Learning Before Lunch

Early 2021 programs will be virtual due to COVID-19 concerns. Please scroll down for the schedule.


We will return to live meetings at a future date.

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 2021 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 via Zoom for an entertaining hour with our featured speaker. 

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


January 14th 
Climate Change and Adaptation Options for New Orleans and the Gulf South 
Dustin Renaud
Communications Director, Healthy Gulf

How can New Orleans best adapt to a changing climate? What is our vision for 21st century infrastructure? How do we support coastal communities while preserving their culture and sense of place?

Please join us as Dustin Renaud discusses these and other climate issues in a provocative Learning Before Lunch

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February 11th 
History of Louisiana Aviation 
Vincent Caire
Development and Administration Manager, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport

At the turn of the 20th century, the skies attracted Louisiana entrepreneurs and pilots who ushered in the Golden Age of Aviation. They advanced aircraft design, revolutionized aerial crop dusting, pioneered airmail routes, and pushed the limits of stunt flying.

A pilot and author with more than twenty years of experience in the aviation industry, Vince Caire will chronicle the state’s history of flight.

March 11th 
The Irish in New Orleans 
Laura D. Kelley
Director of Tulane’s Summer in Dublin 
Laura Kelley is an immigrant and ethnic historian at Tulane University. She is the author of the award-winning novel, The Irish in New Orleans, a colorful, amusing and often adventurous history of the Irish in New Orleans. 
Thursday of
each month
Zoom session opens  at 9:30 Central
Lecture ends at 11:00
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