BD Wong, “Change, Hope and Equality for Asian Americans”

Tuesday, January 11

Alumni Gym, 6 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Address

One of today’s most versatile performers, award-winning actor BD Wong has been on screens big and small for more than 20 years, appearing in hits such as “Law & Order: SVU,” “Mr. Robot,” “Gotham,” “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World.” He also stars in Comedy Central’s “Awkwafina is Nora From Queens.”

His Broadway debut in M. Butterfly earned him a Tony Award, Outer Critic’s Circle Award, Theatre World Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Drama Desk Award, making him the only actor to ever win all five major New York theatre awards for a single role.

Wong has appeared in more than 20 films, including notable roles in both “Father of the Bride” movies, “Seven Years in Tibet,” Disney’s “Mulan” and the HBO adaptation of “The Normal Heart.” He starred in the widely celebrated revival of the musical ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Pacific Overtures.”

Wong has spoken out about his experiences with rejection, typecasting, and racism in the entertainment industry and has been praised for addressing issues including racial self-image, Asian-American parental pressure and the “model-minority myth.” His memoir, “Following Foo: The Electronic Adventures of the Chestnut Man,” recounted the highs and lows he and his former partner endured on the road to parenthood. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning December 1. For ticket information, visit elon.universitytickets.com.


Elon Cares

Wednesday, January 12

Yeager Recital Hall, Center for the Arts, two shows: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

The Department of Performing Arts brings back its live annual program in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. An amazing show for an amazing cause! Admission is free; donations are graciously accepted. 


Department of Performing Arts presents
“Sense and Sensibility”

Friday-Monday, January 21-24
Tuesday-Saturday, February 1-5

Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West, Jan. 21, 22, 24 and Feb. 1-5 at 7:30 p.m.;
Jan. 22, 23 at 2 p.m.

Written by: Kate Hamill
Directed by Kim Shively
Lead Dramaturge: Suzanne Shawyer

In a bold and innovative reimagining of Jane Austin’s beloved classic, playwright Kate Hamill explores the themes of gender, love and power. An intersectional feminist piece, “Sense and Sensibility” builds on the reimagined Regency Era in the style of “The Watson’s” and “Bridgerton.”

The production will have a student dramaturgy team and dialect design, and features sonomime (movement reimagining props in various contexts), role doubling and rollicking good fun. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be offered beginning January 14 at elonperformingarts.com.


Ellie Dent, artist talk and opening reception

Monday, February 7

Gallery 406, Arts West, artist talk and opening reception
5:30 p.m.
Exhibition continues until March 10

Ellie Dent is an Atlanta-based artist working in the mediums of painting and sculpture. Her work focuses on abject experiences in today’s health industry. Driven by her own history, it reflects the universal feeling of having, being, maintaining and healing the human body. Diverse in material and imagery, Dent offers a critique of the display of power ranging from medical trauma, the impact of diagnosis, the rituals of chronic illness and of near-death experiences.

Dent’s work has been exhibited at the Georgia Museum of Art, Marcia Wood Gallery, Day & Night Projects, Terrault Contemporary, Channel to Channel and with Satellite Projects during Art Basel Miami 2015. Her work has been published in Hyperallergic, ArtsATL, and SciArt Magazine. She has received grants from the Georgia Women in the Arts and the Judith Alexander Foundation and was a 2019-20 MINT Leap Year Fellow.


Elon Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, “Pierrot lunaire”

Monday, February 7 – CANCELED

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

The Elon Contemporary Chamber Ensemble welcomes guest soprano and Elon faculty member, Gretchen Bruesehoff, to perform the monumental masterwork by Arnold Schoenberg, “Pierrot lunaire.” Sponsored by the Department of Music


Eric Liu, “Become America: How to Revive Our Belief in Democracy” – VIRTUAL PRESENTATION

Tuesday, February 8


Elon University Speaker Series

Eric Liu is co-founder and CEO of Citizen University, a nonprofit national platform that fosters citizenship through activism, communication and education. He launched and now directs the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship & American Identity Program to advance conversation about the nature of American national identity. His 2014 TED talk on civic power has been viewed more than 2 million times. The son of Chinese immigrants, Lio was a White House speechwriter and deputy domestic policy advisor for President Bill Clinton. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School and is the author of several books including “The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker,” “The Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen” and his most recent book, “Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility and Democracy.” This is now a virtual event. Program will be available at www.elon.edu as well as this link.


The Department of Performing Arts presents
“Into the Woods”

Friday-Sunday, February 11-13

McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, Feb. 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 13 at 2 p.m.

