Roanoke College Accepting Applications for Elderscholar Lecture Series

SALEM, Va.-Roanoke College's Elderscholar lecture series is now accepting applications for its spring program.

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 March 13 and the Thursday series on March 15. Lectures run until April 17. Both sessions cost $70 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. To be placed on the Elderscholar mailing list for more information on this season's lineup, contact the Office of Community Programs and Special Events, (540) 375-2323 or Information also is available online at

Elderscholar is a lecture series for seniors at least 55 years of age in the Roanoke region. The program allows participants to commute to campus for challenging academic programs each week. The Elderscholar Lecture Program features Roanoke College faculty 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 session, and a joint graduation banquet with entertainment by the Roanoke College men's a cappella group, Looking for an Echo, is the culmination of the program.

The Tuesday series will feature the following topics: "The Life of a Soldier, 1918-2000," "Six Drinks That Changed the World," "The Bible: Faith's Family Album," "Whatever Makes You Happy" and "Women in Early Christianity."

Thursday lectures will feature the following topics: "Hinduism," "Confucianism," "Taoism," "The Buddhism of Tibet" and "Asian Religions in America."

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 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.