Dali Quartet - Classic Roots, Latin Passion

Thursday, February 27
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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Moscow Festival Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty

Thursday, March 6
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

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Ian Hobson, The Adams Foundation Piano Recital

Tuesday, March 18
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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Elon University Spring Convocation, A Conversation with President Emeritus J. Earl Danieley

Wednesday, April 2
Alumni Gym, 3:30 p.m.

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Monday, March 3
Daniel Asia, “The Act of Creativity”
Yeager Recital Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Composer and professor of music at The University of Arizona, Asia will speak on the essence of creativity and craft in the act of music composition. Sponsored by the Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences

Monday, March 3
Edward W. Felten, “TMI: Information, Identity, and Privacy”
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series

Dr. Felten is the founding director of the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, where information technology, public policy and daily life intersect. The center’s focus is to develop guidelines and technical solutions to address the use and potential misuse of electronic information. Felten’s personal research interests include computer security and privacy, and technology and the law. He is the author of more than 80 publications and several books on topics such as web security, copy protection and electronic voting issues.

Tuesday, March 4
Mardi Gras
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 5:30 p.m.

This celebration includes festive music and food the night before Lenten fasting begins for Christians on Ash Wednesday. All are invited to partake of delicious New Orleans style food, handing out of beads and masks and explanations of what the day is all about. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Tuesday, March 4
The Music of Dan Asia and the poetry of Yehuda Amichai, panel discussion
Whitley Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

Dan Asia’s song cycle “Amichai’s Songs,” is based on work by Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai which wrestles with issues of national and religious identity in a war-torn reality. The panelists will consider the adaptation of Amichai's texts into a music, the poetry itself — in the original Hebrew and in translation, its Jewish-Israeli attributes, as well as the process of preparing the cycle for a public performance. Sponsored by the Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences

Tuesday, March 4
The Music of Dan Asia, performance featuring the Elon University Camerata (Stephen A. Futrell, conductor), Tim Hill (bass-baritone), guest tenor Timothy Sparks (UNC Chapel Hill) and Omri Shimron (piano)
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Daniel Asia, Professor of Composition and Head of Composition at the University of Arizona, narrates a recital featuring three of his vocal works: "Amichai Songs" (version for voice and piano), "Breath in a Ram's Horn" with texts by American poet Paul Pines (tenor and piano), and "Why Jacob?" for chorus and piano. Sponsored by the Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences

Wednesday, March 5
Sudhir Venkatesh, “Unusual Economy Lessons from Inner City Life”
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Venkatesh is William B. Ransford Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and author of vivid narratives (Floating City and Gang Leader for a Day) that describe the characters and encounters he experienced while embedded within underground communities in New York City and Chicago. With more than a decade of fieldwork to consider, Venkatesh draws from his relationships with gang members, police officers, drug dealers, prostitutes and bystanders. Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Forum

Thursday, March 6
Elon University Quasquicentennial Historical Exhibition
Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This special exhibition is part of Elon’s 125th anniversary celebration. Stories and photos are organized around three themes: resilience, innovation and community. The exhibition includes photos of many prominent people and milestones in Elon's history as well as a record of the buildings that have been part of the campus during the past 125 years. It is based in part on the extensive research of Professor Emeritus George W. Troxler for his new book, From a Grove of Oaks: The Story of Elon University. Exhibition continues through April 8.

Thursday, March 6
Moscow Festival Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty
Artistic Director: Sergei Radchenko
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Elon University Lyceum Series

Founded in 1989, the Moscow Festival Ballet is an independent company within the framework of Russian classic dance, which upholds the premier elements of both the Bolshoi and Kirov organizations. Under Radchenko’s direction, leading dancers from across Russia have forged an exciting new company specializing in 20th century full-length ballets. The Sleeping Beauty is often considered the finest achievement of classical ballet. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available February 13. 

Monday, March 10
Muslim Wedding
Sacred Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 5:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered how weddings differ in various cultures?  Join the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual life for a mock Muslim wedding as part of Four Weddings and an Understanding.

Tuesday, March 11
Erica Rand, “Hip Check: Queer Experiments in Looking and Writing”
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 6 p.m.

