Lecture Series

2021 Spring Semester ElderscholarSM Presents:

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


Classes will be held in the comfort of your home

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

MARCH 16     Reproductive Health Rhetoric
Dr. Carrie Murawski, Asst. Professor of English & Comm. Studies

MARCH 17     Jailhouse Informants                     
                       Dr. Stacy A. Wetmore, Asst. Professor of Psychology

MARCH 23    Jazz History in Twenty Recordings     
Dr. Marc H. LaChance, Assoc. Professor of Fine Arts

MARCH 24     The Real Sin of Sodom                      
                       Dr. Jennifer K. Berenson, Professor and Chairperson of Religion/Philosophy

MARCH 30     Conceptualizing Race: The History of a Four-Letter Word
Dr. Chad T. Morris, Assoc. Professor of Sociology & Public Health and
                        Director of Honors Program

MARCH 31     “Meadows and Woodlands” Poetry
                       The Rev. Richard F. Bansemer, D.D., Va synod Bishop Emeritus, and
                       Trustee of Roanoke College Emeritus  

APRIL 6         Pandemic Effects on the Economy
                       Dr. Michael J. Enz, Asst. Professor of Business Admin. & Economics   

APRIL 7         The Radioactive Boy Scout                    
                        Dr. Kelly E. Anderson, Assoc. Professor of Chemistry and
                        Assoc. Director of Honors Program     

APRIL 13        The Second Impeachment of President Trump:
                        Everything Old is New Again
                        Dr. Todd C. Peppers, Henry H. & Trudye H. Fowler Professor in Public Affairs

APRIL 14        What Science Fiction Tells Us About Being Human                     
                         Dr. Srikanth Mallavarapu, Assoc. Professor of English & Comm. Studies




Spring/Summer 2021 travel opportunities

Adventure Scholar


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 semester 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.

Public events are being held virtually, until further notice. 
Visit https://www.roanoke.edu/events for details.

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


Tanya Ridpath, Director

Community Programs

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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