June 23, 2015


Trivia Teaser #1

Study Group Spotlight: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

Chill with Us at Winter Curriculum Committee

Cinema Conversations: Putin's Kiss

Keep Up with OLLI

Trivia Teaser #1

In anticipation of OLLI's Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, August 28, we will be awarding weekly prizes to the winning answers for Trivia Teaser sample questions!  

For the first seven weeks, the winners will choose from an OLLI T-Shirt (size XL or XXL), and OLLI Tote Bag or Grocery Bag.  For the final three weeks leading up to the fundraiser, each winner will receive a "Correct Answer Pass" that their team can use for an automatic correct answer at the Trivia Night Fundraiser!
How to Play:
1. Read the Trivia Teaser question below.

2. Email your answer to Elly at BEFORE 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25.  Please make sure the subject line of your email is titled as follows: Trivia Teaser 1
**Please note-- One entry per person per week.  

3. Each winner will be randomly selected.  The winner will be notified via email by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.

4. Check back the following week-- you can play as many times as you'd like!

Trivia Teaser 1:
In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro's face was on campaign buttons in the Presidential Election.  Who was her running mate?

To register online for the OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, August 28, please click here.


Study Group in the Spotlight: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald: Trouble in Paradise
Wednesdays, July 15 - August 12
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

In the 1920s, America's most celebrated power couple may have been Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.  This duo epitomized everything that was both beautiful and damned about the Jazz Age.  Behind their charm and brilliance was a complex and competitive relationship in which two people alternately adored and tortured each other.

We'll examine their personalities, their marriage, their careers, and their demise and then discuss examples of their writing.  We'll also view film clips from documentaries about the Fitzgeralds.  Participants will be expected to read Kendall Taylor's book Sometimes Madness is Wisdom: Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald's second novel, The Beautiful and the Damned as well as short stories online or in handouts provided by the facilitators.  The books are available new or used in paperback or in electronic formats or through local libraries.  

$45 - facilitated by Willa Anderson and Carol May, who are both OLLI Study Group facilitators and members of the OLLI Study Group and Cinema Committees

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 24, and Wednesday, July 8
9:00 - 11:00 am 
Michel Student Center, Executive Suite

We hope to see you there!


Cinema Conversations: Putin's Kiss
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

Please click here to register online.

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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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