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.


Now in its 10th year at GSU’s School of Extended Learning, The Knowledge Exchange’s (TKE)
lifelong-learning program 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!

The Knowledge Exchange Spring 2023 Session:
Fridays, April 7th - May 26th, 2023 


  • Visual Storytelling in Cinema with Jerome Julian (8-weeks/In-person)


  • Architecture: Buildings That Changed the World with Christine Small (8-weeks / Hybrid)
  • Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War: Films and Lecture with Suzanne Patterson & Scott Dominiak (8-weeks/In-person)


    Friday, May 19 / 12:15pm-1pm / Room B2203
    Open to all course participants as well as the public; bring a lunch and get a sneak peek at upcoming session offerings.


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 2023 sessions.