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)

     

    Sculpture in History

    Class Leader: Geoff Bates

    This eight-week presentation will address major developments in the history of Western sculpture while providing participants with observational techniques to enrich their appreciation of sculpture and art in general. Students can try out their newly found skills by traveling with the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park on its Autumn in New England: Art Odyssey 2014. Travelers on this weeklong tour through the Berkshire Mountains and Hudson River Valley will experience remarkable art set within dramatic landscape settings as well as cutting-edge museum sites.

    Trip dates are Oct. 28-Nov. 2, 2014; discounts are available to enrollees in Sculpture in History through The Knowledge Exchange. Travel registration deadline is August 8, 2014. Contact Geoffrey Bates at 708.534.4848 or gbates@govst.edu to reserve your travel or for more information about this exciting opportunity.

    NOTE: Alternate programming on Oct. 31st for non-traveling participants will be a screening and discussion of the documentary film Rivers and Tides which celebrates the works of sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.
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    Civic Engagement: Sustaining the Public Square

    Class Administrators: Keith Kemp, Suzanne Patterson

    Join this class for a unique series of lectures and presentations which will explore major issues of the day as they relate to sustaining our individual roles in community life. Guest speakers include Professor Anthony Andrews on Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Journalist Phil Kadner on The 4th Estate, Dr. Mort Maimon on Analyzing Presidential Speeches, Keith Kemp on The First Amendment, GSU’s VISTA scholar Rima Nimri on Service Learning in the 21st Century Diagram and Dr. Rashidah Muhammad and Dr. Elizabeth Johnson on The Harlem Renaissance with an option to attend a performance of Raisin’ Cane at GSU’s Center for Performing Arts on Friday, October 17 at the discounted ticket price of $15. Performance details will be given upon registration.

    NOTE: Nov. 7 is Class Participation Day / Participants are encouraged to present a topic of their choice with assistance from the class administrators.

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    Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 p.m.)


    Topics in Science

    Class Leaders: Jeff Seeman and Al Sturges

    Class will read and discuss articles from The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013, Siddhartha Mukherjee, editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., NY, Boston 2013.
    Editor Siddhartha Mukherjee, a geneticist, selected the articles with “an ear for tenderness” from such periodicals as The Atlantic, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New Yorker, Playboy, and Scientific American with topics ranging from mankind’s increasing isolation from raw nature, developing employment possibilities for adults with autism, renewed interest and success in treating certain cancers by engaging the body’s immune system, to the funding crisis in big science. In the opening class, we will provide an opportunity to discuss updated information about topics from previous sessions such as developments at Fukushima or concussion injuries in sports.
    As before, participants are encouraged to lead a review and discussion of articles of special interest.

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    Cinema Studies: The Biopic - Fact vs Fantasy

    Class Leader: Suzanne Patterson

    Both filmmakers and audiences alike share a fascination with recreations of the past exploring those who came before us, whether vilified or admired, whether inspirational or tragic. The Biopic seeks to satisfy this curiosity with films that celebrate lives and achievements in as entertaining a way as possible, hence the fine line between biographical material and fanciful fabrication. Join this class for an equally entertaining and historical look at the various ways in which the biopic captures the spirit of its subject whether with accuracy or dramatic impact.
    Some of the fascinating personalities we will meet on celluloid include Coco Chanel, Varian Fry, Serafine de Senlis, Preston Tucker, Frida Kahlo and Queen Elizabeth I.

    (Note class end time of 3:30pm)

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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:

    Organizing and Downsizing with Professional Organizer and Relocation Specialist Kristine Todd

    Friday, October 3 / 12:15pm-1pm / Room B2203

    At the Border of Empires:The Tohono O'odham, Gender, and Assimilation, 1880-1934

    with author Andrae Marak, chair of humanities and social sciences and professor of history and political science at Governors State University
    Friday, October 24 / 12:15pm-1pm / Room B2203

    Curriculum Meeting – Open to the public

    A sneak peek at what’s coming up in the winter/spring 2015 session. All are welcome to offer comments and suggestions for future course topics and presentations.
    Friday, Oct. 10 / 12:15pm-1pm / Room B2203

     

  • Photo Editing Using Photoshop

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    Photo Editing Using Photoshop

     

    Location: Governors State University
    Date: June 11 - July 30, 2014
    Days: Wednesday
    Time: 4:30-7:20pm
    Room: TBD
    Cost: $249

    Topics include: representation of digital images, digital manipulation techniques, picture restoration, the use of images in webpages and video productions and the use of digital editing applications such as Adobe Photoshop.

    Course Number: CE-ART03-01

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  • The History of Economics

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    The History of Economics


    Location: Governors State University
    Date: September 12, 2014
    Days: Friday
    Time: 2pm to 4pm
    Room: TBD
    Cost: $10

    Presenter: Brian A. Thompson
    Description: Presented by This engaging discussion presents economics from a historical and practical perspective. The contributions of well-known and less known economic pioneers are presented with a distinct emphasis on their historical importance in the development of our modern economy. Major booms such as the industrial revolution are discussed alongside more challenged periods such as the Great Depression. Specific concepts pertaining to labor markets and economic growth will also be presented. A brief explanation of economic tools and data points will also be explored.

    The discussion will conclude by bringing participants to the current period using a range of economic concepts to support an open dialogue for discussing future economic possibilities.

    Course Number: CE-BUS01-02

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