The Academy for Lifelong Learning is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 corona virus and notifying members of updates as events unfold. Our host, SUNY Empire State College is taking proactive measures to protect the safety and security of students, faculty, and staff. For questions, please call Academy staff at (518) 587-2100, Jeff Shinaman x2390, or Lora Brown x2415.

Welcome Message from the Academy for Lifelong Learning Executive Council Chairperson

Membership application: Application to Become a Member of the Academy for Lifelong Learning (PDF 202kB)


Fall 2022 Session 1 begins September 12th and ends October 14th

Fall 2022 Session 2 begins October 17th and ends November 18th

A.L.L. Fall 2022 Brochure will be posted as soon as it is finalized.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning, founded in 1992, is sponsored by SUNY Empire State College. It has over 450 active members. Class sizes range from 5 to 65 members, depending on the leader and subject. There are no tests! There may be reading assignments, and you usually have no homework, unless you are in Italian Class.

Our study group leaders are experts in their fields and volunteer their time to our benefit. Some of the classes that may be offered in a term are:

  • music appreciation
  • birding
  • painting
  • hiking in Moreau State Park
  • classic movies
  • literary fiction
  • poetry, writing and appreciation
  • lecture series
  • religion
  • politics
  • history
  • travel

Some travelling study groups go to area farms, or museums or other area attractions.

We offer a spring and fall term each year; and, during winter, there is the Storytellers Series, free and open to the public. There are many social events throughout the year as well as numerous other fun activities that come with your membership.

Our professional office staff: Jeff Shinaman, executive director, and Lora Brown, office manager are ready to answer questions and get you on your way.


Rick Hasenauer
Chair, A.L.L. Executive Council