Learning Before Lunch

On January 13, join Emily Ford as she reveals the fascinating history of family tombs in New Orleans. 

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January Session Online Only

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


January 13th 

Cities of the Dead

Emily Ford

Cemeteries Superintendent, NOLA


Join Emily Ford as she reveals the fascinating history of how family tombs were constructed and cared for in the 18th and 19th centuries. The multiple holidays spent in cemeteries, and how that culture has shifted over time.


Emily Ford is a restoration mason, cemetery preservationist, and historian. Ms. Ford has completed dozens of tomb, tablet, and monument restorations in New Orleans and its environs.

Her website and blog can be found at www.oakandlaurel.com

February 10th 

What's Next for City Park?

Cara Lambright

City Park

Cara Lambright will discuss her 
plans to reinvigorate   
City Park.
March 10th 

The Irish in New Orleans

Laura Kelley

Author and Ethnic Historian at Tulane University 

Irish immigrants and their descendants formed one of the largest European ethnic groups  in New Orleans. By 1850 one in five residents was from Ireland, and New Orleans emerged as the city with the largest Irish population in the South.

Join us as  Laura Kelley tells the colorful, amusing and often adventurous history of the Irish in New Orleans.
Thursday of
each month

UNO Alumni and Visitors Center

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

COVID Protocols: 
All UNO event spaces require proof of vaccination or recent (within 72 hours) negative PCR COVID test to enter. Masks required except when eating and drinking.

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We hope to see you soon!