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LifeLong Learning

A community-based program, run by your neighbors and sponsored by Colgate's Upstate Institute.
Lifelong Learning programs have been called 'a health club for the brain.'

About the Program

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.

We offer courses in the fall, spring, and summer. CURRENT SCHEDULE

The program is guided by a board of community members and upstate staff.


Contact Information

Phone: 315-228-6623



LifeLong Learning Program
Upstate Institute at Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346

Program News

Spring 2019 Classes are here!
See the list of courses for the semester and sign up right away!

If you have questions please contact our office :
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Become a Member

The LifeLong Learning program is open to any adult who is interested in continuing to learn and spend time with like-minded individuals.
Membership benefits
  • Access to an unlimited number of programs, seminars and special events
  • A 10% discount on books and most items at the Colgate Bookstore*
  • Borrowing privileges at the Case-Geyer Library at Colgate University
  • Discounted admission to the 5:30 p.m. Independent Film Series at the Hamilton Theater
*Colgate Bookstore discount may not be combined with other discounts. Excludes computers, textbooks, consignment, sale items, and restricted brands.
Pricing and Payments
  • Individual membership: $40 / year
  • Family membership: $70 / year
Please make checks payable to LifeLong Learning Program.

Take a Class

Classes are open to all. Pre-registration is strongly recommended as it secures you a seat and allows you to get updates on class cancellations, required readings, etc.
Pricing and payments

Pay per course: $5 per session (non-members)
(e.g. one course with four sessions: $20)

Members may attend any class throughout the year at no cost.

Teach a Class

We are always looking for qualified instructors. If you are skilled or knowledgeable in a subject area and interested in teaching others, please complete a Course Proposal by clicking the button below.


Have you taken a class? Taught a class? Please let us know what you think. In order to make the program stronger for you, our members and the community, your feedback is crucial.


Regional Resources

  • Education Unlimited (formerly)

Education Unlimited’s much-anticipated spring 2019 course on American Democracy will be led by Michael Hayes, Professor of Political Science at Colgate University. The program, scheduled on four consecutive Thursdays from 4-5 p.m., will include the following topics:                

March 28th      Why Congress Matters in a Presidential Age                    

April 4th           The Collapse of the Big Tent: Ideological Parties vs. the Constitution

April 11th         Nancy Pelosi vs. Mitch McConnell: How Their Powers Differ

April 18th         The Senate Filibuster: Can’t Live With It; Can’t Live Without It

Classes will take place at the Hamilton Public Library, 13 Broad Street in Hamilton, NYThe registration fee is $15 for the entire series.

To pre-register, send a check (payable to: Education Unlimited) for $15 to:

Margaret Miller
77 West Kendrick Ave.
Hamilton, NY 13346

Indicate the course title (“Democracy”) in the memo line. (Please include a note with your name and phone number if it is not printed on your check.) Please also include your email address if you’d like to receive notifications of future Education Unlimited classes.

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