Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, “Inaugural Spirit and Pride Speaker”

Thursday, April 2
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 6:30 p.m.


Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza is a Transqueer Latinx activist scholar and theologian. Their dynamic and inspiring presentations explore the Intersections of queer justice, anti-racism and faith/spirituality. They are the author of the book Activist Theology: Recognizing the Prophetic Edge in the Streets, the founder of the Activist Theology Project, and a Visiting Scholar at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, the Gender and LGBTQIA Center, the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education.  Admission is free; no ticket required.

Department of Performing Arts presents “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare

Thursday – Sunday, April 2-5
McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, Apr. 2-3, 7:30 p.m., Apr. 4, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Apr. 5, 2 p.m.

Directed by Kevin Otos

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark depicts Prince Hamlet and his revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet’s father in order to seize his throne and marry Hamlet’s mother. Hamlet is considered among the most powerful and influential works of world literature. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning March 12 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For ticket information, call (336) 278-5610.

Holi Celebration

Friday, April 3 (rain date: Friday, April 17)
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.

Scott L. Delp, “Harnessing Big Data to Optimize Human Movement and Health”

Monday, April 6
McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.

Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series

Arthritis-induced pain and reduced mobility are thought to be correlated with many serious health impacts including obesity, depression, reduced earning capacity and increased medical costs for treatments. Scott Delp would respond with a virtual treasure trove of functional and dysfunctional movement data. Delp also believes that the existing big data about movement will lead to a much deeper understanding of dysfunctional movement that is needed in order to optimize treatment and prevent limited mobility regardless of the cause. Admission is free; ticket not required.

Grace Tessein, Elon Artist-in-Residence, artist talk and opening reception

Tuesday, April 7
Gallery 406, Arts West, 5:30 p.m.

Grace Tessein is Elon University’s Artist-in-Residence for the 2019-20 academic year. She received an MFA in Ceramics at Louisiana State University in 2018 and her BFA in Ceramics and Painting/Drawing from Temple University. She was a recipient of the 2017 Warren Mackenzie Advancement Award from the Northern Clay Center, the 2017 Joe Boya Ceramic Art Award and the Michael Daugherty Memorial Fund at USA, and a Kiln God Award at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in 2014. The work that will comprise the exhibition will be mixed media sculptures that address both the preservation and the deterioration that occurs in death. Each piece will explore different ways in which the human body imbeds itself into the member of a place or object, connecting humanity through the passage of time. Exhibition runs through May 1.

An Evening with Jimmy Wales

Tuesday, April 7
Alumni Memorial Gym, Koury Athletic Center, 7:30 p.m.

The Baird Lecture

Jimmy Wales is a leading technology futurist, founder of Wikipedia, the fifth-most popular website worldwide, and WikiTribune, an ad-free global news platform. Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People,” Wales has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of the top 250 leaders around the world for his professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to shape the future. Wales is a fellow of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and serves on the boards of Socialtext, a provider of wiki technology to businesses, and the nonprofit organization, Creative Commons. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning March 17 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For ticket information, call (336) 278-5610.

Passover Seder

Wednesday, April 8
Elon Community Church, 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, spring time, and freedom. Sponsored by Hillel. Tickets will be for sale on Elon Hillel’s website:

The Dash Duo, trumpet, with Polina Khatsko, piano

Thursday, April 9
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Elon University Lyceum Series

Founded in 2010, the Dash Duo has delighted audiences across the United States with their virtuoso performances. Trumpeters Mary Elizabeth Bowden and David Dash teach at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The duo has given recitals at UNCSA, Lee University and the University of New Mexico as well as several concert series. Mary and David also perform together in the Watson Brass, the faculty quintet at UNCSA. Admission is free; no ticket required.

Mass of the Last Supper

Thursday, April 9
Holt Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Stations of the Cross

Friday, April 10
Scott Plaza, Fonville Fountain, 12 p.m. (rain location: Numen Lumen Pavilion)

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.

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Friday, April 10
Holt Chapel, 3 p.m.

Easter Mass

Sunday, April 12
Alumni Gym, 11 a.m.

Tectonic Plates: Alamance County’s Science Café with Antonio Izzo, Elon University, Want to catch a fungus? Better start thinking like one!

Tuesday, April 14
Fat Frogg Bar and Grill, 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). Information is available at

Admission is free; no ticket required.

The Great Hack – Documentary Film Screening & Panel

Tuesday, April 14
Turner Theatre, Schar Hall, 7 p.m.


