Department of Performing Arts presents
“Heart of Shrapnel”

Friday-Tuesday, October 1-5

Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West
October 1, 2, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m.; October 2, 3 at 2 p.m.

Written by Noe Morales Munoz; Translated by Maria Alexandria Beech
Directed by: Andres Munar

“Tales and Shrapnel” examines the intersections of celebrity worship and toxic masculinity in our contemporary culture. This recent play was featured in the Mexico/United States Playwright Exchange at The Lark. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be offered beginning September 24 at

Sand Mandala

Wednesday, October 6 – Friday, October 8

Sacred Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, ongoing viewing

Tibetan Buddhist monks will construct a sand mandala for healing and peace during a period of three days. Viewers are encouraged to frequently stop by and see its progress. An opening ceremony will begin the process at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, and a closing ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday in which the mandala is deconstructed and the sand is shared with the community and the earth. Sponsored by Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Marilyn Keiser, organ recital – CANCELED

Sunday, October 10

Whitley Auditorium, 3 p.m.

Virginia Kluiters

Monday, October 11

Gallery 406, Arts West

Virginia Kluiters is a NYC-based fashion and beauty photographer. While growing up, she witnessed instances of sexism and misogyny around her and later survived an abusive relationship. She began to create self-portraits, which enabled her to process her trauma and to share her survivor story. By approaching subjects through a strong female gaze, Kluiters creates dynamic narratives centered around each model’s unique beauty and rejects the historical commodification and objectification of women in the fashion and beauty industries. Her fine art photography has been published in exhibitions including the 2017 Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards (finalist, first place). She earned a B.A. in Fine Art and English from Elon University in 2016.

Exhibition runs through November 19, with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m. November 8.

Jonathan Katz,
“Afghanistan, Haiti and January 6:
The brutalization of empire”

Monday, October 11

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Liberal Arts Forum Lecture

Jonathan M. Katz was the Associated Press correspondent in Haiti from 2007 to 2011. The only full-time U.S. news reporter there during the earthquake, he later broke the story that United Nations soldiers likely caused a post-quake cholera epidemic that killed thousands. Katz has reported from more than a dozen countries and territories. In 2011, he was awarded the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism. Katz was a 2019 National Fellow at New America. A frequent contributor to The New York Times and other publications, he regularly appears on TV and radio and formerly directed the Media & Journalism Initiative at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. He is currently writing a book, “Gangsters of Capitalism,” about Gen. Smedley Butler and the legacy of American empire.

Tectonic Plates
Alamance County’s Science Café:
Brain-computer interface: translating human thoughts into commands into applications

Tuesday, October 12, 7 p.m.

Zoom discussion
Meeting ID: 913 8272 3471, Passcode: 750983

The brain-computer interface (BCI) means positioning electrodes so close to your brain that they can sense the electrical activity of your neurons. Individuals with BCI can control computer activity using thought alone. This remarkable technology shows considerable promise, particularly for quadriplegics and other individuals who currently lack control of their limbs. As a computer scientist, Assistant Professor Pratheep Paranthaman is developing applications that involve BCI.

Learn cutting-edge science in a relaxed informal atmosphere without all the technical jargon. As with all Tectonic Plates events, programs are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. September through May.

Anthony Petro, “Moral Contagion: HIV/AIDS, Activism, and American Religion”

Wednesday, October 20 

LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 6 p.m.

This talk will explore the religious, moral, and sexual politics of the HIV/AIDS crisis as it unfolded in the United States. How did AIDS come to be associated with sexuality–and homosexuality in particular? How did public health and religious leaders respond to the moral and religious politics of AIDS? And how did AIDS activists mobilize religious themes to push for more progressive HIV/AIDS policies and education? We will also consider how the early history of the AIDS crisis might inform contemporary responses to COVID-19.

Anthony Petro is an associate professor in the Department of Religion and in the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at Boston University, where they also hold the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship. Their teaching and research interests include religion and culture in the United States; religion, medicine, and public health; and gender and sexuality. Their first book, “After the Wrath of God: AIDS, Sexuality, and American Religion,” examined the history of American religious responses to the HIV/AIDS crisis and their role in the promotion of ongoing forms of moral citizenship. Petro’s current book project, under contract with Oxford University Press, is titled “Provoking Religion: Sex, Art, and the Sacred in the Modern United States.”

Leo M. Lambert and Peter Felten,
“Relationship-Rich Education”

Thursday, October 21

Alumni Gym, Koury Athletic Center, 7:30 p.m.

In “Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College,” Elon University President Emeritus Leo M. Lambert and Peter Felten, assistant provost and executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon, examine how human connections contribute to academic success. They will share insights from the book as part of a panel discussion featuring five Elon alumni — Mirella Cisneros ’19, James Donnell ’19 L’21, Matthew Foster ’20, Yasmeen Lee ’20 and Natalie Green ’21. Published in 2020 by Johns Hopkins University Press, the book makes a compelling case for the importance of personal connections on college and university campuses and provides guidance on how to foster those relationships. Central to the book are nearly 400 interviews with students, faculty and staff at 29 higher education institutions across the country.The interviews were supplemented with data collected by the Elon University Poll through a survey of 1,600 college and university graduates. Lambert and Felten also co-authored the 2016 book, “Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most.” Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning September 30. For ticket information, visit

Instant Laughter

Friday-Saturday, October 22-23

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

Directed by: Frederick J. Rubeck

Elon’s comic improv team, 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.

A conversation with Dara Torres, a Jewish Olympic legend

Wednesday, October 27

Zoom presentation, 7 p.m.
Register in advance here

Prepare to be inspired by 12-time Olympic medalist and former swimming world record holder Dara Torres, who will share her story of determination and victory with our Elon Hillel community. Russell Wolff, Elon parent, JLAC member, and Executive Vice President and General Manager for ESPN+, will interview Torres, bringing her astonishing achievements to life for us via Zoom. Do not miss this incredible opportunity to be wowed by Torres and to learn from Wolff.

Luke Powery, “How Shall We Live? Jesus and Justice in a Racialized World”

Thursday, October 28

McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 7 p.m.

The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery is the Dean of the Duke University Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. His most recent book is “Were You There? Lenten Reflections on the Spirituals,” released in 2019. He co-authored an introductory textbook on preaching, “Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place,” and also served as the general editor for the nine-volume lectionary commentary series titled “Connections: A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship.” He delivered Elon’s 2015 Baccalaureate address. Sponsored by LEAF and the Truitt Center

Department of Performing Arts presents “42nd Street”

Friday-Sunday, October 29-31
Thursday-Saturday, November 4-6

McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts
Oct. 29, 30 and Nov. 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m., and October 31 at 2 p.m.

Written by: Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble, Harry Warren, Al Dubin, and Bradford Ropes
Directed by: Alexandra Joye Warren and Chari Arespacochaga
Choreography: Deb Leamy
Musical Direction: Chris Rayis

Peggy Sawyer arrives in New York City from Allenstown, Pennsylvania, with hopes of becoming a Broadway star. Facing adversity from all directions, the young and talented performer learns about show business and discovers which relationships are most important in life. This dance-heavy 1980 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and the 1933 Academy Award-winning musical film. Elon’s deconstructed version will investigate gender norms and other contemporary issues. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning October 8. For ticket information, visit