April 7, 2015


Important Class Information 

Cinema Committee Special Presentation: A League of Their Own

Register for Cinema Conversations

3D Printing: What It Is, and How It Will Change Everything

Join Us at Upcoming Committee Meetings

Exploring the Natural World as a Community

Registration Open for Roosevelts Summer Study Group

Hilltop Happenings

Keep Up with OLLI 

Important Class Information


As day two of classes approaches, please take note of the following information.

Room Change
During the 10:30 a.m. class, two classes will be switching locations:
Class 31, Rare But Well-Done: Opera Version, will be in Ballroom A instead of Ballroom C.
Class 32, Russia and Ukraine, will be in Ballroom C instead of Ballroom A.


Thank you for your patience as we make adjustments to meet class needs.

Spring 2015 Wrapup Meeting  
Wednesday, April 29
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Michel Student Center Ballrooms A, B, & C

Summer 2015 Registration Open House
Wednesday, April 29
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Michel Student Cetner Ballrooms A, B, & C
*Please note: online registration will open at 2:00 p.m.

Parking and shuttle information for the wrap-up and registration open house will be provided in next week's newsletter.


OLLI Cinema Committee Special Presentation:
A League of Their Own
Join in a special screening of A League of Their Own, starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, and Rosie O'Donnell, which tells the story of the Rockford Peaches, a women's professional baseball team, and the other Girls of Summer, including the Peoria Red Wings, who played the sport during the 1940s and 1950s.  

When America entered World War II in 1941 and millions of men had to leave their jobs behind to serve in the military, women were urged to enter the labor force to fill the gap.  By 1943 six million females had responded to the call to go to work outside the home.  When the likes of Ted Williams, Stan Musial, and Joe DiMaggio and hundreds of major league baseball players switched uniforms, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was established so sports fans could continue to enjoy our National Pastime. 

Our special discussion leader for the film will be Tim Wiles, former Director or Research at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Cooperstown, New York, who aided in the production of the film.  Tim is a native of Peoria, a graduate of Bergan High School, Illinois Central College, and the University of Iowa.  Tim currently is the Director of the Guilderland Public Library in Guilderland, New York, and the co-author of two books on baseball.

DATE: Monday, May 4
TIME: Presentation at 1:00 p.m., followed by the film
LOCATION: Peoria Public Library North Branch, 3001 West Grand Parkway
COST: FREE!  But advance registration is required.

Please click here to utilize the online registration system.

Cinema Conversations

Ordinary People

Tuesdays, May 5, 12, and 19
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
May 5:  film viewing at Bradley University Visitor's Center 
May 12 and 19:  discussions at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

Judith Guest's brilliant first novel, Ordinary People, was published in 1976 to critical and reader acclaim. The story deals with the pain and devastation experienced by a seeming picture- perfect family, the Jarretts, after the death of their older son in a boating accident. The three family members, shattered by the tragedy, struggle to find meaning and love, facing guilt, and questioning their own and one another's motives. In 1980, director Robert Redford, who purchased the rights to the novel before it was published, brought the story to movie audiences, again to rave reviews from critics and viewers alike. The film won four Academy Awards and five Golden Globes. 

Participants in this Cinema Conversations group are encouraged to read the book, available in both paperback and e-book formats from local and online booksellers or local libraries. During our first session we will view the film. In our second session, Jane Hense will lead discussion of the book and movie. In our third session, a professional from the local mental health community will lead discussion of the stigmas, behaviors and psychiatric issues brought forth in the story. 

$29 - Discussions led by Jane Hense, OLLI member, retired teacher, school administrator, and foundation director


Please click here to utilize the online registration system.

3D Printing: What It Is, and How It Will Change Everything


OLLI presents a Lecture given by Bert Sanders, Director of Business Development for Dell Product Solutions and Process Innovation Solutions
Date: Monday, April 13
Refreshments: 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Presentation: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Location: Marty Theatre, Michel Student Center, Bradley University

Bert Sanders will help us understand the technology, the trends, and the future impacts of this innovative technology that promises to change virtually everything over the next 10-20 years, including medicine, transportation, manufacturing, purchasing, art, housing, and more.

