Mark Holmes, Artist talk

Tuesday, March 13
Gallery 406, Arts West, 5:30 p.m.

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Spring Convocation with Angela Duckworth

Thursday, April 5
Alumni Gym, 3:30 p.m.

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Jill Lepore, “The Rise and Fall of The Fact”

Wednesday, April 10
Whitley Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

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Brother Ali, “Race, Faith and Hip Hop”

Wednesday, April 18
McKinnon Hall, 7 p.m.

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“American Idiot”

Thursday-Monday, April 26-30, six performances
Roberts Studio Theatre, Arts West

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Sunday, April 1
Easter Celebration
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 11 a.m.

While often represented with colorful eggs, candies, and springtime festivities, Easter Sunday is the most important holiday of the year in the Christian tradition. It is the culmination of the preceding Holy Week and is marked with joy and celebration. A morning service (Catholic Mass) will be held on campus and all are invited and welcome. Sponsored by Catholic Campus Ministry

Thursday, April 5
Elon University Spring Convocation with Angela Duckworth
Alumni Gym, 3:30 p.m.

Angela Duckworth is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and co-founder of the Character Lab, a nonprofit organization that advances the science and practice of character development in K-12 schools. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams and Fortune 500 CEOs.

In her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Duckworth provides a personal account of her research and mines fascinating insights from history. She also shares what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance and what she's learned from interviewing other high achievers from academics, business and sports. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 12 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call 336-278-5610.

Thursday, April 5
Mental Health and the Student-Athlete: Innovative CARE
Lakeside Meeting Room 212, Moseley Center, 6-9 p.m.

The 5th Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium will educate the Elon community about the ever-important issues surrounding mental health in student-athletes as well as other busy, high achieving students. This symposium hopes to shed light on new, innovative programs that will allow all students and student-athletes to perform to their full potential through the creation of supportive environments. Sponsored by Elon BrainCARE Research Institute; Department of Exercise Science, Neuroscience Program and Department of Physical Therapy Education

Friday - Saturday, April 6&7
Grand Night
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., both nights
Directed by Dan Callaway

An hour of show-stopping numbers from students in the Department of Performing Arts. Admission is $13 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be taken beginning March 30 by calling the Roberts Studio Theatre Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650.

Saturday, April 7
Symposium on College Student Mental Health
Yeager Recital Hall & Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts, 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

This event will address mental health on college campuses. Focusing on depression and suicide, the symposium will bring together university faculty and staff, community mental health leaders, and students who consider the issue of mental health from alternative perspectives. The symposium will include a plenary presentation from our keynote speaker, an expert in the study of mental health. While the symposium will address mental health broadly, an interest in dialogue and education about suicidality is at the heart of the symposium. Sponsored by the Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences

Tuesday, April 10
George Dyson, "Artificial Intelligence: From Analog to Digital and Back"
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 5 p.m.

The best way to gain a sense of where A.I. is taking us is to look back at how we got to where we are today. George Dyson is an independent historian of technology, whose subjects have included the development (and redevelopment) of the Aleut kayak (Baidarka), the evolution of artificial intelligence (Darwin Among the Machines), a path not taken into space (Project Orion), and the transition from numbers to mean things to numbers that do things in the aftermath of World War II (Turing's Cathedral). Sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa

Tuesday, April 10
La Tanya Autry, "Reform or Revolution: Centering Social Justice in Museums"
Clohan Theatre, Inman Admissions Building, 6 p.m.
Art History Speaker Series

La Tayna S. Autry, Curator of Art and Civil Rights at the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College, discusses how we can decolonize our museums and create socially just centers. Her critique calls for systemic change grounded in intersectionality and equity. In challenging the status quo, she questions the very definition of museums. While completing her PhD in art history at the University of Delaware and working as a curatorial fellow in photography at the Yale University Art Gallery, Autry co-curated, with Gabriella Svennington Omonte, The Art of Black Dissent, a traveling pop-up exhibition and dialogue-based program (; she also began an internationally crowdsourced list of social justice and museum resources in the wake of #museumsrespondtoferguson and collaborated with Mike Murawski on "Museums Are Not Neutral."

Tuesday, April 10
Tectonic Plates: Alamance County's Science Café with Patricia Thomas-Laemont
Fat Frogg Bar and Grill, 7 p.m.

