Department of Performing Arts presents
“The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin”

Friday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Julio Agustin Matos; choreographed by Keshia Wall; music direction by Dan Gibson; dramaturg, cfrancis blackchild

Virtual performance available at

In a humorous and pointed coming-of-age story spanning the 1960s through the 1990s, Viveca blithely sails through the confusing worlds of racism, sexism and Broadway showbiz until she’s forced to face the devasting effect self-denial has had on her life.

Neil Callander, “Companion Painting” Artist Talk

Monday, March 8

Zoom presentation streaming live at 5:30 p.m.
Exhibition at Gallery 406, Arts West continues until Thursday, March 18

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.

Tectonic Plates, Alamance County’s Science Café: “Epigenetics and brain development”

Tuesday, March 9, 7 p.m.

Zoom discussion

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 March, Andrew Hawkey of Duke University’s School of Medicine will discuss recent and future research on THC exposure and its neurobehavioral effects on offspring.

Information is available at

A Conversation with New North Carolina General Assembly Members Sen. Amy Galey and Rep. Ricky Hurtado

Wednesday, March 10, 6:00 p.m.

Zoom presentation (registration required)

Elon students will engage in a conversation with newly elected members of the North Carolina General Assembly – Senator Amy Galey and Representative Ricky Hurtado. Galey is the former chair of the Alamance County Board of Commissioners and a former staff attorney for the Defender Corporation of Charleston County in South Carolina. Hurtado is an instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-executive director of LatinxEd. The discussion will be facilitated by Elon Votes! student leaders. Sponsored by the Elon Political Engagement Work Group, Elon Votes!, Kernodle Center for Civic Life and Council on Civic Engagement

Shana Tucker: ChamberSoul Cello & Songs

Wednesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.

Virtual concert was available on demand until Thursday, March 17

Shana Tucker’s unique genre of ChamberSoul™ weaves jazz, roots, folk, acoustic pop, and a touch of R&B. She is intrinsically drawn to acoustic instruments because of their resonance, warmth, and intimacy. ChamberSoul brings the audience closer and makes the music tangible, no matter how large or small the room. Tucker studied cello at Howard University in Washington, DC, where she took her first dive into improvisational performance and honed her singer-songwriting skills. She later received her degree in violoncello performance from CUNY-Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, where she studied with master cellist Marion Feldman. Shortly after the release of her debut CD “SHiNE” in 2011, Cirque du Soleil recruiters invited Tucker to be cellist/vocalist for the show, “KÀ” in Las Vegas, where she performed for five years before returning to North Carolina.

Department of Performing Arts presents
“The Spring Dance Concert”

Friday-Saturday, March 12-13, 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Jen Guy Metcalf
Choreographers: Renay Aumiller, Casey Avaunt, Gaspard Louis, Jen Guy Metcalf, Cheri Stokes, Alexandra Joye Warren, Clarice Young
Contains some adult language and themes. Otherwise, suitable for children.
Performances available at

The Spring Dance Concert consists of seven dance works created by four Elon faculty choreographers and three guest choreographers including Gaspard Louis, Cheri Stokes and Clarice Young. Gaspard Louis is the Founder and Artistic Director of Gaspard&Dancers and was a dancer with Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Cheri Stokes is currently an Associate Producer at Urban Bush Women in New York and is a choreographer based in Brooklyn. Clarice Young is an Assistant Professor of Dance at UNC Greensboro and was a dancer with Camile A Brown & Dancers and Ronald K. Brown’s EVIDENCE, A Dance Company before serving as the rehearsal director. Read the Elon faculty choreographer bios on the Elon University website. Some of the themes explored through choreography include activism, women’s empowerment, mental health, isolation, free expression, and liberation during these unprecedented times.

Online program and viewing links available at

Distinguished Scholar Award Lecture
Lynn Huber, “Reading Gender & Sex in Revelation”

Thursday, March 18, 7 p.m.

Zoom webinar

Often thought of as an account of the end of the world, the Book of Revelation is just as much about gender and sex as end-times predictions. In this talk, Huber explores how this book, situated at the end of the Christian Bible, participates in ancient conversations about what it means to be a “good man.” I highlight the irony of this, given that Revelation’s audience members are not all men and that the author extols a decidedly “queer” cult figure, a slaughtered Lamb. This reading of Revelation destabilizes how the text is often read and provides an opportunity for thinking about it new.

Grand Night

Sunday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Dan Callaway
Virtual performance available at

An evening of student-conceived and created numbers that range from Broadway’s golden age to contemporary works. The performance features all of Elon’s music theatre majors.

