Tectonic Plates: Alamance County’s Science Café: “The Ethnobotany of the Montagnards of Vietnam”

Tuesday, January 8
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 January, Catherine Bush, Assistant Professor of Biology will discuss the lingering effects of the Vietnam War on Montagnard communities of North Carolina.

Information is available at https://www.facebook.com/TectonicPlatesScienceCafe

Winter Term Community Seminars

Wednesday, January 9
Alamance Building, 4:45 p.m.

Faculty and staff will host individual university-wide seminars that focus on a topic and short reading chosen for its insightful, thought-provoking or transformative potential. The aim is for faculty, staff and students to examine and learn from critical academic discourse on topics related to one or more of our themes, and then reflect together on the importance of this intellectual work for transforming our campus and communities. Class sizes are limited. Information on all seminars will be available later in fall and sign ups will occur during Spring 2018 class registration period. 

Anita Hill, “From Social Movement to Social Impact: Putting an End to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace”

Thursday, January 10
Alumni Gymnasium, Koury Center, 6 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Address

Attorney, professor of law and advocate for equality and human rights, Anita Hill’s testimony during the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas in 1991 sparked a national conversation about sexual harassment. She continues to work toward increasing parity and protection for women and minorities. Joining leading executives in the entertainment industry, she heads the Hollywood Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace that is examining the patter of sexual abuse in the entertainment industry. Hill notes that the commission is the next step in a “long-overdue journey to adopt best practices and create institutional change that fosters a culture of respect and dignity throughout the industry.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Hill worked for the U.S. Education Department and Equal Opportunity Commission and in 1989 became the first African-American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She is now Professor of Social Policy, Law and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available Monday, November 26 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610.

The Human Library Project

Tuesday, January 15
Belk  Library, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Human Library Project is designed to create understanding and dialogue across people. Individuals volunteer as “Human Books” and attendees “check out the book,” through one-on-one conversations with the Human Books and shared experiences.  Human Book volunteers represent diverse walks of life and identities across race, religion, family background, sexual orientation, gender, profession, hobbies, class, disability, skill set, and additional aspects of what it means to be human! Elon students, faculty, and staff are welcome (arrangements can be made to bring entire classes). Contact Patrick Rudd at prudd@elon.edu. Sponsored by Carole Grotnes Belk Library, the Colonnades Neighborhood Association and Learning Assistance

Department of Performing Arts presents “Trojan Barbie,” Written by Christine Evans

Friday-Tuesday, January 18-22
Tuesday-Saturday, February 5-9

Jan. 18–19 and 21–22 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 5–8 at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 20 and Feb. 9 at 2 p.m
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West

Directed by Kim Shively

Samuel French describes Trojan Barbie as “A Car-Crash Encounter with Euripides’ Trojan Women. Past and present violently collide when Lotte, an English tourist who repairs dolls, is captured while on a tour of current-day Troy and flung back into the ancient camp of Euripides’ Trojan Women.” A modern adaptation woven uneasily into the world of Euripides’ Trojan Women, Trojan Barbie explores the timeless themes of conflict and loss in this sharply witty, compassionate, and accessible adaptation of the Greek Classic.

Note: Not suitable for audiences under 13.  Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be offered beginning January 11 at elonperformingarts.com or the Roberts Studio Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650.