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).

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. No registration is required.

This year, we will meet every Friday at noon beginning October 4th, 2019. We will be moving our sessions across campus and making Room #237 in the Beveridge Arts Centre our home for the Fall 2019 term. The Beveridge Arts Centre is 10 Highland Avenue in Wolfville, and the room is on the second floor. An elevator is available. Occasionally we may need to use an alternate space, but this will be clearly indicated below.

Inclement Weather Cancellation Policy

Our general rule is if NSCC - Kingstec Campus is closed due to inclement weather, Acadia Lifelong Learning classes and events will be cancelled for that day, even if the Acadia University campus remains officially open. Please check local radio stations or our Facebook page for possible cancellation announcements.


This Week's Topic


October 25, 2019


12:00pm - 1:00pm


Beveridge Arts Centre, Room #237 (second floor)

Session Title:

Forest of Kings on the Mexico-Guatemala Border

Guest Speaker:

Bruce Matthews



The Mayans of Central America left behind many magnificent ruins, testimony to a great civilization that lasted 1000 years. Some of the best examples are along the border of Mexico and Guatemala (called ‘A Forest of Kings’ by archaeologists). Many are not easy to get to. They include such sites as Palenque, Yaxchilán and Bonampak in Chiapas, Tikal and Calakmul in the central zone, and Dzibanché and Kohunlich in the eastern Rió Bec. This session provides photos and commentary from a recent expedition to the area by Bruce and Pam Matthews.



Bruce is a retired professor of Comparative Religion with an interest in historical civilizations and religions and their continuing impact on the contemporary world.


Fall 2019 Schedule




October 4 Lisa Speigel Think Before You Click: Cybersecurity Awareness
October 11 Karrie-Ann Wilkie Kings Volunteer Resource Centre presents Volunteer Nova Scotia
October 18 John Ascah An Adventure up the Dempster Highway to Tuktoyaktuk
October 25 Bruce Matthews A Forest of Kings on the Mexico-Guatemala Border
November 1 Dan Stovel Emergency Preparedness & You
November 8 Linda Ellis Evolution of the Dog
November 15 Maurice Tugwell The Sinking of the Tall Ship Concordia: Forty Hours in Lifeboats
November 22 Carol Harris Exploring Food Sovereignty in Outport Newfoundland: Students and "Professors" as Lifelong Learners
November 29 Antony Berger We're all now in the ANTHROPOCENE! Says Who?


We are now accepting submissions for our Winter 2020 schedule. Proposals will be accepted until January 10, 2020.

Lunchtime Learning Series Proposal Form