Wednesday, April 2
Elon University Spring Convocation, “A Conversation with President Emeritus J. Earl Danieley”
Alumni Gym, Koury Center, 3:30 p.m.
As part of Elon’s 125th anniversary celebration, Spring Convocation will feature a conversation with our beloved President Earl Danieley ’46, who will share personal stories and reflections on his 72-year association with the university as a student, professor of chemistry, dean of the college, and president. Dr. Danieley was named Elon’s sixth president in 1957 at age 32, making him one of the youngest college presidents in the nation at the time. As president, he put in place the building blocks for the modern Elon by racially integrating the campus, establishing early study abroad programs and the 4-1-4 academic calendar, increasing fundraising, growing enrollment and adding new buildings. As only he can do, Dr. Danieley will reflect on key moments in Elon’s history, his love for learning and his hopes for the university’s future. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 12.
Friday, April 4
Campus Culture Fest
Academic Village, 4 p.m.
This second annual celebration of cultures features intellectual exhibits, international cuisine, and campus cultural expressions. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
Friday-Saturday, April 4&5
Grand Night XXII
Yeager Recital Hall, 7 and 8:30 p.m.
One hour of show-stopping numbers by students in the Department of Performing Arts.
Friday, April 4
Nicole Winfield, guest lecture
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Nicole Winfield is the Vatican correspondent for The Associated Press in Rome. She has covered three popes, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis, travelling with them around the world and reporting on everything from the priestly sex abuse scandal, to the church’s relations with Jews to Francis’ revolutionary papacy. Winfield joined the AP in 1992 in New York and reported from Miami and the United Nations before being sent to Rome in 2001. While based in Rome, Winfield has covered many hot-spots, including the conflicts in Afghanistan, Israel, the Palestinian territories and the Gulf, and she even lent a hand at the 2012 London Olympics. A native of New York City and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, she is married to Vernon Silver, a senior reporter at Bloomberg News, and is mom to their three young children. Sponsored by the School of Communications and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
Monday, April 7
Jill McCorkle, “Finding a Story: the Art of Showing AND Telling”
Whitley Auditorium, 4 p.m.
An award-winning Southern writer, McCorkle will talk about how to use the images and facts of our daily lives to stimulate imagination. McCorkle has received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. Five of her books have been named New York Times notable books. Her story, “Intervention,” is included in the Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Best American Essays, The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Garden and Gun, and Southern Living. McCorkle has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts, and Brandeis. She chaired Creative Writing at Harvard for five years. She currently teaches creative writing in the MFA Program at NC State University. Sponsored by the Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
Wednesday, April 9
Elon University Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Under the direction of Mariana Poole, the ensemble performs contemporary music for percussion instruments featuring solo performances by several student members. Sponsored by the Department of Music
Thursday, April 10
Bart D. Ehrman, "The Greatest Stories Rarely Told: Biblical Scholars and the Discrepancies of Scripture"
Whitley Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.
The James P. Elder Lecture
The New Testament contains numerous accounts of the same events but often in contradictory detail. Moreover, different authors of the New Testament present diverging views of such important matters as who Jesus was, why he died, and how one is to attain salvation. Ehrman will consider some of these discrepancies and show how recognizing them can enhance and enrich one's understanding of the New Testament. Dr. Erhman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Thursday-Sunday, April 10-13
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
Part one: Millennium Approaches
Written by Tony Kushner, Directed by Fredrick J. Rubeck
McCrary Theatre, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m.
Winner of the Pulitzer Price, The Tony Award and a host of other accolades, Angels In America remains Kushner’s most broadly-known and socially-important works. First penned in 1990, the play provided a searing examination of society’s reaction to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and gay rights. Kushner’s powerful characters struggle with identity, integrity, inequality and pure survival as the world neared a new millennium with excitement and anxiety. Twenty years later the play still calls us to be angels, prophets and agents of change and justice. Admission: $13 or Elon ID (reserved seating). Tickets available March 20. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts
Friday, April 11
Holi: A Hindu Color Festival
Young Commons, 4 p.m.
This Hindu spring festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Colored powder is thrown to celebrate the earth returning to color and life and good triumphing over evil. (Actual date of Holi is March 17). Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
Saturday, April 12
Burlington Maker Faire and Science Expo
Holly Hill Mall, Burlington, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A community event planned to promote and support 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. Sponsored by the Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences
Monday, April 14
Virginia Derryberry: Third Nature
artist talk, Yeager Recital Hall, Center for the Arts, 5:30 p.m.
reception: ICR, 6:15 p.m.
Derryberry’s large scale oil on canvas figure paintings blend narrative elements from mythology and alchemy, the forerunner of modern science. Her intent is to suggest multiple interpretations rather than straightforward illustration of a specific narrative. At first glance, it seems that she’s defining a “real” space, but in fact, the images are constructed from multiple viewpoints and lighting systems. Passages of volumetric rendering set next to more abstract, painterly areas result in the creation of a virtual, shifting world where nothing is quite what it seems. Exhibition continues through May 29.
Monday, April 14
Elon Passover Seder
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 5:30 p.m.
