Angela Brown, “Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View”

Wednesday, March 2

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Angela Brown personifies the ideal soprano: sheer vocal power, luxurious finesse and shimmering, high pianissimos. Her highly acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of “Aida” captured international media attention and catapulted Ms. Brown onto the world’s prestigious opera and symphonic stages. Her groundbreaking show, “Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View” dispels the myths surrounding the sometimes-intimidating art form and delineates the ethnic, geographic and socio-economic diversity portrayed in famous characters. Preconceived expectations of opera are shattered by show-stopping arias, poignant art songs and moving spirituals. The Elon performance will include students from the Department of Music. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning February 9 at elon.universitytickets.com.  Sponsored by the Department of Music and supported by a grant from the Elon University Fund for Excellence in the Arts & Sciences


Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 2

Elon Community Church, 12:15 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Sacred Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 3:30 p.m.

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. A shorter Ash Wednesday service will be offered at 3:30 p.m. Please visit org.elon.edu/ccm for the full schedule. Sponsored by Catholic Campus Ministry, LEAF (Lutherans, Episcopalians, and Friends), and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life


Angela Brown Master Class

Thursday, March 3

Yeager Recital Hall, 6 p.m.

As part of her multi-day visit to Elon University, Angela Brown will coach students from the Department of Music in operatic repertoire. The master class is open to the public.


Liberal Arts Forum Lecture with Nikki Giovanni

Thursday, March 3

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

One of the most widely read American poets, Nikki Giovanni has shared her inspired and courageous voice for decades to touch our national consciousness. She has written more than two dozen books, including volumes of poetry, children’s books and collections of essays. Giovanni is recipient of the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry,  the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, a seven-time recipient of NAACP Image Award and 28 Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters. A University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech, she encourages students of all ages to express themselves through writing.


Department of Performing Arts presents “Bridging: The Spring Dance Concert”

Friday-Sunday, March 4-6

McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts

Mar. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Mar. 5, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Mar. 6, 2 p.m.

Artistic direction: Renay Aumiller; guest artist/choreographer: Ashley Lindsey; faculty choreographers: Renay Aumiller, Shaleigh Comerford, Jen Guy Metcalf, Jasmine Powell and Keshia Wall

“Bridging: the Spring Dance Concert,” features original works by Elon faculty and our guest choreographer, Ashley Lindsey. “Bridging” describes places, or periods of time that thematically explore the means of connection or transition. After almost two years of dancing alone together, the dance program will celebrate interconnection and togetherness with each other and the audience in McCrary Theatre. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning February 11 at elon.universitytickets.com.


Continental Divide: Borderwalls and Butterflies along the US/Mexico Border

Monday, March 7

Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts, 6 p.m.

Join us for a short film screening and discussion as we launch an exhibition of wildlife photography by photo-journalist Krista Schlyer highlighting the environmental impact of the US/Mexico border wall, as well as photos and artwork by Elon students representing their experiences in the Winter Term course “US/Mexico Borderlands – Immigration, Culture, and Environment.”


Faculty Recital, “Prairie Songs from April Twilight”

Monday, March 7

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 from April Twilight” written by Miller, a Broadway composer and recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. Sponsored by the Department of Music


“Sounding Bodies: Identity, Injustice and the Voice”

Tuesday, March 8

Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts, 6 p.m.

The Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies Research Collective is excited to hold its inaugural common reading panel discussion on “Sounding Bodies: Identity, Injustice and the Voice” featuring co-authors Ann Cahill (Elon University) and Christine Hamel (Boston University).


Danu

Tuesday, March 8

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

Hailing from historic County Waterford, Ireland, Danu is a leading traditional Irish ensemble. Their standing-room-only concerts feature high-energy performance and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. For more than two decades, Danu’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki and vocals, have taken audiences on a musical journey to their native home, offering a moving and memorable concert experience. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available February 15 at elon.universitytickets.com.


Andrea Grimes Parker, “Transforming the Health of Communities through Innovation in Social Computing”

Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION

Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series

Andrea Parker’s work centers on software tools that aim to improve health and wellness as well as addressing public health challenges, including racial and socio-economic health disparities. Specific projects from Parker’s lab have included designing and evaluating the use of mobile health interventions in marginalized and underserved populations; studying the effectiveness of current social networking systems in addressing health disparities; developing and evaluating technology support systems for caregivers; and creating mobile family-based games to promote physical activity. Parker’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, Google and the Aetna Foundation. She was a recipient of a Microsoft Graduate Research Fellowship for the social impact of her research.


Annual Geography Lecture – Dr. Danielle Purifoy

Thursday, March 10

Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts, 4:30 p.m.

This year’s Annual Geography Lecture will be given by Dr. Danielle Purifoy, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With a Ph.D in Environmental Politics and African American Studies at Duke University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, Dr. Purifoy specializes in the legal geographies of environmental justice. Dr. Purifoy’s talk will focus on environmental (in)justice and environmental racism in Mebane, North Carolina, here in Alamance County.


Susanna Crum: “Negative Mirrors”

Monday, March 21

Gallery 406, Arts West, artist talk and opening reception, 5:30 p.m.

Exhibition continues through April 29

In “Negative Mirrors,” project-based multidisciplinary artist Susanna Crum shares bodies of work that investigate alternative ways to map and observe systems that shape our societies – from natural geography, the built environment and the information network of the U.S. Postal Service. Using processes like cyanotype, intaglio, drawing and video, as well as wet plate collodion photographs in collaboration with artist Rudy Salgado, Crum combines community-based research with archival materials, and proposes an interpretation of place in which past and present are concurrent and vital.

Her work has been featured in international and national exhibitions at venues such as Museu do Douro in Portugal, Nicole Longnecker Gallery in Houston, TX, and 1078 Gallery in Chico, CA.


“Indigenous Water Rights and Environmental Justice in Alamance County”

Thursday, March 24

Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts, 4:30 p.m.

Crystal Cavalier and Jason Keck of the Yésa Nédéwahe Saponi Cultural Gardens will speak about local efforts to secure the rights of indigenous people to the natural resources of our county.


Grand Night

Friday, March 25

Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., one night only

Faculty advisors: Deb Leamy and Chris Rayis

An evening of song and dance by the students in the Elon Music Theatre program. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be offered beginning March 18 at elonperformingarts.com.


Nate Spiewak, “Surviving the Holocaust”

Wednesday, March 30

McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 5 p.m.

Nathan Spiewak is an Elon grandparent and Holocaust survivor. He will share with us his memories of life turning upside down in 1940’s Paris under Nazi control, and his struggle for survival. Sponsored by Chabad Elon, Elon Core Curriculum, Department of Political Science, Elon Hillel, The Office of Cultural & Special Programs, Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life


Leland Melvin, “Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace and Second Chances”

Thursday, March 31

Alumni Gym, Koury Athletic Center, 7 p.m.
The Baird Lecture

 

Leland Melvin is an engineer, educator, and former NASA astronaut. He served on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist on missions STS-122 (2008) and STS-129 (2009), helping to construct the International Space Station.

Drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1986, a hamstring injury thwarted his NFL career. Three years after being drafted, Melvin, who majored in chemistry in college, joined the NASA Langley Research Center. Less than a decade later, Melvin was selected as an astronaut. Upon hanging up his space boots, he led NASA Education and co-chaired the White House’s Federal Coordination in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Education Task Force, developing the nation’s five-year STEM education plan.

After 24 years with NASA as a researcher, astronaut and Senior Executive Service leader, he now shares his life story as an athlete, astronaut, scientist, engineer, photographer and musician to help inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue STEAM careers. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning March 10 at elon.universitytickets.com.