June 9, 2015


Chill with Us at Winter Curriculum Committee

Check Out These Summer Activities

Seeking Supplies for World of Wonder Summer Camp

Leadership Summit at Bradley University

Taming Technology for Learning and Leisure

PAWAC Presents: Diversity in the Islamic World

Keep Up with OLLI

Chill with Us at Winter Curriculum Committee
Even though it's summer outside, the OLLI Winter Curriculum Committee has January on its mind!

Come and join your OLLI friends on the Winter Curriculum Committee as we plan Winter 2016 Classes.  Over four consecutive days in the beginning of January, Winter Classes offer a unique experience for OLLI members to really delve into class topics and create stronger bonds with classmates.

While we plan, we will munch on snacks and sip coffee, and enjoy open parking on Bradley's campus.

Wednesday, June 17
9:00 - 11:00 am 
Michel Student Center, Executive Suite

We hope to see you there!

Check Out These Summer Activities
Putin's Kiss
Tuesdays, July 14, 21, and 28
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
July 14: film viewing at Bradley University's Visitor's Center
July 21 and 28: discussions at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Nashi is an increasingly popular youth organization in Russia with direct ties to the Kremlin and a mission to create an elite group of your adult activists loyal to President Vladimir Putin.  In this documentary film, Putin's Kiss, we learn about Masha Drokova, an ambitious middle-class student from the suburbs of Moscow, who joins Nashi at the age of fifteen and quickly rises to a leadership position when she becomes the host of a pro-Putin television talk show.  Along the way she becomes friends with a group of journalists critical of Putin and his policies.  After viewing the film, we'll join Angela Weck in a discussion of Putin's rise from relative obscurity to the Russian Presidency.  She will help participants consider whether he has innate political skill or has developed the ability to effectively manipulate forces around him.  How much political power does he actually have?  Is he really the "strong man" he appears to be?  Recommended reading: The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin by Masha Gessen, available new or used in paperback or electronic formats or through local libraries.

$29 - discussions led by Angela Weck, faculty member at Bradley's Institute of International Studies and popular OLLI instructor

Summer Social Aboard the Spirit of Peoria
Wednesday, August 12
12:15 - 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy a beautiful summer afternoon traveling up and down the Illinois River while learning first-hand about the fascinating story of World War II B-24 bomber, Lady Be Good.  Retired history teacher Don Stamford will give a private lecture detailing the experiences of Lady Be Good and her 9-man crew, which ventured into the harsh Libyan Desert after missing their intended landing site.  We will dine on a hot buffet on the boat while we enjoy good company and the scenic view of the Illinois River.

$44 - includes presentation, cruise, and lunch
Transportation not provided - meet us at the riverfront!

Please click here to register online for Summer events.


Seeking Supplies for World of Wonder Summer Camp
Continuing Education's summer camp for gifted students, World of Wonder, is gathering supplies for teachers to use in hands-on learning activities.

If you have any of the following items laying around, please consider donating them to the program:

- shoeboxes with lids
- bubble wrap
- empty, clean soup cans
- old white t-shirts or t-shirt rags
- large buttons
- marbles 
- pennies 
- pretend money
- steel wool
- twine
- paper clips
- brads (metal fasteners)
- clipboards
- 100-piece puzzles 
- old Barbie dolls
- assorted small things that can fit into shoeboxes 

On behalf of World of Wonder, thank you to those who have already generously donated items!  Your help is greatly appreciated.

Leadership Summit at Bradley University
The Bradley University Alumni Association will host a Leadership Summit on campus June 11 - 13, 2015.  

This exciting multi-day event will include keynote and breakout sessions and feature proven leaders across various industries such as finance, education, government, technology, and nonprofit.  All sessions will be designed to allow participants to easily learn and interact with the speakers and from one another.

Participants in this Summit can earn continuing education units (CEUs) and continuing professional education units (CPEs).

For more information, a full schedule of speakers and events, and registration information, please click here.
Taming Technology for Learning and Leisure
Are you interested in developing your skills in using technology to instruct or facilitate OLLI Classes and Study Groups?

This seminar, hosted by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Lambda State, is open to all educators who would like to empower their methods through the use of relevant technology.

Examples of topics covered include "Online Library Resources," "Exploring the World of Apps for iPad / iPhone," and educational software and websites like "Prezi" (a web-based alternative to PowerPoint). 

Taming Technology for Learning and Leisure
Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Please click here for more information, including how to register and a schedule of classes.

PAWAC Presents: Diversity in the Islamic World
Diversity in the Islamic World: Sunnis, Shi'is, Salafis, and Secularists
Thursday, June 18
5:30 p.m. dinner, followed by the presentation at 7:00 p.m.
Michel Student Center, Bradley University

The institute of International Studies and the Peoria Area World Affairs Council present "Diversity in the Islamic World: Sunnis, Shi'is, Salafis, and Secularists."  

Dr. Jason Zaborowski, from the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Bradley University, will take you behind the headlines that sensationalize the violent conflicts of the Middle Easy by providing an academic overview of Islamic denominations.  The talk and discussion invites the audience to consider historical and linguistic foundations for understanding the variety of voices in the Islamic world.

Dinner and Presentation: $35.00 for general public; $30.00 for PAWAC members
Presentation Only: $15.00 for general public; $35.00 for PAWAC members

Dinner reservations will not be accepted after June 13.  

Tickets and information are available through PAWAC at 309-677-2454 or

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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