Lifelong Learning

The Office of Alumni Affairs offers a variety of Lifelong Learning Programs for alumni and friends of UT. These programs provide activities in social and educational settings where alumni and friends can stay actively engaged with the university. Programs range from an evening to a week in length.

Currently, Alumni Summer College is our largest and longest running Lifelong Learning program. If you have any ideas for Lifelong Learning topics or if there are faculty and staff members you’d like to hear from through these programs, please send an e-mail to

College for a Day

Similar in format to Alumni Summer College but limited to half a day, College for a Day programs offer stimulating faculty presentations related to a specific theme. Themes have included topics such as Lawn and Garden Care, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Tennessee History, and The Civil War.

Dinner & Dialogue

Dinner and Dialogue programs offer an intimate group of 12-15 alumni and friends the opportunity to engage in an in-depth conversation with an outstanding UT faculty member while enjoying dinner together. Topics for these events have included Global Nuclear Security, Biofuels, and the UT Life of the Mind Program.

Speaker Series

Lifelong Learning Programs also offer a diverse selection of programs throughout the year featuring faculty speakers, alumni speakers, and other experts. Most of these events are held on campus. Previous programs have included Dr. William Bass speaking on forensic anthropology, Lawn and Garden Care 101, Dane Bradshaw, A Night at the Museum, Grilling 101, History of the Lady Vols, Sustainable Architecture, and Living On: Portraits of Tennessee Survivors and Liberators.

If you're looking for a comprehensive list of previous Lifelong Learning programs and events, you can find it here.