Learning Before Lunch


On July 14, Learn the history of NOLA's Fire Department from Nikki Caruso, the daughter of a retired Fire Captain.

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In-Person at the UNO Alumni Center

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


May 12th 

Music as Medicine

Randy Rosenberg 

Vascular Neurology Specialist and Clinical Associate Professor at Temple University 

Dr. Randy Rosenberg brings his expertise in neurology and more than 50 years of musical performance to a conversation about the effects of music upon health and recovery from illness through melody and rhythm.

June 9th 

Making Sense of the NOLA Art Scene

Doug MacCash

Arts and Entertainment Writer at The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

Counting Carnival, New Orleans may have the liveliest, and certainly the most public, art scene in the country. Trying to understand it is a full-time job.

Join Doug MacCash for a spirited discussion as he draws upon his 20+ years of experience covering the arts in New Orleans.

July 14th 

History of the New Orleans Fire Department

Nikki Caruso

Research Historian

Learn the history of NOLA's Fire Department from Nikki Caruso, the daughter of a retired Fire Captain.
Ms. Caruso got her Master’s degree in historic research and continues it for fun.  She uncovered the Fire Department's history while investigating her family’s German-American ancestry.
Thursday of
each month

UNO Alumni and Visitors Center

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


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We hope to see you soon!