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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 13% discount at the Colgate Bookstore any day of the week on most regularly-priced 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)


Or, send an e-mail to with the subject line Fall 2014 Course Registration

*Colgate Bookstore discount may not be combined with other discounts. Excludes computers, textbooks, consignment, sale items, and restricted brands.


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


Contact Information

Phone: 315-228-6623

Fall 2014

September Courses

Alexander Technique: Because it Works!
The Alexander Technique is a discipline that recognizes a new relationship between thought and movement. F.M. Alexander developed his Technique in the 1920's and had, as his devotees, many of the intelligentsia of the day; John Dewey, Aldous Huxley, George Bernard Shaw, to name a few. Huxley saw the Technique as opening a door of perception as one develops an awareness that one never had before; awareness of personal habits of movement. It is a totally non-invasive, non-drug way to was the pain in your body, and to improve your movement, performance and appearance.
Date/Time: Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23/ 4-5:30 pm 
Location: St. Thomas Parish Hall, 12 Madison St., Hamilton
Facilitator: Victoria Quesada

Introduction to Meditation
This class provides an introduction to meditation, a simple practice of training the mind to stay in the present moment. The practice is ancient and goes back thousands of years. Though simple, meditation can elicit profound changes in people who practice it regularly. Studies show that meditation delivers a host of cognitive benefits including lowering stress levels, counteracting age-associated loss of brain cells, and improving people's ability to remember and pay attention.
Date/Time: Sept. 4/ noon-1 pm
Location: Chapel House, Colgate University
Facilitator: Catherine Landis

Conflict and Reconciliation in the Holy Land
On the 40th anniversary, this day, of the first terrorist bombing of an American passenger plan in flight, September 8 1974- co-piloted by a Colgate Air Force ROTC grad- at the hand of a Palestinian suicide bomber, a discussion of the origins and implications of the Arab-Israeli conflict for America and the world today. Led by Bruce Rutherford, co-founder of Colgate's Program in Middle East and Islamic Studies, and assisted by Dick Cheshire, former Colgate Vice President for Public Affairs and University of Tamps President, brother of the co-pilot.
Date/Time: Sept. 8/ 4:30-6 pm
Location: Green Room, Colgate Inn, Hamilton
Facilitator: Bruce Rutherford

Network Security: How to Stay Safe Online and Protect Your Data
Recent security breaches at large retailers like Target, and major online services such as eBay, have highlighted how important it is to always be mindful of network safety and best practices when you are on the internet, whether you are shopping, using a social network like Facebook, or even just sending e-mail. This course will discuss how to protect yourself online, focusing on how to keep yourself safe from computer viruses and identity thieves, as well as basic information about how to protect your privacy online.
Date/Time: Sept. 11/ 6-7:30 pm
Location: Hamilton Public Library
Facilitator: Matthew Davis

Living Writers on ColgateX
Living Writers on ColgateX is a free, online, not-for-credit course in works by Nadifa Mohamed, Jonathan Franzen, Marjane Satrapi, and Martin Amis. Join us for this post-public discussion of "The Orchard of Lost Souls," designed just for Lifelong Learning participants, to coincide with Nadifa Mohamed's visit to Colgate in September. Copies of these books are available at the Colgate Bookstore.
Date/Time: Sept. 19/ noon-1 pm
Location: 20 Utica Street, Hamilton (old Parry's Building)
Facilitators: Jane Pinchin and Jennifer Brice

Offering a Hand to Language Understanding and to Understanding Language
Hand gestures are a natural part of human communication. Dr. Kelly will discuss the role that these gestures play with speech during the process of language understanding. The main goal is to introduce the possibility that the human body is not just a communicator of language, but potentially also a fundamental part of it.
Date/Time: Sept. 30/ 4-5:30 pm
Location: Hamilton Public Library
Facilitator: Spencer Kelly