Art History Speaker Series

Erica Rand’s book Red Nails, Black Skates: Gender, Cash, and Pleasure on and off the Ice (Duke, 2012) was an experiment in writing, thinking, and connection, an attempt to step away from disciplinary conventions about argumentation, articulation, and objects of study. This talk begins in a gift offered across numerous divides—rural/urban, female/femme, hips shaped and shapely—to reflect further on writing with visual culture. She focuses especially on queer and gendered dimensions of material and conceptual heft, including received notions of serious intellectual labor and, conversely, of fluff, that may harbor external or internalized sexism or anti-queerness, among various prejudices about what meaning-making and whose meaning-making matters.

Tuesday March 11
Incendies (2010), film screening
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7 p.m.

A mother's last wishes send her twins Jeanne and Simon to the Middle East in search of their tangled and mysterious roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and allegorical tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love. The context of the film is the religious conflict in Lebanon's civil war in the 1980s. Sponsored by the Global Neighborhood, International Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Religious Studies

Wednesday, March 12
Ann Pancake, "A Fictional Writer's Responsibility and Approach to the Expression of Central Appalachia"
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

Ann Pancake, American fiction writer and author of Strange as This Weather Has Been, will discuss her use of fictional text to poignantly address historical and contemporary issues in Central Appalachia.  She will focus on the rationale behind the approach to her expression of the region, as well as the role and responsibility of writers and artists to their social and political milieu.

Thursday, March 13
Samual Moyn, “How Did the Holocaust and Human Rights Intersect (and Was It a Good Thing)?
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

Moyn takes up what the relationship was and is between the Holocaust and its memory, on the one hand, and the rise of human rights norms and movements, on the other. His presentation offers a survey of the post-World War II era, asking why not simply Holocaust consciousness but human rights activism came so late. Moyn is the James Bryce Professor of European Legal History at Columbia University, where he taught since 2001. The talk is drawn from his new book, Human Rights and the Use of HistorySponsored by the Philosophy Department and the Jewish Studies Program

Thursday-Saturday, March 13-15
Looking Back to Spring Forward, Elon Dance Company Spring Dance Concert
Artistic Direction by Lauren Kearns, Lighting Design by Bill Webb, Costume Design by Karl Green
McCrary Theatre, Thursday & Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Featuring innovative and original choreography investigating how reflection and memory can lay the groundwork for personal, social, cultural or political evolution. Guest choreographer Diane Coburn Bruning joins faculty artists Jason Aryeh, Natalie Marrone, Jen Guy Metcalf, Sara Tourek and Lauren Kearns. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available February 20. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts 

Friday, March 14
Reading with Black Moon author Kenneth Calhoun
Powell Building 210, 1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

Kenneth Calhoun has had stories published in The Paris Review, Tin House, and the 2011 Pen/O. Henry Prize Collection, among others. A starred review in Publisher's Weekly stated of his new book, Black Moon, "Calhoun’s depiction of the collapse of language, reason, and love in a world without sleep is unflinching, and—scariest of all—it feels brilliantly contemporary." This book about a world ravaged with insomnia is a brilliantly realized and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped by madness, one that is vivid, strange, and profoundly moving.

Monday, March 17
Patrick Earl Hammie: Significant Other
reception, Gallery 406, Arts West, 12:30 p.m.
artist talk, Gallery 406, Arts West, 5 p.m.

Patrick Earl Hammie’s paintings explore the tension between power and vulnerability and attempt to re-image the modern male. Through body language and narrative, Hammie reinvents and remixes ideal beauty and heroic nudity and examines how male artists have historically represented themselves and the nude. These portraits draw from his life history as a son, a male and an African American struggling to synthesize past adversity and visualize the effort to reconcile inner duality and yield to new realities that require constant compromise and change. Exhibition on view through April 15.

Tuesday, March 18
Ian Hobson, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
The Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series sponsored by the Times-News and Elon University

Ian Hobson’s career was launched with a first place appearance at the Leeds International Piano Competition. He has since established himself as a musician of tremendous versatility, an accomplished conductor and an awe-inspiring teacher. His Elon recital, featuring works by Brahms, Debussy and Ravel, will be a highlight of the semester. Admission: reserved seating is free and available February 25.