Logo for Numen Lumen: A Thursday InspirationEvery Thursday from 9:50 to 10:20 am in Numen Lumen Pavilion Sacred Space (Numen Lumen Pavilion 110) you are invited to hear members of our Elon community share pieces of their stories, enjoy live music and artistic expression, and share in coffee and refreshments.

This year’s theme for Numen Lumen is “Transforming walls into windows.”  

So often, we surround ourselves with people who are like us, who hold shared identities, and whose worldviews and experiences affirm our own.  Some differences are visible, others unseen. Uncovering the stories that lie below the surface requires us to affirm our shared humanity and be vulnerable. If we break down those walls of difference and open windows of respect and understanding, the world could be a very different place.

This year’s theme for Numen Lumen, “Transforming walls into windows,” gives speakers the opportunity to celebrate our differences and bridge our divides.  We hope speakers reflect on everything from friendships that cross lines of difference, immersive experiences around the globe, intentional dialogue, and everything in between.

The people we connect with shape our experiences. The places where our stories and our lives intersect are full of impact when we share the journey. The stories we tell about the people who listened and who inspired us are powerful.

Transforming walls into windows is how we create the world that we live in together.

Ultimately, our hope for Numen Lumen this year is to strengthen our community by collectively creating a space where the stories that make us can be shared with courage and received with love.  We’re grateful to our speakers for sharing the gift of their stories, their time, and their humanity.

For past Numen Lumen recordings, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Speakers and Musical Guests Spring 2024

February 1, 2024

Speaker: Lucy Sneader ’24, Ripple Conference Co-Director

Music: Anthony Hotakainen ’26

February 8, 2024

Speaker: Vanessa Truelove, MHE ’24

Music: Alli Brandon ’27

February 15, 2024

Speaker: Stephen Gyan, MHE ’24

Music: Erin Rohde, ’24

February 22, 2024

Speaker: Kenneth Brown, Jr. ’19, Assistant Director, First Generation Student Support Services

Music: Melanated Melodies

February 29, 2024

Speaker: Michael Williams, Director of the Moseley Center

Music: La’Tonya Wiley, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement

March 7, 2024

Find us at the special Elon Day College Coffee to tell us why meaningful relationships matter to you.  

March 14, 2024

Speaker: Dr. Sandy Marshall, Associate Professor of Geography

Music: Imam Shane Atkinson, Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life

March 21, 2024

Speaker: Julia Johnson ’24

Music: Twisted Measure

March 28, 2024

Spring Break, no Numen Lumen

April 4, 2024

Speaker: Sakura Kawakami ’26

Music: Dorothy Zhou ’24

April 11, 2024

Speaker: Aidyn Peace, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

Music: Jocelyn Bogart ’27

April 18, 2024

Speaker: Jasper Myers ’24

Music: Kara McKinley ’24, Erin Rohde ’24, and Lars Heidenreich ’24

April 25, 2024

Speaker: Andrew Moffa, Assistant Director of the Kernodle Center for Civic Life

Music: Emily Cozzone ’25

Past Numen Lumen Speakers

For our speakers:

When preparing for your Numen Lumen talk, speakers are encouraged to think about questions like:

  • Who are the people who have changed or impacted your life in a particular way?  How?
  • When have you been in community with peers, colleagues, or friends who hold different identities and how has that impacted your life?
  • When traveling, what connections across lines of difference have you made and how did that change you?
    Have you engaged in dialogue across difference and how did that feel? What happened?
  • Have you sat in discomfort with opposing views and how did you overcome that? How do you show up when you disagree with someone?
  • How have you changed thanks to engagement with someone different from you?
  • What are the stories from your life that are yearning for a community to hear and to hold them?

­We hope that these questions will be more of a place to begin brainstorming than a strict prompt to which speakers should adhere.  ­While speakers should feel free to share stories and aspects of their lives authentically and freely, Rev. Julie Tonnesen, Associate University Chaplain, is also available to meet with speakers to brainstorm, answer questions, and support speakers as desired.