SALEM, Va.—Roanoke College’s Elderscholar lecture series is now accepting applications for the fall program. 

In its 22nd year, Elderscholar will offer two six-week sessions of lectures.  The lectures are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1:15 p.m.  The Tuesday series begins on October 3 and the Thursday series on October 5.  The lectures run until November 14.  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.  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 six-week lecture and lunch 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 Colket Center Sutton Commons follows each lecture.

The Tuesday series, “Religion and Literature,” will feature the following topics:  “The Significance of William Tyndale, Translator of the Bible,” “Buddhist Narratives,” “The Apostle Paul on Non-Christian Religions,” “Medieval Mothers and St. Margaret’s Dragon,” and “Forgiveness: Reflections on Simon Wiesenthal’s The Sunflower.”

Thursday lectures, “What I Did on My ‘Summer Vacation’: Celebrating 40 Years of RC Sabbatical Research,” will feature the following topics:  “From West Point to Ormond Beach: The Unusual Life Story of the Last Surviving Union General Adelbert Ames,” “The Changing Views of the Nature of Consciousness in Psychology,” “Evolutionary Algorithms: Genetic Algorithms, Particle Swarms and Ant Colonies,” “Typical Justice,” and “The Discovery of Penicillin: Why Does Alexander Fleming Get All the Credit?”

On November 14, a joint graduation banquet will be held with entertainment by Blue Ridge Blend, a barbershop quartet.

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 270 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.