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 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, Winter 2024

Fridays, January 19 – March 8

The Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions 2024 with Bill Byrnes

An annual course offering with stimulating discussions over global topics. This year’s hot topics include Mideast Realignment, U.S. - China trade rivalry, NATO’s future, and Pandemic Preparedness.

Bits and Pieces: Music Appreciation Potpourri with Ronald Small

A collection of 8 musical topics to be heard and discussed which include Music Influenced by Art, Conductors on Conducting, Development and Variations of Jazz and The Light Classics of England and America.

Cinema Studies with Suzanne Patterson

8 films of a particular theme or topic are screened and discussed; Theme and/or Topic TBD.

Lunch and Learn with Author Eric McMiller

Friday, Feb 16 – Book Signing and Discussion
Room B2203 / 12:10 - 12:55 p.m.

Lunch and Learn with Knowledge Exchange Class Leader Jerome Julian

Date TBD – UPA’s: A Presentation on Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena

Curriculum Meeting

12:10 - 12:55 p.m. / Room B2203
Date TBD
Open to all course participants as well as the public; bring a lunch and get a sneak peek at upcoming session offerings.


The Knowledge Exchange’s (TKE) lifelong-learning program, at GSU’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 spatterson3@govst.edu and she will be thrilled to discuss your ideas!


Email: ContinuingEd@govst.edu

Phone: 708.534.4099