The Meaning of Blue:
The Paintings of Katharine Nash Rhoades

Tuesday, August 27
Gallery 406, Arts West, opening reception, 5:30 p.m.

Imagine living in the intersection of art and history during a cultural revolution in America – the birth of Modern Art. Much has been written about Katharine Nash Rhoades: painter, poet, feminist and yet the Smithsonian sees her as “a woman of mystery.” Her decades long friendships with Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Freer and others have stirred great speculation. This exhibit reveals through her journals and paintings, that historians and even Rhoades had thought she had burned, the life, times and spirituality of Katharine Nash Rhoades. During the reception, former Elon faculty member Barbara Rhoades, great niece of the artist, will speak informally on “Aunty K” and the works on view.

Exhibition continues through September 27.

LGBTQIA & Ally New Student Welcome

Thursday, August 29
Moseley 215, 5:00 p.m.

The Gender & LGBTQIA Center invites the LGBTQIA & Ally community family to join and connect across new and current students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.  Mingle, network and build community while learning about campus and community resources for advancing LGBTQIA inclusion. Food and beverages will be provided by the hosting department, the Gender and LGBTQIA Center.

Joshua Lozoff: Life is Magic

Monday, September 2
McCrary Theatre, 7 p.m.

Elon University Labor Day Celebration for Faculty and Staff

Joshua Lozoff’s magic combines illusion with mental feats that explore the possibilities of the human mind. His love for the art of magic combines with a fascination with psychology, intuition and other “inner workings.” It’s a fun evening that will leaves audiences amazed and laughing. Life is Magic is appropriate for all ages. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning August 19 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For ticket information, call (336) 278-5610.

Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Service Event

Saturday, September 7
Alumni Gym, Koury Athletic Center, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. (two shifts)

Students will collectively pack more than 30,000 meals with Rise Against Hunger as part of this annual Elon tradition. Rise Against Hunger is an international relief agency committed to ending hunger. Meals packed will be distributed around the globe through school feeding programs, orphanages and medical clinics to help break the cycle of poverty by providing nutritious meals in conjunction with education, skill development and health care. While there is no cost to attend the event, guests must register in advanceSponsored by the Campus Kitchen at Elon University, Office of Residence Life, and Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement. 

Tectonic Plates – Alamance County’s Science Café: “Genotype services from a user’s perspective: what do my genes say about me?”

Tuesday, September 10
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 September, Dave Parker, Elon University Biology Department will discuss genotype services.

Information is available at

Cassandra Kircher, Far Flung, faculty reading

Wednesday, September 11
Johnston Hall, 7 p.m.

Cassandra Kircher is the author of “Far Flung: Improvisations on National Parks, Driving to Russia, Not Marrying a Ranger, the Language of Heartbreak, and Other Natural Disasters” (University of West Virginia Press, 2019). Her essays have received awards including a Pushcart nomination, Best American Essays citation, and first place in the Notes from the Field Contest. An Elon professor for twenty-five years, Kircher specializes in creative nonfiction and the personal essay. Sponsored by the English Department.

Dan Skidmore, violin; Lynn Beck, horn; Victoria Fischer Faw, piano, faculty recital

Thursday, September 12
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Elon faculty artists present a program of masterworks by three of the great B’s – Beethoven, Bartók and Brahms, including the magnificent “Horn Trio” by Johannes Brahms. Sponsored by the Department of Music.

Gaspard & Dancers

Friday, September 13
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Elon University Lyceum Series

Founded in 2009 by former member of Pilobolus Dance, Gaspard Louis as an inclusive and diverse performance company with a repertoire based in versatile movement that is physically inventive and emotionally dynamic. With an annual season at Duke University and throughout North Carolina, the company also was recently presented at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in New York City. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning August 23 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For ticket information, call (336) 278-5610.

Mary T. Boatwright, “The Jewish Revolts against Rome: Exceptional, or To Be Expected?”

Monday, September 16
Yeager Recital Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Boatwright will discuss her recent work on the topic of Jewish revolts against the Roman Empire (1st-2nd centuries CE), engaging such topics as Roman and Jewish identity, imperial policy regarding cultural assimilation, and religious diversity in the Roman world. Sponsored by the Classical Studies program.

Angela Kashuba, “Are You on the Pill? Developing Prevention Strategies for HIV Infection”

Tuesday, September 17
McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.

Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series

Angela Kashuba is the John and Deborah McNeill, Jr. Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She was appointed chair of the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics in 2015 and serves as director of the UNC Center for AIDS Research Clinical Pharmacology and Analytical Chemistry Core. Kashuba’s research focuses on the clinical pharmacology of drugs used in the treatment, prevention and cure of HIV infection. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed postdoctoral pharmacology training at the Clinical Pharmacology Research Center at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York.

“Future Face” – The Elon Common Reading and Conversation with Alex Wagner, author

Wednesday, September 18
Great Hall, Global Commons, 9:25 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Two First Year Forums related to the 2019-20 Elon Common Reading will feature a moderated discussion with author Alex Wagner including questions from students and classes from various classes.

Elon University Common Reading Lecture
with Alex Wagner

Wednesday, September 18
Alumni Gym, Koury Athletic Center, 7:30 p.m.

In  “FutureFace.”, the Elon University 2019-20 Common Reading selection, author and journalist Alex Wagner questions Americanness, identity and belonging through an examination of her parents’ racial and ethnic histories. This text highlights multiple themes including our immigration polies, forced migration and ethnic violence, assimilation and identity, globalization, ethics around genetic labs and the collection and use of DNA. As part of the Common Reading Program, Ms. Wagner will participate in Elon Core Forums during her visit. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning August 28 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For ticket information, call (336) 278-5610.

“Future Face” – The Elon Common Reading and Conversation with Alex Wagner, author

Thursday, September 19
Great Hall, Global Commons, 8 a.m. and 2:20 p.m.

Two First Year Forums related to the 2019-20 Elon Common Reading will feature a moderated discussion with author Alex Wagner including questions from students and classes from various classes.

Eid al-Adha Celebration

Thursday, September 19
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 6 p.m.

Students, staff and community members present stories and a sampling of traditional foods at Elon’s celebration of the Muslim festival known as the Feast of Sacrifice.  The Eid recognizes the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son to God and commemorates the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. All are welcome to join in this occasion! Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Amanda Mbuvi, “Seeing Ourselves in Books: What a Jewish Transracial Adoption Story Illustrates about Family and Identity”

Thursday, September 19
Isabella Cannon Room, 7:30 pm

In the children’s book “Rebecca’s Journey Home,” an American family’s experience adopting a baby from Vietnam and navigating issues of race, religion and nationality illuminates each of those modes of identity, as well as Jewish identity’s distinctive relationship to them. Although the book’s portrayal of Jewish identity remains within the confines of American racial logic, it also points to the potential of Jewish tradition as a basis for reimagining belonging that goes beyond the limitations of that approach to communal identity, so that any body can be seen, without qualification, as a Jewish body. Sponsored by the Religious Studies Department, Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society, Jewish Studies, and African & African-American Studies.


Friday – Saturday, September 20&21
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West, performances at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. both nights

Directed by Dan Callaway

The much-anticipated, annual Collage concert never fails to amaze! Music Theatre majors present an hour of show-stopping and exhilarating performances. Collage features all of Elon’s Music Theatre majors. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts and the Music Theatre program. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and will be offered beginning September 13 at or the Roberts Studio Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts.

Deliberative Dialogue: A House Divided – What Would We Have to Give Up to Get the Political System We Want?

Monday, September 23
Lakeside Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Every American is affected by the divisions that prevent us from making progress on urgent problems. It has become harder and harder to even talk with one another, and it is damaging in multiple ways. Should we require more accurate, respectful discussion in the media and online, or would that stifle free speech? Should we reform politics and government to encourage compromise, or will that mean giving up on the changes we really need and want?

A deliberative dialogue is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and community members to gather together to exchange diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of a challenge facing our society and to search for common ground for action. This model has been established by the National Issues Forum – a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues. Advance registration is requiredSponsored by the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, Elon Political Engagement Work Group, and Council on Civic Engagement.

“‘America First’ in Action: Ambassador Nikki Haley, the United Nations, and Political Leadership in Turbulent Times”

Tuesday, September 24, 4:30-5:45 pm.
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen

In preparation of this fall’s Convocation event and speaker, former governor and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, we invite students and the campus community to a faculty panel on September 24 that will provide an opportunity to learn how Haley positioned herself amid some of the decade’s defining events, domestically and internationally. This interdisciplinary panel discussion will contextualize Haley’s leadership in both American and global frames, and will offer multiple perspectives on the meaning of her record in politics so far. Sponsored by the Council on Civic Engagement, International and Global Studies, Political Science and Policy Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies.

Jessica Murphy, “Katharine Nash Rhoades: Muse, Artist, and Modern Woman”

Tuesday, September 24
Yeager Recital Hall, Center for the Arts, 6 p.m.

