The Knowledge Exchange at Governors State University 


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 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 sessions (10 a.m. - 12noon) / 8-week classes


    Europe in the Sixteenth Century

    Class Co-Leaders: Myras and Linda Osman

    After the sixteenth century, Europe and the world were never the same.  This class will explore the pivotal events of this century of radical change.  We will begin with the Age of Discovery that brought great wealth and a new awareness of the wider world.  Next we will look at the causes and impact of the Reformation that destroyed the monolithic power of the Roman Catholic Church.  In addition to Luther’s Reformation, we will examine reformers such as Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin and John Knox as well as the English reformation.  Other topics will include: the role of Charles V and his son Philip II in defending the Roman Church; the religious and dynastic wars in France; the challenge of the Ottoman Empire and the changes in culture, the arts and science. 

    Course Code: CE-TKE01-01


    Play Reading

    Class Leader: Lynne Clayton

    The Knowledge Exchange welcomes GSUs Lynne Clayton as our new Play Reading class leader!  Awaken the thespian inside by reading these plays aloud with Lynne and your classmates: Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (including translation) Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.  If time allows, Miller’s The Crucible will also be read. Class will also enjoy discussions of various other aspects of these works. Copies of the plays will be provided on the first day of class.  No experience is necessary; the goal is to bring the plays to life and to have fun!!

    Course Code: CE-TKE01-02


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  • Afternoon Session 1-3pm


    Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 p.m.) / 8-week classes


    Great Decisions

    Class Leader: Brock Harring                                                                                                     

    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 2017 series are as follows: The Future of Europe, Trade and Politics, Conflict in the South China Sea, Saudi Arabia in Transition, U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum, Latin America’s Political Pendulum and Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan.   The Great Decisions book is available for $25.00 in the GSU Bookstore; please call 708.534.4558 to order.

    Course Code: CE-TKE01-03



    Win, Lose, Punt or Play: Sport in Film

    Class Co-Leaders: Bill Byrnes and Suzanne Patterson

    For better or worse, sports are an important part of modern life all over the world.  Since filmmaking began, sports have been a compelling subject for both filmmakers and viewers.  The best sports films tell us about ourselves and the world around us; they have the power to uplift us, but they also challenge us to think about broader issues in our society.  Eight uniquely sport-themed films will be screened and discussed including classics such as Bang the Drum Slowly and Chariots of Fire as well as lesser known gems such as Wondrous Oblivion and The Mighty Macs.

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

    Course Code: CE-TKE01-04 

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  • 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, February 17 - Room B2203 - 12:10-12:55p.m.

    Lunch and Learn - Free and Open to the Public

    Bring a lunch and enjoy Storytelling: The Path That Leads to You! With Dr. Karen O’Donnell of Homewood Stories

    Friday, February 3 - Room B2203 - 12:10-12:55p.m.

    For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or