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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Thursday-Saturday, February 1 - February 3
Department of Performing Arts presents "Moment"
By Deirdre Kinahan; Directed by Kim Shively
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West, Thursday - Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday matinee, 2 p.m.

Nial Lynch returns home to suburban Dublin years after the tragic moment that changed his family forever. Tensions rise as old wounds are reopened in this darkly funny drama. Not suitable for children under 13. Admission is $13 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be taken beginning January 13 by calling the Roberts Studio Theatre Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650 or online at

Monday, February 5
Renee Van der Stelt: Neck of the Woods: Marrow
Gallery 406, Arts West, Artist talk and opening reception, 5:30 p.m.

Van der Stelt's graphite drawings and objects reveal a complex relationship to the rural landscape in the United States as it relates to control, trust and deeds. Legal instruments can be used in subtle ways to protect territories and perpetuate tight borders and ownership through culturally inherited forms of shame and fear. A deep interest in maps further informs these works. Exhibition continues through March 9.

Tuesday, February 6
"Olympic Pride, American Prejudice", film screening
Turner Theatre, 7 p.m.

This award-winning film explores the experiences of 18 African American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitler's Olympics or participating in the Third Reich's grandest affair, the film follows 16 men and two women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. They represented a country that considered them second-class citizens and competed in a country that rolled out the red carpet in spite of an undercurrent of Aryan superiority and anti-Semitism. Part of Elon's Black History Month Programming. Q&A will follow with the filmmakers. Sponsored by Elon Athletics, Elondocs, African and African American Studies, and the CREDE

Wednesday, February 7
Lunar New Year
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 6 p.m.

Join the Asian-Pacific Student Association (APSA) as we kick off the Lunar New Year with our annual celebration! There will be games, traditional performances, fun activities and authentic Asian food. Experience the different ways that parts of Asia celebrate this time of year. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and the Asian-Pacific Student Association

Wednesday, February 7
Stephanie Elizondo Griest, nonfiction reading
Johnston Hall, 7 p.m.

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the award-winning author of three travel memoirs (Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough; and All the Agents & Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands) and the best-selling guidebook 100 Places Every Woman Should Go. She has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, The Believer, VQR, and Oxford American, and edited Best Women's Travel Writing 2010. An Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at UNC-Chapel Hill, she has performed across the globe, including in Venezuela as a featured author with the U.S. State Department. Distinctions include a Henry Luce Scholarship to China, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, and a Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting. Sponsored by The English Department

Thursday-Sunday, February 8-11
Department of Performing Arts presents "Baby"
Book by Sybille Pearson, Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.,  Music by David Shire, based upon a story developed with Susan Yankowitz; Directed and choreographed by Linda Sabo; Musical direction by Valerie Maze
McCrary Theatre, Thursday - Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m.

"Baby" is a musical that takes place on a college campus and explores the reactions of three couples to each couple’s unexpected pregnancy: college juniors who have just moved in together, a thirty-something couple who have had trouble conceiving, and a mid-40s Dean and his wife who already have grown children. As New York Times critic Frank Rich wrote about the original, “Mr. Shire writes with sophistication over a range that embraces rock, jazz and the best of Broadway schmaltz... Mr. Maltby's lyrics are not just smart and funny, but often ingenious."  Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available January 18 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610.

Monday, February 12
Contemporary Play Reading Series: "Indecent" by Paula Vogel
Isabella Cannon Room, 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, February 13
Mardi Gras
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 5:30 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to the celebration of "Fat Tuesday" or Mardi Gras. The New Orleans-style party will feature chicken gumbo, beans and rice, king cake, beads and live jazz music. Learn about these traditions before the start of the Christian season of Lent. Sponsored by Catholic Campus Ministries, LEAF (Lutherans, Episcopalians, and Friends) and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Tuesday, February 13
Tectonic Plates: Alamance County's Science Café with Rachel Force
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 February, Rachel Force, Elon Assistant Professor of Psychology, will discuss BYOB: Boost Your Own Brain!

Information is available até

Tuesday, February 13
Carrie Newcomer with Gary Walters, piano
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Elon University Lyceum Series

Newcomer is a folksinger and Grammy Award winner who toured with Alison Krauss in Europe, and Nickel Creek recorded her song "I Should've Known Better." With more than a dozen recordings of original music to her credit, Newcomer is recognized as an influential artist who cuts across secular and spiritual boundaries. Gary Walters, an active musician working in a variety of genres, is a long-time collaborator and will accompany on piano. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available January 22 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610.

Wednesday, February 14
Ash Wednesday
Elon Community Church, 12:15 and 9 p.m.

All are welcome to receive ashes during a worship service beginning the Christian season of Lent. The 12:15 p.m. worship is ecumenical (Protestant and Catholic) and the 9 p.m. service is a Catholic Mass. A shorter Ash Wednesday service is also available in the Sacred Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, at 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by Catholic Campus Ministries, LEAF (Lutherans, Episcopalians and Friends), and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Wednesday, February 14
The Vagina Monologues
Whitley Auditorium, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

Based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with women of different ages, nationalities, ethnicities and circumstances, the monologues celebrate women's sexuality and strength and are performed by Elon students as part of the National V-Day campaign to stop interpersonal violence. A catered reception for the cast, sponsored by WGSS, will be held between performances in West Parlor. Admission: $5. Proceeds benefit CrossRoads Sexual Assault Response and Resource Center of Alamance County. Sponsored by EFFECT

Saturday, February 17
22nd Annual Jazz Festival Concert
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Jazz saxophonist Doug Henry, a staple of the Charlotte, NC jazz scene for nearly four decades and current member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, joins the jazz ensemble to showcase both classic and current jazz compositions along with dazzling improvisation. The evening will conclude with a performance of the Marcus Roberts Trio, a long-term musical partnership between Marcus Roberts (piano), Rodney Jordan (bass) and Brian Carter (drums). Sponsored by the Department of Music and the Office of Cultural and Special Programs

Monday, February 19
Nancy Allbritton, "Personalized Medicine: Your Organs on a Microchip"
McCrary Theatre, 7 p.m.
Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series

Allbritton's research interests include biomedical microdevices, pharmacoengineering, cell signaling and microfabricated systems. Her multidisciplinary approach to problem solving brings together technologies from biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. The founder of three companies, Allbritton currently has 12 patents stemming from her research with nine more pending.

Allbritton is the Kenan Professor and Chair of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. In April 2017, she received the UNC Chapel Hill Inventor of the Year Award for her research in technological advancements and commercialization. She was part of a team of researchers from the University of North Carolina system that was awarded a $5.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Tuesday-Wednesday, February 20 & 21
Forum #4: Periclean Scholars Class of 2018: A Discussion on Intentional and Sustainable Service

Tuesday, 8:00-9:10 a.m. and 2:20-3:30 p.m., Great Hall of Global Commons
Wednesday, 9:25-10:35 a.m. and 12:15-1:25 p.m., Great Hall of Global Commons

Forum for first-year students in COR 110.

Wednesday, February 21
Margaret Regan,  "Detention, Deportation and Death: Immigrants Under Fire in the United States"
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 5:30 p.m.

This lecture will explore the topics author and journalist, Margaret Regan examines in her books Detained and Deported: Immigrants Under Fire and The Death of Josseline. Regan's eyewitness reporting of detention centers, visits to the border town of Nogales, Sonora, and the accompaniment of Border Patrol on search and rescue missions, illuminate the lives and fate of undocumented immigrants who are either trying to cross the U.S.-Mexican border or have been arrested after living in and establishing families in the United States. Her research into the lives of immigrants highlights issues of increased border enforcement and the subsequent deportations or tragic deaths that many of them face as they venture to make their way to a better life in the U.S.

Margaret Regan is a journalist in Tucson, Arizona and the author of two prizewinning books on immigration. Her most recent book, Detained and Deported, is currently being used as the Common Reading for the first-year students at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. Sponsored by Peace and Conflict Studies

Wednesday, February 21
Community Connections, "The Erosion of Public Trust"
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, Time

Students, faculty, staff and local community members discuss a chosen topic in an open, educational and respectful forum to benefit Elon University and the wider community. Sponsored by the Council on Civic Engagement and the Burlington Times-News

Thursday, February 22
"No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka" film screening
Turner Theatre, Schar Hall, 7 p.m.

This documentary investigates the final weeks of the Sri Lankan civil war. Using harrowing raw footage, this film documents the numerous human rights atrocities that occurred in northern Sri Lanka in 2008-2009, as the Sri Lankan army advanced on positions held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Dr. Mathew Gendle and members of the Periclean Scholars Class of 2019 will lead an informal discussion of the film following the screening. Sponsored by the Periclean Scholars Class of 2019, Project Pericles, and the Elon College Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences

Thursday, February 22
"The Mountaintop"
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Elon University Lyceum Series

April 3, 1968 was the day before Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. He spent his last night in Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel. Katori Hill's The Mountaintop imagines what that night might have been like. L.A. Theatre Works touring production is directed by Shirley Jo Finney and performed by Karen Malina White and Gilbert Glenn Brown. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available February 1 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610. Note: contains mature language.

Friday - Sunday, February 23-25
2018 RIPPLE Conference: Healing Our World: Interfaith and Social Justice"
Numen Lumen Pavilion, Check-in begins Friday at 4 p.m.

Ripple is an Elon student-created interfaith conference that seeks to, instead of simply talk about interfaith, make interfaith happen. Participants will engage in dialogue, reflection, and training through keynote speakers, panels, and interactive breakout workshops. This year’s Ripple theme will explore the value of engaging in social justice from different worldviews and perspectives.

Registration/Admission: $15 for Elon faculty, staff, and students; $40 for students and $100 for faculty and staff from surrounding colleges and universities. Register at Sponsored by The Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Saturday, March 17
Dan Skidmore, violin, Mary Ann Bills, piano
Whitley Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Daniel Skidmore (violin faculty at Elon University) and Mary Ann Bills (piano faculty at Wake Forest University) will present music of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Novacek, Dvorak and Foss. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Sunday, February 25
"Temple Grandin", film screening
Turner Theatre, Schar Hall, 4 and 7 p.m.

The HBO biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. Starring Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, David Strathaim, and Catherine O'Hara. 1 hour 47 minutes, rated PG.

Film will be shown in advance of Dr. Grandin's visit to Elon University on Tuesday, February 27. See the separate listing for her evening lecture in McCrary Theatre entitled, "Developing Individuals with Different Kinds of Minds." Sponsored by Autism Speaks U, Elon Teaching Fellows, the Liberal Arts Forum and the Office of Cultural and Special Programs

Monday, February 26
Deliberative Dialogue: Safety and Justice - How Should Communities Reduce Violence?
Moseley Center 215, 4:30 p.m.

Many Americans are concerned that something is going on with violence in communities, law enforcement, and race that is undermining the national ideals of safety and justice for all. How should communities increase safety while at the same time ensuring justice? What should we do to ensure that the police have the support they need to fairly enforce the law? What should we do as citizens to help reduce violence of all kinds in our communities and the national as a whole?

This Deliberative Dialogue on the topic of safety and justice is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to gather and exchange diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of a challenge facing our society and to search for common ground for action. This model has been established by the National Issues Forum, a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues. Advance registration is required so please click here to register.Sponsored by the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and Council on Civic Engagement

Monday, February 26
Black History Month Dance Concert, "Ubuntu"
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Artistic Director and Choreographer: Jason Aryeh

"I am what I am because of who we all are." In celebration of Black history, "Ubuntu" performance production embodies the ideas of connection, community and mutual caring for all through dance and music.  Sponsored by Department of Performing Arts and the Office of Cultural & Special Programs

Tuesday, February 27
Temple Grandin, "Developing Individuals Who Have Different Kinds of Minds"
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Grandin is a prominent author and expert in the fields of animal science and autism as well as a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. In her lecture, she will discuss different ways of thinking including visual, math pattern and verbal. Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available February 6 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610. Sponsored by Autism Speaks U, Elon Teaching Fellows, the Liberal Arts Forum and the Office of Cultural and Special Programs