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Lifelong Learning

Never stop experiencing the joys of learning!
A Lifelong Learning Program discussion around a large table


We are a collaboration between Colgate University and the community to provide adults with ongoing education for the enrichment of their lives in a diversity of fields.

Membership and Course Registration

You can participate in the program either by purchasing a membership, or by enrolling in individual sessions. Membership entitles you to:
  • Access to an unlimited number of programs, seminars and special events
  • A 20% discount at the Colgate Bookstore on most items
  • Borrowing privileges at the Case Library at Colgate University
  • Discounted admission to the 5:30pm Indie Film Series at the Hamilton Theater
  • Individual membership: $40 / year
  • Family membership: $70 / year
  • Or, pay per course: $5/session (e.g. one course with four sessions: $20)


Please make checks payable to Lifelong Learning Program and mail to:
Upstate Institute at Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346


Course Proposal

The LLP is always looking for qualified instructors to teach courses. All of our community instructors volunteer their time, but we are able to express our appreciation with a small gift card to the Colgate Bookstore. If you have a skill or knowledge in a specific area and are interested in teaching, please complete a Course Proposal form. Either e-mail the completed form to or mail to: 
Lifelong Learning Program
Upstate Institute at Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346



Phone: 315-228-6623

Summer 2014

An Introduction to this Fall's Living Writers
Grab a copy of "The Orchard of Lost Souls" by Nadifa Mohamed, and let's get started. This year's Living Writers program at Colgate offers Lifelong Learning a special preview and introduction to their fall offerings. For the first time, the Living Writers Class taught by Jane Pinchin and Jennifer Brice will be available free to Lifelong Learning members who are invited to attend a special lunch session at the Colgate Bookstore where Jane and Jennifer and their tech expert will explain the workings of Colgate X, how to audit the course, and most helpfully how to sign up online for materials and events prepared for their course.

Technicians will navigate us through the offerings and enroll us while we eat a brown bag lunch provided by Living Writers. This is a very special outreach to our community. Please join us in the third floor community room of the Colgate Bookstore on June 24th at noon.


Or, send an e-mail to with the subject line Living Writers

All are welcome. Bring a friend.
Lifelong Learning members free.
Non members $5.00

Partner Events

The following events are hosted by other organizations but may be of interest to our members. Please note that these may have a separate registration and/or attendance fee! Please contact the host organization for more information.

Indie Films at Hamilton Theater
A film series offered Sunday through Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Theater. Lifelong Learning Program members receive discounted admission to these films -- only $5.50 per ticket. READ MORE

Hamilton Book and Movie Club
The Colgate Bookstore and the Hamilton Theater partner to offer this club, which provides three evenings of entertainment. This includes a private film screening of a film adapted from that month's book selection, followed by a light dinner and lively discussion at the bookstore. For more information, a list of featured selections, screening dates, and to join visit, or contact Heather Elia, 315-228-6944,

Education Unlimited
Education Unlimited is a continuing education organization based in Hamilton, NY, which offers short courses in an unlimited range of subjects to an unlimited clientele. READ MORE

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I participate in the Lifelong Learning Program?
  • The Lifelong Learning program gives members access to an unlimited number of programs, seminars, and special events.
  • Lifelong Learning programs have been called a "health club for the brain." Membership in an LLP develops insight, stimulates curiosity, and satisfies the intellect.
  • The LLP provides an opportunity for social interaction and intellectual gain in a group atmosphere.
  • The LLP allows members to develop new ideas and gain a better understanding of the community, the world, and oneself!
  • All LLP members receive a 20% discount at the Colgate Bookstore any day of the week on most items.
  • All LLP members have borrowing privileges at the Case-Geyer Library at Colgate.
  • All LLP members receive discounted admission to the Alternative Cinemas offerings at the Hamilton Theater.

Who can join?
The Lifelong Learning program is open to any adult who is interested in continuing to learn and spend time with like-minded individuals.
What is required to join?
  • To attend courses, members must enroll.
  • Individual annual membership of $40 — allows one to attend all events offered through the program. Family memberships are obtainable for $70. Scholarships are available!

Who runs the program?
The Lifelong Learning program is sponsored by the Upstate Institute at Colgate University.

A board of directors of community members and Upstate Institute staff have developed and guided the Lifelong Learning program. Future planning will involve the membership functioning through a committee structure.

You can contact us at with any questions.
What opportunities does the program offer?
The program includes peer-taught and faculty-led courses as well as special events, lectures, and discussion groups.

A list of the courses being offered each semester is published above, as well as in the Lifelong Learning Program newsletter.