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Learning Before Lunch


From the bayous to the beachheads: the pivotal role of the Higgins Landing Craft in World War II. 

Author Jerry Strahan

In-Person at the Alumni Center

June 8

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A speaker series offering thought-provoking programs and a chance to meet new friends

Are you an active adult interested in lifelong learning... a retiree eager to expand your social network... a student of life looking to expand your horizons?

Learning Before Lunch is a monthly series of talks designed to spark meaningful conversations about the local community of New Orleans. Come together with friends and neighbors to hear entertaining and well-informed speakers discuss their passions: captivating explorations of the people and places that make New Orleans one of the world's most interesting cities.

Learning Before Lunch enters the new decade with a wide range of speakers and topics of interest to the general community. The monthly speakers we are lining up for 2022 include authors, musicians, scientists, artists, economists, and a host of other talented individuals with fascinating stories to tell.

Join us on the second Thursday of each month. Meetings are presented Live and via Zoom for an entertaining hour with our featured speaker. 

Speakers begin at 10:00 Central Time; end at 11:00


April 13th 

Satchmo's Syndrome
Randy Rosenberg

Vascular Neurology Specialist 

Louis Armstrong liked to hit high C notes, playing the trumpet so hard that sometimes he would split his lip wide open. His relentless playing caused a medical condition to be named after him, yet Armstrong continued to enthrall audiences for another 35 years.

Join Randy Rosenberg as he brings his medical expertise and 50 years of musical performance to a conversation about Satchmo's syndrome and other medical problems overcome by musicians.

May 11th 

Big Charity


Shane Sanne

Internal Medicine Specialist 


Founded in 1736 as a hospital for the poor, Charity Hospital played an integral part of the social fabric of New Orleans until it abruptly closed in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.

Charity also served as a teaching hospital for both LSU and Tulane medical schools.  


When it closed, Charity Hospital was the second oldest continually operating hospital in the country, and the safety net for the poorest patients.


Join us as Dr. Shane Sanne talks about the long history of Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

June 8th 

The Higgins Boat

Jerry Strahan



Andrew Jackson Higgins is perhaps the most forgotten hero of the Allied victory in WW II. The Higgins boats played a pivotal role as the US military’s first standardized landing craft. 


Jerry Strahan received an MA in history from UNO in 1976, where Stephen Ambrose served as his mentor. His 1994 book, Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That Won World War II, received accolades in the national press. Recent work includes a chapter in the book, “The Landing Craft Controversy: 1934-1942.” 

Thursday of
each month

UNO Alumni and Visitors Center

Doors open at 9:30 
Lecture ends at 11:00

Come early to have coffee, pastry, and chat with other attendees.

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We hope to see you soon!

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