Lee Rocker (of the Stray Cats), “The Low Road”

Tuesday, March 23

Virtual concert available on demand

Lee Rocker made his mark as a founding member of The Stray Cats, the Rockabilly-revival sensation of the 1980s and 1990s. He is still playing, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass as he performs with his own all-star band. His concert show includes mega-hits “Stray Cat Strut,” “Sexy and Seventeen,” and “Rock this Town,” with time to tell stories about his days on the road with legends like George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell and John Fogerty.

A Conversation with Town of Elon Alderwoman Emily Sharpe and Alderman Monti Allison

Wednesday, March 24, 6:00 p.m.

Zoom presentation (registration required)

Elon students will engage in a conversation with members of the Town of Elon Board of Aldermen. Alderwoman Emily Sharpe was elected in 2017 and is employed by Premise Health as a wellness program manager. Alderman Monti Allison was elected in 2019 and works for Lincoln National Corporation as an agency development manager. The discussion will be facilitated by Elon Votes! student leaders.

The Active Citizen Series is designed to cultivate the next generation of informed leaders who will help strengthen communities and shape our democracy. This series allows students to gain a deeper understanding of how government works and to develop the necessary skills to engage in civil discourse across political divides. Sponsored by the Elon Political Engagement Work Group, Elon Votes!, Kernodle Center for Civic Life and Council on Civic Engagement

Elena Passarello, Nonfiction reading

Thursday, March 25, 7 p.m.

Virtual Presentation 

An author and performer, Elena Passarello was the first woman to win the New Orleans’ Stella Screaming Contest, an honor she describes in her first essay collection, “Let Me Clear My Throat.” Her second collection, “Animals Strike Curious Poses,” won the Oregon Book Award and was listed as a New York Times Notable Book of 2017. The winner of the Whiting Award in nonfiction, Passarello has also published work in numerous anthologies, newspapers, and journals. She teaches creative writing at Oregon State.

Annual Geography Lecture: Race, Religion, and Food

Friday, March 26, 2 p.m.

Virtual presentation available on Zoom

Priscilla McCutcheon is a geographer at the University of Kentucky whose research is situated at the intersections of race, religion and food. She writes about faith-based food movements and cross-racial kitchen table dialogue.

Passover Seder

Saturday, March 27, 5:30 p.m.

Virtual and in-person, location TBD

Please join the Elon Hillel community for our annual Passover Seder, a musical and interactive community journey from slavery to freedom. Elon Hillel’s Passover seder is open to the entire community. This year, we will have both virtual and small, safe, in-person options to celebrate renewal, springtime and freedom. Tickets will be for sale on Elon Hillel’s website: by Hillel and Jewish Life

Men’s Leadership of Gender Equity Conference
Keynote Address with Jason Collins

Sunday, March 28, 12:30 p.m.

Please join us in welcoming keynote speaker, Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in Major League Sports, retired NBA player, and equity advocate, at the Men’s Leadership of Gender Equity conference! This conference aims to engage men in conversations about gender equity across campus and in their daily lives, creating a pathway to educate men about healthy relationships, allyship to other communities, wellness, bystander intervention and cultural competency. Through attending the conference, participants will be empowered to join conversations and create change in their communities and beyond. We seek to create a space for empathy, communication and allyship and seek to transform mind, body and spirit.

Register in advance for the keynote address/webinar:

Roundtable discussions and breakout sessions will follow (see our website for more information):

Sponsored by Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies, and Elon’s Gender & LGBTQIA Center in conjunction with the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund

Leigh Merrill, “Latent Architecture”

Monday, March 29 – Friday, April 30

Art installation, Gallery 406, Arts West
Artist’s talk, Monday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m. 

Leigh Merrill’s exhibition of digitally collaged photographic and video work that explores the impact of desire, simulation and perception on contemporary landscapes. The urban landscape is often a post-modern offering of architecture referencing other eras or locations. Merrill seeks out this longing and desire while echoing the cultural, historical and perceptual forces that impact our experience of place. Merrill culls through thousands of individual photographs and videos made of architecture and landscaping and assembles these sources to create her work. Some of the images have veracity, but more often they suggest a visual hyperbole – an embellished scene circulating around a small object or detail. Merrill received her BFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California. She currently lives and works in Dallas as associate professor of art at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Blair Imani, “Intersectional Interfaith”

Wednesday, March 31, 6:30 p.m.

Virtual presentation

Blair Imani is a critically-acclaimed historian, advocate and activist. The author of two historical books, “Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History” (2018) and “Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and The Black American Dream” (2020), she centers women and girls, global Black communities and the LGBTQIA community. Imani will speak on the crucial importance of interfaith work engaging learning and advocacy around race, gender, sexuality and historically marginalized identities. Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, the Gender and LGBTQIA Center, Liberal Arts Forum, Muslim Life at Elon and Spirit and Pride