Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Monday-Tuesday, April 1-30

Paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. Hosted by the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education (CREDE)

Paula Stephan, “How Economics Shapes Science”

Tuesday, April 2
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 5 p.m.

Phi Beta Kappa Lecture

This lecture focuses on how economics shapes science as practiced at public research organizations. It will examine how incentives and costs affect the practice of science and the role of costs in the practice of science, ranging from the multi-million-dollar cost of high-end equipment to the (not insignificant) cost of buying and maintaining mice! The lecture concludes with a discussion of how incentives and costs affect the way in which university labs are staffed, addressing the extreme dependence that has emerged in staffing labs with graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the U.S., and how the current funding environment promotes risk aversion on the part of researchers. This lecture is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa.

Paolo Andre Gualdi, piano

Tuesday, April 2
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Paolo André Gualdi has won the top prize in numerous piano competitions, including the European Competition in Ostuni, the Altruda National Competition of Vasto and the Francoise Grimaldi National Competition in San Polo. Winning the “De Martino Award” at the Ibla International Piano Competition enabled him to study at Elon University with Victoria Fischer Faw. During this period he won the First Prize in the 15th Bartók Kabalevsky International Competition. He served on the faculty at Elon University, Emmanuel College and Oxford College of Emory University. He is the founder and artistic director of the South Carolina Chamber Music Festival and is currently Associate Professor of Music at Francis Marion University and on the music faculty at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Julia Gillard, “Engagement in the Asian Century: The Opportunity of Our Lifetime”

Thursday, April 4
Alumni Memorial Gym, 3:30 p.m.

Elon University Spring Convocation

Gillard served as prime minister of Australia from 2010 to 2013. She was central to managing the Australian economy, the 12th largest in the world, during the global financial crisis and in 2012 generated worldwide attention for her speech in Parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life. During her tenure leading Australia, she delivered nation-changing policies including reforming the country’s educational system from early childhood to university. Gillard played key roles in improving the delivery and sustainability of health care in Australia, creating a national system to care for people with disabilities, restructuring the telecommunications sector and building a national broadband network. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 14 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610.

Holi Celebration

Friday, April 5
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 Truitt Center

First Friday Indian Shabbat

Friday, April 5
McBride Gathering Space, 7 p.m.

This event, immediately following the Holi festival of colors, celebrates Indian culture and our Southeast Asian community near and far. Join us for a celebration of Colorful Indian festivities, free food and community reflection on the transition to spring. Sponsored by Truitt Center and Hillel.

Grand Night

Friday-Saturday, April 5 & 6
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West

6:30 and 8:30 p.m., both nights
Directed by Dan Callaway, Musical direction by Valerie Maze

The much-anticipated annual evening of student-conceived and created numbers that range from Broadway’s golden age to contemporary works. Grand Night features all of Elon’s Music Theatre majors! Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be available at or the Roberts Studio Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts

Dragstravaganza & Dance Party

Friday, April 5
College TapHouse, 10 p.m.

As part of Elon Admissions’ Phoenix Fusion Weekend for prospective students of color and LGBTQIA students, the Gender & LGBTQIA Center hosts Dragstravaganza.  Annually, Elon hosts this annual drag show featuring professional and student performers who take the stage to educate around gender norms in a musically fun showcase of talent.  Student-led dance party to follow. Co-sponsored by Gender & LGBTQIA Center and Elon Admissions

Tectonic Plates: Alamance County’s Science Café: “Opioid addictions and pain management – 30 years of medical practice”

Tuesday, April 9
Fat Frogg Bar and Grill, Elon, 7 p.m.

Learn cutting edge science in a relaxed informal atmosphere without all the technical jargon. Programs held on the second Tuesday of each month (September through May). In April, Andy Lamb, Alamance Regional Medical Center and medical director for Elon University Physician Assistant Studies, will discuss pain management and opioid addiction.

