Lecture Series


The Elderscholar fall program will be presented virtually through a live Zoom Webinar platform. Registration is required. The fall program details are below. 

During the spring 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. The communication method with Elderscholar spring registrants was through email and 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 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 Coronavirus Disease, visit https://www.roanoke.edu/covid19.

Most fall semester public events have been postponed or are being held virtually.  Visit https://www.roanoke.edu/events for details.

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


Tanya Ridpath, Director

Community Programs

2020 Fall Semester Elderscholar SM Presents:

The Elderscholar fall program will be presented virtually through a live Zoom Webinar platform.  Registration is required. 


Tuesday classes will be held in the comfort of your home

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

Sept. 8          Mathematical Composers 
Dr. Margaret L. Rahmoeller, Asst. Professor of Math, Computer Science, & Physics

Sept. 15        When Inequality Makes Us Sick: Poverty, Mobility, and Poor Health 
                      Dr. Kristen M. Schorpp, Asst. Professor of Sociology

Sept. 22         “The League of Wives”                                 
Mrs. Heath Hardage Lee, Independent Historian, Biographer and Curator

Sept. 29         Deep Changes in the Land:
                       Soil, Sustainability, and the Earth’s Critical Zone

Dr. Katherine P. O’Neill, Assoc. Professor & Chair of Environmental Studies Dept.

October 6      The Complicated Family Tree of Liberalism
Dr. C. William Hill, Jr., Director of the Henry Fowler Public Affairs Lecture Series
                       and Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Public Affairs


Wednesday classes will be held in the comfort of your own home

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

Sept. 9         Baba Yaga and Her Avatars in Slavic Folklore
                     Dr. Martha Kuchar, Professor of English & Communication Studies

Sept. 16      The Digital Hand and the Molecular Scalpel:
                    Pharmaceutical Futures in the Making

    Dr. Edward Nik-Khah, Professor of Business Administration  & Economics    

Sept. 23       The Civil Rights Movement as Seen Through the Visual Arts
                     Mr. H. Timothy Isaacs, Vice President of the Center for Teaching the Rule of Law
                     and Adjunct Lecturer of Public Affairs       

Sept. 30       Encountering Virginia in the Watercolors of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
                     Dr. Julia A. Sienkewicz, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts

October 7     The Discovery of Insulin
                      Dr. Darwin D. Jorgensen, Thornhill Professor of Biology




Spring/Summer 2021 travel opportunities

Adventure Scholar

Inclement weather and cancelation policies
will NOT be activated during VIRTUAL 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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