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.

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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


November 29, 2019

Last session of the fall term. Our Series returns January 31, 2020.


12:00pm - 1:00pm


Beveridge Arts Centre, Room 237 (second floor)

Session Title:

We're all now in the ANTHROPOCENE! Says Who?

Guest Speaker:

Antony Berger



Anthropocene refers to the current slice of time when natural processes are challenged or overwhelmed by human actions: climate change, loss of biodiversity, contamination of land and sea, land use practices, etc.. Defining successive units of deep and shallow time is the responsibility of an international, non-governmental group of geologists who have constructed a time-scale that goes back to the origins of the Earth. This talk shows how they go about setting the boundaries between temporal units, the Anthropocene in particular, and what that term means to us today.



I am a retired earth scientist, oscillating between Wolfville and Woody Point NL, at the heart of Gros Morne National Park. I taught geology at universities in Canada, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia, worked for government and international organizations, and was an independent consultant. I helped to establish several international NGOs, building science in developing countries, strengthening small-scale mining, and increasing global access to scientific literature. Now editing stories my mother wrote about Newfoundland.


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 20 (Rescheduled) 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 Fall 2020 schedule. Proposals will be accepted until August 14, 2020.

Lunchtime Learning Series Proposal Form