Zachary R. Wood, “Uncensored: How a Progressive College Student Began Fighting for Conservative Viewpoints”

Tuesday, October 1
McCrary Theatre, 6 p.m.

Community Engagement Lecture

Known for a dynamic perspective on free speech, race and dissenting opinions, Wood entered the national spotlight while a senior at Williams College, where he acted as president of the student group Uncomfortable Learning. He strengthened the group’s commitment to inviting speakers with controversial perspectives to speak freely on the Williams campus. Wood remains an activist for free speech and a firm believer that civil debate is a crucial part of one’s education. Admission is free; no ticket required. 

Take Back the Night: Survivor Speak-Out

Tuesday, October 1
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

The Gender & LGBTQIA Center invites campus and community members to show support as we create a space and opportunity for survivors to share their stories of gender-based violence, harassment, and abuse. Confidential advocates will be available throughout the event to provide individual support. A reception follows the speak-out with many campus and community resources, including confidential Violence Response, CrossRoads, Family Abuse Services, Counseling Services, the Title IX Office and student organizations. Co-sponsored by the Gender and LGBTQIA Center and the aforementioned offices and community organizations.

Allison Joseph, guest reading

Tuesday, October 1
Johnston Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Allison Joseph, the author of several poetry collections, including “Confessions of a Barefaced Woman,” “Worldly Pleasures,” and “What Keeps Us Here,” teaches at and directs the Southern Illinois University – Carbondale MFA Program in Creative Writing. Sponsored by the English Department.

Andrea L. Pino-Silva, “Taking the Reins of Our Movement” Unapologetic Survivor Storytelling and the Power of Everyday Activism”

Thursday, October 3
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Liberal Arts Forum Lecture and Supporting Survivors Week Keynote Address

Through her own personal story of survivorhood and journey toward activism and organizing, Andrea L. Pino-Silva will teach students the history of Title IX activism and encourage them to fight racial, gender and LGBTQ based oppression as “everyday activists” on their campus and beyond. Pino-Silva is co-author of “We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out” and co-founder of the national advocacy organization End Rape on Campus where she worked for more than five years to support students in learning their rights under Title IX and changing their campus sexual assault and harassment policies. She is the digital strategy and communications manager at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Hosted by the Liberal Arts Forum and the Gender & LGBTQIA Center. 

Department of Performing Arts presents “Clown Bar” – a comedy by Adam Szymkowicz

Thursday – Wednesday, October 3-9
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West, Oct. 3-4 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 5 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.; Oct. 7-9 at 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Kevin Hoffmann

“Clown Bar” is a play about clowns but does not clown around. This is not a laughing matter: Timmy’s murder won’t solve itself and someone’s got the pie on their face to prove it. With so many suspects, it’s a bit of a circus and Happy is not happy. Told in a film noir style and set in a bar full of clowns, this story is deadly serious, but the performance will leave you in stitches. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be offered beginning September 26 at or the Roberts Studio Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650.

Biennial Studio Art Faculty Exhibition, opening reception

Monday, October 7
Gallery 406, Arts West, 5:30 p.m.

Studio faculty from the department of Art & ARH will exhibit recent work in Gallery 406 including photography, video, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Exhibition continues through December 6.


Monday, October 7
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Elon University Lyceum Series

The female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional songs to Afro Jazz and Gospel. Performing with pure voices, minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments and organic authentic dance movements, Nobuntu represents a new generation of young African women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty and heritage through art. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning September 16 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For ticket information, call (336) 278-5610.

Yom Kippur

Wednesday – Thursday, October 8&9
Various locations and times

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of year – the Day of Atonement. This is a day of prayer and fasting when those observing the holy day neither eat nor drink for 25 hours.


*Dinner on October 8 in McBride Gathering Space at 5:30 p.m.

Services on October 8 in Sacred Space at 6:45 p.m.

Services on October 9 in Sacred Space at 10 a.m.

*Neilah Services and Break (the) Fast on October 9 in Sacred Space and McBride Gathering Space at 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Tectonic Plates – Alamance County’s Science Café: “The science behind personalized genetics”

Tuesday, October 8
Fat Frogg Bar & 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 October, Linda Niedziela in Elon’s Biology Department, will discuss personalized genetics.

