The Knowledge Exchange at Governors State University 

                                      REGISTER HERE FOR THE SPRING SESSION

                                             April 7 - May 26, 2017                      

    View the spring 2017 brochure here               

 For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at

708.534.4393 or by email at


• For lifelong learners

• Unique and diverse non-credited courses

• Reasonable price

• Designed for retired and semi-retired learners

• Relaxed and friendly environment

• Encouraging shared learning and the free exchange of opinions and ideas


$73 for the first class

$28 for any additional class    


Governors State University

1 University Parkway

University Park, IL 60484

Lunch break between classes serves as a great time to enjoy lunch with other Exchange students, continue the classroom discussion, share ideas and participate in Lunch and Learn lectures when offered.  The GSU cafeteria is open, seating available.

Questions? Contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393.

  • Morning Session 10am-12pm


    MORNING CLASSES / 8-week session (10 a.m. - Noon unless otherwise noted)


    A History of Innovation 

    Class Co-Leaders: Myras and Linda Osman

    In this class we will explore innovations that changed the way we live and helped make the modern world. Key technologies will include the electric light, refrigeration, measuring time, glass and lenses, recording sound, water purification, modern metals and locomotion. We will use the PBS documentary film, How We Got to Now as well  as two other documentaries on the creation of the early steel industry and railroads.  Although not required, those interested might want to read How We Got to Now; Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson.

    Course Code: CE-TKE01-05 

    ROOM D34060


    Hitchcock Looks at Fascism

    Class Co-Leaders: Jeff Decker and Suzanne Patterson

    NOTE: class time 9:30a.m.- Noon

    Alfred Hitchcock is recognized as one of the greatest film makers in the history of cinema. This class is intended to be an examination of his earlier and more obscure films which were designed to inform his viewers regarding the evils of the emergence of fascism.  While his more famous films will not be represented here, some iconic scenes in the history of film as pertaining to Hitchcock will be recognized and analyzed during classroom conversation.      The movies scheduled for viewing and discussion span the years 1934 through 1944 and include Sabotage (an extremely dark and rarely seen film), the original The Man Who Knew Too Much - no Doris Day here!,The 39 Steps, Secret Agent, and Lifeboat.  

    Course Code: CE-TKE01-06 

    ROOM B2203


     For more information call Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or  

  • Afternoon Session 1-3pm


    AFTERNOON CLASSES / 8-week sessions (1 – 3 p.m.)


    CW & Reconstruction: 1864-68

    Class Co-Leaders: Bill Mitchell and Scott Dominiak

    This year, co-leaders Bill and Scott are using a different approach to their civil war history class. Several significant events within the 1864-68 time period will be viewed through film and discussion.  In prior years lecture dominated the class and films were used sparingly; this year will be the opposite with lecture at a minimum.  The Battle for Atlanta, Sherman's March to the Sea, The Passing of the Thirteenth Amendment, and Reconstruction will be among the topics to be viewed on film and discussed.

    Course Code: CE-TKE01-07  

    ROOM D34104



    The Life and Times of Art and Music  

    Class Leader: Ron Small with special guest leader Betty Delinck

    Ron Small returns with a second class offering, this time exploring art and music as they relate to each other during various time periods.  Class sessions will review the sociopolitical influences on art and music during the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods.  Class will include lecture, discussion and multi-media presentations with Ron and Betty covering Music and Art respectively.

    Course Code: CE-TKE01-08

    ROOM B2203

    For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or

  • Events


    Curriculum Meeting - Free and Open to the Public

    Open to all; bring a lunch and get a sneak peek at upcoming session offerings.

    Friday, May 12 - Room B2203 - 12:10-12:55p.m.


    Lunch and Learn - Free and Open to the Public

    Japan: Land of the Rising Sun from the Inside Out

    Enjoy a presentation covering two perspectives on Japan with Japanese native Akiko Ota, Director of GSU’s Intensive ESL Program, and American native Maribeth Voss, International Services Coordinator for GSU’s Office of International Services, who worked and lived in Japan for 8 years.

    Friday, April 28 - Room B2203 - 12:10-12:55p.m.

    For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or