THEY TOOK YOUR DATA. THEN THEY TOOK CONTROL. Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset. It’s being weaponized to wage cultural and political warfare. People everywhere are in a battle for control of our most intimate personal details. THE GREAT HACK uncovers the dark world of data exploitation with astounding access to the personal journeys of key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal. This breakthrough documentary was directed by award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, and co-written and edited by noted Elon alumna, Erin Barnett, who will introduce the film and join a panel of speakers as part of this exciting screening event.

THE GREAT HACK is one of this season’s most talked about films on Netflix, receiving rave reviews as one of the most pressing and important documentaries to be released since the 2016 election cycle. It has been an official selection at numerous prestigious film festivals, including the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, AFI Docs, and Sheffield Doc Fest. Academy-Award nominated directors Amer and Noujaim (The Square, Control Room, continue their tradition of exploring the seismic ripples of social media with this riveting, complex film. THE GREAT HACK forces us to question the origin of the information we consume daily, and to ask ourselves how much do we REALLY give up when we tap that smartphone or keyboard to share ourselves in the digital age? Sponsored by the Elon University Chapter of Net Impact, The NC Professional Chapter of Net Impact, and the Martha & Spencer Love School of Business. Admission is free; no ticket required.

Elon University Percussion Ensemble

Wednesday, April 15
Yeager Recital Hall, Center for the Arts

Under the direction of Mariana Poole, the Percussion Ensemble’s exciting spring program features the music of contemporary composers including a variety of styles played on both traditional and “found object” instruments. Admission is free; no ticket required.

James P. Elder Lecture and Phi Beta Kappa Lecture with Frederick M. Lawrence

Thursday, April 16
Whitley Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

Renowned scholar, attorney, author and secretary/CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Lawrence is one of the nation’s leading experts on civil rights, free expression and bias crimes. A distinguished lecturer at Georgetown Law Center, he previously served as president of Brandeis University, dean of the George Washington University Law School and visiting professor and senior research scholar at Yale Law School. He is author of Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law, a book that examines bias-motivated violence and the laws governing how that violence is punished in the United States. At Phi Beta Kappa, he has focused on advocacy for the arts, humanities and sciences, championing free expression, free inquiry and academic freedom. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available March 26 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For ticket information, call (336) 278-5610.

Multifaith Scholars Senior Celebration

Monday, April 20
Numen Lumen Pavilion, 5:30 p.m.

The members of Elon’s second class of Multifaith Scholars will present their two-year undergraduate research projects. Marjorie Anne Foster (Journalism) will discuss the experiences of college-age Muslims in North Carolina. Kathryn Gerry (Political Science and International & Global Studies) will share findings about religious and other changes instantiated by widespread worker migration from South India to the Gulf states. Katie Hooker (Strategic Communications) will focus on interactions between Christian and Vodou traditions among Haitians in Miami, Florida. Hannah Thorpe (Religious Studies and Psychology) will analyze how anti-Semitism and white nationalist movements have shaped racial identity in a small southern town. Sonya Walker (Journalism and Religious Studies) will examine Islamophobia in the U.S. airline industry. A reception will follow. Admission is free; no ticket required.

Yom HaShoah – ‘The Reading of the Names’

Tuesday, April 21
Moseley Student Center Main Entrance, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

On Yom HaShoah, the Jewish holiday originally established by the Israeli government in 1953 as a day for the citizens of Israel to remember those murdered during the Holocaust, Jewish communities and individuals worldwide will gather in cities across the world to read aloud the names of persons who perished in the Shoah. Every community has a different list. Elon will join this tradition to emphasize the depth of loss by reading the names of Holocaust victims each accompanied by a year and location one after another. We encourage members of the Elon community to participate in this collaborative act of remembrance during which we will be reading from books of names of those who perished in the Holocaust. This event is organized by Jewish Studies and Elon Hillel.

Elon University Orchestra

Tuesday, April 21
McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Thomas Erdmann concludes his 16th season with Franz Schubert’s monumental Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, and the hauntingly gorgeous Psalm and Fugue by Alan Hovhaness. The featured oboe soloist is Elon Alumnus Thomas Turanchik performing Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon. Admission is free; no ticket required.

stef m. shuster, “The Social Life of “Evidence” in Transgender Medicine, 1950-2010”

Thursday, April 23
Global Commons, Media Room #103, 6 p.m.

Dr. shuster examines the social life of “evidence” in how providers of transgender medicine make decisions in assessing their patients’ requests for gender transition-related interventions. Beginning in the 1950s, medical providers created evidence to justify normalizing trans people’s bodies. Over time, they have increasingly relied upon the rhetoric of scientific evidence to normalize the practice and profession of trans medicine. In analyzing how evidence changes over time, for what purposes, and to what effect, the history of this medical arena reflects attention on broader concerns in contemporary social life regarding the unintended consequences of evidence. Admission is free; no ticket required.

