Elderscholar Lecture Series

SALEM, Va.- Roanoke College's Elderscholar Lecture Series, celebrating its 20th anniversary, will have on-site registration Tuesday, March 8 from 10 a.m.-Noon in the Olin Hall Smoyer Gallery. Session 1 meets on Tuesdays beginning March 15, Noon-1:30 p.m., $70 (includes six lectures/lunches). Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to those attending the on-site registration. For more information, contact the Office of Community Programs and Special Events, (540) 375-2323 or e-mail garst@roanoke.edu or check online at www.roanoke.edu/elderscholar.

Elderscholar is a six-week lecture and lunch series for seniors 55 years or older in the Roanoke region. The program allows participants to commute to campus for challenging academic programs each week. The Elderscholar Lecture Series features Roanoke College faculty, staff and students 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 Colket Center Sutton Commons follows each lecture. A joint Twentieth Anniversary Celebration featuring Roanoke College President Sabine U. O'Hara is the culmination of the program on April 19.

Session I, "A Matter of Perspective," will include the following topics: "The Poetry of Functionality," "Gandhi: After his Autobiography," "Choral Improvisation and Concert Preview," "When the News Was Only on Seven at Six," and "Be Careful What You Look For - How A Composer Fell Through the Cracks of History."

Session II, "Intellectual Capital: Showcasing Roanoke College's Finest," will include the following topics: "Tutti abbiamo il diritto: Detroit's Italians and the Public School Amendments of 1920 and 1924," "The Investigation of Rosemary and Lavender Oil Compounds as Deer Repellant," "The Prisoner's Dilemma in Parallel," "Gender vs. Genre: A Study in Medieval Spirituality In and Out of Its Social Context," "Bacteria vs. Algae in the Marine Ecosystem and What it Means to your Kids," "Presentation of Original Works," "Solar Wind," and "Intractable Bodies: Resolving Bodily Tension in The Unbearable Lightness of Being."