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.

We will meet every Friday at noon beginning January 31, 2020 for the winter term. This term we are thrilled to announce we will be moving to the KC Irving Environmental Centre Auditorium for our sessions. The Irving Centre is located at 32 University Avenue. The room is located on the lower level of the building. There is a side-entrance on that level, or an elevator is available if you arrive on the main floor. Occasionally we may need to use an alternate space, but this will be clearly indicated below.  This room has limited seating, and due to fire regulations, we must close the door once the room is full, so please plan to arrive early.

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


February 21, 2020




KC Irving Centre, Auditorium

Session Title:

Jazz - Not a Scary Thing!

Guest Speaker:

Graham Howes



My presentation would start with a brief intro on the origins of jazz, including examples either performed by me on my keyboard. I would then show how any common song could be 'converted' into a jazz-like form. I would discuss jazz 'forms': how players take turns with soloing, what the rhythm section does while another player is taking a solo, how vocalists perform jazz including 'scatting'. I would briefly discuss 'fake' books that musicians use to play 'standards'. I would sum up by telling the listener how to appreciate jazz, what to watch for and why the term 'jazz' shouldn't be something to be avoided.



Graham Howes has been a professional musician for over 40 years. He and his wife, jazz vocalist Hazel Walker, moved to Wolfville four years ago from Toronto. After studying for over 5 years with noted Canadian jazz composer, the late Gord Delamont, Graham's career has included being a band leader, keyboardist and vocalist with recording and live television/radio performances.


Winter 2020 Schedule




January 31 Michelle Boyd A Grand Tour of the Grand Tour: A Listener's Guide to Baroque Music
February 7 Emily Kennedy POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER: Climate Change in Kings County
February 14 Steven Slipp Designing Commemorative Postage Stamps
February 21 Graham Howes Jazz - not a scary thing!
February 28 Kelly Marie Redcliffe Growing Local with Wolfville Farmers' Market
March 6 Clancy Waite Understanding Immigration
March 13 James Rumble "Climate Change = Business Climate Change" - The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project
March 20 Cynthia Bruce & Mary Sweatman Axcess Acadia: Rethinking Participation in University Learning
March 27 Rebecca Casey Work and Retirement Experiences Among Older Adults in Atlantic Canada
April 3 Emily Kennedy Climate Change in Kings County


We are now accepting submissions for our Fall 2020 schedule. Proposals will be accepted until August 14, 2020.

Lunchtime Learning Series Proposal Form