Lunchtime Learning Series

Aerial view of the Acadia University campusEvery week, we invite ALL members and members of our local community to join us for a free, casual Lunchtime Learning session (formerly Brown Bag Lunch series).

These sessions are meant to offer you a slice of life while you enjoy a slice of your meal. We cover topics both big and small in scope, from local to international, and from arts to sciences. We aim to offer lively talks, from engaging speakers, that anyone in the audience can enjoy.

We meet every Thursday at noon in the Acadia Art Gallery in the Beveridge Arts Centre. Occasionally we may need to use an alternate space, but this will be clearly indicated below. The Lunchtime Learning schedule will be available in mid-September.


This Week's Topic


Thursday, September 28, 2017


12:00pm - 1:00pm


Acadia University Art Gallery - Beveridge Arts Centre

Session Title:

The Perfect Storm of Disruptions

Guest Speaker:

Michael Shaw



Find out why the emerging energy technologies of renewable power generation, electrical energy storage and electric transportation is about to hit the western world with gale force winds. This storm of synergistic disruption will reach a tipping point in 2020 and cause massive changes in our society. Many of these will benefit not only humans but the entire planet.



Michael Shaw has two Science degrees from Acadia, an Education degree from Saint Mary's University and recently obtained a Master of Arts in Theology degree from Acadia. He has been a teacher for over 25 years in a variety of different contexts, including part-time at Acadia for 20 years. He is a dynamic speaker and for many years presented a lively and engaging Acadia Advantage presentation for potential Acadia students. He resides in New Minas, Nova Scotia.


Fall 2017 Schedule




Sept. 21 Twila Robar-DeCoste Plants and People, A Look at Contemporary Botanical Art
Sept. 28 Michael Shaw The Perfect Storm of Disruptions
Oct. 5 Perry Brandt Sustainable Beekeeping
Oct. 12 Philip Spencer The Biggest Mill: The History of the Davison Lumbering Empire
Oct. 19 Scott Swinden An Adventure in Monopoly and Speculation - The geopolitics of the rare earth elements
Oct. 26 Peter Ricketts ~Title to be confirmed~
Nov. 2 Marlene Snyder What Lurks in Your Genome?
Nov. 9 Susan Markham-Starr The Halifax Common: 250+ Years of Community Use and Debate (cows, cricket, circuses, Catholics, The Stones, and The Friends)
Nov. 16 Richard Haworth Law of the Sea: How big is your continental shelf?
Nov. 23 Wendy Robicheau "Folkestone", he said. "What a dump!"
Nov. 30 Matthew McSweeney Using 3D Printing to Create Novel Food Products


We are now accepting submissions for our Winter 2018 schedule. Proposals will be accepted until January 12, 2018.

Lunchtime Learning Series Proposal Form