Senior enrichment starts with curiosity and ends in lifelong friendships.

Designed for the retired and semi-retired, The Knowledge Exchange is a lifelong learning program that meets on Fridays for eight-week sessions in fall, winter and spring. Full-length courses, workshops and "Lunch and Learn" presentations as offered.  

Courses are non-credit and led by a team of dedicated volunteers made up of GSU faculty, alumni and community experts.  A volunteer Advisory Committee made up of Exchange class leaders and participants assist in overseeing the curriculum and sustaining quality programming.  Topics include: History, Law, Liberal Arts, Current Events, Foreign Policy, Music/Film, Philosophy and more with lively discussions. Lunch is a great time to know other Exchange students, continue classroom discussions and share classroom and life experiences.  Participants of The Knowledge Exchange enjoy a relaxed and friendly environment on the GSU campus and have formed a community of shared learning, social interaction and the free exchange of opinions and ideas.      

The Knowledge Exchange (TKE) First Ever Summer Session: July 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2022

  • A Brief History of Astronomy with TKE class leader Jerome Julian
    • Fridays, July 8, 15, 22, 29 / 10am - 12pm
    • In-Person, 4-week Class & Field Trip
    • Fee: $78
  • Milkweed, Monarchs and Migration with Monarch Butterfly Specialist Phyllis Schulte
    • Friday, July 15 / 10am - 12pm
    • In-Person Option: 2 hour Class, Lunch, & Guided Tour, Fee: $40
    • Virtual Option: Lecture Only: $20
  • Mules, Marigolds, and Mimosas
    • Saturday, July 16th / 5 hour event
    • Field trip to I&M Canal, Storybrook Gardens at Weber House, and Lock 16 Cafe
    • Fee: $125
  • Virtual Tour of San Juan, Puerto Rico!
    • Friday, July 8 / 1-2pm
    • Fee: $15

 The Knowledge Exchange (TKE) Spring 2022 Session Dates: Fridays, April 1-May 20, 2022 


 Fee: $75 / 8-week In-Person Class 

 Fee: $75 / 8-week Hybrid class (In person with virtual component) 

 Enjoy a $35 discount when adding a second class


  • In Person Class: Early American History from President John Adams to President James Madison with Historian Myras Osman 

  • Hybrid Class - Composers: Their Lives and Their Music, Part 2 with GSU Retiree Ron Small 

  • In Person Class: The History of Modern Advertising with TKE facilitator Jerome Julian  

  • In Person Class: Teaching Younger Generations about The Holocaust with new TKE facilitator Carol Meyer

  • In Person Class: Cinema Studies, Music to My Ears: Unusual Musicals with  longtime TKE class presenter and film enthusiast Suzanne Patterson


Summer with The Knowledge Exchange (TKE) Fridays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29 / Classes, Programs & Events TBA The Knowledge Exchange Fall 2022 Session Dates: Fridays, Sept 16-Nov 4 / Classes TBA


 To join or find out more information, please contact Suzanne Patterson at or 708-534-4393  

 Lunch and Learn programming is in development for future 2022 sessions.