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Learning Before Lunch


On March 9, learn how the interactions of Indigenous Peoples, Spanish, and British authorities influenced the American Revolution

Dr. Laura Kelley 

In-Person at the University Center 

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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


January 12th 

Mardi Gras Sculpture in the Crescent City
Dominic Graves

Artist and Educator

Join artist Dom Graves to learn about den culture in Krewe du Vieux and Chewbacchus; event production of New Orleans nightlife and parades; and Krewe politics and labor dynamics in the float industry.

Dom Graves is a New Orleans native who builds crazy things for crazy people. A fourth generation St. Joseph Altar bread sculptor, his creative background encompasses Mardi Gras artist, Music Box collaborator, and creative educator passionate about learning.
February 9th 

The Mayor of Mardi Gras 

Greg Fischer

Author and Publisher

Get a rare glimpse into everything that goes into the celebration of Mardi Gras through the eyes of Greg Fischer. Greg spent a year with Mackie Cantrell, a third-generation float builder who worked full-time to bring Mardi Gras alive.

Greg Fischer is
 Mackie's cousin, a professional writer, and current owner of Make It Write, a publishing services company in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 
March 9th 

Indigenous  Challenges to Iberian Claims
Laura Kelley

Author and Ethnic Historian at Tulane University

Historians’ investigations of the American Revolution have concentrated mainly on the Eastern seaboard and its immediate interior. Meanwhile, comparatively little attention has focused on the involvement of officials in Spanish Louisiana in this conflict, and even less so on the crucial role played by the First Nations.

Join us as
Dr. Laura Kelley recovers the yet untold story of the First Nations, Spanish, and British authorities in this region, discovering how their interactions influenced the American Revolution. 
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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