“One of the great pleasures in life is learning and NLC provides a wonderful facility for doing that right here with provocative speakers, informative lectures, and stimulating seminars.”

Rod Anderson

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Past NLC programs include Canada’s Arctic, Exploring Islam, Frontiers in Genetics, Making Sense of Now, Beyond a Yardstick; The Future of The Past - Archaeology Today; The Great Lakes - Sea Within; India, The World’s Next Superpower; The DNA of Modern China; The Mysteries of Memory; The Complexities of Democracy; The Science of Ice; The Uses of Colour and Design; and other broad-ranging topics.


Northumberland Learning Connection, based in Cobourg and Port Hope, Ontario, offers a chance to broaden your knowledge and exchange ideas in a local setting.

Each spring and fall, we hold a weekly series of lectures and seminars. We bring the experts, often world-renowned, and you bring your curiosity. The topics are varied but always compelling, drawing from science, the arts, history and the humanities.  Click here to join our mailing list and be kept up-to-date on upcoming events and important news.

At a special Sunday event, we hear first–hand stories of recent Russian immigrants to Canada. And at The Loft Cinema, the illustrated story of an adventurer’s journey across the Russian Arctic.

On November 10, we head to Roy Thompson Hall in the “NLC bus” where Valery Gergiev will conduct the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Orchestra, plus an exclusive intermission reception for NLC participants.

Five Thursday Evening Talks
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Columbus Community Centre, 232 Spencer Street E., Cobourg

Five Friday Morning Discussions
9:00-11:00 am
Port Hope Public Library, 31 Queen Street, Port Hope

Click here for full details on the Russia 2017 program


100 years after the Revolution

Oct 26 - Nov 24

How well do we know Russia? Its geography and history is epic. In the span of a century, it moved from a Tsarist past to the world’s first socialist republic. Then came the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Today Russia is a country still defining itself, and a country the West is reluctant to trust.

In this series: the legacy of the revolution, Putin and politics, Russian dissidents, crime and punishment, culture and nationalism, the Olympics and winning no matter what, and a new Cold War?

Public Service Announcement for community calendars for November, 2017:


One year later ... Michael Enright and Robert Bothwell return to Northumberland County in a pop-up forum on the presidency of Donald Trump, Trump and Us: What Next?, on Saturday, November 11, from 2-4 pm, at C. R. Gummow Public School, 311 Cottesmore Avenue, Cobourg.  Moderated by Karin Wells, the forum will explore how might America’s most unpredictable president affect Canada. Click Here for more details.