First Year 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.

Fall 2020

“Biased,” The Elon Common Reading Keynote with Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt, author

Wed., Sep. 9, 7:30 p.m., Live Online

As part of this discussion on “Biased,” Elon’s Common Reading for 2020-21, Eberhardt will join Senior Lecturer in English Paula Patch in a moderated conversation with questions submitted by students in the Class of 2024.


A Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi

Mon., Sep. 21, 7:30 p.m., Live Online

Kendi, one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices, will be giving a virtual presentation on Monday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m., Live Online

Department of Performing Arts presents ‘Pheromone: An Awkward Olfactory Inquiry’

Oct. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 4 at 2 p.m., Book reservations here

About Pheromone:

Somewhere in a dilapidated warehouse in Atlanta, a new kind of party is just getting started. Wear a T-shirt for three days, put it in a Ziplock bag, bring it to the party, fall in love. What matters more in a successful relationship: biology or commitment? An awkwardly olfactory inquiry into the nature of attraction, betrayal and the quirky characters we meet in our quest to find true love.

CORE Civic Engagement Forum: GEN Z, Millennial’s & the 2020 Election with Charlotte Alter, Time Magazine National Correspondent

Tues., Oct. 20, 2:30 p.m., Live here on Zoom

Charlotte Alter, a national correspondent for Time and author of the new book, The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America, will be speaking on the upcoming election and the role of young and new voters.  Mark Dalhouse will be interviewing Charlotte about her work and her coverage of the 2020 Presidential Campaign. She will be available to take your questions via the Chat function on Zoom.

Katharine Wilkinson, “Vital Questions for a Living Planet”

Tues., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., Live Virtual Event, Register here

Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is a climate author, strategist, teacher, and vice president at Project Drawdown. Her publications include All We Can Save, The Drawdown Review, the New York Times best-seller Drawdown, and Between God & Green. TIME recently featured Dr. Wilkinson as one of 15 “women who will save the world.” Existential questions live at the heart of the climate crisis—questions that call us to make sense of this moment, imagine what’s possible, and participate in this era of great transformation. In this wide-ranging and interdisciplinary keynote, Dr. Katharine Wilkinson will share highlights from Project Drawdown’s pioneering and ongoing assessment of climate solutions, invite us to grapple with what it means to be human on a changing planet, and offer her insights about rapidly, radically reshaping society. Our call, as members in the community of life, is to live into the answers together.

Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Center for Environmental Studies, International and Global Studies Program, Kernodle Center for Civic Life, Political Science and Policy Studies, Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Nikki Giovanni, poetry reading

Wed., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., Live Online

Poet, radical, healer and sage, the prolific and perennially relevant Nikki Giovanni has shared her inspired and courageous voice for decades to touch our national consciousness on issues of race, gender, violence and inequality.

Reckoning with the Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity: A Conversation with Robert P. Jones

Tues., Oct. 27, 6:00-7:00 p.m., register here

Robert P. Jones is the CEO and founder of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and the author of White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity. Jones writes regularly in politics, culture, and religion for The Atlantic online, NBC Think, and other outlets. He is frequently featured in major national media, such as CNN, MSNBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others. He holds a Ph.D. in religion from Emory University and a M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of The End of White Christian America, which won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Spring 2021