Elvis: Lecture, Display, Concert, Film Series, On-line Class, Elvis Impersonator and MORE!
2013-2014 Elvis Events on Campus!
During the fall and spring semesters the Center for Religious Studies will be featuring free events on campus that surround the life and times of Elvis Presley as a way to introduce our new online class, "Elvis. Memphis Messiah," to be offered during the spring of 2014. Elvis' roots were within the Assemblies of God or Pentecostalism, Black Spiritualism-Spirituality, and a host of other New Religions that he studied as an adult such as Self-Realization Fellowship, Theosophy, Astrology, Numerology, Q(K)abbala, Judaism, LDS, Christian Science and more.
After his death, people continued to venerate Elvis and now make pilgrimages to Graceland in January and August. His singing career bridged racial divides during the civil rights movement and the following legislation. In the class we will explore the deaths of M.L.K., the Kennedys, race riots, and the probable influence that Elvis' music had on the changes that were occurring in the United States.
November of 2013 through February of 2014: Display in the Library on historic events in the 1950's-1970's by Wendy Hawkins. Display will feature Elvis Presley. Additional CD's and books have been ordered for the library and available to borrow
October 1, 2013 Musical Lecture: "Rock and Roll and Christianity," by Dr. Don Compier author of Listening to Popular Music. Book signing will follow. Refreshments. 2:00 in Union 237B.
November 7, 2013 Free Concert. "Rock and Roll and Elvis," Luehrman, Shaffer & Check with drummer Mike Sekelsky will treat us to a cornucopia of Elvis tunes. 3:30-4:30 PM in Union Atrium.
Spring 2014 Online class: "Elvis. Memphis Messiah" three credit hours by Marla J. Selvidge.
February 28-March 1 Play. "Graceland," by Ellen Bryon and directed by Dr. Richard Herman. Two women stand at the gate of Graceland waiting for it to open. Nickerson Hall. 7:30 PM.
March 3, 2014 Elvis Presley Film Series, "A Change of Habit." TBA
March 5, 2014 Elvis Presley Film Series, "1968 Comeback Special" TBA
March 26, 2014 Elvis Presley Film Series, "Elvis on Tour" TBA
April of 2014 Elvis Impersonator presented by PAS and the Center for Religious Studies. Details and date in progress.
Additional events/activities in progress! Many thanks to all the people who have so enthusiastically supported the idea of bringing Elvis to campus!