Naturally 7

Thursday, August 27

Virtual video concert, link now available.

Naturally 7 is more than a tightly orchestrated collection of great singers. Their vocal choreography is so perfectly interwoven that legendary music producer Quincy Jones declared, “Naturally 7 is the future of vocal music!” Their 20-year career includes three world tours with Michael Bublé, shared billing with global phenomenon Coldplay and appearances with numerous music icons including Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross.


Grace Tessein, “Ghosts”

Art installation, Gallery 406, Arts West, 406 W. Haggard Avenue

Ongoing viewing for Elon faculty, staff and students, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ghosts is an examination of what remains after death. In these works the idea of a ghost is not the nebulous image but rather a glimmer of a life lived.  Materials such as hair, ceramic, and bone can unlock information about a life lost, revealing and preserving truths over time. Mourning rituals, funerary traditions, and archeological phenomenon are starting points for sculptures. From a baby’s dress to a set of dentures to a lock of hair, Tessein feels both comfort and anxiety from their presence.

Grace Tessein has a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and a MFA from Louisiana State University. Most recently she was the 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence at Elon University and has previously taught for Georgia Highlands College. She has worked for the Clay Studio of Philadelphia, the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, and assisted various artists in their studios. She was a recipient of the 2017 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award from Northern Clay Center, the 2017 Joe Bova Ceramic Art Award and Michael Daugherty Memorial Fund at LSU, and a Kiln God Award at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in 2014. She currently resides in Northwest Georgia with her partner, Dennis Ritter, and their two dogs, Sugar Jaws and Etta.


Elon University Labor Day Concert
with John McCutcheon

Monday, September 7

Limited seating in McCrary Theatre; livestream available at www.elon.edu/live,  7:30 p.m.

Described as “Virginia’s rustic renaissance man,” John McCutcheon’s repertoire is rooted in a sense of community. His traditional selections and his huge catalog of original songs make a profound mark of place, family and strength. McCutcheon’s storytelling style has been compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor, and very few communicate with his versatility, charm, wit and pure talent.

Admission: Limited number of in-person seats available for students, faculty and staff at https://www.ticketreturn.com/Elon/Home.aspx


Elon Common Reading Conversation
with Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Wednesday, September 9

Virtual presentation available at www.elon.edu/live, 7:30 p.m.

The 2020-21 Elon Common Reading selection, “Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do,” will be a focus of many first-year courses and spark discussion across campus to expose racial biases that exist at all levels of society and provide tools for addressing them. As part of the Common Reading discussion, Eberhardt will join Paula Patch, senior lecturer in English and assistant director of first-year initiatives of the Elon Core Curriculum, in a moderated conversation with questions submitted by students in the Class of 2024.


The Second City Comedy Troupe presents “Imperfect Union”

Thursday, September 10

Virtual Improv performance, register here for the 7:30 p.m. show
Note: Confirmation and login instructions will be sent immediately to the email you provide. 

Performing social and political satire of scripted scenes, music and improvisation, The Second City is always original, daring and hilarious. Descended from a legendary who’s who of comedy (alumni include Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Bill Murray and many more), this premiere ensemble returns to Elon for another engagement with new, unbridled content. May contain adult/mature content appropriate for audiences 17 and older.


A Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi

Monday, September 21

Virtual presentation available at www.elon.edu/live, 7:30 p.m.

“Being an anti-racist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination.”  Ibram Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. The Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, Kendi is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Kendi is the author of THE BLACK CAMPUS MOVEMENT, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, and STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF RACIST IDEAS IN AMERICA, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2016. His third book, HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST, was a #1 New York Times Bestseller and made several Best Books of 2019 lists.


Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

Gianni Mano, director; Mikaela Curet, vocals

Thursday, September 24

Virtual video concert celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, link available here at 5 p.m.

A thrilling 11-piece ensemble playing dynamic arrangements of popular indie rock tunes, the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra has infused the traditional salsa form with a completely modern identity. Every note played is meant for dancing, so set the laptop or cell phone down, stand up and move! WSO has found an audience among new and classic salsa lovers, quickly becoming one of the most popular bands in New York City.


Douglas Brinkley, guest lecture

Tuesday, September 29

Virtual presentation available at www.elon.edu/live, 7:30 p.m.

Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and professor of history at Rice University, the CNN presidential historian and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Monumental in his contribution to American culture, Brinkley effectively applies historical lessons to our present experience. His presentation will provide up-to-the-minute focus on hot topics including the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic; race relations in America’s past, present and future; and the highs and lows of the United States presidency.