Tectonic Plates, Alamance County’s Science Café:
“What happened after the dinosaurs died?
Tuesday, February 9, 7 p.m.
Learn cutting-edge science in a relaxed informal atmosphere without all the technical jargon. Programs are held on the second Tuesday of each month (September through May). In February, Jordan Claytor ’17 leads a discussion on dinosaur extinction hosted on Zoom (click on above link).
Information is available at https://www.facebook.com/TectonicPlatesScienceCafe.
Jack Jenkins, journalist
Wednesday, February 10, 2 p.m.
Jack Jenkins is an award-winning journalist and national reporter for the Religion News Service who covers religion and politics. He has written for the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Associated Press, Daily Beast, National Catholic Reporter and others. He is also the author of “American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country.” On Wed. Feb. 10, he will join Anthony Hatcher’s Religion and Media class. Dr. Hatcher invites all who are interested to join the discussion!
“The Terror of ‘Safety:’ Christianity, Immigrant Policing, and Detention at the Nation’s Edge”
Thursday, February 11, 5:45 p.m.
Leah Sarat (Arizona State University) is the author of “Fire in the Canyon: Religion, Migration, and the Mexican Dream” (NYU Press, November 2013). Her keynote for the Religion at the Borders symposium will highlight the stories of two Christian leaders whose lives have been closely impacted by the private, for-profit immigrant detention industry in Arizona.
The Hit Men
Tuesday, February 16
Virtual concert now showing
Relive Rock’s greatest hits with The Hit Men – the real guys who performed with legendary artists including members of Foreigner, Journey, Styx, The Hooters, Steely Dan, Cheap Trick, The Rascals, Alan Parsons, 3 Dog Night, Cream, Grand Funk and The Who. Their exciting multimedia concert celebrates these mega-stars with first-hand experiences to rock history and performances of classic hits including “Layla,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Eye in the Sky” and many more!
Wednesday, February 17, 12:15 and 9 p.m.
Elon Community Church
All are welcome to receive ashes during a worship service beginning the Christian season of Lent. The 12:15 p.m. worship is ecumenical (Protestant and Catholic), and the 9 p.m. service is Catholic Mass. Shorter Ash Wednesday services will also be made available throughout the day to accommodate more people. Please visit https://org.elon.edu/ccm for the full up-to-date schedule. Sponsored by Catholic Campus Ministry, LEAF (Lutherans, Episcopalians, and Friends) and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
2021 Ripple Interfaith Conference: “Intersectional Interfaith”
Friday-Saturday, February 19-20
In this Elon student-created and student-led interfaith conference, participants will engage in dialogue, reflection and training through keynote speakers, panels and interactive breakout workshops. The conference features critically acclaimed historian, outspoken advocate and activist Blair Imani and panelists Kaitlin Curtice and Olivia Elder. Intersectionality is a framework for understanding how aspects of a person’s social and political identities combine to create unique models of discrimination and privilege. We believe the interfaith movement has a responsibility to include intersectionality in its framework. This year our conference will focus on exploring privilege, discrimination and how to make interfaith an anti-racist, intersectional movement while striving for civic pluralism and equity for all.
Registration/Admission: no charge for Elon faculty, staff and students who register by Feb. 1 ($10 after Feb. 1); $25 for students, faculty and staff from surrounding colleges and universities; group rate $150 for 6 or more if registered by Feb. 1. Anyone needing assistance with the registration fee may contact Allison Pelyhes (firstname.lastname@example.org). Register at rippleconference.org. Sponsored by Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
Department of Performing Arts presents
“Beast Mode Champion”
Friday, February 19, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Kirby Wahl
Virtual performance available at www.elonperformingarts.com
“Beast Mode Champion” is a high-octane rock musical set in the sweaty and hilarious world of professional wrestling. The show, slamming to life in and around the wrestling ring, plumbs the murky depths of masculinity, identity and performance through a team of unlikely heroes, thrust into the arena of pro wrestling in search of power, fame and love. “Beast Mode Champion” is receiving its workshop premiere at Elon University, after being developed at the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts by Dan Gibson ’10 and Alex Higgin-Houser.
