The Knowledge Exchange at Governors State University

Registration

• 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 an additional course

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.-noon)

     

    World History: The European Renaissance

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Fridays, April 3, 2015 - May 22, 2015
    Time: 10am - Noon
    Room: TBD

    Presenter(s): Myras and Linda Osman

    Referring to the Renaissance papacy, William Manchester in A World Lit Only By Fire said, “At any given moment the most dangerous enemy in Europe was the reigning pope.”  In reviewing the Renaissance papacy, we will examine the evidence that Manchester provides to back up his claim and we will cover the political turmoil at the Italian city-states and the famous work on politics, The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli.  Other topics explored will include the power and influence of the great families of the era (the Medici, Sforza, de Este and others), Humanism and the rise of literacy and education, the art and artists of the early and high Renaissance, the Christian Humanists of the Northern Renaissance and the art and artists of the Northern Renaissance.

     Course Number: CE-TKE01-05

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    Executive Power and the Supreme Court:

    Leading Cases from Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama  

              

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Fridays, April 3, 2015 - May 22, 2015
    Time: 10am - Noon
    Room: TBD

    Presenter(s): Carl Stover

    Description:This course will examine conflicts with other Branches and conflicts with the rights of the individuals; both foreign affairs/war and domestic powers. Participants will read versions of Supreme Court cases edited down to approximately five pages each, generally three per week, and occasionally other material. Previous experience with reading law is not required.

    Course Number: CE-TKE01-06  

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    Cinema Studies: 8 Countries 8 Films III

        

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Fridays, April 3, 2015 - May 22, 2015
    Time: 9:30 am - Noon  Please note the 9:30am start time
    Room: TBD

    Presenter(s): Suzanne Patterson

    Back by popular demand, this is the 3rd series in the ‘Country as Character’ concept. With an aim to broaden our cultural knowledge and touch our hearts, this series will focus on the locale as character. Highlighting the cultural mores, peoples and traditions of 8 countries as told through 8 unique and universal tales, we will journey from South Korea to Denmark, from China to , from South Africa to Turkey and back!

    Course Number: CE-TKE01-07

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  • Afternoon Session 1-3pm

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    Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 p.m.)


    American History / 1862: Lincoln’s Darkest Year

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Fridays, April 3, 2015 - May 22, 2015
    Time: 1pm - 3pm
    Room: TBD

    Presenter(s): Bill Mitchell & Scott Dominiak

    Description: It was the most critical time in the Lincoln administration as well as the history of the United States. This course will look at the critical events that shaped the outcome of the Civil War. Why did they occur? How did the Lincoln administration deal with them? What was the outcome of Lincoln's strategies dealing with these critical events? 

    Course Number: CE-TKE01-08

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    20th Century Sculpture and the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Fridays, April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 15, 22, 29, 2015
    Time: 1pm - 3pm
    Room: TBD

    Presenter(s): Geoff Bates

    Description: Geoffrey Bates will deliver another energetic overview of sculpture with a focus on 20th century work and the artworks available in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park (NMSP). Class will meet 7 times in the classroom and once as a walk-through in the park. Students will be encouraged to become Docents for the NMSP and benefits and obligations will be discussed in detail. Classes will be held the following dates: April 3, April 10, April 24, May 1, May 15, May 22 and May 29. The walk through the park will be planned for a mutually agreeable morning date after the 29th

    Course Number: CE-TKE01-09

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  • FREE: Active Aging Workshop Living Balanced: Knowing and Reducing Your Risk for Falls

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    Living Balanced: Knowing and Reducing Your Risk for Falls

    Laura Lenhart, Physical Therapist with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Homewood Day ReHab
    According to the CDC, falls among older adults are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. There are, however, things you can do to help reduce this risk. The class will include a 45 minute presentation followed by an interactive screening to identify your personal risk for falls in order to improve personal safety.

     
    Friday, May 29 / 9:30–11:30am / Room B2203

  • Events

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    Curriculum Meeting – Open to the public

     

    A sneak peek at what’s coming up in the fall 2015 session.  All are welcome to offer comments and suggestions for future course topics and presentations.

    Friday, May 15 / 12:15pm-1pm / Room B2203

     

    Free & Open to the Public: Spring Outing

    Date TBD / Details to follow

     

    Upcoming fall session dates:

    September 18 – November 6, 2015