Information is available at

Vivian Howard with Cynthia Hill, “A Chef’s Life”

Moderated by Marcie Cohen Ferris
Thursday, April 11
Whitley Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

James P. Elder Lecture

Howard is a chef, author and owner of two restaurants in Kinston, N.C., the Chef & the Farmer and Boiler Room Oyster Bar. Her PBS television series, “A Chef’s Life” was developed with Cynthia Hill as a documentary-style cooking show focusing on Southern traditions and food ingredients, the purveyors and glimpses of a local world that many may not be privy. With a 2014 Peabody award for Excellence in Broadcasting, two Emmys and two James Beard awards, the series continues to attract many fans to visit the restaurants and the region, contributing to Kinston’s increasing economic growth.  Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 21.

Department of Performing Arts presents “Arcadia” by Tom Stoppard

Thursday-Sunday, April 11-14
McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Directed by Fredrick J. Rubeck

A comedic masterwork, written by one of the greatest playwrights of the modern era. In his witty and thought-provoking play, Stoppard adroitly moves the action between the early 19th and late 20th centuries, while always remaining within the same room of a grand English estate. Across these centuries he weaves romance, sex, mathematics, literature, academia, garden design, chaos theory, physics and a tortoise into a compelling mystery that leaves many of the characters scratching their heads even as the audience learns the full truth. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 21 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610.

North Carolina Study Abroad Reentry Conference

Saturday, April 13
Turner Theatre and School of Communications classrooms, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The North Carolina Study Abroad Reentry Conference is designed to bring former study abroad students together from across North Carolina to share their experiences. Participants will also be able to share some of the common challenges and benefits that come from studying abroad. Sessions will focus on a range of topics from reverse culture shock, articulating the value of the experience, discovering intercultural skill enhancement, appropriately incorporating the experience into the job search, interviews and resumes, international work and scholarship opportunities, getting into the field of international education and many others. Registration:  $15 through March 16 and $20 afterwards. For information, visit

Forum #6: The relationship between humans and the natural world

Tuesday-Wednesday, April 16 & 17
Great Hall of Global Commons

Theme: Sustainability

Tuesday, April 16, 8:00-9:10 a.m. and 2:20-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17, 9:25-10:35 a.m. and 12:15-1:25 p.m.

For information, visit

David W. Orr, “Democracy in a Hotter Time”

Tuesday, April 16
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 7:30 p.m.

David W. Orr is an internationally recognized leader in the field of sustainability and environmental education. He is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies & Politics, Emeritus of Oberlin College and served as “Counselor to the President” of Oberlin College for ten years. Dr. Orr is the author of eight books, including Dangerous Years: Climate Change and the Long Emergency and Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse, and co-editor of three others. He has authored more than 220 articles, reviews, book chapters and professional publications. In the past twenty-five years, Dr. Orr has served as a board member or adviser to ten foundations and on the boards of many organizations including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He is currently directing a project on “The State of American Democracy”. Dr. Orr will outline the challenges faced by the sustainability movement and democratic systems, strategies to address them and the importance of a thriving democracy to moving toward a more sustainable society. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Center for Environmental Studies, Council on Civic Engagement, Elon Core Curriculum, Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and Political Science and Policy Studies

Elon Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, April 16
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Music Director Thomas Erdmann and the orchestra close his 15th season with guest pianist, alumnus and faculty member Katherine Thomas ’08 performing Koh-Ichi Hattori’s exciting “Concertino for Small Hands”. The ensemble will continue the Mozart cycle by playing his delightful “Symphony No. 8,” along with other great works. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Multifaith Scholars Senior Presentations

Wednesday, April 17
Isabella Cannon Room, 5:30 p.m.

Three members of the inaugural class of Elon Multifaith Scholars will present their two-year undergraduate research projects. Drawing on extensive interviews and participant-observation, Kristina Meyer will present her study of faith communities involved in social justice efforts, highlighting the labor rights organization Interfaith Worker Justice. Styrling Rohr will present an overview of her mixed methods research at the Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina, focusing on devotional music, multifaith themes, and Sikh perspectives on living in the U.S. An exhibition of Rohr’s photographs of members of the Sikh temple in Durham will be on display and she will also screen a short film featuring this community. Sophie Zinn’s presentation will foreground the experiences of religious and non-religious young-adult Danes facing increased xenophobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric in order to examine immigration and secularism in Denmark. A reception will follow.

