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Roanoke College Announces Elderscholar Lecture Series


SALEM, Va. - Roanoke College's Elderscholar lecture series will begin the first week in October.

In its 23rd year, Elderscholar will offer two six-week sessions of lectures. The lectures are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon-1:15 p.m. The Tuesday series begins on October 2 and the Thursday series on October 4. The lectures run until November 16. Both sessions cost $75 per person and include lunches. Advance registration is required, and payment will be accepted by mail or online only on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Stephanie Garst at the Office of Community Programs and Special Events at (540) 375-2323, e-mail, or online at

Elderscholar is a series for seniors in the Roanoke region 55 years or older. The program allows participants to commute to campus for challenging academic programs each week. The series features Roanoke College faculty and staff speaking on their areas of expertise and includes a lively question and answer session at the conclusion of each lecture. Lunch in the College's Sutton Commons follows each lecture.

The Tuesday series features lectures titled, "Jonathan Edwards in Budapest: Introducing America's Theologian to Europe," "Jihad and the Islamic Law of War," "Where are those bacteria coming from? Questions about our food and water?" and "Jew/Palestinian/Jew: Coexistence and Conflict in Jerusalem."

The Thursday series features lectures titled, "Ars Chymicun Vitreum - An Alchemy of Glass," "Cross Cultural Musings of a Global Citizen-Scholar," "Globalization: An Indian Perspective," "The Mathematics of College Football Rankings" and "Books, Birds, Bananas: A Fulbrighter in Sri Lanka." On November 16, a banquet and luncheon will be held to conclude the program.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.