The Knowledge Exchange at

    Governors State University   

                           

   Fall 2016 Session Opens

   September 16, 2016

Thank you to all class leaders and participants for helping to make the spring session a great success!

Watch this space for upcoming fall classes!

 

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    

                                                                                                     

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 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  or call 708.534.4393

 

 

  • Morning Session 10am-12pm

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

    The Knowledge Exchange is on its summer break but invites you to join in on the fun when the fall session begins on September 16, 2016. 

    In the meantime, here's a peek at what we were up to in the spring session!

    WORLD HISTORY: WORLD WAR II      

    Class Leaders: Linda and Myras Osman

    This class will focus on aspects of the war that are often overlooked in traditional textbooks. Chronological background will be provided by the Thames Television series World at War. Topics to be covered will include the home fronts of the Axis and Allied powers; the battle for production - war economies and industrial expansion; the battle for food - rationing and victory gardens; science goes to war - the Manhattan project, strategic bombing, secret weapons and code breakers; the role of women on the home front and battle front; internment of Japanese-Americans, and German and Italian citizens; and the role of propaganda.

     

    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 is on its summer break but invites you to join in on the fun when the fall session begins on September 16, 2016

    In the meantime, here's a peek at what we were up to in the spring!

    Cinema Studies: Best American Films of the 1950’s 

    Class Leaders: Bill Byrnes and Suzanne Patterson  

    Great films challenge us to think more broadly, to think critically about the world around us and our preconceptions about it.  This class will examine the decade of the 1950's through a selection of seven of the best American films made in that decade, exploring the historical and cinematic context of film-making during that time period.  Among others, films screened will include Sunset Boulevard, Paths of Glory, Touch of Evil and Rebel Without a Cause.

    Art Appreciation: Craft in America   

    Class Leader: Diane Du Bois

    The tradition of making functional objects from local materials continues today with an emphasis on traditional skills applied to contemporary themes. The artists/craftsman presented in the PBS series Craft in America discuss why they make art and demonstrate the processes used to create their art.  A field trip to the Charles Lotton Glass Studio in Crete will be scheduled for a date in May.  Class members are encouraged to bring in craft items related to the videos.

    U.S. History - The Civil War: 1863      

    Class Leaders: Bill Mitchell and Scott Dominiak   

    This class will examine critical points of 1863.  Some of the topics will include the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Chickamauga.  Emancipation will be discussed as well as an examination of the Gettysburg address and how they effected the US Constitution.  Other critical areas to be examined are the New York draft riots and Lincoln's role as the first "situation room" commander-in-chief of the army and navy.  Also a look into Lincoln's relationship with the Jewish population through which some fundamental military changes were brought about.

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

  • Events

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    FREE and open to the public: ‘Lunch and Learn’ Special Presentation:

    Social Media for Older Adults: GET SMARTer than your Smartphone! With Jim Perez of Phoenix Mobile

    Friday, May 6, 2016 / 12:05 – 1:00pm / Room B2203 / Open to all course participants; bring a lunch.

    Curriculum Meeting – Open to the public:

    Friday, May 20, 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