Written by: Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine
Directed by: Frederick J. Rubeck
Associate Director: Brian Kremer
Musical Direction: Joanna Li

Stephen Sondheim’s funny, clever, poignant Tony award-winning work reimagined classical fairy tales woven into one new story exploring the nature of desire and reality. From its opening on Broadway, “Into the Woods” has delighted audiences worldwide, partly because it peers so honestly into the nature of human desire. What are your wishes? How far will you go to get them? What if your “happy ending” is not that happy after all? Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning January 21 at elon.universitytickets.com.


Faculty Recital, “Prairie Songs from April Twilight”

Thursday, February 17

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Polly Butler Cornelius, soprano; Victoria Fischer Faw, piano; and Chris Miller ‘99, piano. The trio will present a new song cycle, “Prairie Songs and April Twilight” written by Miller, a Broadway composer and recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. Sponsored by the Department of Music


2021 Ripple Interfaith Conference:
Sustained Interfaith

Friday-Sunday, February 18-20

Hybrid conference (virtual option for regional campuses, hybrid options for Elon students, faculty and staff)

Ripple is an Elon student-created and student-led interfaith conference that seeks to make interfaith happen, instead of simply talking about it. Participants will engage in dialogue, reflection and training through keynote speakers, panels and interactive breakout workshops. This year’s Ripple theme is “Sustained Interfaith.” The theme acknowledges that human beings are always connected to the Earth that feeds them. Despite what we believe in or what we may practice, we have a responsibility to uphold and sustain this Earth. Not only do we hold responsibility to take care of our planet; we must also acknowledge each other and come together to preserve what we believe.

This year’s Ripple Conference focuses on collective and individual activism to sustain our interfaith and environmental justice movements. How can the environment bring these perspectives together? How do we lay a foundation for a sustained interfaith? What does sustainability look like in a religious context? The 2021 Ripple Conference is a place where we will be able to explore many different perspectives and ideas about sustainability and faith. We hope to encourage people to not only question their own biases, but also ask themselves how to further engage in sustained interfaith within their own communities.

Registration/Admission: no charge for Elon faculty, staff and students who register by February 1 ($10 after 2/2/22): $25 for students, faculty and staff from surrounding colleges and universities; group rate of $150 for six or more if registered by 2/1/22. Anyone needing assistance with the registration fee may contact Allison Pelyhes (apelyhes@elon.edu). Register at rippleconference.org. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life


Elon University Jazz Festival Concert

Saturday, February 19

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

The Elon University Jazz Festival returns in 2022 and features the Elon Jazz Ensembles and Combos with trumpeter Pat Harbison, professor of jazz studies at Indiana University, and bassist Natalie Boeyink, jazz faculty at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Sponsored by the Department of Music


The Black History Month Dance Concert

Thursday-Saturday, February 24-26

Virtual performance available at elonperformingarts.com, 7:30 p.m. each night
Discussion panel at 8:30 p.m. following performance on February 24

Artistic director: Keshia Wall

A celebration of black history through dance, music and storytelling features performances by Elon students and works from Elon faculty as well as local artists Chelsi Yvonne and Take 2. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts, the Office of Cultural & Special Programs and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning


Leading Women in Audio Conference: The Sound of Strength

Friday-Saturday, February 25-26

Arts West and online, Feb 25, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Feb. 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Two days of events designed for high school and college students, highlighting the contributions of women in the music and entertainment industry. Women from the audio community will present technical workshops on mixing for vocals, concert event management, post-production for television, music licensing and more. There will also be panel discussions on topics such as professionalism, diversity & inclusion and career development.

Guest presenters include:

·      Marcella Araica, N.A.R.S. Records and independent engineer, Miami FL

·      Aurelia Belfield, music licensing, Trailblazer Studios, Raleigh NC

·      Michel Holbrook, freelance audio engineer, Raleigh NC

·      Tess Mangum Ocaña, owner of Sonic Pie Productions, Durham NC

·      Liz May, owner of SoundLizzard Productions, Winston-Salem NC

·      Leslie Mona-Mathus, ABC News Marketing & Entertainment, New York, NY

Registration required at www.elon.edu/lwia; $10. For more information, contact LWIA@elon.edu. Sponsored by the Department of Music


Active Citizen Series: Deliberative Dialogue: Back to Work: How Should We Rebuild Our Economy?

Monday, February 28

Lakeside 212, Moseley Center, 4:30 p.m.
Advance Registration (required), available here

The pandemic swiftly brought the nation’s economy to a near standstill in 2020. Just as an earthquake reveals flaws in a building, the pandemic and the shutdown brought to light hidden truths in our economy: how tenuously many small businesses cling to survival; how many of the people doing essential jobs are women and people of color; and how much the country relies on other nations for vital products and services. Moving forward, what changes should be made in the way we live and work? As a society, what can communities do to build a more prosperous future? A Deliberative Dialogue is an opportunity for students 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. Sponsored by the Kernodle Center for Civic Life and the Council for Civic Engagement