October Courses

Genealogy for Beginners
This course will help you get started building your family tree by showing you what to look for, where to look, documenting your findings and what records reveal.
Date/Time: Oct. 1/ 7-8:30 pm
Location: Hamilton Public Library
Facilitators: Ed and Barb Page

A Fat Admiral, A Tall Mountain, An Historic Eruption, and its Aftermath: Vesuvius 79 AD to the Present
The focus in on the 79 AD eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, on the burial and rediscovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum and other locations, on their incredibly well-preserved remains, and on the post-eruption art, literature and film, some of it (especially the artwork) absolutely stunning. It will cover the history and geography of Campania (Bay of Naples area), including its use as a playground for the very rich (and at times, similarly evil) Romans who came south to enjoy the sun and other things. It will also cover the history of the post-eruption discovery (and looting) of these long-buried sites, and finally will try and bring things up-to-date.
Date/Time: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28/ 4:30-6 pm
Location: Hamilton Public Library
Facilitator: Hugh Humphreys

Congress, Constitution, God
We will focus on reconnecting the Oath of Office and the performance of duties that all member of Congress have, with eyes wide open on the 2014 election and their impact on the future of this country. We will ask what changes of rules, law, and custom are necessary to overcome widespread corruption in office, disrespect for the Oath, and the cynicism of voters. We will also discuss key issues and elections.
Date/Time: Oct. 15, 22, 29/ 4-5:30 pm
Location: Hamilton Public Library
Facilitators: Carl Albrecht and Dick Cheshire

Face to face is the best way to encounter old and new friends. To celebrate the Picker Art Gallery's reopening, Lifelong Learners are invited to a special face-to-face encounter with the revolutionary photography of Diane Arbus (1923-1971) and the Venice Notebook (2001) prints of Richard Serra- works that particularly demand to be viewed in person.
Date/Time: Oct. 8/ 3-4:30 pm
Location: Picker Art Galler, Colgate University
Facilitator: Melissa Davies

Jerusalem, City of God
Jerusalem is a sacred site for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. This course investigates the ways that each tradition understands Jerusalem as a holy city and introduces students to some of the most important sites for each tradition. 
Date/Time: Oct. 9, 14, 16/ 3-4:30 pm
Location: Colgate Bookstore
Facilitator: Lesleigh Cushing

Land Trusts: What They Are and How They Contribute to Society
The course will consist of two sessions. The first session will be a presentation focusing on what land trusts are and what environmental, economic and social functions they perform in our society. The examples will be based on the local land trust, the Southern Madison Heritage Trust serving the six towns in Southern Madison County.
Date/Time: Oct. 20, 27/ 10:30 am- noon
Location: Hamilton Public Library (tour included)
Facilitators: Debbie and Harvey Kliman

November Courses

A Look at Freedom Summer by Bruce Watson
Freedom Summer is a vivid account of the summer of 1964, when black and white Civil Rights youth activists descended on towns throughout Mississippi, registering black voters and creating freedom schools. This powerful book asks readers not only to consider a moral past marked by devastating violence, but also to reflect on how we too are part of such struggle, whether we join in actively or not. Participants are encouraged to read pages 1-165 of the book before the first class. Books will be available at the Colgate Bookstore for those that need them.
Date/Time: Nov. 7, 14/ 4:30-6 pm
Location: Hamilton Public Library
Facilitator: Suzann Spring

Intro to Digital Photography
This course will cover the basic set of knowledge that you would need to get started in digital photography. We will cover how to choose the best camera for your need, basic camera operation, and options for editing and printing your images.
Date/Time: Nov. 10/ 3:30-5 pm
Location: Hamilton Public Library
Facilitator: Rich Grant

Israeli Folkdancing
We will explore the extraordinary music and dance of Israel with discussions of lyrics and melodies as well as instruct in a number of traditional dances.
Date/Time: Nov. 17, 19/ 2:30-4:00 pm
Location: Colgate Bookstore
Facilitator: Susan Weitz

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



Or, send an e-mail to with the subject line Fall 2014 Course Registration

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.