Roanoke College kicks off coffee shop talk series

Salem, Va.- Effects of social media. Bad girls in art history. Intersex fish. Freedom but no free will.

Raise your intellectual acumen and your voice at Roanoke College's new coffee shop talks.

Roanoke will host a series of discussions on the first Thursday of each month at Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea in Salem. The 8 p.m. discussions are open to the public, and the topics are broad, ranging from the disruptive effects of social media to ethics and determinism.

The hour-long talks are meant to provide a relaxed forum for discussion and inquiry. Roanoke professors will give a 20 to 25 minute introduction to a topic, followed by an open forum conversation.

The first coffee shop talk kicks off on Feb. 2 with Dr. Denise Adkins, an assistant professor of Psychology at Roanoke, leading the conversation, "When Social Media Disrupts."

Check out other scheduled coffee shop talks:

  • March 1: Dr. Jane Long, "Good Girls Don't: Salome in Renaissance Art"
  • April 5: Dr. Christopher Lassiter, "Intersex Fish? Effects of Estrogen in Virginia's Waterways"
  • May 3: Dr. Brent Adkins, "Is there Freedom without Free Will? Determinism and Ethics"

For more information, contact Adrienne Bloss, associate dean for Academic Affairs and Institutional Relations at Roanoke, at

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

Released: January 25, 2012
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