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.

Volunteer Education

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 Volunteer Education Session

  • February 29, 2024- Better Together
  • April 25, 2024 - Beyond Leading

Skill Development Session

  • April 4, 2024 - Better Together: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
  • May 23, 2024 - Beyond Leading: Leadership

"Deep Dive" Discussion Session

  • May 2, 2024 - Better Together: Volunteer Education Deep Dive Discussion on Belonging
  • May 30, 2024 - Beyond Leadership: Deep Dive Discussion on Leadership

Energy Transformation

The summer of 2023—the hottest on Earth since 1880—warns of a coming future. As temperatures continue to rise to critically damaging levels across the world, an environmental domino effect is emerging: diminishing glaciers that impact freshwater supply, severe droughts that make it impossible to grow food, and increased energy usage that releases harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Can anything be done to rewrite this course? A single entity cannot solve climate change alone. Research and industry leaders must come together to innovate solutions and address this crisis in novel ways. Inspired by Duke’s Climate Commitment, join fellow alumni as we learn about transforming our energy and how Duke is leading the way in this latest track from the Forever Learning Institute.

Register for Energy Transformation Session

  • February 21, 2024 - A Tale of Many Energies
  • March 13, 2024 - The Debate on Fossil Fuels
  • April 12, 2024 - With Energy Justice for All
  • April 24, 2024 - The Power of the Future


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!