Lecture Series

2021 Fall Semester ElderscholarSM Presents:

The Elderscholar Fall 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.

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

Tuesday, September 14       (In)Visible Disabilities: Exploring Disability
                                               Experiences Through Crip Lit 
Dr. Teresa Milbrodt, Assist. Professor of English & Comm. Studies

Wednesday, September 15   History of Philadelphia                   
Dr. John Selby, Professor of History

Tuesday, September 21        Panel Discussion: German Federal Elections
Note: this lecture is open to the public
Moderator: Dr. Adam Tolth, Visiting Professor of German 
Panelists: TBD

Wednesday, September 22    “My Mother’s Friend” by Sally Jameson Bond
Mrs. Sara Blaha, Roanoke College Library Senior Associate, Retired

Tuesday, September 28         Tick Borne Diseases
Dr. Meg Steinweg, Assoc. Professor of Biology 

Wednesday, September 29     Economic Update
Dr. Michael Enz, Assist. Professor of Business Admin. & Economics                                          

Tuesday, October 5                What’s in a statue?  
                                                 Notes on the Roanoke County confederate memorial
Dr. Robert Willingham, Assoc. Professor and Chairperson of History 

Wednesday, October 6         Writing Your Story                   
Ms. Mary Crockett Hill, Assist. Professor, Director of the Roanoke Review  

Tuesday, October 12            What Kind of People Shall We Be?
                                               Thoughts on Unity in America
Dr. Justin Garrison, Assoc. Professor of Public Affairs

Wednesday, October 13        Marijuana: Science, Politics and Culture                     
Dr. Angela Allen, Lecturer of Psychology




Summer/Fall 2021 travel opportunities

Adventure Scholar


Roanoke College will resume in person classes and programs for the fall 2021 semester.  Individuals who are not vaccinated should wear a mask.  

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.

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 Coronavirus 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 cancelation 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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