Take Back the Night – Survivor Speak-Out

Thursday, April 18
Whitley Auditorium, 6:30 p.m

The Gender & LGBTQIA Center invites campus and community members to show support as we create a space and opportunity for survivors to share their stories of gender-based violence, harassment and abuse. Confidential advocates will be available throughout the event to provide individual support. A reception follows the speak-out with many campus and community resources, including confidential Violence Response, CrossRoads, Family Abuse Services, Counseling Services, the Title IX Office and student organizations. Co-Sponsored by the Gender & LGBTQIA Center and the aforementioned offices and community organizations

Elon Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert

Thursday, April 18
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

The Percussion Ensemble’s exciting spring concert features the music of contemporary composers. Directed by Mariana Poole, the program includes a variety of musical styles played on both traditional and “found object” instruments. Sponsored by the Department of Music

World Percussion Ensemble, “Afrocubanismo”

Thursday, April 18
Elon Taphouse, 10 p.m.

Afrocubanismo symbolizes the legitimacy of black identity in Cuban society, culture and art. From Dizzy Gillespie, the Bo Diddley beat and the I Love Lucy Show to Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana and Selena, we have long shared a musical heritage with Cuba. Even today, songs such as “Mi Gente” featuring Beyoncé and “Dinero” with JLo, DJ Khalid and Cardi B show that the influence is still strong.

The World Percussion Ensemble performs African-based Cuban percussion music to recreate the magic of these rhythmic forms that continues to inspire music today. The show honors black identity by performing Cuban folkloric, popular and religious music with a contemporary twist. The music features Son, Guaguanco, Iyesa, Egungun, Yambu, Conga de Comparsa and more. Our palette of instruments includes claves, congas, bongos, bells, shekere and timbales. We invite you to join us and experience this unique musical experience. Dancing will be encouraged!

The ensemble is directed by Professor Jim Roberts. Members: Andrew High, Erika Swinney, Professor Greg Hlavaty, Quint Slack, Justin Starr, Sam Ellingsworth and Professor Tony Crider.

Sponsored by the Department of Music

Stations of the Cross

Friday, April 19
Fonville Fountain – Scott Plaza, 12 p.m.

All are welcome to participate in the annual Stations of the Cross on the Christian observance of Good Friday. This walking journey involves prayer and reflection on the passion and death of Jesus Christ.  Rain location is in the Sacred Space of the Numen Lumen Pavilion. Sponsored by Catholic Campus Ministry

Passover Seder

Friday, April 19
Location TBD, 5:30 p.m.

Please join the Elon Hillel community for our annual Passover Seder, a musical and interactive community journey from slavery to freedom. Elon Hillel’s Passover Seder is open to the entire community. Bring your friends, Jewish and not, and join us under one roof to celebrate renewal, springtime and freedom. Tickets will be for sale on Elon Hillel’s website: Sponsored by Hillel.

“Messiah,” G.F. Handel

Friday, April 26
McCrary Theatre, 7 p.m. (NOTE Concert time)

The Elon choirs, Chorale and Camerata, combine with the Elon Festival Orchestra to present Handel’s timeless masterwork. In celebration of Dr. Futrell’s 20th year at Elon, Elon choral alumni are invited to join the Elon choirs in performing. (Please contact Dr. Futrell at if interested.) Selections from all three sections of “Messiah” will be performed. Guest soloists include: Julie Celona Van Gorden, soprano; Mary Gayle Greene, alto; Paul Groves, tenor; Kevin Bell, bass. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Instant Laughter

Friday-Saturday, April 26 & 27
Yeager Recital Hall, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m., both nights

Directed by Kevin Hoffmann

Elon’s comic improv team, Instant Laughter, takes the stage performing scenes and sketches based on audience suggestions. Need a laugh? Join us for an evening of improv comedy! Admission: $15 at the door. All proceeds benefit Elon’s theatre arts program. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts

“Not Just for Kids”

Tuesday, April 30
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Elon University’s vocal jazz/commercial ensemble, élan, performs jazz, a cappella and straight renditions of popular cartoon themes, music from kids’ TV programming and songs from animated features with rhythm section. The program features familiar songs from classics such as Jungle Book, Willy Wonka, Sesame Street, Schoolhouse Rock, Pinocchio, The Wizard of Oz, The Prince of Egypt and many more. Sponsored by the Department of Music