Lecture Series

2022 Fall Semester ElderscholarSM Presents:

The Elderscholar Spring program will be presented live on campus, as well as broadcast live virtually through Zoom Webinar. Registration is required. 


Participants may choose to attend class in the Colket Center or virtually through Zoom Webinar. 
On-site participants will be served a buffet lunch in the Wortmann Ballroom following the lecture.

(All classes begin at 12:00 p.m. eastern standard time)

Tuesday, September 13    
Mind over Matter: Investigating OCD and Hoarding Disorders Through Art
Richard Pasquarelli, Artist (New York, NY)

Wednesday, September 14 
Sunlight Can Never Touch My Daughter: Life with Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP)
Dr. Johanna D. Sweet, Associate Professor of Business Adminstration & Economics

Tuesday, September 20      
Mapping the Human Experience Through the Lens of Enneagram
Kyra Hinton, Artist (Roanoke, VA)

Wednesday, September 21  
How Popular Was the Holocaust? 

Dr. Robert A. Willingham, Associate Professor of History

Tuesday, September 27       
Russian Aggression Against Ukraine: Language, Culture, and Autonomy
Dr. Martha Kuchar, Adjunct Senior Lecturer of English & Communication Studies

Wednesday, September 28
100 Years of Wonderful Things: Tutankhamun Past and Present
Dr. Leslie Anne Warden, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Associate Professor of Art History

Tuesday, October 4        
Fungi, Plant Health, and Plant Disease: the World of Plant Pathology
Dr. J. Brooks Crozier, Professor of Biology

Wednesday, October 5    
Classical Composers: A Journey Through their Music and Influence
Hanna Cox, Community Engagement Education Coordinator, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, October 11         
Healthy Living and Behavior Over a Lifespan
Dr. Julie A. Schlegel, Associate Professor of Health & Human Performance

Wednesday, October 12    
I Am Not a Cow: Challenging Narratives of Empowerment in Teen Girls

Dr. Nadia I. Martinez-Carrillo, Assistant Professor of English & Communication Studies

Mail in Registration
Online Registration (available early August)



  2022 travel opportunities

Adventure Scholar


Mask statement: while not a requirement for the fall 2022 semester, it strongly encouraged that all persons wear masks indoors at this time. 

During the spring 2020 semester an unprecedented decision was made to send Roanoke College students home and continue classes online. As a consequence all spring and summer events, including the Elderscholar Lecture Program, were canceled. Elderscholar continued in the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters with virtual programing. Roanoke College resumed in person classes and programs for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters.

The emergency communication method with Elderscholar registrants is first through email, and second by phone. It is important that we have accurate information in order to reach you in times of crisis. Please be sure to fill out the registration card neatly and thoroughly, and indicate if your information has changed. The Elderscholar lectures will continue to be held virtually until a time exists where the pandemic no longer presents a threat. As President Maxey said: “Our highest priority continues to be the health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff.” As valued members of our community, we care about your well-being also and hope you will join us virtually until we can meet again in person. 

The CDC offers the following recommendations for high risk populations.  

To follow the latest updates FOR THE ROANOKE COLLEGE CAMPUS on the Corona virus Disease, visit https://www.roanoke.edu/covid19.

For questions, contact us by email at elderscholar@roanoke.edu


Tanya Ridpath, Director

Community Programs

Inclement weather and cancellation policies
are activate during on-campus programming.

FOR CLASSES HELD AT THE ROANOKE COLLEGE CAMPUS ONLY: In the event of inclement weather please call the weather hotline (540) 375-7777 or Teresa Quinn from Community Programs at (540) 375-5233 after 8 a.m. the day of the class to verify if the program will run as scheduled.

If the College is closed or closing early, there will be no Elderscholar program that day. If the College is under a delayed opening, or operating on a normal schedule, Elderscholar MAY BE CANCELED in order to protect the safety of the Elderscholars. If the program is canceled due to weather, Community Programs will make every effort to reschedule at a later date.

If the scheduled presenter is not available at a later date, an alternate lecture will be provided

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