Dancing in the Landscape

Saturday, October 1

Lambert Academic Village, 12 p.m.

Artistic director: Jasmine Powell

A site-specific dance performance featuring original and experimental choreography by faculty, guest artists and students, which explores and highlights beautiful places on Elon’s campus. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts

Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement)

Tuesday-Wednesday, October 4-5

Various observances and locations

Considered by many to be the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur is a 25-hour fast day, during which time Jews take stock of their past year, atone, repent and many wear white to mark the somber mood of the day, the opportunity for a fresh start and the connection to the cycle of life and death. According to tradition, on Rosh Hashanah, the Book of Life is written, and on Yom Kippur, it is sealed. The Elon community gathers for meals to begin and end the fast and participates in prayer services. Registration/RSVP information will be available on the Hillel website (www.elon.edu/hillel).

Fiachra Garvey, piano

Tuesday, October 4

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

A first prize-winner of the 2012 Jacques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition and one-time National Concert Hall Rising Star, Fiachra Garvey obtained his Dip Mus, BA and MA degrees from the Royal Academic of London and the Royal Irish Academic of Music. He has received prizes at many international competitions including Dublin AXA, EU Prague and Collioure, France.

A Conversation with Yoruba Richen

Thursday, October 6

Moderated by Naeemah Clark, J. Earl Danieley Distinguished Professor

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Liberal Arts Forum Lecture

Yoruba Richen is the director of the documentary program at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at The City University of New York. A film director, screenwriter and producer, her award-winning work has been featured on Netflix, MSNBC, FX and HBO among other outlets. Richen will discuss documentary film as a catalyst for social change in a conversation with School of Communications senior faculty member Naeemah Clark. Her recent documentaries include ” How it Feels to Be Free” which aired on American Masters and “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom” which was broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel. Both were nominated for an Emmy Award. “The New York Times Presents: The Killing of Breonna Taylor” won an NAACP Image Award and is streaming on Hulu. Tribeca Festival hosted the world premiere of her latest film “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” in June 2022, which will premier on Peacock Plus later in October.

Department of Performing Arts presents “Concord Floral”

Friday-Tuesday, October 7-11

Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West

Oct. 7, 8, 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 8, 9 at 2 p.m.

Written by Jordan Tannahill • Directed by Susanne Shawyer • Dramaturgy by Kim Shively

A ghost. A mystery. An abandoned greenhouse. Can the teenagers who hang out at Concord Floral survive suburbia, high school and a plague of their own making? A haunting coming-of-age tale from contemporary playwright Jordan Tannahill. Includes adult themes. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be offered beginning September 30 at www.elonperformingarts.com.

Tectonic Plates: Alamance County’s Science Café with Thomas Gaither, “Slime molds and civil rights: one man’s living legacy”

Tuesday, October 11

Burlington Beer Works, 103 E. Front Street, Burlington, NC, 7 p.m.

Each month on second Tuesdays, a different scientist will present an hour-long talk on an engaging topic. In October, Thomas Gaither of Slippery Rock University (SC), will lead the discussion. Expect a lively event in a relaxed atmosphere without all the technical jargon. For more information, visit facebook.com/TectonicPlatesScienceCafe

Zoom links:

Meeting ID: 913 8272 3471, Passcode: 750983
Direct url link: https://elon.zoom.us/j/91382723471?pwd=R0xidWtVSll5OC9WcUk5ekFiamx2dz09
To join by phone, find your local number at https://elon.zoom.us/u/aJ5aUWg4t

Death Expo 2022

Saturday, October 15

Moseley Center, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Funeral Consumers Alliance North Carolina (FCANC) invites the public to Death Expo 2022, a day-long event to provide information and resources to anyone exploring one’s own final arrangements or those of loved ones. Keynote presentations, panel discussions and exhibitors will demonstrate the latest options and trends in the deathcare industry – from aquamation and death doulas to green burials and knowing your rights as a funeral consumer. Sponsored by the Funeral Consumers Alliance North Carolina and the Anatomical Gift Program of the School of Health Sciences

Nancy Daly: Ruminations, art exhibition

Monday, October 17 – Friday, November 18

Gallery 406, Arts West, 5:30 p.m.
Note: Artist talk and reception: Tuesday, November 1, 5:30 p.m.

To ruminate is to mediate, muse, to ponder or brood. There is no completion to the thought, there is only the thought, performed over and over, often resulting in increased anxiety. “Ruminations” is a series that labors over the ideas of work and time. Daly performs a single action simply for the sake of performing the action. The work in the series could be described as a documentary. Although the actions reference a productive, purposeful form of work, the products of said work in this case are pointless, non-functional objects and drawings. The actions are repeated, sometimes to a point of destruction. Exhibition continues until November 18.

