Thank you to all class leaders and participants of The Knowledge Exchange for helping to create yet another stellar year of courses, workshops, presentations and outings!
Morning sessions (10 a.m.-noon)
The Knowledge Exchange invites you to join in this fall’s diverse and enriching course offerings. This session will be held on Fridays for eight weeks beginning September 18 and ending on November 6, mornings and afternoons.
Registration Opening Soon!
Sustaining the Public Square: Active Aging
Class Co-Administrators Keith Kemp and Suzanne Patterson
Join this class for a unique series of presentations and classroom discussions which will explore the major issues of the day concerning Aging and Mental Health and how they relate to sustaining our individual roles in community life. Guest speakers and topics will include Dr. Neelum T. Aggarwal on Brain Health from the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Dr. Joseph Troiani on Veterans Today from the Will County Health Department, Dr. Mort Maimon on Memoir Writing, Dr. Edward Marston from Grand Prairie Services on Mental Health Stigma & Suicide in Aging, Dr. Anthony Andrews from Governors State University on Keynesian Economics, a presentation on Atul Gawande’s best-selling book Being Mortal and more.
Supreme Court: Classic and Contemporary Cases
Class Leader: Carl Stover
Many citizens know what the Supreme Court has ruled in major cases, but few know why.
How have the Justices reached (or rationalized) their conclusions? Students in this course will read excerpts from the actual Opinions of the Justices. We will discuss the plausibility of these opinions both in themselves and in their context of principles, precedents, and politics. We will look both at current and even pending issues, such as million dollar campaign contributions or Obamacare, and at classic earlier decisions which illuminate enduring principles. No prior legal knowledge or experience is necessary; reading materials will be condensed to approximately fifteen pages per week.
Film Retrospective: Hollywood Goes to War
Class Leader: Kathy Kemp
Using the book Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris, this class will explore the cultural history of the Second World War through the lives and works of five American filmmakers who put their Hollywood movie-making careers on hold, joined the military and covered the war. In addition to reading the book Five Came Back, class will screen and discuss selected films by John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra and George Stevens.
The book will be available for purchase at the GSU Bookstore.
Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 p.m.)
The Knowledge Exchange invites you to join in this fall’s diverse and enriching course offerings. Thissession will be held on Fridays for eight weeks beginning September 18and ending on November 6, mornings and afternoons.
Registration opening soon!
Tohono O’odham: Men, Women, and Culture
Class Leader: Andrae Marak
This course will explore through an ethno-historical approach the Tohono O’odham Nation. We will focus specifically on the ways in which colonizers – both the United States and Mexico – tried to acculturate and assimilate the Tohono O’odham in late 19th and early 20th centuries in order to prepare them for citizenship and the ways in which the Tohono O’odham responded. Purchase of the book At the Border of Empires: The Tohono O'odham, Gender, and Assimilation, 1880-1934 is optional; class hand-outs will be made available.
The Symphony Orchestra: An Introduction
Class Leader: Rachel West of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO)
Have you always loved classical music, but could use a tune up on orchestra basics? This unique course delves into a detailed overview of the orchestra—including everything from audience etiquette to the evolution of the symphonic repertoire starting from 1500s. Increase your knowledge on the complete orchestral experience to better understand and appreciate the music we all know and love! From special guest lecturers, supplemental recording examples, IPO musician appearances, and live concerts, you'll emerge fully prepared to embrace the classics and the music around us every day.
For more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or email@example.com