The Knowledge Exchange at Governors State University

WINTER SESSION: JANUARY 22 - MARCH 18, 2016 / NO CLASSES FEBRUARY 12

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For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or spatterson3@govst.edu

• 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

Tuition
$73 for the first class
$28 for any additional class                                                                                                         

$36.50 for a stand-alone 4-week class

Location
Classes held at Governors State University
1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484

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

Questions? Contact Suzanne Patterson or 708.534.4393.

  • Morning Session 10am-12pm

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    Morning sessions (10 a.m. - 12noon)

    The Knowledge Exchange invites you to join in this winter's stimulating course offerings.  This session will be held on Fridays for eight weeks beginning January 22 and ending on March 11, mornings and afternoons.

    LANDSCAPES OF THE NATIONAL PARKS      

    Class Leaders: Linda and Myras Osman

    Course Code: CE-TKE01-01     

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    In this Geography class we will focus on the physical landscapes of some of the most scenic spots in the United States including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Denali, Death Valley, The Grand Canyon, the Canyonlands, Glacier National Park and many more.  Using the National Geographic audiovisual series National Parks as the basis for the course, we will examine the geology, the flora and fauna of each park as well as the human impact on the land.

    CINEMA STUDIES: JANE EYRE AND EDWARD ROCHESTER AS CHARACTERS IN FILM

    Class Leader: Suzanne Patterson  

    Course Code: CE-TKE01-02

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    A lifetime member of the Brontë Society, Suzanne blends her passion for cinema with her unique understanding of the Brontë authors with this visual study of the principle characters of Charlotte Brontë's gothic novel Jane Eyre as portrayed on film through the decades.  In addition to screening various filmed versions of the novel, class will also analyze and compare related texts and Brontë poetry as we delve into the origins of the psyche of Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester.

    NOTE: Class start time is 9:30am

    For more information call Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or spatterson3@govst.edu  

  • Afternoon Session 1-3pm

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    Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 p.m.)

    The Knowledge Exchange invites you to join in this winter's stimulating course offerings.  This session will be held on Fridays for eight weeks beginning January 22 and ending on March 11, mornings and afternoons.

    CHASING CHAUCER: THE CANTERBURY TALES   

    Class Leader: D. Stanley Moore

    Course code: CE-TKE01-03

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    Stan Moore returns with more thought provoking reading with a study of Chaucer's Tales!  This class will sample the Middle English, the Prologue and the Retraction, reading and discussing a Chaucer-tale-a-week: Knight's, Miller's, Nun's Priest's, Pardoner's, Wife of Bath's, Merchant's, and Parsons.  Class will examine such themes as the anxiety of influence, anal themes, Cupiditas and Caritas, sacred and profane love, the idea of the Pilgrimage, misogyny and its reversal, dream theory, deadly sins and redemptive remedies, authority and experience, freedom and necessity, Lady Fortune and her Wheel, bulls and balls.  Satire of Biblical themes and clerical personalities will not be avoided!  Other tales may be chosen by class participants if so inspired for class presentation.  A reading of the Pardoner's Tale is recommended before the first class.  (Preferred Text: Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, Nevil Coghill, translator / Penguin 2003).  The book is available at the GSU Bookstore, please call 708.534.4558 to order.

    GREAT DECISIONS

    Class Leader: Brock Harring

    course code: CE-TKE01-04

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    As a staple of the winter curriculum, Brock Harring returns to facilitate the Great Decisions program which is designed 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 2016 series are as follows: Middle East Alliances, The Rise of ISIS, The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas, The United Nations, Climate Change and Cuba and the U.S.  The Great Decisions book is available in the GSU Bookstore, please call 708.534.4558 to order.

    FREEDOM SEEKERS AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN THE CHICAGO REGION

    Special 4-week class: Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 4 and March 11

    Class Leader: Larry McClellan  

    course code: CE-TKE01-05

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    Not available for an 8-week afternoon class?  Join this special 4-week afternoon class for an exploration of the movement of freedom seekers and the networks of the Underground Railroad that supported them in the decades before the Civil War.  Looking at: Slavery & Abolitionism in Illinois; Freedom Stories of Caroline Quarlls & others; Black Leadership and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850; Railroads, Kidnappings & the Great Chicago Exodus.

    For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or spatterson3@govst.edu

  • Events

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    FREE: ‘Lunch and Learn’ Special Presentation:

    A History of U.S. Postage with Philatelist Mike Durkin  

    Friday, February 5, 2016 / 12:05 – 1:00pm / Room B2203 / Open to all course participants; bring a lunch.

    So much of American History can be traced through our postage stamps which showcase important people and events.  Join us in this Lunch and Learn to view a PowerPoint presentation of the History of U. S. Postage by a private collector.  Enjoy an artistic and colorful walk through modern U.S. history as depicted on postage stamps.

    Curriculum Meeting – Open to the public 

    Friday, February 26, 2016 / 12:15pm-1pm / Room B2203

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

    For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or spatterson3@govst.edu