Liz Kineke, “Religion is Always in the Room: Lessons from Reporting on the God Beat”

Monday, March 2
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 5:30 p.m.

Journalist Liz Kineke has come to learn that every story has a religion angle. For 14 years she produced weekly, half-hour documentaries on religion, culture and public life for CBS. She discovered that religion pervades the experience and commitments of Americans, impacting our political and our cultural life, yet we think of faith largely in terms of private and personal concerns. As a reporter, she tried to change that. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society, and Department of Journalism, School of Communications. Admission is free; no ticket required.


David Makovsky, “Lessons of Leadership for Israel and America”

Tuesday, March 3
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 5:30 p.m.

David Makovsky draws lessons from leaders of Israel discussed in his new book, co-authored with Ambassador Dennis Ross, Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny. The book tells the story of four Israeli leaders who made historic decisions, three in pursuit of peace, and then applies their example to the next difficult decision that needs to be taken by Israeli leadership: to separate from the Palestinians and preserve Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state. What are the qualities of a leader who will be able to make this decision and how do politics in Israel and the US contribute to making the choice? Sponsored by Elon Hillel, Jewish Studies, Political Science and Policy Studies, International and Global Studies, the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society. Admission is free; ticket not required.


Department of Performing Arts presents Rites of Seasons, the Spring Dance Concert

Thursday – Sunday, March 5-8
McCrary Theatre, Mar. 5-7, 7:30 p.m., Mar. 8, 2 p.m.

Rites of Seasons is a full-length dance that examines the ritual of seasons and is based loosely on Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring are the four scenes that are seamlessly woven together by dance, live and recorded music, video and immersive theatrical environment. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning February 13 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For ticket information, call (336) 278-5610.

Directed by Lauren Kearns, Associate Director Renay Aumiller, original music composed by Clay Stevenson, set design by Charles Johnson, lighting design by Bill Webb, costume design by Heidi Jo Schiemer, video design by Michael Smith and Sydney Dye. New York City based choreographer Yoshito Sakuraba and new dance faculty member Casey Auvant join Kearns and Aumiller as the choreographic team.


Sowande Mustakeem, “From the Slave Ship to the Carceral State: Black Bodies, African American Studies, and the Making of A Diasporic Future”

Monday, March 9

McKinnon Hall, 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Sowande Mustakeem is Elon’s first African and African-American Studies (AAASE) major, and now associate professor of History and African and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.  She is the author of the award-winning books, Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage and will speak to the centrality of African and African-American Studies in understanding the human experience. Sponsored by the Office of the President, Department of History and Geography, Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education, Committee on Elon History and Memory, and African and African-American Studies at Elon.  Admission is free; please preregister for 12:00 lunch by Friday, March 6.


CANCELED – Andrea Grimes Parker, “Transforming the Health of Communities through Innovations in Social Computing”

Monday, March 9
McCrary Theatre, 7 p.m.

Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, “about half of Americans think that technology has had a mostly positive effect on society, especially from easy access and speed of information.” Many would argue that with rapidly evolving systems, such as technology, time is needed to fully understand positive and negative impacts on human wellness and to leverage those systems to promote the benefits.

Andrea Parker’s work in this new frontier of rapidly developing technologies focuses on designing and evaluating the impact of software tools that help people move toward improved health and wellness. Her research happens at the intersection of the emerging technology fields of human-computer interaction, social computing and personal health informatics. Admission is free; no ticket required.


Courtney Tomaselli, “Teaching Salvation in a Byzantine Book of Psalms”

Tuesday, March 10
Yeager Recital Hall, Center for the Arts, 6 p.m.

Art History Speaker Series

The late-eleventh century Byzantine psalter MS Vat. gr. 1927 is illustrated with complex and often bizarre narrative images unique in Byzantine art. In one image, children with olive branches sprouting from their heads sit around the table with their father. In another, Christ punishes sinners by dumping wine over the head of one while spearing the other man in the back. King David becomes a monk and spiritual advisor, either under attack by demons and sinners, or teaching the viewer important lessons within the images. This talk, by Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History Courtney Tomaselli, will examine the roles of King David and Christ in educating the faithful on how to achieve a perfect union with God, called theosis. It will also trace the creation of these new images to a monastery in Constantinople and discuss the dynamic and sometimes controversial monk who inspired them. Tomaselli’s presentation stems from her PhD dissertation research, completed at Harvard in the spring of 2019. Admission is free; no ticket required.


Tectonic Plates: Alamance County’s Science Café – The surprising economic benefits of a solar-powered home and electric car

Tuesday, March 10
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). In March, Jochen Fischer, Engineer and Entrepreneur, will discuss the economic benefits of solar power and electric cars. Information is available at https://www.facebook.com/TectonicPlatesScienceCafe.


Elon University Political Discussion: North Carolina’s Role in the 2020 Elections

Tuesday, March 10
McCrary Theatre, 7 p.m.

Elon President Connie Ledoux Book will talk with journalists and political scientists about the results of the March 3 North Carolina primary vote and the implications for the November federal and state races.