For those who would like to read about 3D printing in advance of the lecture, we suggest these articles:

All lectures are FREE!  But we ask you to register by clicking here or calling Elly at 309-677-3900.

Join Us at Upcoming OLLI Committee Meetings

We take pride in the fact that OLLI is member-driven.  We welcome you to join us at any of the following committee meetings and take part in the planning process.  


Mark your calendar for any or all of the following meetings and find out how ideas for programming become reality.


Study Group Committee

Monday, April 13 and Monday, April 20

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, 801 W Main Street


Cinema Committee

Friday, April 17

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Michel Student Center Room 203


Learning Trip Committee*

Friday, April 17

11:00 am - 1:00 p.m.

Michel Student Center Executive Suite


*Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP to Michelle at or 677-3900 by April 14 if you plan to attend.


Curriculum Committee

Wednesdays, May 6, May 13, & May 27

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Michel Student Center Executive Suite


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Exploring the Natural World as a Community


Mondays, May 4 - June 1 (skip May 25)

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Peoria NEXT Innovations Center, 801 W Main Street, Peoria

This Study Group will review our role with the ways we impact our environment.  We will utilize the book A Sand County Almanac written by Aldo Leopold as the basis of our discussions.  Each participant is encouraged to obtain a copy of the book prior to the start of the Study Group.  Aldo Leopold is considered by many as the most important conservationist of the 20th century because his ideas are so relevant to the environmental issues of our time.  He is the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management and the science of ecological restoration.  Leopold's thinking is focused on renewing his idea of a land ethic for a population facing 21st century ecological challenges.   Discussions will allow participants to explore ways in which we relate to our natural surroundings.  The book is available in both paperback and e-book formats from local and online booksellers or local libraries, or you may contact Lee Maki, who will have copies available for purchase at cost.  Note: We will skip Monday May 25 for the Memorial Day Holiday and will have the final session on June 1.

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


To register for this Study Group, please click here.


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Registration Open for Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor: A Look at the Three Roosevelts with Ken Burns
Thursdays, May 7 - June 18 
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

Click here to register online for this Study Group. 

Hilltop Happenings
Robison Lecture
Investigative Reporter, Author Carl Bernstein
Tuesday, April 14
7:30 p.m.
Peplow Pavilion, Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, Bradley University

Reporter and author Carl Bernstein will deliver the Robison Lecture at Bradley University on April 14 at 7:30 p.m.  This free lecture is titled, "Seeking the Best Obtainable Version of the Truth: An Evening with Carl Bernstein." 

Berstein's more recently released book and national bestseller, A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, will be available for purchase, as will All the President's Men, a 1974 non-fiction book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, two of the journalists investigating the first Wategate break-in and ensuing scandal for the Washington Post.  

A public reception and book signing will take place immediately following the lecture on the first floor of the Alumni Center.

Parking will be available on campus after 6:00 p.m.

PBS Documentary A Path Appears
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 15
7:00 p.m.
Marty Theatre, Michel Student Center, Bradley University

Bradley students have teamed up with Save the Children Action Network to host a special screening of the PBS documentary A Path Appears.  The documentary focuses on the critical issues associated with extreme poverty and addresses possible methods for bringing about change.

A panel discussion will follow the film, featuring representatives from Save the Children Action Network and ONE Campaign, an advocacy group that works with political leaders to develop local programs to assist those in poverty.

Vote for Bradley's Official Tartan

Community members and alumni are invited to vote on a Tartan pattern to represent Bradley University.  The top three patterns, chosen by a judging committee, were designed by Bradley students and were made to incorporate elements of Bradley's traditions.

The winning tartan will become a licensed Bradley image and will be used in a variety of products such as scarves, ties, t-shirts, pajama bottoms, and blankets, as well as non-apparel items such as tumblers and tote bags.

Current plans are to have tartan items available through the Bradley Bookstore and on-line.  Part of the proceeds of all sales will go into scholarship funds for students majoring in programs in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Voting will be open until April 12, and you can cast your vote by clicking here.

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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.

To learn more about OLLI, please visit