Lorna Dee Cervantes, poetry reading

Tuesday, October 18

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Liberal Arts Forum Lecture

Award-winning author, Lorna Dee Cervantes is a former Professor of English in the creative writing program at the University of Colorado Boulder. A native Californian, she now lives and writes in Seattle. Cervantes will read from her newest collection, “April On Olympia,” and her previous five books. Her writing has explored and evoked cultural differences – between Mexican, Anglo, Native American and African American lives – as well as the divides of economics and gender.

Dorothy Roberts, “From Reproductive Choice to Reproductive Justice”

Thursday, October 20

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Elon University Speaker Series • Periclean Scholars Guest Lecture

Dorothy Roberts is the Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and the founding director of the Penn Program on Race, Science and Society. She has written and lectured on the interplay of race, gender and class inequalities in U.S. institutions and is a leader in transforming thinking on reproductive justice, child welfare and bioethics. Roberts argues for a “reproductive justice” framework that includes not only a women’s right not to have a child, but also the right to have children and to raise them with dignity, considering the real-world context of reproductive decision making.

Sponsored by a grant from the Elon University Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost and Division of Student Life, Periclean Scholars Program, Elon University School of Law, the Public Health Studies Department, the Division for Inclusive Excellence, the Sociology & Anthropology Department, Elon Black Student Union, the Gender/LGBTQIA Center, the Liberal Arts Forum, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, the Political Science & Policy Studies Department, and the American Studies Department

Instant Laughter

Friday – Saturday, October 21-22

Yeager Recital Hall, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Fredrick J. Rubeck

Elon’s comic improv troupe, Instant Laughter, takes the stage performing scenes and sketches based on audience suggestions. Admission: $15 at the door. All proceeds benefit Elon’s theatre arts program. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts

An Evening with Jimmy Webb

Wednesday, October 26

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Best known for the instant classics he provided for Glen Campbell (“By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman”), Richard Harris (“MacArthur Park”), and the Fifth Dimension (“Up, Up and Away”), Jimmy Webb continues to write songs as carefully crafted as these early hits and reigns as one of the masters of American music. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning October 5 at elon.edu/boxoffice. For information, call (336) 278-5610.

Disability: Activism, Equity, and Art – roundtable discussion

Thursday, October 27

McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center 128D, 5 p.m.

What does disability justice look like, at Elon and beyond?  And how can we make it happen?  This roundtable brings together scholars and artists to discuss disability activism and equity.  Audience members will leave with clearer ideas about how they can help advance the rights of disabled people, both on campus and in the broader community.

Ann Millett-Gallant is an artist and leader in the field of disability studies in art history who has written about her experiences with congenital physical disability and traumatic brain injury.  Santiago Solis is an inclusive excellence administrator who advocates for disability rights on campus and who has published on his own experiences with learning disability and chronic fatigue syndrome in the university.  Libby Coyner is an archivist and librarian who specializes in collecting zines that advocate for disability justice.

The roundtable will include opportunities for questions from the audience and a display of disability justice-related items from Elon’s archival collection. Sponsored by American Studies, Office of Disability Resources, and a grant from the Elon Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences

Discussing Phenomenology of Black Spirit

by Biko Mandela Gray and Ryan J. Johnson
with Stephen Ferguson

Thursday, October 27

LaRose Digital Theater, Koury Business Center 101, 7:30 p.m.

Biko Mandela Gray (Syracuse) and Ryan Johnson (Elon) discuss their forthcoming book “Phenomenology of Black Spirit” (Edinburgh University Press) with Stephen Ferguson (NC State). A leading voice in African American philosophy, Ferguson will lead a discussion on what may be the first philosophy book written, in a single voice, by a Black philosopher and a white philosopher. Dramatizing a dialectical parallelism between G.W.F. Hegel’s classic “Phenomenology of Spirit and Black Thought”, Gray and Johnson seek to explode the western canon of philosophy from the inside-out. While Hegel articulates the dynamic logics that we see in these Black thinkers, when they are placed in parallel and considered together, the whiteness, both explicit and implicit, of Hegelianism itself is revealed. Forcing Hegelianism into the embodied history of Black Thought reveals a phenomenology of America whose spirit is Black. Sponsored by the Elon Philosophy Department and African and African American Studies at Elon

Department of Performing Arts presents “Head Over Heels”

Friday-Saturday, October 28-29

Thursday-Friday, November 3-4

McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts

Oct. 28, 29, Nov. 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.

Book by Jeff Whitty adapted by James Macgruder • Music and lyrics by The Go-Go’s • Director: Julio Agustin Matos, Jr.

“Head Over Heels” is a laugh-out-loud love story set to the music of the iconic 1980s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s, including the hit songs “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” and Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.” A hilarious, exuberant celebration of love, “Head Over Heels” follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction – only to discover the key to their survival lies within each of their own hearts. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning October 7 at elon.edu/boxoffice. For information, call (336) 278-5610.