Robert Bullard, “Climate Change as a Human Rights Issue: Why Equity Matters"

Tuesday, April 18
McKinnon Hall, 7:30 p.m.

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Lauren Bush Lauren, “Women at Elon: Moving Philanthropy Forward”

Thursday, May 4
Whitley Auditorium, 4:30 p.m.

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Rabbi Irwin Kula, 2017 Baccalaureate Address

Friday, May 19
Alumni Memorial Gym, 4 p.m.

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Maity Interiano ‘07, 2017 Commencement Address

Saturday, May 20
9:15 a.m.

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Friday - Saturday, March 31 & April 1
Grand Night
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West, 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Directed by Catherine McNeela

A program or show-stopping numbers by students in the Department of Performing Arts. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be taken beginning March 24 by calling (336) 278-5650.

Tuesday, April 4
Michael Messner, "More Men: From Violence to Anti-Violence"
Whitley Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Lecture

Michael Messner is professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California. His teaching and research focuses on gender and sports, men and masculinities, and gender-based violence.  He is the author of several books, including It’s all for the kids:  Gender, families and youth sports (California, 2009), King of the wild suburb:  A memoir of fathers, sons and guns (Plain View Press, 2011), and most recently, Some men:  Feminist allies and the movement to end violence against women (Oxford University Press, 2015). His honors include the Pursuit of Justice Award from the California Women’s Law Center, the Feminist Mentoring Award from the Sociologists for Women in Society, and the Jessie Bernard Award, presented by the American Sociological Association in recognition of contributions to the understanding of women’s lives. His talk will answer the question: What does it mean for men to join with women as allies in preventing sexual assault and domestic violence? Sponsored by Women, Gender and Sexualities Studies, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Associate Provost for Inclusive Community Well-Being, Gender and LGBTQIA Center, and the Dean's Office, Elon College Arts and Sciences

Thursday, April 6
Elon BrainCARE Symposium on Concussions and Mental Health
Lakeside Meeting Rooms, Moseley Center, 3 -7  p.m.

Concussions are occurring at alarming rates in the United States and have garnered quite a bit of attention as a public health concern. The Elon BrainCARE Symposium will educate the Elon community about concussion treatment and management. Sponsored by a grant from the Elon University Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences; Department of Exercise Science, Neuroscience Program and Department of Physical Therapy Education

Thursday, April 6
An Evening with Diane Rehm
Whitley Auditorium, 6 p.m.
James P. Elder Lecture

D.G. Martin of UNCTV's Bookwatch interviews the NPR host of one of the most interesting talk shows in the country. Her lively and thoughtful conversations with many distinguished guests have entertained and informed audiences for more than three decades. Rehm is also the author of four autobiographical books including On My Own (2016), in which she writes about the passing of John Rehm, her husband of 54 years, and her journey to reconstruct her life without him. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 16. 

Thursday - Sunday, April 6-9
Department of Performing Arts presents "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Written by Oscar Wilde, Directed by Kirby Wahl
McCrary Theatre, Thursday - Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of manners, this story of love, ambition and invented identity has delighted audiences for more than a century. Jack Worthing has created for himself an alternate existence as his own fictional brother, Earnest, so that he can come to London and escape the limitations of his social role and responsibilities as a country gentleman. When he falls in love with Gwendolen and must seek her mother’s approval of his marriage proposal, many masks will drop away. With unparalleled wit and sharp insight, Wilde asks that we question all received wisdom and think for ourselves. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 16.

Friday, April 7
Holi Celebration
Speaker’s Corner, 4 p.m.

A Hindu spring festival of color and sharing love, Holi marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring where colored powder is thrown to celebrate the earth returning to color and life and good triumphing over evil.  Wear old clothing that can get dirtied by paint.

Friday, April 7
Japanese Shabbat
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavillion, 7:30 p.m.

This event, immediately following the Holi festival of colors, celebrates the Japanese custom of Hanami. Hanami is the viewing and observance of the ephemeral, transient nature of floral beauty. Join us for a celebration of Japanese flower blossom festivities, free Japanese food, and community reflection on the transition to spring. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and Elon Hillel

Monday, April 10
Passover Seder
McKinnon Hall, 5:30 p.m.

All Elon students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to this first night student-led Passover Seder. Admission: $5 for children, $8 for students and $10 for adults.?

Tickets will be available beginning Monday, March 27 at

Sponsored by Elon Hillel

Tuesday April 11?
Tectonic Plates: Alamance County’s Science Café ?with Jen Uno "Obesity 101: the physiology behind fat"
Fat Frogg Bar and Grill, Elon, 7 p.m.

Learn cutting edge science in a relaxed informal atmosphere without all the technical jargon. Programs held on the second Tuesday (March through May). In April, the special guest is Jen Uno, Elon University biology professor.

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Tuesday, April 11
Elon Orchestra Spring Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Music Director Thomas Erdmann concludes his 13th season as Conductor. Joining the orchestra are Elon Music Alumni Joshua Goldstein ('12) and Elon cello professor Meaghan Skogan performing Vivaldi's thrilling Double Cello Concerto in G Minor. A symphony by Haydn and dances by Gustav Holst, along with other pieces will also be performed. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Thursday, April 13
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series presented by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation
Elon University School of Law
201 N. Greene Street, Greensboro, 6:30 p.m.

