The Knowledge Exchange at Governors State University


The Fall 2017 session of The Knowledge Exchange is underway with over 100 participants!


 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


    Classes meet on Fridays, September 22 - November 10, 2017

    Morning Classes (10a.m. - Noon unless otherwise noted)



    The Crash of '08  (Sorry!  This Class is Full!)

    Class Co-Leaders: Jerome Julian and Keith Kemp

    The financial crisis of 2008, also known as the Global Financial Crisis, the Mortgage Crisis, and the Great Recession, is considered the worst financial event since the Great Depression.  It threatened the collapse of large financial institutions, housing prices plummeted, stock markets dropped worldwide, and our public discourse is now peppered with terms like “too big to fail.”  The focus of this class is to provide an exploration of the causes & effects of the crisis and how it unfolded. Topics will broadly examine what happened, how it happened, why it happened, and the key players (including government agencies, banks, Wall Street, and the Fed). We will also review related policy responses and regulations.  Presented in laymen’s terms, our goal is to gain an understanding of the event through documentary film, slide presentation, brief supplementary readings, guest lecture, and discussion.  GSU Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Anthony Andrews will present on "Measuring the downturns and recoveries in the housing market" on Nov. 3rd.

    No background in finance or economics is necessary.  

    Class size will be limited in order to provide participants an opportunity to join in lively, inclusive discussion.


    Current Events

    The Supreme Court: Classic and Contemporary Cases

    Class Leader: Carl Stover

    Examine the role of the Supreme Court in U.S. government and society as well as the interactions amongst constitutional law, politics, and philosophy.  Carl Stover leads an informed reading and discussion of selected 2017 Supreme Court cases and the reasoning behind the decisions including excerpts from the actual opinions of the Justices.  This year’s topics include recent Freedom of Religion cases and President Trump’s Travel Ban.

    Class time will also include a viewing and discussion of “Marbury vs. Madison” from the “Equal Justice Under Law” television series.

    Course Code: CE-TKE01-10

     For more information call Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or  

  • Afternoon Session 1-3pm


    Classes meet on Fridays, September 22 - November 10, 2017

    Afternoon Classes (1:00-3:00p.m. unless otherwise noted)


    Music Appreciation 

    The American Musical Theatre

    Class Leader: Ron Small

    A lyrical journey through the rise of musicals from their early beginnings up to the present day, this class will explore musical theatre through viewing and discussing the PBS series "Broadway: The American Musical".   Class will cover the background of the musical genre including vaudeville and the light operas of Romberg, Friml, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Lehar. An overview of the Jewish contribution to Broadway will also be examined using the PBS video "Broadway Musicals: The Jewish Legacy". 

    Course Code: CE-TKE01-11



    Short Story to Film

    Class Leader: Suzanne Patterson

    NOTE: Class time 1:00-3:30p.m.

    Many great films are born from the pages of even the shortest of short stories!  Join this class for an enlightening look at 8 unique short stories and their sometimes surprising cinematic interpretations.  Stories will be provided for reading prior to film screenings; films will then be compared and discussed.  Authors include Graham Greene, Joyce Carol Oates, John Cheever, and Daphne Du Maurier with films directed by Carol Reed, Joyce Chopra, Charles Dance, Nicolas Roeg and others. A special guest speaker, University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate Frank Victor Weinert, will join the class for one screening to be announced! 

    Course Code: CE-TKE01-12

    For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or

  • Events


    Curriculum Meeting - Free and Open to the Public

    Friday, October 27, 2017 / 12:10-12:55pm / Room B2203 

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


    Lunch and Learn - Free and Open to the Public

    Friday, November 3, 2017 / 12:10-12:55pm / Room B2203 

    The Greek Debt Crisis, Social Dislocation and Adjustments (2009-present)

    Enjoy a presentation by GSU’s Dr. Frances Kostarelos, Full Professor, Anthropology and Sociology Program examining the social dislocations and adjustments resulting from the Greek debt crisis, 2009-present.  The presentation includes a discussion and summary of the economic crisis, political developments, social protest, and social change resulting from structural demands framed in the European Central Bank, Euro Group, and International Monetary Fund bailout program.


    The Knowledge Exchange Refund Policy:

    - A 100% refund will be issued for an advanced notice 5 or more business days before the start of the class.

    - A 100% refund will be issued for classes that are canceled by The Knowledge Exchange.

    - If absent for 3 or more classes during an 8-week class, please notify Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 and fees will be credited to a future session.

    - If an entire 8-week class is missed due to extreme circumstances, pleases notify Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 and a full refund will be issued.

    For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or