Forever Learning Institute

Stay sharp with the Forever Learning Institute! Follow one of our thematic tracks or drop into classes that interest you. There’s no need to commit entirely — participate as much or as little as you like via our live events. And, if you missed them, catch up on all previous FLI events on our YouTube page.

Lending a Better Hand

If a global pandemic showed us anything, it’s that humans both crave connection with meaningful interaction, and that we need each other to thrive. Volunteering can create a sense of belonging, and yet volunteering must be more than just good intentions. Weigh what it means to be an ethical volunteer, and consider volunteerism’s impact on the world, your community and you.

Register for Lending a Better Hand Session

  • September 21 - The Ethics of Helping
  • November 9 - Making it Count
  • February 29, 2024- Requiring All Hands
  • April 25, 2024 - Beyond Leading

Skill Development Session

  • November 16 - Getting to Know Your Community
  • November 30 - Volunteer Impact Panel

Transformative Ideas

Re-engage in wonder as we continue our dive into some of life’s most enduring questions. Inspired by a new program for Duke sophomores with the same title, Transformative Ideas explores questions of meaning, value, purpose, and spirit that challenge us as humans. Now it’s your turn. Join us and experts from Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics in an open, cross-disciplinary dialogue about enduring questions and big ideas that change lives, link cultures, and shape societies.

Register for Transformative Ideas Session

  • September 13 - A Life Well Lived
  • October 18 - Thriving in a Digital Age
  • November 8 - The Search for Well Being
  • December 6 - Living in Harmony


In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

If you were unable to attend sessions from our previous tracks, we have made them all available to view at your convenience. Dig into courses on the Human ExperienceSocial MovementsAmerica TodayAdvancing Health and WellnessArtificial IntelligenceSolving Wicked ProblemsClimate ChangemakersThe Big Questions, and our professional development seminars.

Watch presentations from these themes now.

Each academic track includes a combination of lectures, panel discussions, online courses, recommended readings and workshops that you can complete at your own pace. Plus, tune in for monthly live engagements to get your questions answered by Duke experts and have engaging, thought-provoking conversations with fellow alumni. Live sessions of all academic events are recorded and will be posted on the Duke Alumni Lifelong Learning YouTube Channel.

What are you waiting for? Feel like a student again and register for the new semester!