Biennial Studio Art Faculty Exhibition

Tuesday, August 24

Gallery 406, Arts West and Isabella Cannon Room, Center for the Arts
Closing Reception
: Monday, October 4, 5:30 p.m., Gallery 406, Arts West

Every two years, Gallery 406 exhibits artwork produced by the studio art faculty at Elon University. The breadth and depth of this exhibition demonstrates a diversity of approaches, media and scholarly interests. The foci and interests represent our vibrant art-making environment, strongly contributing to both the national art scene and Elon’s model of the Teacher/Scholar. Gallery 406 exhibition continues until October 7, with a closing reception at 5:30 p.m. October 4; Isabella Cannon Room installation on view until October 25.

Elon on 9/11

Wednesday, September 8

Elon Community Church, 7 p.m.

Led by President Emeritus Lambert and former University Chaplain Richard McBride, and faculty and alumni (Professors Ann Cahill and Ann Bolin with Brian Feeley ’03, Director of Alumni Relations) will recount how they experienced the attacks of September 11, 2001, as the day unfolded on campus. From the first announcement at that morning’s College Coffee to the spontaneous gathering of university and community members that afternoon at the Elon Community Church, the panel will take us back to that dark day and how the Phoenix community came together to process, mourn and respond to this paradigm-changing global event. An audience Q & A with the panel will be included.

The Second City Remix

Friday-Saturday, September 10-11

McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. each night

The Second City has been the world’s first name in laughter for more than 60 years. The newest generation of comedy superstars visits Elon to mash up Second City’s greatest hits and brand-new material with its signature improvisation in this hilarious show. May contain adult/mature content appropriate for audiences 17 and older. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning August 23. For ticket information, visit

Eid al-Adha Celebration

Tuesday, September 14

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 Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

Tectonic Plates
Alamance County’s Science Café:
The very first vaccine

Tuesday, September 14

Zoom discussion, 7 p.m.
Meeting ID: 913 8272 3471, Passcode: 750983

Lately we have heard a lot of buzz about COVID vaccines. In September, we will learn about the 2000-year history of the world’s very first vaccine,  which ultimately led to the eradication of one of the worst killers humanity has ever faced – smallpox. The colorful history of the smallpox vaccine features royal experiments with questionable ethics, a beautiful European lady out for revenge and heroic milkmaids.

The program will be experimental. Instead of hosting a visiting scientist, we will listen to a 20-min Planet Money podcast, followed by group discussions and Q&A from a panel of experts.

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. Join us to learn cutting-edge science in a relaxed informal atmosphere without all the technical jargon.

Elon Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, “Unrelent”
– Debut Concert

Monday, September 20

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

The Elon Contemporary Chamber Ensemble will make its debut with a thought-provoking concert that features music by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Joan Tower, Ted Hearne and Harry Stafylakis. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Elon University Common Reading Keynote Address
by Jason Reynolds

Tuesday, September 21

Available on YouTube, 7:30 p.m.

Jason Reynolds is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of many young adult books, including the Elon University Common Reading selection for 2021-22, “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You,” co-written with Ibram X. Kendi. “Stamped” illuminates how deeply embedded racism is in the fabric of the United States’ history, systems and structures. He is a two-time National Book award finalist and the recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor and multiple Coretta Scott King Awards. He is the winner of a Kirkus Prize, two Walter Dean Myers Awards and an NAACP Image Award, among others. Reynolds’ keynote address will be available for viewing on Elon’s streaming platform.

Elon University Fall Convocation
with Carli Lloyd and Danny Madaroski

Friday, September 24

Schar Center, 3:30 p.m.

A two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup Champion, soccer legend Carli Lloyd will deliver the Fall Convocation address with her trainer, Danny Madaroski. The current captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, Lloyd has represented the country in the past four Women’s World Cup tournaments and scored the winning goal in the finals of both the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Lloyd led the U.S. team in 2015 to its first World Cup Championship since 1999. She scored a historic hat trick during the final match that year against Japan, with her third and final goal of the game widely described as one of the greatest soccer goals of all time. Four years later, the team claimed its record fourth World Cup title, making Lloyd a two-time champion and the first player to score in six straight Women’s World Cup games.  She is one of only four Americans to be awarded the FIFA World Player of the Year, the most prestigious and highest award in soccer, and took home the award twice. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning September 3. For ticket information, visit

Dancing in the Landscape

Friday-Saturday, September 24-25

Visit for starting location
Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m.; Sept. 25 at noon (same performance)

Artistic Director: Jen Guy Metcalf

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

Elon Music Faculty Concert

Friday, September 24

Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty artists invite Elon families and friends to a mixed program for voice, piano, percussion, wind, brass, strings and organ. This program has remained a much-anticipated event since it began in 1999.

Instant Laughter

Saturday, September 25

Yeager Recital Hall, Center for the Arts, 6:30 p.m.

The Department of Performing Arts’ improvisation troupe presents a fun-filled program of audience-inspired comedy hyjinks for Family Weekend.

Brittany Kaiser, “Own Your Data”

Tuesday, September 28

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

Brittany Kaiser is the Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower whose encounters are shown in the Netflix documentary “The Great Hack.” This experience deepened her belief that people need and deserve greater rights to both the use and proceeds of their own data. She has since joined the boards of more than 10 ethical technology companies to help develop solutions that promote transparency, consent-based data sharing, data sovereignty and cybersecurity. Her #OwnYourData campaign asks corporations such as Facebook to change their terms and conditions to provide transparency, opt-in and property/monetization rights for the data produced on their platforms.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, “Tablao Flamenco”

Thursday, September 30

McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is one of the United States’ premier flamenco companies. Its programs entertain, educate and empower, promoting flamenco as a living art form and a vital part of Hispanic heritage. “Tablao Flamenco” captures the sultry spirit of Spain’s flamenco cafes. Named after the wooden floor used by a bailaor (dancer), tablao performances are highly virtuosic and improvisational. The audience has a rare opportunity to watch the dynamic interplay between song and dance come alive. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning September 9. For ticket information, visit