darden is the author of more than 24 books, and is editor of the religious satirical magazine The Wittenburg Door. His current research focuses on the history and preservation of black gospel music. For 10 years, Darden was the gospel music editor for Billboard magazine. Panels and presentations will take place on Saturday. Admission to Friday lecture only: $12 or Elon ID - Tickets available March 22 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. To attend Friday and Saturday sessions, register at http://elonmediareligionconference.eventbrite.com/# Co-sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and the Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society.

Saturday, April 13
Burlington Maker Faire and Science Expo - CANCELED
Holly Hill Mall, Burlington, 10a.m.-5p.m.

A community event supporting public understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A variety of activities and demonstrations will be led by students and faculty from Elon University. Activities will be geared toward the general public, including children and their families. Most activities will involve first-hand experiences for all participants and should stimulate excitement, wonder, and the understanding of basic STEM concepts.

Monday, April 15
Jess Dugan: Transcendence (2005-2012)
opening reception and artist talk, Isabella Cannon Room, 5:30 p.m.

A collection of portraits within the transgender and gender variant community shows the endless number of gender identities or specifics to each person and further illustrates gender identity and biological sex as two distinct constructs. More broadly, the images call into question societal expectations about gender roles that affect everyone including those who are not a part of the transgender community. In an effort to increase understanding, these images portray issues unique to the transgender community while also highlighting the shared experience of being human. Exhibition continues through Monday, May 27.

Tuesday, April 16
Elon University Orchestra
McCrary Theater, 7:30 p.m.

Director Dr. Thomas Erdmann and the orchestra conclude his ninth season with guest violin soloist and Burlington native, now living and performing in New York City, Katherine Thomas as she and the orchestra perform the Spring and Summer Concertos from Vivaldi’s marvelously popular The Four Seasons. The orchestra also performs Gustav Holst’s delightfully tuneful Brook Green Suite with the Williams High School Orchestra and their director Ms. Veronica Allen. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Tuesday, April 16
Elon University Distinguished Scholar Presentation: Rebecca Todd Peters
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 6:30 p.m.

An associate professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Toddie Peters is the 13th recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award, which recognizes a faculty member whose research has earned peer commendation and respect, and who has made significant contributions to his or her field of study.

Thursday, April 18
Mark Johnson, “A Morality Fit for Humans: Moral Understanding from Perspective of Cognitive Science”
Isabella Cannon Room, 7:30 p.m.

The Ferris E. Reynolds Lecture in Philosophy

Johnson presents recent research on human mind, thought, and values that reveals why Moral Fundamentalism – the belief in absolute moral principles and values – is both cognitively unsound and also immoral. He offers a scientifically responsible alternative account of moral cognition, as a process of imaginative moral deliberation, showing how it provides a model for our engagement with some of the actual moral problems we face.

Thursday, April 18
Department of Music presents Night of the Soul
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Elon director of Choral Activities Stephen A. Futrell conducts the combined choirs of Elon, Camerata and Chorale, along with the Williams High School Choral Ensemble (Alamance County-Laura Sam, conductor) and Sotto Voce and Chamber Ensemble from Cedar Ridge High School (Orange County-Christopher Hansen, conductor). The mass choir will be supported by a chamber string ensemble and the concert will feature Elon Department of Music pianist Adam Lefever Hughes. Selections by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo include “Dark Night of the Soul,” “Luminous Night of the Soul,” and the Sunrise MassSponsored by the Department of Music

Friday, April 19 & May 3
BA Senior Thesis Exhibitions
opening receptions, Arts West Gallery, 5:30 p.m.

These exhibitions are part of the graduating Elon Art Major’s capstone experience. It represents the culmination of their art making endeavors. During the opening receptions, artists will present brief statements that offers context to their theses.

Monday, April 22
Hunter Lovins, “The Business Case for Implementing Sustainability”
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 7:30 p.m.

Author, sociologist, lawyer and sustainability advocate, Lovins is respected for her expertise in sustainable development, globalization, energy and resource policy, economic development and climate change among other areas. She is the President and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS). Hunter has consulted with large and small companies as well as governments worldwide. She has received a number of honors, including Time Magazine's 2000 Hero of the Planet, a Newsweek 2009 “Green Business Icon” and the Rachel Carson Award in 2012. Hunter has co-authored 10 books and hundreds of papers, including the 1999 book, Natural Capitalism, and the 2012 book, The Way Out: Kick-Starting Capitalism to Save Our Economic Ass. She will discuss the business case for sustainability – how companies and communities are implementing genuine sustainability to create a more prosperous future. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Love School of Business, General Studies, the Center for Environmental Studies, the Liberal Arts Forum and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Wednesday – Saturday, April 24-27
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Book by Rachel Sheinkin;  additional material by Jay Reiss, originally conceived by Rebecca Feldman, Music and Lyrics by William Finn; Directed by Linda Sabo; Choreography by Linda Sabo and Guy Mannick; Musical direction by Richard Church;
Black Box Theatre, Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

This hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicles the experience of six young people in the throes of puberty vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.  The show’s Tony Award-winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes; a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Reservations highly recommended and will be taken beginning April 17 by calling (336) 278-5650.

Saturday, April 27
The President’s Gala
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

President Lambert hosts the premier musical event at Elon for 2013 featuring Department of Music students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The extravaganza will feature an eclectic blend of musical masterpieces, including a world premiere from award-winning composer and Associate Professor of Music Todd Coleman. Admission is by ticket only: $20 students; $25 general seating; $35 reserved seating. A package for the President’s Gala Dinner and Concert is also available. For information, call (336) 278-5610.

Monday, April 29
IBLA North Carolina
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Performances by the 2012 IBLA grand prize recipients featuring chamber musicians, piano, cello and accordion. The IBLA Foundation in New York City organizes its annual music competition which takes place in Ragusa-Ibla, Italy.

Tuesday, April 30
2013 Elon University Spring Convocation 
Alumni Memorial Gym, Koury Center, 3:30 p.m.

Convocation for Honors celebrates recent achievements by students, faculty and members of the Elon Society. The 2013 ceremony also recognizes the dedication of the Numen Lumen Pavilion, the university’s new center for religious and multi-faith initiatives. A panel of six notable faith leaders from throughout the United States will discuss the benefits and challenges of interfaith work, the dynamics between religious and nonreligious populations and how the University could foster productive interfaith outcomes. Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available April 9.

Tuesday, April 30
Department of Music presents a ‘clectique
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

élan performs an eclectic mix of a cappella selections. Featuring the music of Yes, The Beatles, Bon Iver, Zero 7, Jonatha Brooke, Gretchen Parlato, Bobby McFerrin (Voicestra) and others.