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Lifelong Learning Seminars


Attend a Lifelong Learning Seminar, a learning vacation unlike any other. Spend time with some of Hillsdale College’s most distinguished professors exploring the great ideas and principles that built and sustain our country. Discuss the ideas that have created more freedom and raised the hopes and expectations of millions, not only in this country but throughout the world.



Relive higher education as it used to be, in a place where it still is.

Lifelong Learning Seminars let you relive the experience of higher education as it used to be, in a place where it still is. It’s college life as you remember it: the sharing of insights, the give-and-take of lively discussion, the camaraderie of peers. It’s a fresh look at the enduring values of our society in the Hillsdale way, free of the trendy ideological clichés that dominate thinking on so many other campuses today. It’s a vacation unlike any you’ve had—the learning experience of a lifetime, to complement a lifetime of learning.

Lifelong Learning Seminars offer a week of exciting activities. Guests share intense discussions with Hillsdale faculty members and fellow program participants, delving deeply into the sources of American liberty. Guests are welcome to take advantage of varying opportunities for fun, recreation, and fitness in our state-of-the-art health education and sports complex. All seminars include delicious meals and top-rated accommodations.

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Upcoming Seminars

March 25-28, 2020

Various national flags

American Foreign Policy

This seminar, held at Hillsdale’s Kirby Center in Washington, D.C., will consider the history and principles of American foreign policy, as well as recent and current controversies.

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June 7-13, 2020

Ronald Reagan with U.S. flag

20th Century America

This seminar will consider the major political and historical developments and events of the previous century.

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June 21-27, 2020

Signing of the Constitution Painting

Constitutional Issues and Controversies

This seminar will contrast the Founders’ views with the contemporary view of topics such as the family, civil rights, free speech, foreign policy, and religious liberty. 

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June 21-27, 2020

Books on shelf

The Great Conversation in Western Literature

This seminar will examine the great conversation in Western literature, beginning in ancient Greece and Rome and continuing through Renaissance Europe, Elizabethan England, and the United States.

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July 12-18, 2020

Dollar Bill Pyramid and Eye

Economic Theories and Controversies

This seminar will consider the theories of free market economics, theories that oppose the free market, and important economic controversies of the twentieth century and of today.

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July 12-18, 2020

Abraham Lincoln with Soldiers

The Civil War

The principal cause of the Civil War, fought from 1861 to 1865, was the crisis over slavery, which had its roots in the American Founding. This seminar will consider the Founders on slavery, the “positive good” school, the rise of sectionalism, the secession controversy, the statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln, the Constitution in wartime, and Reconstruction.

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July 26-Aug 1, 2020

Stained glass imagery with Jesus

History of Christianity

This seminar will consider the history of Christianity, beginning with the early Church and continuing through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and into the modern world.

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August 6-9, 2020 & August 10-13, 2020

Usa Supreme Court Washington Architecture Building

Historical Issues and Controversies

Held at the College’s Rockwell Lake Lodge in Luther, Michigan, this seminar will consider historical issues and controversies since the turn of the 20th century, including constitutionalism vs. statism, affirmative action, education, and terrorism.

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October 21-24, 2020

Alexander Hamilton

The Federalist Papers

This seminar will explore such important themes as the problem of majority faction, the separation of powers, and federalism.

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We offer three locations to enjoy a Lifelong Learning Seminar – on the beautiful Hillsdale campus, nestled in the rolling farm country of southern Michigan; surrounded by the natural setting of our Rockwell Lake Lodge located at the G. H. Gordon Biological Station in Luther, Michigan; and in the heart of our nation’s capital at our Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship on Capitol Hill, just minutes from the Supreme Court, the Senate office buildings, and the historic Union Station.