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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 series of talks presented monthly in New Orleans and designed to spark meaningful conversations about the local community. Come together with friends and neighbors to hear entertaining and well-informed speakers discuss the pursuits that are their passions, from music, writing and the visual arts to cooking, history, and explorations of the people and places that make New Orleans one of the world's most interesting cities.

      Learning Before Lunch, launched in September 2017, continues into 2019 with a a wide range of speakers and topics of interest to the general community. The monthly speakers we are lining up for 2019 include entrepreneurs, 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, on the campus of the University of New Orleans (see map), for coffee, socializing and an entertaining hour with our featured speaker – all in a convenient location that offers free parking!

Rm 407 Earl K. Long Library

Coffee with the speaker 9:30

Lecture starts at 10:00, ending at 11:00.

Then, time for lunch with friends.


 Chinese-American History in New Orleans: 150 Years

We meet the 2nd
Thursday of
each month
9:30 Coffee
Lecture ends at 11:00
Rm 407
Earl K Long
Library - UNO
Thursday November 14th
Kenneth Hoffman
Southern Jewish Experience
An exploration of how the South changed Jews and how Jews changed the South
Monday Nov 4th
Evening Edition
Ed Branley
Holmes, Krause, Maison Blanche
The History of Canal Street
Ed Branley, the New Orleans History Guy, will bring the history of Canal St to life with his informative narration and visuals

Homer L. Hitt Alumni & Visitor Center (Look for the tall chimney)   

2000 Lakeshore Drive

Registration  6:00


                                                    Wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres until 6:30    Lecture will end at 7:30

!!October Date Change!!
October 29th 
John Pope
"Getting Off at Elysian Fields"
Are you dying for a good obit?
For four decades John Pope's obituaries  memorialized the characters and eccentrics of New Orleans.  
!!Pls note the changed date.!! Tuesday, Oct 29.
A conflict with campus wide holiday has caused this shift in dates.

     Do you have suggestions for a topic or a speaker?  


Contact us at info@learningbeforelunch.com  with your suggestions. 


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We hope to see you soon.


Single person $25/year

Family $30/year

membership page for details.

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