Thom Bennett, the president of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, will be interviewed by Elizabeth Perrin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, to open the spring lecture series at the New Orleans Athletic Club, 222 N. Rampart St. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance encourages the understanding and appreciation of photography through exhibitions, opportunities and educational programs. It strives to foster economic and artistic growth while preserving the photographic culture of New Orleans.

Topics for the other spring lectures are:

“Your Personal Trainer: Swim, Sprint & Lift to Wellness,” 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, with NOAC professionals Joshua Pate, Roshone Andrews and Frank Flick and swim coach Kristopher Babylon.

Anne Brett, author of a book on the National Leprosarium at Carville, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30. Brett will speak about her parents’ lives as patients. In the 1940s, at 24, her father was sent to Carville. His older brother entered the facility a year before. Anne’s mother was 10 when she arrived in the 1930s. Her mother, grandmother and three uncles also lived at the facility. Anne’s father was the photographer for Carville’s publication, The Star.

Lisa Iancono, of Nola Sewn, will be interviewed by Perrin at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7. Nola Sewn offers sewn product and garment design development. The company also specializes in volume production manufacturing.

Eddie Boyd, author of “African American Remedies,” 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21. Boyd’s book outlines the many local medicines used by enslaved Africans when they were brought to America. Some of these remedies created the template for widely prescribed modern pharmaceuticals.

Podcasts of the lectures will be made available at www. customneworleans.com.