Art History Speaker Series

Artist and poet Katharine Nash Rhoades (1885-1965), great aunt of retired Elon faculty member Barbara Rhoades, was active within American modernist circles in the 1910s: regularly attending gatherings at Alfred Stieglitz’s pioneering gallery at 291 Fifth Avenue, exhibiting her paintings at the legendary Armory Show of 1913, traveling and making art with fellow expatriates in France. In most studies of this era, however, she has been mentioned only as a model (and occasionally a romantic interest) for male artists of this era, including Stieglitz, Arthur Carles, and Edward Steichen. This presentation will take a closer look at Rhoades’s own paintings and writing, her artistic practice, and her collaborations with other women, including her close friend Marion Beckett. In her various roles at 291 and beyond, Rhoades stands as a unique case study of a woman who negotiated the boundaries of feminine identity and modernism through her alliances and her art. Dr. Jessica Murphy, Manager of Audience Engagement at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and author of Portraiture and Feminine Identity in the Stieglitz Circle: Agnes Ernst Meyer, Katharine Rhoades, and Marion Beckett, will speak on her research into the artist.

Mental Health Summit

Wednesday – Thursday, September 25&26
McKinnon Hall and Lakeside Meeting Rooms
Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This two-day event will mark the launch of ACT-BELONG-COMMIT, a campus-wide initiative aimed at inspiring individuals to be active, resilient and mentally healthy citizens engaged in meaningful and purposeful commitments within their communities and extending into the global context. Speakers will include Rob Donovan, the founder of this framework, international leaders who have implemented this framework into their communities, positive mental health and wellness researchers and clinicians, as well as presentations from Elon faculty, staff, students and administrators on how this framework supports the mission of their specific programs. We encourage all members of the Elon University community as well as the broader Alamance County community to attend these events. This event will mark the start of ongoing and sustained opportunities to engage in the work of promoting a mentally healthy campus and inspiring a culture of health and wellness for our community. Co-sponsored by the many campus areas committed to wellness, wellbeing and a mentally healthy campus.

Elon University Fall Convocation with Nikki Haley,
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2017-19) and Governor of South Carolina (2011-2017)

Friday, September 27
Schar Center, 3:30 p.m.

Nikki Haley served as the 29th U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 to 2019 and as the 116th governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017. At the United Nations, Haley introduced reforms that made the organization more efficient, transparent and accountable. In a two-year period, she negotiated $1.3 billion in savings, including rightsizing UN peacekeeping missions to make them more effective and targeted while improving their ability to protect civilians. As U.N, Ambassador, Haley stood up to oppressive regimes in Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and Russia. During the U.S presidency of the UN Security Council, she hosted the first-ever session devoted solely to promoting human rights. A native of Bamberg, South Carolina, Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants and a graduate of Clemson University. In 2010, she became the first female and the first person of an ethnic minority to be elected governor of South Carolina. Re-elected in 2014, she served as Governor until confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.N. Ambassador in January 2017.  Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning August 19 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. To purchase tickets online, visit For additional information, call (336) 278-5610.

Dancing in the Landscape, “Falling into Place”

Friday – Saturday, September 27&28
Center for the Arts, Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. and
September 28 at noon

Artistic Director: Jen Guy Metcalf

Dancing in the Landscape is a site-specific dance program featuring the 2019-20 dance majors performing original and experimental work by faculty, guest artists and students. The production begins at the Center for the Arts and explores the beautiful places in the surrounding area. Sponsored by Elon University Family Weekend and the Department of Performing Arts.

Department of Music Faculty Concert

Friday, September 27
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty artists invite Elon families and friends to a mixed program for voice, piano, percussion, wind, brass and strings. This program has been a much-anticipated event since it began in 1999 and is sure to be an outstanding concert. Sponsored by Elon University Family Weekend and the Department of Music.

Rosh Hashanah

Sunday – Monday, September 29&30
Various locations and times

Rosh Hashanah is the holiday marking the Jewish New Year. The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar and coming together for prayer services and a traditional meal, begins with slices of apples dipped in honey.


*Dinner on September 29 in McBride Gathering Space at 5:30 p.m.

Services on September 29 in Sacred Space at 6:45 p.m.

Services on September 30 in Sacred Space at 10 a.m.

*Luncheon on September 30 in McBride Gathering Space at 12:30 p.m.

Taschlich Services on September 30 in Sacred Space at 3 p.m.