Neil Callander, “Companion Painting”
Monday, February 22 – Thursday, March 18
Art installation, Gallery 406, Arts West
Cinema is the king of narrative. Photography is a much more efficient form of documentation. Music is superior at catharsis. Television and the internet dispense propaganda. Experiencing dense paintings that slowly reveal their nature can help us contend with the pervasiveness of fast-talking, slick images. In a media-riddled world, painting is a stabilizing force. Neil Callander’s current practice revolves around painting his son from direct observation, then allowing these portraits to be color informants for invented scenes and abstract paintings built on gradations. This exhibition contains three suites of paintings – each suite featuring a small, humble source painting accompanied by its offshoots.
Callander has exhibited extensively including solo installations at Goose Barnacle, Brooklyn, New York; Bowling Green State University, Ohio; and The Kentucky School of Art, Louisville, Kentucky, as well as group exhibitions across North America. Current creative endeavors include an upcoming solo exhibition at MANIFEST Gallery in Cincinnati and participation in Art Week (July 2021) at the fabled family home of painter Fairfield Porter on Great Spruce Head Island in Maine.
Deliberative Dialogue: Free Speech and the Inclusive Campus – How Do We Foster the Campus Community We Want?
Monday, February 22, 4:30 p.m.
Advance Registration Required Here (limited to 100 registrants)
The United States is becoming increasingly diverse and more polarized as we struggle to address complex public problems such as immigration, health care and economic inequality. As public trust in our political system waivers, U.S. college campuses are grappling with issues of inclusion, diversity and freedom of speech. In today’s contentious and divided political environment, what should colleges and universities do to meet the roles and responsibilities of higher education to foster the campus community we want?
A Deliberative Dialogue is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and community members to gather and exchange diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of a challenge facing our society and to search for common ground for action. This event is limited to the first 100 individuals who register. Sponsored by the Elon Political Engagement Work Group, Elon Votes!, Kernodle Center for Civic Life and Council on Civic Engagement
The Reunited States of America: How Can We Bridge the Partisan Divide?
Tuesday, February 23, 6:00 p.m.
Documentary screening, Zoom Link
With a nation divided, this urgent documentary follows four everyday heroes on the difficult journey of bridging our political divides. Susan Bro is the mother of Heather Heyer who was killed at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Independent politician Greg Orman believes the way to break polarization is to create a third force in our politics. Steven Olikara founded the Millennial Action Project to build a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers to transform government. Republicans David and Erin Leaverton pack up their family in an RV and travel around the country to increase their understanding of the difficulties all Americans face. Viewers will be invited to take part in a virtual question and answer session with the filmmakers on Thursday, February 25. Sponsored by the Elon Political Engagement Work Group, Elon Votes!, Kernodle Center for Civic Life and Council on Civic Engagement
Department of Performing Arts presents
“Redemption for Our Skin: The Black History Month Dance Concert”
Friday-Saturday, February 26-27, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Keshia Wall and featuring work by Maurice Watson and North Carolina Poet Laureate
Jaki Shelton Green
Virtual performance available at www.elonperformingarts.com
NOTE: LIVE video discussion of the project will follow Friday’s performance
The annual Black History Month dance concert will challenge the toxic belief systems that reinforce oppression, dismissal and the dehumanization of Black people in America. The concert will feature works from globally recognized working artists including North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, Africa Unplugged and Maurice Watson.
Phoenix Piano Trio presents
“Happy Birthday Beethoven (and many more!)”
Sunday, February 28, 4:00 p.m.
Virtual performance from Whitley Auditorium available on the Department of Music’s Facebook page
To commemorate the birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, the Phoenix Piano Trio perform a recital of works by the admired German composer and pianist. The trio (Dan Skidmore, violin; Ryan Graebert, cello; Victoria Fischer Faw, piano) was recorded in Whitley auditorium on the Elon University campus. As part of the project, a guest lecture will also be available for viewing by Beethoven scholar Dr. David Levy from Wake Forest University. Both programs will be available on the Elon Department of Music Facebook page.