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, November 23, 2017


12:00pm - 1:00pm


Acadia University Art Gallery

Session Title:

"Folkestone", he said. "What a dump!"

Guest Speaker:

Wendy Robicheau



In May 2016, Robicheau spent a long weekend on the Kent Coast of England in the town of Folkestone. Why? Partially to rest before heading to the continent but mostly to see where the 85th Battalion was camped at Shorncliffe and to see the Metropole. What Robicheau found was completely surprising.



Wendy G. Robicheau is an Archivist at Acadia University. Her research interest, Acadia and the First World War, prompted her to do a pilgrimage and follow the 'Acadia Highlanders' to the Western Front and back.


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 Marlene Snyder What Lurks in Your Genome? exploring some aspects of genome evolution
Nov. 2 Peter Ricketts Acadia University President's Address
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