Personal Enrichment

Workshops that improve awareness of identity, develop potential, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.

  • The Knowledge Exchange

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    Morning sessions (10 a.m.-noon)


    World History: The Middle Ages


    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Fridays, January 23 - March 13, 2015
    Time: 10am - Noon
    Room: TBD

    Presenter(s): Myras and Linda Osman

    Description: In this course we will examine the major developments in Europe from roughly the year 1000 CE to 1500 CE. Topics of discussion will include the life in the manor house and castle, life in the church and monastery, and the life of the peasants and serfs on the manor. The major events covered will include the Crusades, the Plague, the Hundred Years’ War, the development of the nation-state and the rise of trade and towns.

    Course Number: CE-TKE01-01

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    Cinema Studies/America's Greatest: John Ford


    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Fridays, January 23 - March 13, 2015
    Time: 9:30am - Noon
    Room: TBD

    Presenter(s): Suzanne Patterson

    Description: With over 140 films which span from the silent era to the days of Panavision, John Ford etched himself an honorable place in cinematic history, becoming known as one of America’s greatest filmmakers... some say “the greatest”. Winner of six academy awards and although renowned for his westerns, Ford also directed comedy, drama, war, politics and even Shirley Temple! In this study of Ford’s unique style, vision and controversial methods, we will screen and discuss the diversity of his films which include The Searchers, How Green Was My Valley, The Last Hurrah and Mogambo as well as the documentary Directed by John Ford..

    Course Number: CE-TKE01-02

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    Afternoon Session 1-3pm

     

    Great Decisions


    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Fridays, January 23 - March 13, 2015
    Time: 1pm - 3pm
    Room: TBD

    Presenter(s): Brock Harring

    Description: As a staple of our winter curriculum, Great Decisions returns with a program to enhance your knowledge of international events through discussions with others interested in foreign policy. The text for the course is published by the Foreign Policy Association stating its mission “to help stimulate constructive and informed citizen participation in world affairs.” Topics for discussion in the 2015 series are as follows: Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital Aid, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, Brazil’s Metamorphosis.

    Copies of the Great Decisions 2015 books will be available for purchase at GSU’s Follett Bookstore for $20.00.

    Course Number: CE-TKE01-03

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    Literature: Modern Religious Parables


    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Fridays, January 23 - March 13, 2015
    Time: 1pm - 3pm
    Room: TBD

    Presenter(s): Patrick Keyes and Stan Moore

    Description: How do 19th and 20th century writers of fiction deal with challenges to traditional religious values?
    This class will delve into finding the answers through a study and discussion of several short stories which will include Nathanial Hawthorne’s The Bell Tower, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Grand Inquisitor, Franz Kafka’s Before the Law, Albert Camus’ The Growing Stone, John L’Heureux’ Departures and Tim Gautreaux’ Good For the Soul. Participants are welcome to choose other stories by the above authors for deliberation or use stories by Isaac Babel, Jorge Luis Borges, Oscar Wilde, Anatole France, Leo Tolstoy, Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes, Phillip Roth, Isaac Bashevis Singer, J.D. Salinger and Ernest Hemingway. Most readings will be furnished by The Knowledge Exchange.

    Course Number: CE-TKE01-04

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    FREE: ‘Lunch and Learn’ Special Presentations

    Open to all course participants; bring a lunch and join these enlightening and informational sessions:

    Aging in Place with a Reverse Annuity Mortgage with Marvin Cohen of AAG (American Advisors Group)

    Friday, February 6, 12:15 - 1 p.m., Room B2203

    Curriculum Meeting – Open to the public

    A sneak peek at what’s coming up in the spring 2015 session. All are welcome to offer comments and suggestions for future course topics and presentations.
    Friday, February 13, 12:15 - 1 p.m., Room B2203

    Free & Open to the Public: Film: Film Screening and Discussion event “Das Schreckliche Mädchen” (The Nasty Girl)

    As a follow up, though not a pre-requisite, to the spring session’s German Expressionism class, all are welcome to join this special screening of the 1990 Academy Award nominated film directed by Michael Verhoeven. Based on the true experiences of a young girl who, over a period of 10 years, investigated her town’s Nazi past in the archives and courts, ultimately finding that her home town of Passau did indeed have certain undeniable links with the Nazis; a discovery which culminated in the community turning against her.

    Friday, March 6, 1 - 4 p.m., Room F1622

    Discussion to follow with Kathy Kemp and Suzanne Patterson.