Summer News Update, panel discussion

Wednesday, August 29
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 7 p.m.

This fast paced panel will discuss the implications of events such as the trade tariffs, immigration policies, nuclear deals with North Korea and Iran, news from the White House, and more. Feel free to ask questions of our panelists from political science, international studies, business, and communications. The entire Elon community is invited! Sponsored by the Council on Civic Engagement

Naomi Falk, art exhibition

Monday, September 3
Gallery 406, Arts West, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Falk’s work ruminates on our relationships and collaborations with the manufactured and natural landscapes we inhabit. It contemplates the struggles and connections we have with each other and the need to find a place to call our own. In the current climate, politically and environmentally, how do we find balance between staked territory and collective community? Under the specter of rapidly diminishing polar ice caps and other worries, what measures do we take to feel safe and at what cost? Where do we go from here?

Naomi Falk received an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has exhibited regionally and nationally, and has done residencies in Germany, Iceland, New York, Vermont, and the Faroe Islands. Falk currently is an Assistant Professor at the School of Visual Art & Design at the University of South Carolina. She will visit Elon on Monday, October 1 for an artist’s talk and a closing reception. Exhibition continues through October 5.

Kruger Brothers

Monday, September 3
McCrary Theatre, 7 p.m.

Labor Day concert sponsored by the Elon University Lyceum Series

Originally from Switzerland, brothers Uwe and Jens Kruger were inspired, at an early age, by recordings of Doc Watson, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe and other North American country, bluegrass and folk artists. In 1995, Uwe (guitar) and Jens (banjo) teamed up with bass player Joel Landsberg, inaugurating a trio that has played professionally ever since. Together, they established an incomparable sound regarded as unpretentious, cultivated and delightfully fresh. In their ever-expanding body of work, numerous releases, performances and collaborative efforts, the Kruger Brothers powerful artistic statement inspires and enlightens audiences and musicians around the world. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available Monday, August 27 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610.

Jeffrey Saver and Kay Young, “Your Brain on Literature: How Neurology and Literature Speak to Each Other”

Tuesday, September 4
Lakeside 212-213, 5 p.m.

In 1959, the British scientist and novelist C.P. Snow famously argued that “the intellectual life of the whole of western society” was split into two cultures – the sciences and the humanities – and that this division was a major problem in solving important issues in the world. Young and Saver are exemplary practitioners of the marriage of the two cultures; their research on the brain and its relationship with literature, grounded in current research in philosophy, neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis, carves out groundbreaking interdisciplinary terrain that can serve as an inspiration for undergraduates and a model for other scholars.

Dr. Jeffrey Saver has been Director of the UCLA Stroke Unit since its inception in 1995. A leader in cerebrovascular research and clinical care, Dr. Saver has published more than 200 original articles, more than 30 book chapters, and two edited volumes and has been the principal investigator of more than 50 clinical research studies. His research focuses on stroke prevention, acute stroke treatment, stroke diagnosis, and neurocognitive and neurobehavioral consequences of stroke.

Dr. Kay Young is a Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and completed an Academic Fellowship at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. Her central interests include Literature and Mind; the 19th-Century English novel; Classical Hollywood Film, Aesthetics, Narrative; and Comedy. She is the author of Ordinary Pleasures: Couples, Conversation and Comedy as well as numerous articles on the intersections of science, art, psychoanalysis, neuroscience, narrative, and aesthetics. Young’s most recent book on consciousness and the 19th-Century English novel is entitled, Imagining Minds: The Neuro-Aesthetics of Austen, Eliot, and Hardy (Ohio State UP). Supported through a Fund for Excellence Grant from Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences

Rosh Hashanah

Sunday – Tuesday, September 9-11

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.

EMAIL to reserve your meal*

September 9
*Dinner in Lakeside 212 at 5:30 p.m.
Services in Numen Lumen Sacred Space at 6:45 p.m.

September 10
Services in Numen Lumen Sacred Space at 10 a.m.
*Luncheon in McBride Gathering Space at 12:30 p.m.

September 11
Services in Numen Lumen Sacred Space at 10 p.m.
*Luncheon in McBride Gathering Space at 12:30 p.m.

Tectonic Plates: Alamance County’s Science Café: Opioid Addictions and Pain Management – 30 years of medical practice

Tuesday, September 11
Fat Frogg Bar and Grill, Elon, 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 December). In September, Andy Lamb, Alamance Regional Medical Center, will discuss Opioid Addictions and Pain Management – 30 years of medical practice.

Information is available at

RESCHEDULED – Kristen Green, “A Family, A Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle”

NEW DATE: Wednesday, October 3
Alumni Memorial Gymnasium, 7:30 p.m.

