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 Vera Kasson x2415.

Special Programs

Couple at a special programIn addition to study groups, the Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) schedules several special programs each term, which are planned by the event planning committee or membership committee.

Academy Extras are offered during the fall and spring terms on Fridays. These programs give members the opportunity to enjoy academic lectures, slide shows and presentations by fellow members or outside speakers. Program suggestions from members are always welcome.

Other special programs may include: guided tours of local museum exhibits; one-day sessions on topics of interest, for example Victorian illustrated books using the rare books collection of Skidmore College; attendance at theater productions; a day at Wiawaka, the last surviving Women's Retreat from the Progressive Era; or a day at the ballet with lunch at the Hall of Springs.

To enliven the winter interval, January through March, A.L.L. often schedules one or more special programs. Members may be treated to a lecture, concert, discussion, exhibit, film or other special event. In recent years, an A.L.L. open-to-the-public program has been the annual Storytellers Series, featuring a different professional storyteller during the lunch hour each week for the first nine Wednesdays.

Other special programs may be planned throughout the year by members with the approval of the executive council.

Upcoming Special Events

Winter Storytellers Series

Events are free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

Date and Time: The series takes place on Wednesdays, from noon to 1 p.m.,  starting in January through early March. 

Location: SUNY Empire State College, 2 Union Avenue, Room 126, Saratoga Springs

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