The Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning (HILL) offers opportunities for adult education to residents of the Greater Capital District of New York. HILL provides six-week Fall and Spring semesters with courses taught by distinguished faculty from across the region.

Spring 2024 Courses Begin Monday, March 11th

HILL will be offering three six-week courses during the Spring 2024 term. All courses will be offered in-person at the Delmar Reformed Church located at 386 Delaware Avenue, Delmar. The Monday-Sinatra and Tuesday Early America courses will also be offered via Zoom. Registration for these two hybrid course includes access to both formats.

Please read the following COVID-related policies regarding in-person attendance.

COVID Safety Protocol:
  • All in-person attendees should be up to date with boosters.
  • Masks will be optional.
  • A designated "masked only" seating area will be available.
  • Attendees who mask may also choose to sit in the general seating area.

Spring 2024 Courses

A Swingin' Affair: The Music of Frank Sinatra

Seton Hawkins, Director, Education Resources and Public Programming Education, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Frank Sinatra was one of the most ground-breaking, beloved, and enduring singers in the history of the world. Walking comfortably between the worlds of Jazz and Pop, Sinatra revolutionized so much of how we think about popular singing, and along the way he created some of the greatest vocal works of all time. Available in-person and on Zoom.

Schedule: Mondays, March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Early America to the Revolution

Maeve Kane, Associate Professor of History, University at Albany

From the discovery of Italian beads in pre-Columbian Canada through reevaluations of the radicalism of the American Revolution, in recent decades the study of colonial American history has undergone as much change as it has become politicized. This course will provide an overview of early North American history from 1450 to 1783, with particular attention to settler-Indigenous relations, the role of women, the development of slavery, and how these all produced a uniquely American identity with the American Revolution that we continue to grapple with today. As we approach the upcoming 250th anniversary of the American Revolution, this course will also provide an overview of how and why the study of this period has changed in the past several decades and why it matters to today's politics. Available in-person and on Zoom.

Schedule: Tuesdays, March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9, 23
NOTE: No Class April 16. Last class April 23.
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Six Great Moments in the History of Art

Rachel Dressler, Associate Professor Emerita of Art History, University at Albany

Works of art have long been considered as reflections of the societies that produced them, but more recently they have also been credited with helping to shape the attitudes of their originating cultures. Scholars of the Parthenon (448-437 BCE), for example, see this extraordinary structure as a statement of Athenian triumphant resurgence after its devastating destruction by Persian forces in 480 and 479 BCE. Yet the temple to Athena Parthenos also encouraged and reinforced Athenian citizens' belief in their cultural superiority over other Greek city-states. In the nineteenth century, Edouard Manet's Olympia (1863) reflected western European fascination with the exotic Other yet challenged the norms of gender and sexuality through its style and iconography. These are just two artistic examples that spoke to and helped reshape the societies in which they were created. So too did the Great Mosque of Cordoba (begun 786), Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Double Portrait (1434), Artemisia Gentileschi's Susannah and the Elders (1610), and Kehinde Wiley's Rumours of War (2019). In this course, we will examine these works of art in detail, focusing on their and their creator's individual characteristics, but also the ways they shaped culture then and now. Available In-person only.

Schedule: Wednesdays, March 13, 20,27; April 3, 17, 24
NOTE: No Class April 10.
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Registration and Fees

Registration is required for each individual in order to attend a course.
There is a $35 fee for each course selected.

Use the following link to display the registration form and, once you have completed the form, be sure to click on submit:

Registration Form

After you submit the completed registration form you will immediately receive a confirmation email.

This email will contain information on the total amount due and how to make your payment. The email will also include a Zoom link for access to each hybrid course you selected.

NOTE: Clicking on these course links will give you Zoom access to the hybrid courses you have chosen. Please store the confirmation email containing your course links where it can be easily found at the start of classes.

Please register no later than March 6th.


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HILL Phone

For questions not related to Zoom, or if you have registered and not received a confirmation email, you may leave a message on the HILL phone: 518-368-7029. A volunteer will return your call.