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 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.

In the event of bad weather, we follow our Inclement Weather Cancellation Policy for this series...

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 CBC's Storm Centre webpage for possible cancellation announcements.


This Week's Topic


Thursday, April 12th


12:00pm - 1:00pm


Acadia University Art Gallery

Session Title:

Finding Beauty in Decay

Guest Speaker:

Richard Groot



Richard Groot will present images of 4 abandoned mills in the Annapolis Valley with a narrative of their history , circumstances of their closing and the impact on people and communities. Britex in Bridgetown, Windsor Wear in Windsor, Minas Basin Paperboard mill in Hantsport and the gypsum processor in Windsor.



Richard Groot is a photographer interested in documenting abandoned industry, the tidal landscape, street photography and portraits. He has exhibited his work in the province and in Cuba and published a photo-documentary book: We wanted it to last forever: Closing the Minas Basin Paper Board Mill in Hantsport. He is currently preparing an exhibition about closing factories in the Valley that will be shown in Windsor at the Cedar Centre in April and May 2018.


Winter 2018 Schedule




Jan. 25 Tony Wright Tidal Energy Demonstration at FORCE
Feb. 1 Wendy Robicheau "Folkestone", he said. "What a dump!"
Feb. 8 Laurie Dalton What Does a Curator Do?
Feb. 15 Susan Surette-Draper Acadians Return to France. New Beginnings?
Feb. 22 Wendy Elliott Fascinating Characters I Have Met
Mar. 1 Ed Sulis Sustainable Energy: Reality or No Future
Mar. 8 Howard Williams A geological mélange from the land of the long white cloud
Mar. 15 Sara Spike AH MacKay, Plant Phenology, and Early Citizen Science in Rural Nova Scotia, ca1895-1925
Mar. 22   Postponed Due to Weather
Mar. 29 Antony Berger Gros Morne - The Land, the People, the National Park
Apr. 5 David Mossman Survival Against the Odds
Apr. 12 Richard Groot Finding Beauty in Decay


We are now accepting submissions for our Fall 2018 schedule. Proposals will be accepted until August 31, 2018.

Lunchtime Learning Series Proposal Form