April 21, 2015


Important Class Information 

Free Flick: Green Fire 

Baseball Hall of Fame Former Director of Research to Speak at OLLI Event

See Architectural Treasures on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trip

Roosevelts Study Group Registration Deadline

Record-Breaking Naturalization Ceremony at Bradley

Special Double Feature on the Giant Screen

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Goodbye Spring, and Hello Summer!


Join us next Wednesday, April 29, as we wrap up Spring Classes and open registration for Summer programs! 

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.

Please utilize our park-and-shuttle service on the day of the wrapup and open house.  Parking will be available at Westminster Church, 1420 W Moss Avenue.  OLLI shuttles will be running between the church parking lot and the Michel Student Center on campus starting at 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  If you need a ride and don't see an OLLI shuttle, please call the OLLI Cell Phone at 309-258-4142.

Free Flick: Green Fire
Moderator: Lee Maki, Master Naturalist
Issue: Conservation/Environmental Stewardship
Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m., film begins at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Marty Theatre, Michel Student Center, Bradley University

Aldo Leopold is considered the most important conservationist of the 20th century because his ideas are so relevant to the environmental issues of our time.  Green Fire explores Leopold's personal journey of observation and understanding.  It reveals how his ideas resonate with people across the entire American landscape, from inner cities to the most remote wild lands.  The film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land.  Green Fire is the first feature documentary about Aldo Leopold's life and contemporary legacy.  It features commentary from conservation leaders including scientists, ranchers, scholars, and three of Aldo Leopold's children -- Nina, Carl, and Estella.  Curt Meine, Leopold's biographer, serves as the on-camera guide, making connections between Leopold's ideas and their expression in the conservation movement today.  Peter Coyote gives voice to Leopold's brilliant writing.  

This event is FREE to attend, but we ask that you register by calling 309-677-3900 or clicking here.

Baseball Hall of Fame Former Director of Research to Speak at OLLI Event


On May 4, OLLI will welcome a special guest presenter to introduce a special viewing of A League of Their Own.  Tim Wiles, former Director of Research at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Cooperstown, New York, 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.  In the photo above, Tim reads to his son, Ben, at the Peoria Public Library McClure branch, where Tim remembers his mom bringing him when he was a boy.  Tim currently is the Director of the Guilderland Public Library in Guilderland, New York, and the co-author of two books on baseball.

OLLI Cinema Special Presentation: A League of Their Own
DATE: Monday, May 4
TIME:  Presentation at 1:00 p.m., followed by the film A League of Their Own
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.



See Architectural Treasures on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trip

Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park

Thursday, May 7, 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Oak Park is home to the world's largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings.  On this day-long trip, we'll learn how Wright used his first home to experiment with design concepts that contain the seeds of his architectural philosophy. 


In addition, we'll tour his adjacent studio, where Wright and his associates developed a new American architecture - the Prairie style.  Throughout the day, trained interpreters will offer insights into Wright's family life and architectural career.   We'll also walk the Historic District surrounding the Home and Studio at our own pace, viewing the exteriors of a rich selection of architecturally significant buildings supplemented by archival photographs.  


After lunch at local favorite Winberie's, we'll visit the Unity Temple, Wright's only surviving public building from his Prairie period. Constructed of exposed, poured-in-place reinforced concrete, Unity Temple was perhaps the first house of worship to be built from a material reserved for factories and warehouses.


$139 - includes private tours, admission fees, docent fees, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation 


To register, please click here.


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Roosevelts Study Group Registration Deadline

If you missed out on the popular Fall Study Group, Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor: A Look at the Three Roosevelts with Ken Burns, this is your last chance to register!


Thursdays, May 7 - June 18

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Peoria NEXT Innovation Center


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


Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1.  Reserve your spot now by calling 309-677-3900, or register online by clicking here.

Record-Breaking Naturalization Ceremony at Bradley

Join Bradley students, faculty, and staff in celebrating the great diversity of our community, and witness the largest swearing in of new American citizens in central Illinois history.

On Thursday, April 23, at the Renaissance Coliseum, Chief Judge James Shadid will preside over giving the oath to 527 new American citizens from 88 different countries.

This joyous occasion will be moving and inspiring.  Please click here for additional information.

Swearing In Ceremony
Date: Thursday, April 23
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Renaissance Coliseum, Bradley University


Special Double Feature on the Giant Screen


On Sunday, April 26, the Peoria Area World Affairs Council and the Peoria Riverfront Museum are teaming up to show a special double feature!

Rosewater, the film based on true events surrounding the arrest and torture of Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, and To Light a Candle, a documentary by Bahari that explore the laws in Iran that prohibit the education of people of the Baha'i faith, will be shown on the Giant Screen.  An expert panel will answer questions at the end of the double feature.  

Iranian Journalist Maziar Bahari will open the special event LIVE via Skype from London at 4:00 p.m.  Doors open at 3:30 p.m. 

Mr. Bahari will answer a few questions during the introduction!  If you would like to submit a question that will be asked, please send it to or

To purchase tickets for this event, please visit the Peoria Riverfront Museum website, here.  Tickets cost $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors (60+), and $8 for children (ages 3-17).  

For more information, please call PAWAC at 309-677-2454 or 309-645-2580.  To download an informational flyer, please click here.


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 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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