Elon Common Reading Lecture

The Elon Common Reading selection for 2018-19 is Kristen Green’s “Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County.” In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education to desegregate schools in 1954, the School Board of Prince Edward County in Virginia elected to end public education for the children of the county and use public funds to set up a “private” school for white kids only. Green asks tough questions of herself and those around her to fully uncover her family’s involvement in making this decision and the privileges she attained as a result. She unflinchingly shines a light on the inequalities have long existed in the U.S. education system and encourages us to address the issue head on.  Admission: $15 or Elon Id. Tickets available August 21 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610. Tickets purchased for the September 12 lecture will be honored on October 3. 

RESCHEDULED – “Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County,” The Elon Common Reading and Conversation with Kristen Green, author

NEW DATE: Thursday, October 4

Great Hall of Global Commons, 8 a.m. and 2:20 p.m.

Elon Core Forum

The first Forum of 2018-19 is a discussion with Kristen Green, author of Elon University’s current Common Reading.


RESCHEDULED – Alan Dershowitz, “Global Perspectives on Justice and Civil Liberties”

NEW DATE: Wednesday, November 14 
Elon University School of Law, 201 N. Greene St., Greensboro, 6:30 p.m.

Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series presented by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation

Alan Dershowitz, an influential Harvard Law School professor emeritus and one of the most visible legal commentators in American media, visits Elon Law to offer reflections on current events, emerging issues affecting civil rights, and his skepticism of the ongoing special counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and possible connections to the Trump Administration. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available August 30 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. Call 336-278-5610 for information. 

RESCHEDULED – “Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County,” The Elon Common Reading and Conversation with Kristen Green, author

NEW DATE: Friday, October 5 

Great Hall of Global Commons, 9:25 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Elon University Core Forum

The first Forum of 2018-19 is a discussion with Kristen Green, author of Elon University’s current Common Reading.

RESCHEDULED – Collaborations Quartet

NEW DATE: Tuesday, October 16
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Elon’s Mariana Poole (percussion) and Katherine Thomas (soprano) are joined by Andrea Luke (flute) and Ashleigh Cooper (soprano) form a unique quartet performing a variety of contemporary works. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Helen Haung, “Restoring Motor Function in Amputees with Smart Prosthetics”

Monday, September 17
McCrary Theatre, 7 p.m.

Voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series

As the director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Center at North Carolina State University, Helen Huang’s chief research interest is perfecting neural-machine interfaces for artificial limbs and human-robot interactions. Huang’s research has been supported by several federal agencies including the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health, as well as private companies. Significant recognition of Huang’s work includes receipt of the Delsys Prize for Innovation and Electromyography and an NSF Faculty Early CAREER Award.

Yom Kippur

Tuesday & Wednesday, September 18-19

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).

EMAIL to reserve your meal*

September 18
*Dinner in Lakeside 212 at 5:30 p.m.
Services in Numen Lumen Sacred Space at 6:45 p.m.

September 19
Services in Numen Lumen Sacred Space at 10 a.m.
*Break (the) Fast in McBride Gathering Space at 7 p.m.

Megan Squire, “Mean people with bad ideas: What data science can teach us about toxic online communities”

Thursday, September 20
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 6:30 p.m.

2017 Distinguished Scholar Award Lecture

Dr. Squire will present an overview of her research in collecting, storing and analyzing massive data sets about how online communities organize themselves and their work. Using examples from software development teams and extremist hate groups, this talk will explore how social network analysis, text mining and machine learning can be used to understand complex socio-technical phenomena. Content warning: this talk may contain disturbing graphics and language.

IV Hispanic Film Series: Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)

Friday, September 21
LaRose Digital Theatre (KOBC), 5:30 p.m.

Catalan with English Subtitles

In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents to AIDS, six-year-old Frida is forced from bustling Barcelona to the Catalan provinces to live with her aunt and uncle, her new legal guardians.

Country life is a challenge: aside from the emotional upheaval, the nature that surrounds her is mysterious, if not dangerous. At night, Frida prays for her mother, who she misses horribly, while during the day she attempts to find her place in this new life. She also has a new little sister to look after and who inspires new feelings such as jealousy. But it is the source of her parents’ passing that casts a shadow over how she is treated by the local community… Indeed, Frida’s life will never be the same.

Punctuated by moments of youthful exuberance and mature ruminations, this coming of age drama is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world, anchored by flawless performances by its two young stars. Carla Simón’s autobiographical jewel proves that even the most familiar stories can seem brand new when told with such empathy, authenticity, and beauty.

Sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Cultures /Latin American Studies/ Peace and Conflict Studies/ Sigma Delta Pi/ El Centro / Pragda / Spain-USA Foundation / Secretary of State for Culture of Spain


Friday & Saturday, September 21-22
Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West, performances at 7 and 8:30 p.m. both nights

Directed by Linda Sabo; Musical Direction by Valerie Maze

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. Please join us! 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 14 at or the Roberts Studio Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650.

Deliberative Dialogue:
Coming to America – Who Should We Welcome, What Should We Do?

Monday, September 24
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 4:30 p.m.

The immigration issue affects virtually every person in the United States, directly or indirectly, often in deeply personal ways. The steady influx of newcomers has helped build America, creating a mix of cultures, religions and ethnicities not found anywhere else in the world. What does the future of immigration look like in this country? Do policy changes need to take place? 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 a 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 required at this link. Sponsored by the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and Council on Civic Engagement

Siva Vaidhyanathan, “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy”

Monday, September 24
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

If you wanted to build a machine that would distribute propaganda to millions of people, distract them from important issues, energize hatred and bigotry, erode social trust, undermine respectable journalism, foster doubts about science, and engage in massive surveillance all at once, you would make something a lot like Facebook. Facebook grew out of an ideological commitment to data-driven decision-making and the power of connectivity, championing the spread of knowledge to empower people to change their lives for the better. No company better represents the dream of a fully connected planet “sharing” words, ideas, images and plans. No company has better leveraged those ideas into wealth and influence. Yet no company has contributed more to the global collapse of basic tenets of deliberation and democracy. How did the mission go so wrong? Author, professor and former journalist Siva Vaidhyanathan discusses his latest book, Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy.

Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Intellectual Property: A Very Short Introduction from Oxford University Press (2017) and The Googlization of Everything – and Why We Should Worry (2011). He has written two previous books and edited another. He has appeared in an episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to discuss early social network services. He serves on the board of the Digital Public Library of America. He has written for many periodicals, including The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Columbia Journalism Review, Washington Post and The Guardian, and has appeared on news programs on BBC, CNN, NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC and public media. A former journalist, he earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and a faculty associate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Sponsored by the School of Communications, the Council on Civic Engagement, and the Turnage Family Fund for the Study of Political Communication

First Amendment Free Food Festival

Wednesday, September 26
Snow Family Grand Atrium, Schar Hall, 12 p.m.

The First Amendment Free Food Festival helps students understand the implications of freedom of speech, press, religion, petition and assembly. Food will be offered to those who are willing to sign away their First Amendment rights. Once they have, they’ll be permitted food, but will be told where to sit and what to talk about. Sponsored by the School of Communications, Oaks Neighborhood, Danieley Center Neighborhood, Historic Neighborhood, and the Council on Civic Engagement

Eid al-Adha Celebration

Wednesday, September 26
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

Joseph Sebarenzi, “A Message of Peace and Reconciliation”

Wednesday, September 26
Whitley Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Liberal Arts Forum Lecture

Dr. Joseph Sebarenzi, former head of the Rwanda Parliament, has endured tragedy most cannot fathom. In 1994, Hutu extremists slaughtered more than 800,000 Tutsis. Sebarenzi, his wife and child were safely out of the country, but his parents, seven siblings and numerous other relatives did not survive. Returning to Rwanda, Sebarenzi rose through the ranks of Parliament, eventually becoming Speaker. As a leader, Sebarenzi worked to improve good governance and eliminate corruption, and pushed for peace and reconciliation despite all he had endured.

Gina Chavez

Thursday, September 27
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Elon University Lyceum Series

Multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Chavez is a nine-time Austin Music Award winner and her album, Up.Rooted, topped both the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts. Her passionate collection of bilingual songs takes audiences on a journey through the Americas, blending sounds and rhythms with tension and grace. Backed by a talented four-piece band, Ms. Chavez is winning audiences everywhere traversing cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton and folk combined with dynamic vocals and sharp social commentary. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available September 6 at the Center for the Arts Box Office. For information, call (336) 278-5610.

Department of Music Faculty Gala

Friday, September 28
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 concert has remained a much-anticipated event since it began in 1999. Sponsored by the Department of Music

Dancing in the Landscape

Saturday, September 29
Fonville Fountain, Scott Plaza, 12 p.m.

Directed by Amy Beasley

Enjoy the Carolina blue sky, beautiful Elon campus and exquisite dancing by the Elon Dance majors. Audience members will begin in front of Alamance Building and take a short journey around campus as the dancers perform site-specific choreography. Sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts

Family Weekend Bagel Brunch

Sunday, September 30
McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center, 10:30 a.m.

Relax, nosh and schmooze at our traditional Family Weekend Bagel Brunch! Join Jewish students, families, faculty and staff for bagels and conversation in McKinnon Hall.