The Jewish holiday of Passover begins on Monday evening, April 14, with a Passover Seder. The Seder includes the traditional retelling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt (the reading of the Haggadah) with singing and stories. A traditional Passover meal will be served including matzoh ball soup, brisket, vegetables and Passover desserts. Vegetarian options will be available. Non-Jewish students, faculty, staff, and community members are always welcome. We extend a special welcome to children. Admission: $8 for students, and $10 for all others. For ticket information, visit the Hillel website at www.elon.edu/hillel or email Nancy Luberoff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by Elon Hillel
Tuesday, April 15
Tom Mould, “The Art and Artifice of the Tales We Tell”
LaRose Digital Theatre, 6:30 p.m.
Elon University Distinguished Scholar Award Lecture
It is an old trope to say that the stories we tell create the past rather than describe it. But what does that creative process look like? And how does the act of sharing stories about our lives transform the very experiences we purport to describe? Drawing upon his studies of the oral traditions of the Choctaw Indians, the personal revelation narratives of Latter-day Saints, and the welfare legends of Alamance County residents, Mould challenges many of the assumptions we make about the stories we tell and argues for the power of a type of story so universal and so pervasive that it has been all but ignored.
Wednesday, April 16
Community Connections: A Discussion of Funding for Public Education
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 7:00 p.m.
Community Connections is a partnership of Elon University and the Burlington Times News that seeks to bring together the Alamance County community at large with the students, faculty and staff of Elon to discuss pressing issues of the day in an open, educational, and respectful forum Sponsoring departments or organizations. Our April event will focus on Public Education Funding.
Thursday, April 17
Elon University Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 pm
Under the direction of Associate Professor Matthew Buckmaster, the jazz ensemble celebrates the 100th birthday of St. Louis Blues with a tribute to the blues in all its many manifestations. Elon faculty Chip Newton will be featured on guitar. Sponsored by the Department of Music
Thursday, April 17
Sarah Preston, "Too Little Liberty? Reining in the Surveillance State"
Isabella Cannon Room, 7:30 p.m.
The Ferris E. Reynolds Lecture in Philosophy
The government is sweeping up huge amounts of data about the American people and storing it indefinitely while new technology makes it easier and easier for the government to keep an eye on its citizens. What does the American government’s surveillance infrastructure look like? What is the tension between security and privacy and where should it break? This presentation will analyze the concept of privacy in the modern age, what new threats to privacy are on the horizon, and what laws should be considered to protect the privacy we have remaining. Preston is the Policy Director of the ACLU of North Carolina.
NOTE: Preston's lecture is a change for Peter Ludlow's lecture, "Whistleblowers, Hacktivists and the Benality of Evil" that previously appeared on the cultural calendar.
Techtronica performs commercial music using cutting-edge digital and analog sound synthesis. The program includes electronic and popular music, trap and dubstep. Sponsored by the Department of Music
Tuesday, April 22
Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero (2002), film screening
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center 7 p.m.
This PBS Frontline documentary raises a number of provocative and sometimes uncomfortable questions about keeping one’s faith in the face of unspeakable tragedy. Where was God when the planes plowed into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? Why is evil allowed to exist? Does religion have any relevance in today’s turbulent times? Coping with these queries is an impressive array of eyewitnesses to and survivors of the disaster, family members of the victims, academics, physicians, authors, clerics and atheists. Sponsored by the Global Neighborhood, International Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Religious Studies
Tuesday, April 22
Sandra Steingraber, “Living Downstream”
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Steingraber is an ecologist, author, cancer survivor and a recognized authority on the environment links to cancer and human health. Her book, Living Downstream: An Ecologists’ Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, presents cancer as a human rights issue and connects data on toxic releases to data from U.S. cancer registries. Sandra has received a number of honors for her work as a science writer, including being named a Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year, the first annual Altman Award, Rachel Carson Leadership Award, Hero Award from the Breast Cancer Fund and Environmental Health Champion Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility (Los Angeles). She will discuss the implications of the environmental crisis and the connection between environmental and human health. 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
Thursday, April 24
Elon University Combined Choirs Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Under the direction of conductor Gerald Knight, the Elon University Chorale and Camerata combine to present a program of music that features Mozart's Regina Coeli and Vivaldi's Magnificat. Sponsored by the Department of Music
Sunday, April 27
Linda Cykert, flute; Sally Duran, guest harp
Yeager Recital hall, 3 p.m.
A program of delightful pieces for flute and harp from the Baroque through 21st Century. Sponsored by the Department of Music
Monday, April 28
Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow, "One Man's Incredible Journey Against Considerable Odds"
A Holocaust Remembrance Day Program
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.
Born in Kaunas, Lithuania, and imprisoned during the Holocaust in a German concentration camp, Sidney Shachnow escaped from the camp and eventually settled in the United States, where he attained the rank of Major General and served as commander of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command. Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, Maj. Gen. Shachnow will share his experiences of and reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust. Sponsored by the Lori and Eric Sklut Emerging Scholar in Jewish Studies Program
Tuesday, April 29
Department of Music presents élan
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Fresh off their performance at the Southern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, elan performs an eclectic mix of a cappella selections from Yes, Peter Gabriel, The Swingle Singers, Bobby McFerrin, Zero 7 and many more.