About The Office of Cultural & Special Programs

Elon University offers a rich and varied program of artistic cultural events that complement and support campus life and the thriving academic programs in art, dance, literature, music and theatre. Special lectures and presentations on timely topics support a broad range of curricular and co-curricular learning. The Elon University Lyceum Series, the Baird Lecture, and the Elon Common Reading Program are anticipated each year. Significant occasions such as convocations and commencements are important traditions for the university. All of these events are planned and implemented through the Office of Cultural and Special Programs.

Previous campus speakers include two former Secretaries of State, Madeleine Albright and General Colin Powell, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former president George H.W. Bush, Queen Noor of Jordan, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister David Cameron, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, poet and author Maya Angelou, violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson, renowned conservationist Jane Goodall, Walter Cronkite, George Will, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and NBC News Editor Brian Williams.

Please browse the cultural calendar listing for more information about upcoming performances. Information is also available through E-net, the Elon University online news source, www.elon.edu/e-net.