Learn cutting edge science in a relaxed informal atmosphere without all the technical jargon. Programs are held on the second Tuesday of each month (February through May). In April, Patricia Thomas-Laemont, Elon Instructor in Environmental Studies, will discuss Bone Mysteries: What Skulls Reveal About Mammal Behavior.

Information is available até

Wednesday, April 11
Jill Lepore, "The Rise and Fall of the Fact"
Whitley Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.
James P. Elder Lecture

Jill Lepore is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes about American history, law, literature and politics. Her books include “The Name of War,” which won the Bancroft Prize; “New York Burning,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history; “The Story of America,” which was short-listed for the PEN Literary Award for the Art of the Essay; “Book of Ages,” a finalist for the National Book Award; and “The Secret History of Wonder Woman,” winner of the 2015 American History Book Prize. Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and an affiliated faculty member at Harvard Law School.Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 21 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call 336-278-5610. Sponsored by the Elon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Thursday, April 12
Elon University Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 5 p.m.

This year, the prestigious Elon Medal Award will be presented to Mitch Kapor, investor, serial entrepreneur, technology giant, innovator and social advocate. Throughout his impressive career, Kapor has been a longtime advocate for social change and a visionary in the personal computing industry. In 1982, he founded Lotus Development Corporation and designed the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet that made the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world. His background includes serving as the Founding Chair of the Mozilla Foundation and early angel investments in Dropcam, Twillio, Asana and Uber; as well as founding The Kapor Center for Social Impact, which focuses on tech inclusion and social impact. He also serves as a partner of Kapor Capital which is a firm that focuses on information technology driven, seed stage startups that drive positive social impact by drawing on the lived experiences of their founders.

The Elon Medal Award is bestowed upon an individual each year who is a leader in their field or industry and who exemplifies the values of Elon University. These values include integrity and service, innovation and creativity, a passion for lifelong learning, as well as a commitment to building a dynamic community of engagement. Previous Elon University Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership recipients include Dr. Muhammed Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, founder of Grameen Bank, and chairman of the Yunus Centre; Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, founder and CEO of Pace Communications and Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross;  Dr. Patrick Awuah, Jr., founder and president, Ashesi University and Mr. Guy Harvey, wildlife artist and conservationist. Sponsored by the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and the Doherty Center for Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship 

Thursday, April 12
Andrea J. Pitts, "Carceral Medicine and Prison Abolition"
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 7 p.m.
Ferris E. Reynolds Lecture in Philosophy

By drawn from the fields of critical prison studies, bioethics, and social epistemology, this presentation proposes that the severity of structural injustices within U.S. prison healthcare settings provide strong reasons to support efforts to dismantle carceral systems of punishment.

Andrea J. Pitts is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Their research interests includes philosophy of race and gender, social epistemology, Latin American and U.S. Latina/o philosophy, and philosophy of medicine. Their publications appear in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy Radical Philosophy Review, and Inter-American Journal of Philosophy.

Thursday, April 12
Elon University Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

The Percussion Ensemble's exciting spring program features the music of contemporary composers. Directed by Mariana Poole, the ensemble performs 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

Thursday - Sunday, April 12-15
Department of Performing Arts presents William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"
Directed by Fredrick J. Rubeck
McCrary Theatre, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

One of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, featuring unrequited love, mistaken identity and gender bending! Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 22 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610.

Friday, April 13
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 we throw colored powder to celebrate the earth returning to color and life and good triumphing over evil. Wear old clothing that can get dirtied by paint. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Friday, April 6
Indian Shabbat
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 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. Celebrate Japanese flower blossom festivities, free Japanese food and community reflection on the transition to spring. Sponsored by Hillel and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Sunday, April 15
Elon University Brass Quintet Spring Recital
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

The students of the Elon University Brass Quintet under the direction of Rusty Smith and accompanied by organist Billy Summers will present a program of chamber music for brass and organ. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Monday, April 16
Steffen Kaupp, Queering the Family, Queering the Nation State: On Kutlug Ataman's film "Lola und Bilidikid"
Carlton Commons, 3:30 p.m.

This talk investigates family as a way to negotiate the tension between ethnic, sexual and national identity by showing how in 20th century German film, representations of sexuality and family intersect. Discussing Kutlug Ataman's "Lola and Bilidikid," Kaupp will argue that fictional narratives engage with post-45 German history through a queering of traditional family structures.

