Learning Before Lunch

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


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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


May 13th 
Louisiana's Cinco de Mayo Connection 
Robert Freeland
Vice President,    Friends of the Cabildo 
 From Colonial times to the present, New Orleans has always had strong historical and cultural ties to Mexico. Join Robert Freeland, project leader for the FOC Spanish Heritage Program, as he explores the many connections between New Orleans and Mexico and the lasting impact these ties have had on the cultural landscape of the city.
June 10th 
Enrique Alferez: Symbols of Communication 
Katie A. Pfohl
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, NOMA
 Born in Mexico in 1901, Enrique Alferez is one of New Orleans’ most influential and important artists.  Alferez's plaster relief mural "Symbols of Communication" will soon return to public view at NOMA.
Join Katie Pfohl as she discusses the mural and highlights the role it plays in helping us reach across cultures to connect with others.
July 8th 
To Be Announced 
Thursday of
each month
Zoom session opens  at 9:45 Central
Lecture ends at 11:00
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