Participants include:

  • Jason Husser, associate professor of political science and policy studies and director of the Elon University Poll
  • Jim Morrill, chief political reporter, The Charlotte Observer
  • Meg Kinnard, national politics reporter for the Associated Press
  • Michael Bitzer, Leonard Chair of Political Science, Catawba College

This conversation is presented in partnership with The News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer and The Herald-Sun, and will be broadcast statewide through a partnership with UNC-TV.


What Does “Multifaith” Mean? Scholarship, Teaching & Mentoring in Interreligious Contexts

Wednesday, March 11
Numen Lumen Pavilion, 5:30 p.m.

Corinne Dempsey (Nazareth College), Hans Gustafson (University of St. Thomas), and Shana Sippy (Centre College) will discuss their engagements with “multifaith” and the ways that interreligious contexts have shaped their scholarship, teaching and mentoring. A moderated discussion led by Dr. Amy Allocco (Director of Elon’s Multifaith Scholars program) will explore the role of interreligious scholarship in religiously diverse societies. This event celebrates the generous funding from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation that established Elon’s Multifaith Scholars program, now in its third year. Admission is free; no ticket required.


Belle Boggs, nonfiction reading

Wednesday, March 11
Johnston Hall, 7 p.m.

Belle Boggs is the author of The Art of Waiting; On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood, named a best book of the year by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, the Globe and Mail, Buzzfeed and O, the Oprah Magazine. Boggs’s stories and essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Orion, the Paris Review, Harper’s, Ecotone, Ploughshares and elsewhere. She is an associate professor of English at North Carolina State University and is currently working on a nonfiction project about education in Alamance County. Sponsored by the English Department. Admission is free; no ticket required.


Broadway’s Next Hit Musical

Wednesday, March 11
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Elon University Lyceum Series

Every song is fresh, and every scene is new when “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” meets the TONY Awards! Broadway’s Next Hit Musical is an unscripted, theatrical show that’s entirely improvised and all funny. Audience members make up song titles and the cast present them as “nominated songs” for the coveted PHONY award. Spontaneous scenes result that are filled with great dancing, catchy melodies and tons of laughter. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning February 19 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For ticket information, call (336) 278-5610.


POSTPONED: Exhibition of Mediums: Intermedia & Photography

Monday, March 23
Isabella Cannon Room

The exhibition offers examples in the types of exemplary work (assignments) that are created by current Elon University students enrolled in each of these courses. Exhibition continues through April 13.


Bryan Terrell Clark, “Finding Purpose: From Baltimore to Broadway’s Hamilton”
LECTURE CANCELED – alternate program may be developed for the campus community

Wednesday, March 25
Whitley Auditorium 7:30 p.m.

Liberal Arts Forum Lecture

Known for his starring role as George Washington in Hamilton: An American Musical, Bryan has made it his mission to help as many young people as possible find their unique purpose in life. He connects his experiences on Broadway and the entertainment industry to relatable, real-life issues, like tackling insecurity and finding motivation, encouraging everyone to define themselves on their own terms and to create a positive impact on others. Refunds will be processed through the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, please call (336) 278-5610.


Fry Street Quartet – POSTPONED until 2020-21 season

Thursday, March 26
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Elon University Lyceum Series

The Dan C. and Manon Caine Russell Endowed String Quartet at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University is taking chamber music in new directions. Their tour repertoire reaches many corners of the musical spectrum, including Britten, Schubert, Beethoven and Bartok as well as programs of American women composers Laura Kaminsky, Amy Beach, Joan Tower and Libby Larson.

Refunds will be processed through the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, please call (336) 278-5610.


Grand Night – CANCELED

Friday – Saturday, March 27&28
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. both nights

Directed by Dan Callaway, Music 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 offered beginning March 20 at elonperformingarts.com or the Roberts Studio Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650.


The 2020 Periclean Scholars present “Sin Embargo: The Many Faces of Cuba”

New Date! Monday, April 27
Turner Theatre, Schar Hall, 7:30 p.m.

The senior cohort of Periclean Scholars traveled to Cuba and engaged in meaningful conversations while conducting interviews with Cuban people. These interviews have been compiled into a documentary film that highlights authentic Cuban voices and experiences. Through the screening of the film, Periclean Scholars hope to share what they have learned from the Cuban people. They hope to challenge Cuban stereotypes and start a conversation in the community that will lead to greater understanding between the people of the two countries. A brief discussion will follow.

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El grupo de estudiantes de Periclean viajó a Cuba y entabló conversaciones significativas mientras conducían entrevistas con gente cubana.  Estas entrevistas han sido recopiladas en un documental que resalta las auténticas voces y experiencias cubanas. Mediante la creación de este documental, los estudiantes de Periclean esperan compartir lo que han aprendido sobre la gente cubana. Los estudiantes esperan desafiar estereotipos cubanos y comenzar una conversación en la comunidad que conduzca a un entendimiento entre la gente de ambos países. El grupo terminará con una breve discusión.