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.

The HILL Fall Schedule and Registration

Due to the continuing threat from Covid-19, the HILL Committee has decided to cancel the fall, 2020 onsite classes which are held at the Delmar Reformed Church. Instead, as a service to the HILL community, we are offering two of our most popular courses, online, through Zoom and free of charge. Registration for these courses is required, and must be submitted electronically using the link provided below the course descriptions and schedules. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 25th.

While we hope to resume our normal program for the spring, 2021 semester, that decision will be determined by the status of the virus over the next several months.

The two courses are:

The Elections of 2020, Bruce Miroff, University at Albany

Course Description: The elections of 2020 are likely to be the strangest in American History. The nation is still in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic, causing major disruptions to the economy and to life in general. Voting itself will present a major challenge to our democracy and results may well be delayed past November 3rd. Clearly, most of the campaigning will be done remotely. This course will analyze the contests for President, majority control of the Senate and House, as well as the state legislatures which will re-draw district lines in response to the 2020 census.

Schedule: Mondays, October 5-November 9
Time: 10:00-11.30 AM

I’ll be Seeing You: The Life and Music of Billie Holiday, Seton Hawkins, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Course Description: Jazz’s greatest vocalist, the inventor of Swing Song and one of the most iconic figures in 20th century music history, Billie Holiday looms large within the pantheon of music greats. Throughout 6 weeks, we will explore her life, uncover what made her such a musical visionary, and listen to her extraordinary music.

Schedule: Wednesdays, October 7-November 11
Time: 1:00-2:30 PM


Registration for each course is required. The requested information must be submitted electronically by clicking on this Registration Link for either or both courses.

Prior to the start of classes, all registrants will receive an email with a course link to access one or both courses for all six weeks. By using the emailed course link, registrants will not have to download the Zoom app; the link will provide access to all 6 classes for each course for which you have registered.

HILL will not be able to provide Zoom support. If needed, we recommend that you consult Zoom endorsed sites such as or type Zoom Help Center in your browser.

For questions that are not related to Zoom, you may leave a message on the HILL phone (518-368-7029) and a volunteer will return your call.

All classes are available live only and will not be recorded.