contMarch 17, 2015


Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor: A Look at the Three Roosevelts with Ken Burns

Become Tech-Savvy or Explore the Natural World in an OLLI Study Group

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Special Preview of "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

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Join Us for the Study Group: Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor: A Look at the Three Roosevelts with Ken Burns
Thursdays, May 7 - June 18 (revised dates)
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

Starting on May 5, 2015, PBS and WTVP will once again air Ken Burns' seven episode documentary called The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. In this series, Burns chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of perhaps the most prominent and influential family in 20th century American political history. Between 1858 and 1962 (Teddy Roosevelt's birth and Eleanor's death), the Roosevelts redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and the wider world. Major historical events of that time period will be interwoven with their personal stories throughout the series. Paul Giamatt (Teddy), Edward Herrmann (Franklin), and Meryl Streep (Eleanor) will provide the voices of the three Roosevelts. 

Join in a lively discussion of the many dimensions of the Roosevelt story based on viewing the Burns documentary. Participants must be able to watch this series as it is aired (multiple showings will be available on WTVP) and participate in group discussions based on study questions provided by the facilitator. Participants may read The Three Roosevelts by James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn or Geoffrey Ward's companion book for the series, titled The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. These titles are  recommended, but not required. These titles may be purchased online or obtained through local libraries. 

$45- Facilitated by Carol May, OLLI Cinema Committee Chair

Registration will open on April 1.  

SGsBecome Tech-Savvy or Explore the Natural World in an OLLI Study Group This Spring


iPad for Lifelong Learning
Thursdays, April 30 - May 28
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

This Study Group condenses and combines previous information from both the iPad Basics and iPad Intermediate Study Groups.  We will focus on ways to enhance our lifelong learning experiences through our iPads.  

We will start by reviewing basic iPad skills and then move into more specific ways to find, capture, and organize lifelong learning resources with our iPads.  These resources will include e-reading applications along with a variety of online learning opportunities.  

This Study Group is iPad specific.  Your iPad will need iOS 8.0 or higher for this Study Group.  Participants will also need an active e-mail address and Apple ID.  Video tutorials will be available to help participants review class activities.

$45 - facilitated by Greg Peine, OLLI member and frequent Study Group facilitator.

Click here to register for this study group.  


Exploring the Natural World as a Community
Mondays, May 4 - June 1 (skip May 25)
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

In today's technology-driven world, it is easy to lose touch with our natural surroundings.  But that does not mean we aren't affecting our environment.  


In this study group, we will take a closer look at the ecological challenges we face in a 21st century world and the impact we have on the environment.  Our discussions will be based on the book A Sand Country Almanac by leading conservationist Aldo Leopold, who is known as the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management, and the science of ecological restoration.  Join the exploration of how we relate to our natural surroundings.

The book A Sand Country Almanac can be obtained from online or local booksellers, or from facilitator Lee Maki, who will have copies available for purchase at cost.


$45 - facilitated by Lee Maki, University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist and OLLI Curriculum Coordinator. 


Click here to register for this study group.  

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ClassesSpring Classes are Just Around the Corner 
As Spring Classes quickly approach, OLLI is always looking for opportunities to welcome new members. Give the gift of learning by encouraging a friend, neighbor, or family member to join us for Spring 2015 Classes.

Register today for Spring Classes by clicking here.

OLLI Classes will be offered on Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

You may bring a guest to try one day of OLLI Classes for FREE! But you must register your guest by first calling 677-3900.
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Special Preview of "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies"

General Public Preview
5:45 p.m. - Doors open
6:00 p.m - Movie begins
Main Lecture Hall at UICOMP, One Illini Drive, Peoria

WTVP and UICOMP are hosting a special preview of the yet-to-be-released Ken Burns documentary "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.  The general public viewing will take place on Thursday, March 26.


This one hour-long preview looks at the history and impact of cancer, providing a glimpse at the 6-hour documentary, which will be aired in three two-hour segments on WTVP.

Hurry! Seating is limited to 80. Online RSVP is required!


Click here to register online. 

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The Robots are Coming!
Bradley Participates in FirstŠ Robotics Competition
March 19 - 21
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bradley Renaissance Coliseum, 1600 W Main Street, Peoria

Bradley's Caterpillar College of Engineering is hosting the Central Illinois Regional FirstŠ Robotics Competition (FRC) on March 19 - 21.  The intense, three-day competition allows high school students to showcase and operate robots that are over 6 feet tall and weigh over 100 pounds.  

FRC is a spectator-friendly competition that is FREE to the attending public, and boasts all the competitive fun of a sporting event. 

For more information about this event, visit the website by clicking here.

Volunteering opportunities are still available.  Click here for more information about volunteering.

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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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