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Learning Before Lunch


Solar Eclipse Science and Safety

Joel Webb & Greg Seab 

March 14 at the

UNO Alumni 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 11th 

A New Orleans Story

Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Acclaimed author Maurice Carlos Ruffin will present on the state of contemporary New Orleans literature while also telling the story of his creative journey from life as a practicing lawyer to award-winning writer.

Mr. Ruffin is the author of the forthcoming historical novel,   The American Daughters, and two prior books, both New York Times Editor's Choice picks.  He is the recipient of the 2023 Louisiana Writer Award.
February 8th 

The Big Book of King Cake

Matt Haines

New Orleanians love King Cake, but most don't realize how the 4,000-year history of our favorite treat shaped the tradition we all know today. Join Matt Haines as we discover how King Cake has changed (and stayed the same) across the millennia, from ancient Rome to modern NOLA.

Matt Haines is author of the award-winning The Big Book of King Cake, as well as The Little Book of King Cake. He's written for The New York Times, Lonely Planet, and more.
March 14th 

Solar Eclipse Science and Safety

Joel Webb

Greg Seab

  In early civilizations,   astronomy and religion were inextricably intertwined; the ability to predict a solar eclipse assured the prestige of priestly astronomers.

Come and learn the techniques and consequences of astronomical calculations in the history of civilization, and how to safely view the solar eclipse on April 8.
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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