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 presentations are offered.

Courses are non-credit and led by a team of dedicated volunteers made up of GovState 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 GovState campus and have formed a community of shared learning, social interaction and the free exchange of opinions and ideas.


The Knowledge Exchange, Summer 2024

Fridays and Saturdays, July 12 - Aug 2

Jewish Refugee Poetry in Shanghai With Dr. Duosi Meng

Join visiting Professor Duosi Meng, Senior Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, University of Illinois-Chicago, as she guides participants through utilizing poetry written by Jewish refugees as a lens to explore the Jewish diaspora in Shanghai from 1938-1948. This is a 4-week class held on Friday mornings.

A Book Discussion with Author Laura Golowski

Enjoy a presentation and discussion of Laura Golowski’s book about the B. Harley Bradley House. The book is a beautifully bound, pictorial, and historical account of the house Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built for B. Harley Bradley and his family in 1900, in Kankakee, Illinois. Optional book purchase and signing to follow with all proceeds helping to defray expenses involved in preserving and maintaining the Bradley House.

Choose your Friday afternoon: July 19 or July 26

Summer Field Trip

This year’s destination is to the Frank Lloyd Wright designed B. Harley Bradley House (formerly Yesteryear) in Kankakee, IL, for a guided tour with lunch to follow at Ryan’s Pier. Participants will travel by bus from GovState to the Bradley House, Ryan’s Pier for lunch, and back to GovState.

Choose your Saturday: July 20 or July 27


The Knowledge Exchange’s (TKE) lifelong-learning program, at GovState’s School of Extended Learning is the only one of its kind in the Chicago southland and is currently looking to expand its team of class leaders.

Courses are non-credit meeting over 8-week sessions on Fridays during
the Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters.

Topics of interest include History, Literature, Music, Current Events, Science, Philosophy, and, most of all, Special Expertise. Whatever your interest or hobby, come and share that passion with TKE’s friendly and eager-to-learn community in a relaxed classroom environment at Governors State University.

If available and interested, contact Suzanne Patterson at 708.534.4393 or by email at and she will be thrilled to discuss your ideas!



Phone: 708.534.4099