contContents for February 3, 2015


 A New Member Travels 160 Miles to Join OLLI at Bradley

Illinois Congressmen and Peoria County Board Members Join OLLI Study Group

Oscar Contest Continues

Calling All Facebook Users Ages 60 Years or Older

A New Member Travels 160 Miles to Join OLLI at Bradley
Many of our OLLI members take numerous learning trips throughout the year, developing friendships as they engage in conversation throughout the day.

Last week, OLLI was introduced to a new member, Karen Fenney,who traveled from Wheaton, IL to participate in the Learning Trip to the Caterpillar Research and Development Center. 

Karen is an active participant in lifelong learning in the Wheaton, IL area. When asked, "What brought her to OLLI at Bradley?" Karen said she had heard so many wonderful things about the program during a Road Scholar trip. She also commented on how impressed she was with the pricing of the trip.

OLLI members welcomed Karen with laughter and camaraderie. As she stepped off the bus at the end of the trip, you would never had known that she was not from the Peoria area. Karen was saying her goodbyes to her new OLLI friends and hoping to make plans for an OLLI at Bradley trip in the near future.
Welcome, Karen, and all of our new 2015 members.
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g1Illinois Congressman and Peoria County Board Members Join OLLI Study Group
How Extreme Gridlock Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America

Mondays, March 2-March 30
9:30-11:45 a.m.

                             Click on the video below for a short preview.
Spring 2015 Study Group: Hyperpartisanship
2015 Spring Study Group: Hyperpartisanship
We will be joined by the following county and state politicians, plus expert observers of the political scene:
  • Brad McMillan, Executive Director, Institute in Public Service, Bradley University
  • Frank Mackaman, The Dirksen Congressional Center
  • Darin LaHood, IL State Senator
  • Dave Koehler, IL State Senator
  • Bill Knight, Journalist
  • Peoria County Board Members                               
The 2014 November Midterm Election has come and gone, but it seems the bickering is only getting worse. Join us in a discussion of the book The Second Civil War, in which Ron Brownstein, veteran political writer for The Atlantic and the National Journal, brilliantly diagnoses the electoral, demographic, and institutional forces that have wreaked such change over the American political landscape, pulling politics into the margins and leaving precious little common ground for compromise.

The Second Civil War is not a book for Democrats or Republicans, but for all Americans who are disturbed by our current political dysfunction and hungry for ways to understand it and move beyond it. The book is available in both paperback and e-book formats from local and online booksellers or libraries. Participants will be expected to read selections from the book, which are
listed in a study guide they will receive before the first session.

$45- Facilitated by Pat Landes, Retired City Planning, and Carol May, Retired ICC Social Science Chair, OLLI Cinema Committee Chair.

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g2Oscar Contest Continues 

Landmark Cinema is currently showing the 2015 Oscar nominated Animated and Live-Action Short films. Click here for a list of the short films nominated and for showtimes.
The 2015 Oscar nominations have been revealed, and the Cinema Committee would like you to participate in our OLLI at Bradley University Oscar Contest. To participate, click on the "click here" link below.

The committee has chosen 10 categories from the nominations list. Simply select which film or individual you think will take home the trophy on Oscar night to submit your answers electronically. 

The winner of the 2015 OLLI at Bradley University Oscar Contest will be revealed in our newsletter on Tuesday, February 24.  In the event that multiple participants guess the correct winner in all 10 categories, we have selected a tie-breaker question. The winners will then be placed in a drawing. Our first place winner will receive a free passport to the OLLI film festival- Four from the War: A Cinema Remembrance of World War 2. The second place winner will receive 2 free tickets to Corn Stock Theatre and Peoria Players Theatre. Finally, the third place winner will receive a gift certificate worth 4 movie tickets to Landmark Cinema. The deadline for the Oscar contest is Tuesday, February 10. 
Click here to start the contest. 

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Calling All Facebook Users Ages 60 Years or Older
Eunhaw Jung, doctoral student in the College of Communications at Penn State University, is using Facebook as part of her dissertation. Eunhaw is focusing primarily on Facebook users aged 60 years or older, and is asking them to participate in an online study about older adults' interactions on Facebook.
If you would like to participate, please fill out the online questionnaire about your Faceboook use by clicking here.

At the end of the questionnaire, you will be required to add Eunhaw as your Facebook friend. This is simply for  research purposes only and is very important to the study. All participants will be entered in a random drawing to win a $50 Visa gift card.
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g4Hilltop Happenings
Bradley Launches Critical Issues Dialogue Program
In an effort to open dialogue on critical social issues, Bradley University's Multicultural Student Services has implemented a semester-long program called  The Conversation Continues. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for the University community to engage in dialogue surrounding critical issues on campus, in the local community, and across the nation.
Teaching Ferguson
Guest Speaker:-K. Smith
Date: Thursday, February 5 
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location: Caterpillar Global Communications Center Room 126
This event is free and open to the public
Parking is available in any blue or white-lined space on Bradley's campus after 6:00 pm.
Transgender Spoken Word Performance Comes to Campus
Bradley, welcomes the Athens Boys Choir. But this is no typical choir, it is a transgender spoken word performer based in Athens, Georgia.

Harvey Katz has been touring nationally since 2003 and has recorded five albums. In addition to his spoken word, Athens Boys Choir is also known for his hilarious parody raps. He is the Jewish, transsexual Weird Al, using a playful and witty approach to challenge mainstream normative ideas and ideals about gender, sexuality and personal politics.

Transgender Spoken Word
Date: Thursday, February 5
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location: Michel Student Center, Marty Theatre
This event is free and open to the public
Parking is available in any blue or white-lined space on Bradley's campus after 6:00 p.m.


Bradley Music Performance
Guest Artist- Piano, Dr. Reid Alexander
Date: Saturday, February 7
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Dingeldine Music Center
This event is free and open to the public
Parking is available in any blue or white-lined space on Bradley's campus after 6:00 p.m.

Reid Alexander, Professor of Music (Piano and Pedagogy) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present a Guest Artist performance at Bradley University.

Dr. Alexander is known as an accomplished pianist, inspiring teacher and mentor, and widely published author. After making his orchestral debut with the Fort Lauderdale (FL) Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16 under the baton of the highly respected conductor, Emerson Buckley, Dr. Alexander's piano study continued with the Arthur Loesser student, Gerald Synder, and later the wel-known Arthur Schnabel student, Stanley Fletcher. As a finalist in the first Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, his credits include recitals, presentations, and master classes in over 40 states and Canadian provinces as well as countries abroad.
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g5Join us Sunday for the MOOCs Lecture
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the Future of Education
Sunday, February 8
Refreshments: 1:30 -2:00 p.m.
Presentation: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Michel Student Center, Marty Theater
MOOCs, "Massive Open Online Courses," are shaking up education because they enable thousands of students to take classes online. But are MOOCs good for learning? Although MOOCs have existed for years, they are in early stages of evolution- both the technology and educational methods. Learn how this technology will impact students and educators over the next 10-20 years.

Dr. Chuck West, Executive in Residence at Bradley University, will help us understand the issues and trend. He is a member of the Bradley University Committee for Academic Technology and Excellence, which has examined MOOCs from the perspective of both the student and the university. His research interests focus on interface through technology. In 2008, he won the Federal Communications Bar Association Teaching Innovation award for his creative approach to instruction design.

This lecture is free, but we do ask that you register in advance. You can register for this lecture by clicking here.

For those who would like to read more about MOOCs in advance of the lecture, please click on the links below:
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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
 is an organization at Bradley University whose members share a common goal:  to remain vital and active in their late career and post-career lives.

Consisting of more than 1,000 nearly 1,100 people ages 50+, OLLI members come from all backgrounds and educational levels.  Together they enjoy a diverse collection of year-round programs including non-credit classes, educational travel, study groups, cinema, and lectures.

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