Information is available at

Preet Bharara, The Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series Presented by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation

Thursday, October 10
Carolina Theatre, 610 S. Greene St., Greensboro, 6:30 p.m.

The Elon University Speaker Series

Nominated to the position by President Barack Obama, Preet Bharara served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017, overseeing the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the district. He supervised an office of more than 200 assistant U.S. attorneys, who handled a high volume of cases involving terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking, financial and healthcare fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime and civil rights violations.

Early in his tenure, he formed the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit, which has continued the office’s long history of prosecuting leaders and associates of global and domestic terrorists, narco-terrorists, cartels and money-laundering organizations. Its convictions have included major terrorists, arms traffickers and even a Somali pirate. Under Bharara’s supervision, the office also brought a series of public corruption cases against members of New York City and state governments, including New York state senators and assemblymen, New York City councilmen, the former majority leader of the New York State Senate and the former speaker of the New York State Assembly.

In 2012, Bharara was featured on the cover of Time Magazine and appeared on its list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” He now serves as a distinguished scholar in residence at the NYU School of Law. Bharara’s book, “Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law,” debuted in March 2019 at No. 4 on the New York Times best-seller list.

Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available through the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro. For ticket information, call (336) 333-2605, Monday-Friday, 12 to 5 p.m. or visit

Jeffrey Carpenter, “Social media and education: Mortal enemies or a match made in heaven?”

Monday, October 14
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 5:15 p.m. reception;
6 p.m. lecture

2019-20 Distinguished Scholar Award Lecture

Social media is at the heart of modern culture, but its role in educational settings is contested and uncertain. Often stereotyped as the domain of callow teens, celebrity stalkers and narcissists, social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have nonetheless played key roles in political campaigns, community building, protest movements, charity fundraising and other serious matters. This session presents three case studies from recent and current research projects that shed light on the opportunities, challenges and tensions associated with the use of social media in formal and informal educational settings. These case studies serve as a jumping off point for discussion regarding the future of social media in schools.

Sand Mandala

Wednesday – Friday, October 23-25
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 the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. 

Rocio Zambrana, “Bad Habits: Idleness, Critique, Interruption in Hegel”

Thursday, October 24
LaRose Digital Theatre, 7 p.m.

The Reynolds Lecture in Philosophy

What do habits have to do with morality? According to Dr. Rocío Zambrana, in order to answer such questions, we should look to the 19th-century German Philosopher G.W.F. Hegel’s account of embodied normativity. Dr. Zambrana brilliantly considers what she takes to be the most Hegelian question of all: What is the cultural formation that is being reproduced institutionally, materially, bodily through habit? Tracking notions of productivity in Hegel’s discussion of habit and bad habit, she examines critical assumptions about the form of life Hegel defends throughout his corpus.

Projeto Arcomusical

Wednesday, October 30
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Projeto Arcomusical is a world music sextet re-imagining the Afro-Brazilian berimbau through unique and powerful chamber music. To celebrate the recent release of its second album, “Spinning in the Wheel” Projeto Arcomusical will perform this music as well as “Emigre and Exile,” an extensive new work by bassist and composer Matt Ulery. Ulery’s 27 minutes of music in a single continuous flow allow the ensemble to take flight like never before.

“Projeto Arcomusical doesn’t miss a beat. The sextet is so tuned in to one another that at times it becomes difficult (if not impossible) to tell where one instrument ends and another begins. The players are so precise, so blissfully engaged with their instruments and one another that the individual pieces and the individual players melt away, and you begin to discover the uniquely captivating character of the instrument itself.” –  Maggie Molloy, Second Inversion, December 5, 2016

Department of Performing Arts presents
“Damn Yankees”
Book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop; Music by Richard Adler; Lyrics by Jerry Ross

Thursday-Saturday, October 31-November 2 
McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. all shows

Directed by Doug Hall; Choreographed by Deb Leamy; Music direction by Valerie Maze

Faust meets professional baseball in the Broadway sendup of love and the American pastime. Based on the novel, “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant” by Douglass Wallop, “Damn Yankees,” the Broadway mega-show and winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, hits it out of the park! The winning score by and a devilish book have made this sporty musical comedy a true American classic. Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd, trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation, Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life that he’s left behind. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning October 3 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For ticket information, call (336) 278-5610.