Kay Bailey Hutchison is a businesswoman and public servant with more than 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors, including two decades as the first woman to serve Texas as a United States senator. Hutchison was the highest-ranking Republican female prior to her retirement and Forbes magazine has ranked her one of the world's 100 most powerful women. The Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series presented by The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation is an integral part of Elon Law’s commitment to learning, lawyering and leadership.  Seats can be reserved at no cost at

Thursday, April 13
Elon University Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

The Percussion Ensemble presents their spring concert featuring the music of contemporary composers. Directed by Mariana Poole, the program includes a variety of musical styles played on both traditional and "found object" instruments. You never know what will happen next! Sponsored by the Department of Music

Tuesday, April 18
Global Neighborhood Film Series: No One Knows About Persian Cats
Global Commons Media Room 103, 7 p.m.

Two young musicians, Negar (Negar Shaghaghi) and Ashkan (Ashkan Koshanejad) are released from prison. They immediately immerse themselves in the underground rock scene in Tehran, Iran - "underground" because playing in public venues is outlawed. They plan to escape from their repressive country to play a concert in Europe, but first they need to find a rhythm section and some passports. They place their hope in Nader (Hamed Behdad), a savvy fixer who promises to get them to their gig. Themes: Music as art and political resistance and protest. (Iran, 2009, 106 min.)

Tuesday, April 18
Robert Bullard, “Climate Change as a Human Rights Issue: Why Equity Matters”
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 7:30 p.m.

Known as the “father of environmental justice”, Robert Bullard is recognized for his work examining the relationships between race, class, environmental health, urban planning and sustainable development. He has testified as an expert witness and served as a technical advisor on hundreds of civil rights lawsuits and public hearings over the past three decades. Dr. Bullard is the award-winning author of eighteen books, including Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality, for which he was awarded the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Conservation Achievement Award in Science. Dr. Bullard was featured in CNN People You Should Know, and Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. He will discuss the relationship between climate change and human rights and the importance of equity in environmental decision-making. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, African & African-American Studies, Center for Environmental Studies, Elon Core Curriculum, Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and Poverty and Social Justice

Tuesday, April 18
Elon World Percussion Ensemble Concert
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

A look at the rhythms that make up the roots of the African Diaspora. The African music from Cuba and the islands came up from New Orleans to Chicago from the Mississippi River. Today it thrives. The root is in the clave! Sponsored by the Department of Music

Thursday, April 20, 8:00-9:40 a.m. and 2:20-4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 21, 9:25-10:35 a.m. and 12:15-1:25 p.m.
Forum #6: “Beyond Earth Day,” led by Anthony Weston and Tony Crider
Oaks 212

Core Forums are shared intellectual experiences that are open to all Elon students, faculty, and staff. They address important interdisciplinary topics and allow community conversations about key global issues. Each Forum is repeated four times to allow any Elon student to attend and to allow COR 110 sections to attend as a class.

Thursday, April 20
Elon University Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Elon's Jazz Ensemble, directed by Rusty Smith, puts the pots on the stove for some serious cooking of big-band arrangements of well-known standards and jazz classics. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Thursday, April 20
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
Front Porch of Alamance, 9 p.m.

The Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt is a fun twist on the secular tradition of hunting for Easter eggs hidden overnight by the Easter Bunny. Bring your flashlight (or just a smartphone) and join us for a campus-wide hunt for hidden goodies. Every one of all ages are welcome to participate.

Thursday, April 27
Gospel Jubilee
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Elon University’s vocal jazz/a cappella ensemble, élan, presents an evening of music tracing the history and tradition of the gospel jubilee quartet featuring selections and arrangements from such groups as the Fiske Jubilee Singers and the Golden Gate Quartet. Featuring special guest artist Dr. Kevin Johnson, son of the late Willie T. Johnson (founding member of the Gates). Dr. Johnson’s appearance is supported in part by a grant from the Elon Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences.

Thursday-Monday, April 27- May 1
Elon Performing Arts Department, Music Theatre Program presents Little Women, the musical
Based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel, Little Women.
Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickson, Book by Allan Knee
Direction and Choreography by Linda Sabo; Musical Direction by Ethan Andersen
Roberts Studio, Scott Studios at Arts West, Thursday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 pm; Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. The timeless story of the March sisters coming of age in Massachusetts during the Civil War is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. Admission by reservation only: $13 for general public; free with valid Elon ID.  Reservations are highly recommended and will be taken beginning April 20 by calling (336) 278-5650.

Friday, April 28
Senior BA & BFA Thesis Exhibition
Opening reception, Gallery 406, 5:30 p.m.

These exhibitions are part of the graduating Elon Art Major’s capstone experience and represent the culmination of their art making endeavors. During the opening receptions, each exhibiting artist will present brief statements that offers context to their thesis. Exhibition runs through May 4.

Saturday, April 29
LEAD Capstone Presentations
Lindner Pavilion classrooms, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

An opportunity for students, faculty and staff to learn about Leadership Education and Development Program Common Good Projects. These are immersive endeavors undertaken by Tier III graduates, seeing to create positive and sustainable change in their local communities. LEAD participants and the Center for Leadership staff host eight separate 30-minute presentations offered at different time slots.

Saturday, April 29
TEDx @ Elon
Turner Theatre, Schar Hall, 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 29
Spring Choral Showcase
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The Elon choirs, Chorale and Camerata, each present their own set of works featuring African-American composers. Special guest appearance by the Spelman Glee Club, under the direction of Spelman Music Department Chair and Director of Choral Activities Dr. Kevin Johnson, presenting their own selections. The choirs will then combine to finish off with spirituals and gospel selections. Dr. Johnson’s appearance supported in part by a grant from the Elon Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences.