Below are some of our "signature" programs which are unique to Elon. They touch the lives of students both at the beginning of their college careers and as they prepare to leave. These programs encourage students to appreciate the communities they have come from and the one they will experience at Elon.
Since the spring of 1998, Elon has celebrated the 21st birthday of thousands of juniors and seniors. This quarterly program brings together students and their faculty or staff mentors at a commemorative dinner.
Senior administrators, including President Lambert, have welcomed the students to this rite of passage ceremony. Elon focuses on this 21st birthday transition to help students fully accept their new adult status in life and move with greater confidence into the future.
Faculty members offer inspirational after-dinner talks, sharing the wisdom of their life experiences. Each program ends with the toast: "The best is yet to be!"
The Truitt Center is deeply committed to providing opportunities for students to learn about and engage with religious and spiritual traditions outside their own. We believe that students learn and grow in powerful ways through meaningful engagement with difference. Therefore, the Truitt Center offers programs throughout the year which are aimed at creating opportunities for this type of interfaith engagement. Some examples of signature Truitt Center programs include: an Interfaith Lunch and Learn series during Winter Term (Winterfaith), site visits to diverse places of worship, and an interfaith immersion trip to Morocco.
The H. Shelton Smith Lecture Series honors a native of North Caroilna and a 1917 graduate of Elon College. Dr. Smith was the founding director of graduate studies in religion at Duke University and founder of the North Carolina Council of Churches in 1935 and served as its first president. His vision of the Council was that it would be "an interdenominational agency to deal with problems of social justice, racial relations ... or problems that confront the churches."
The Truitt Center is proud to honor the legacy of Dr. Smith by continuing the conversations he began on the issues of social justice, racial relations and the church’s role in society.
"Using and Abusing the Bible: Is there method in the madness?"
"When Religion Becomes Evil and When Religion Becomes Lethal"
2011 Dr. Tony Campolo
"From Civil Rights to Hip Hop: The Power of Young People"
"A View from the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer"
"Clarence Jordan and the God Movement"
"Religious Liberity: In Jeopardy?"
"Religious Freedom at a Crossroads: Church-State Issues and the U.S. Supreme Court"
"The Twelve Trives of American Politics"
"Honest Patriots: Loving a Country Enough to Remember Its Misdeeds"
"On Truth and Politics: Bonhoeffer on America"
"The New Ecumenical Challenge: Relating to People of Other Faiths"
"The Power of One: For Good or For Evil"
"Which America? Whose Religion? Religion and Public Life"
"Human Nature, Human Nurture, Human Hatred, Divine Love: Professor Smith's Legacy, Our Challenges"