The Academy for Lifelong Learning Toronto offers a full program of workshops / courses, talks, walks, special interest groups and special events for seniors and older adults (50+) who want to be part of an active learning community.
The Academy is a not-for-profit organization operated by volunteers, with a mission to promote learning and social interaction through the exchange of ideas and stimulating discussion. Formed in 1991, Academy members are intellectually curious, interested in exploring and understanding the world, sharing ideas, and meeting others in a learning environment that is enjoyable and supportive. The Academy has a long association with the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and is a long-term member of TAN (Third Age Learning Network),
A full program of workshops / courses are offered both in-person in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and online via Zoom. Online workshops allow for virtual attendance from practically anywhere. Academy members may register for up to 4 workshops as part of their membership fee. Membership also includes talks, walks, special interest groups and some special events.
The Academy offers in-person workshops at Tartu College, 310 Bloor Street West, in downtown Toronto, between the Spadina and St. George subway stations (at the north end of the University of Toronto campus).
Workshops are offered on a wide range of topics including the arts, science, history, current affairs, and film. They are developed and led by Academy members called “facilitators”. Some workshops operate as discussion groups where members may lead a discussion on a specific topic. In other workshops, members research and deliver presentations on the subject of their choice and lively discussion follows. Workshops run in the Fall and Winter from September to March so members typically join / renew memberships in April but may join / renew anytime (except February / March) for the current Academy year.
Forums are held during the Fall and Winter terms. They provide an opportunity for members and guests to hear talks on a wide range of topics, many given by outside experts. The Forums include an annual debate by Academy members and a session featuring impressive Workshop presentations from the previous year.
Spring Talks are held on Wednesday mornings in April and May, this series features well-known speakers who present thought-provoking talks on a broad range of topics for members and guests.
Academy members can join walks through Toronto neighborhoods, followed by lunches at local restaurants. Walks are scheduled year round.
The Academy hosts events and activities for its members throughout the year, including a series of Special Interest Groups, and events such as luncheons, celebrations of volunteer work, and Annual General Meeting (AGM) receptions.
The Academy keeps its members and other readers up to date through the website “News” page and the Academy Quarterly Review, an online publication devoted to the interests and opinions of our members. The AQR typically features interviews, reviews of Academy and current events, book reviews, and reports on Workshops.