March events at Roanoke College

 The spring semester at Roanoke College is in full swing, bringing with it a packed events calendar featuring a number of speakers, performances, exhibitions and more, including presidential historian and author Jon Meacham on 3/28.

You can find a list of all events, including admissions open house and visit days, at

Events are free, non-ticketed and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Coffee Shop Talk: Mr. Tim Isaacs and Mr. Mike Pace, Center for Teaching the Rule of Law:  “Representative Government in America—From Colonial Promise to Contemporary Challenges”

March 14, 8:00 p.m., Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea, 17 E. Main St. Salem

This year we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of representative government in the English colonies with the establishment of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1619. As the first elective governing body in the colonies, how representative was it? What were some of the forces that helped it evolve into the representative system we have today? And can representative government survive the contemporary challenges of a diverse, pluralistic society?

Off-Broadway, Off Campus

March 16, 6:00 p.m., Heights Community Church – 2014 Memorial Avenue, Roanoke,

This popular revue hits the road for the first time with a visit to Grandin Village.  Features songs and choruses from a variety of musicals along with popular music arrangements. Freewill offering received for Habitat for Humanity.

Kandinsky Trio Concert Series: Wonders of the Classical Age

March 16, 7:30 p.m., Olin Hall Theater

Tickets: $20 Adults/$12 Seniors and Non-RC students

Tickets are available at: or at Olin box office (540-375-2333). Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and one hour prior to events.

Mozart’s radiant Piano Quartet in E flat Major and Czerny’s Piano Quartet in C Minor, an unknown gem, will be the featured works for this concert. This passionate, stormy piece is a wonderful example of his gift for melody and master of the classical form. Violist Ralph Fielding returns to perform with us for a second time. Mr. Fielding is a Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music and has held positions in the Utah Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Music At Noon

March 19, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Olin Recital Hall

Students and faculty perform this midday recital, which is free and open to the public.

Performing Arts Series presents: Actors from the London Stage in their production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear”

March 19, 7:30 p.m., Olin Hall Theater

$10 General Admission tickets required

Tickets are available at: or at Olin box office (540-375-2333). Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and one hour prior to events.

A long-serving monarch prepares to divide his kingdom between his three daughters with one caveat: each must proclaim her love for him in glowing terms. His plan unravels when his youngest daughter refuses to do so, creating disorder and pitting allies against one another in a civil war that threatens to consume the entire nation. His power now lost, he wanders the land seeking truth amidst the turmoil, his mind crippled with the consequences of his actions and slipping ever further into madness.

COPENHAVER: Protecting You and Your Business from Cyber Attacks

March 19, 7:00 p.m., Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center

Join Copenhaver Scholar in Residence Randy Marchany as he provides an overview of cyber threats to the business community. Marchany has been involved in the computer industry since 1972 and is currently the Virginia Tech Information Technology Security Officer and the Director of the Virginia Tech IT Security Lab. He is a co-author of the FBI/SANS Institute’s “Top 10/20 Internet Security Vulnerabilities” document that has become a standard for most computer security and auditing software. He is also the co-author of the “Responding to Distributed Denial of Service Attacks” document that was prepared at the request of the White House in response to the DDOS attacks of 2000.

WOMEN’S FORUM: Reclaiming the Narrative of the American Civil War: Ms. Christy Coleman

March 20, 7:30 p.m. Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center

The evolution of the narrative of the American Civil War has shifted considerably over time and with each generation. It has been generally been regarded as a military conflict born over the appropriate balance between state and federal powers that pitted ‘brother against brother” to a conflict to end slavery. But it was much more, and those narratives leave significant gaps. The predominate narratives are shaped by a series of deliberate forces that have left misunderstanding about its cause, course and legacies. Christy Coleman sheds light on these issues and how the American Civil War Museum restores wholeness to this complex story by exploring the war from multiple perspectives.

Coleman grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Hampton University. She currently serves as CEO of the American Civil War Museum, located in Richmond and Appomattox, Virginia.

This Women’s Forum event is being sponsored by The Center for Teaching and the Rule of Law and Roanoke College Community Programs.  The event is free and open to the public.

WOMEN’S FORUM: Voces Fememinas: resistencia e identidad/ Feminine Voices: Resistance and Identity

March 21, 8:00 p.m., Olin Recital Hall

Voces femeninas/Women Voices is a poetry recital where women voices express their views on gender equality under a patriarchal order. Voices like the Argentinean Alfonsina Storni, the Mexican Rosario Castellanos, the Uruguayan Cristina Peri Rossi and the Colombian Jhoana Patiño, to name a few, introduce the audience to a broad range of topics in where cultural stereotypes are expressed in their poetry. In addition, the poetry recital will be accompanied with music by a local Venezuelan group.

Skeletal Stem Cells of Mice and Man: Michael T. Longaker, M.D.

March 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Colket Center, Wortmann Ballroom

Roanoke College presents The Shirley C. and Donald E. Morel Lecture

Dr. Michael T. Longaker is a renowned expert in the areas of wound repair and craniofacial biology, and is a member of the American Association of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the National Academy of Medicine. A pioneer in the field of stem cell biology, he has investigated the role of skeletal stem cells in fracture healing, aging, and diabetes. Dr. Longaker has published over 1200 scholarly articles and is an inventor on over 40 patents and patent applications.

Henry H. Fowler Lecture Series: Leadership and Character: Do We Need to be Good to be Great? The Henry H. Fowler Program presents a scholar who has thought deeply about this question.

Presidential Historian Jon Meacham, author of “The Soul of America,” March 28, 7:30 p.m., C. Homer Bast Center

Complimentary tickets are required and are available at: or at Olin box office (540-375-2333). Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and one hour prior to events.

Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review, Jon Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals.  A regular guest on Morning Joe, he is a skilled raconteur with a depth of knowledge on politics, religion, and current affairs.  He brings historical context to a discussion of the issues and events affecting our daily lives.  His current bestseller, The Soul of America, looks back critically at times in U.S. history when hope overcame division and fear.

Mandy Len Catron ’03: How to Fall in Love with Anyone

April 2, 7:30 p.m., Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center

Roanoke College alumna Mandy Len Catron’s writing can be found in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Rumpus, among many others. Mandy’s article “To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This” was one of the most popular articles published by The New York Times in 2015. She is the author How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays, which was listed for the 2018 RCB Taylor Prize and the Kobo Emerging Writer Award.


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