Steffen Kaupp received his doctorate from Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies. He is currently an assistant teaching professor at the University of Notre Dame. Co-sponsored by German Studies; the Department of World Languages and Cultures; Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies; Gender & LBGTQIA Center

Tuesday, April 17
Stan Meiburg, "The Future of Environmental Protection"
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 7:30 p.m.

Stan Meiburg was the Acting Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2014 to 2017, the culmination of a 39-year career with EPA. He served in senior career positions as EPA's Deputy Regional Administrator in the Southeast and South Central regions of the United States, as well as in EPA's air office in Research Triangle Park and in Washington, DC. Among his many honors, he received EPA's Distinguished Career Service Award, EPA's Gold Medal for his work on the Clean Air Act Amendments, the Commander's Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army, and was recognized by President Obama as a Distinguished Federal Executive in 2012, the highest civilian award for a Federal senior executive. He holds the B.A. degree from Wake Forest University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies in Sustainability at Wake Forest University.

Dr. Meiburg will share his insights on the future of environmental protection. Drawing on both his experience and contemporary controversies, he will discuss how science is essential and necessary for environmental protection but not sufficient, how the EPA's role may evolve in the future, and how citizens can be affirmatively engaged in this critical work. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, Center for Environmental Studies, Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and Political Science and Policy Studies

Tuesday, April 17
Elon Orchestra Spring Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The ensemble closes Music Director Thomas Erdmann's 14th season with Bartok's Rumanian Folk Dances, Frede Grofe's Mississippi Suite, and continue the Mozart symphony cycle with Symphony No. 7B in B-flat Major. Featured soloist is soprano and Elon alumna Susan Hahn singing two songs by Purcell. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Wednesday, April 18
Brother Ali, "Race, Faith and Hip Hop"
McKinnnon Hall, Moseley Center, 7 p.m.

Rhymesayers recording artist Brother Ali will perform and participate in a discussion about his music and its relationship to his understanding of race in the United States and his Muslim faith. Brother Ali’s music over his twenty-year long career has evolved from expressions of teen-age angst to advocacy for racial equity to spiritual exploration. His music has created a space for activism that brings Muslims and non-Muslims together to confront US history and society’s treatment of minorities and the poor. He has appeared on Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon and has been featured numerous times by NPR. His albums regularly appear in lists of the best underground hip-hop. He currently records for independent grassroots record label Rhymesayers. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion, Cultural and Society; the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, the Philosophy Department, and Department of Religious Studies

Thursday, April 19
Elon University Choral Masterworks Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Gerald R. Knight, the Elon choirs, Chorale and Camerata, combine with the Elon Festival Orchestra to present Randall Thompson's The Testament of Freedom (based on the writings of Thomas Jefferson), selections from Kirk Mecham's Songs of the Slave, and Randall Thompson's The Last Words of DavidSponsored by the Department of Music

Monday, April 23
Contemporary Play Reading Series: "The Antipodes" by Annie Baker
Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.

The Contemporary Play Reading Series welcomes students, faculty and staff to join us in reading a contemporary script. Note: Many of these plays contain adult themes and are not suitable for children under 13.

Tuesday, April 24
"A Tribute to the Manhattan Transfer"
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Elon a cappella/vocal jazz ensemble, élan, presents a variety of pieces spanning the dynamic career of one of the most popular and beloved vocal jazz groups in the world. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Thursday-Monday, April 26-30
Department of Performing Arts presents "American Idiot"
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West
Music by Green Day, Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong, Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. Directed by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato, Musical Direction by Valerie Maze, Scenic Design by Charles Johnson, Vocal Coaching by Brian Kremer
Thursday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; Monday, 7:30 p.m.

A sung through stage adaptation of Green Day’s concept album punk rock opera. Our story deals with three disaffected young men: Johnny, Tunny and Will, seeking meaning in a confusing time within stifling societal restrictions. Although set shortly after the events of 9/11, its theme of disenfranchised youth is universal, from Cain and Abel to James Dean we have heard the story time after time. This music resonates with the generation that grew up on it, and ironically, some of the societal and political problems it rails against have actually escalated since the show’s inception and Broadway run. Come prepared to rock out, and maybe recognize a bit of yourself onstage. Note: not suitable for children under 13. Admission is $13 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be taken beginning April 19 by calling the Roberts Studio Theatre Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650 or online at

Saturday, April 28
Elon University Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Rusty Smith, the jazz ensemble performs a wide range of jazz styles from traditional to contemporary, swing to latin, and all points in between. Sponsored by the Department of Music