Katharine Wilkinson, “Drawdown Rising: Solutions, Leadership and a Path Forward for the Climate Crisis”

Thursday, April 23
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 7:30 p.m.

Elon University Earth Week Speaker

Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is an author, strategist and expert on addressing the climate crisis. She was the lead writer of Drawdown, the New York Times bestseller on climate solutions, and currently serves as Vice President of Communication & Engagement at Project Drawdown. In 2019, TIME featured Dr. Wilkinson as one of 15 “women who will save the world.” Known for her work on climate and gender equality, her TED Talk on the topic has more than 1.5 million views. She holds a doctorate in geography and environment from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Wilkinson will share highlights from Project Drawdown’s pioneering assessment of climate solutions, as well as insights about transformational climate leadership. Admission is free; no ticket required.

Department of Performing Arts presents Violet

Thursday – Monday, April 23-27
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West, Apr. 23-25, 7:30 p.m.; Apr. 26, 2 p.m.; Apr. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Book and lyrics by Brian Crawley; Music by Jeanine Tesori, Directed by Paula Kalustian, Music Direction by Valerie Maze

Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered off-Broadway in 1997, and then on to a Tony-nominated Broadway debut in 2014 with a revised version, Violet is a moving musical featuring show-stopping anthems, ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel. With a score from Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Shrek; Fun Home) and book and lyrics by the acclaimed Brian Crawley (A Little Princess), Violet is inspired by the short story, The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts, astounding critics and audiences alike in two separate decades.

As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved, she’s travelling across the Deep South in 1964 towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will make her beautiful. Although she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those scars that are lying deeper than her skin. On the way, she meets a young, African-American soldier whose love for her reaches far past her physical “imperfections.” Admission: Reservations are highly recommended and will be offered beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 16 at or at Roberts Studio Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650.

Ben Crystal, “Original Pronunciation”

Friday, April 24
Yeager Recital Hall, 5:30 p.m.

What did Shakespeare’s accent – and that of his actors and audience – sound like? What can we learn from hearing and speaking his works in that accent? And with no recordings or transcriptions available to us, how do we know? Visiting from the UK, actor and author Ben Crystal (Shakespeare’s Words, Shakespeare on Toast) explores the fascinating 400-year old sound of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, Original Pronunciation, showing a world hidden beneath our modern accent readings full of rhyme, rhythm, and a very subtle humor. And a not-so-subtle one too. Admission is free; no ticket required.

Instant Laughter

Friday – Saturday, April 24&25
Yeager Recital Hall, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. both nights

 Directed by Fredrick J. Rubeck

Elon’s comic improv team, Instant Laughter, takes the stage performing scenes and sketches based on audience. Admission: $15 at the door. All proceeds benefit Elon’s theatre arts program.

A Night at the Opera

Friday, April 24
McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.

The Elon choirs, Chorale and Camerata, combine with the Elon Opera Workshop and orchestra to present opera choruses and scenes from popular operate and operetta. Admission is free; no ticket required.

A Tribute to Simon & Garfunkel

Tuesday, April 28
McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.

Elon’s vocal jazz ensemble, élan, presents a variety of jazzy, a cappella and pop arrangements with tight harmonies of some of the duo’s top hits including: Baby Driver, Me & Julio, Loves Me Like a Rock, Scarborough Fair, The Boxer, Mother & Child Reunion, Homeward Bound, Sounds of Silence and more. Admission is free; no ticket required.

Shaul Magid, “The Struggle for Home and Homeland: American Jews and Zionism from the 1885 Pittsburgh Platform to Judith Butler”

Wednesday, April 29
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 5:30 p.m.

Rex G. and Ina Mae Powell Lecture in Religious Studies

The history of Zionism in America is a long and complex story of two competing and contrasting trajectories: Jewish nationalism on the one hand and Jewish Americanism on the other. Dartmouth College professor Shaul Magid will trace some of the main points of contention between these two trajectories, beginning with the 1885 Pittsburgh Platform that rejects Zionism outright and then moving to the Zionism of Louis Brandeis, the critical Zionism of Hannah Arendt, and the new diasporism of Judith Butler. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society. Admission is free; no ticket required.

Red Circle Showcase

Thursday, April 30
Studio A (Room 117), Center for the Arts, 4:30 p.m.

Coordinated by Renay Aumiller

The Elon Dance Program and the Department of Performing Arts host an informal presentation of student choreographic works-in-progress. Open discussion of the dances and constructive feedback from the audience will follow the showing. Admission is free; no ticket required.