Public Lectures and Lifelong Learning

Student studying in Suzzallo reading room
Suzzallo reading room

The University of Washington offers alumni a wide variety of opportunities for lifelong learning and continuing education that challenges, informs, entertains, and generally enriches the lives of those who participate.

Economics Seminars and Public Lectures

A great way to stay up to date on scholarship in the discipline is to attend a free public seminar or lecture: 

  • The Biennial Endowed Milliman Lecture in Economics: This lecture is made possible by the generous support of Glen S. and Alison W. Milliman, who created an endowed fund in 1995 to bring leading scholars to campus for free public lectures on timely and compelling economics topics.
  • The Annual Douglass C. North Nobel Prize in Economics Lecture: Each spring, a UW Economics faculty member delivers a lecture examining the transformative research of the previous year's Nobel Laureate(s) in Economics Sciences. 
  • Faculty-invited Economics Seminars: Hosted by our faculty, seminars bring academics from all over the world to campus to give talks on topics across the spectrum of economics study.

Lifelong Learning Opportunities at UW

UW Graduate School Public Lectures
All lectures are free and open to the public. This series is being brought to the UW community, citizens of Seattle, and the State of Washington through three very generous private endowments: The Walker-Ames Fund, The Jessie and John Danz Fund, and the Mary Ann and John D. Mangels Fund. Learn more about these endowments.

Coursera at UW
The next wave in online learning is here, and you’re invited to take part. The University of Washington now offers select courses for free through Coursera, which provides access to massive open online courses (MOOCs) taught by top professors from some of the world’s leading universities. These dynamic offerings – including Programming Languages and Introduction to Computer Networks – run on a specific, 10-week schedule and must be signed up for in advance. Check out Economics Professor Eric Zivot’s free online course Introduction to Computational Finance and Financial Econometrics.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
The Osher Institute at the University of Washington (OLLI-UW) invites adults over 50 to come together to share intellectual interests and make new friends. In this lively learning environment, current and retired UW faculty and community experts lead workshops and special events.

Learn Through the Library
These pages provide access to resources (article databases, catalogs, background information, web sites, and more) organized by topic. These pages were created by the librarians responsible for the areas of study listed.

UW Continuing Education
Whether you want to update your skills, boost your career, delve into a new field or get creative, UW Professional & Continuing Education can help. Choose from more than 125 certificate programs, dozens of graduate degrees and hundreds of courses – all designed for busy adults with flexible options in the evening, on weekends, part time and online.

University of Washington on iTunesU
Experience the UW through iTunes U, which showcases fun and informative audio and video clips detailing campus life and the interesting people and discoveries that can be found at the University of Washington (you will need iTunes installed on your computer).

Alumni Campus Abroad
Alumni Campus Abroad itineraries promise intimate educational experiences through lectures, excursions and “meet the people” exchanges in small towns off-the-beaten-path. Unpack only once for a seven-night stay in a first-class hotel, enjoy an extensive meal plan and learn from local experts and experienced tour guides.