August 25, 2015


Two Tables Left at OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser!

Trivia Teaser #10 - Last Chance to Play!

Discussion-Based Study Group Starting Next Week

Critic's Corner

Life Satisfaction Survey

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Two Tables Left at OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser!

If you are still thinking about registering for the OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser this Friday, August 28, at WeaverRidge Golf Club it's not too late!

We have seats available on the final two teams and will accept registrations until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26.  

The evening will consist of 8 rounds of categorized trivia questions, which teams will be able to work together to answer.  In between rounds of trivia, we will have break games and additional ways to win fun prizes.  Throughout the event, our runners will deliver your questions and answers, fetch drinks for your table from the cash bar, and ensure that your evening is fun and leisurely.  

We hope to see you there!

Cost : $45 per person includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, coffee, tea and water and a spot at a table of 8 to compete on a trivia team. $360 for a table of 8.

Click here to register or call the office at 677-3900 for more information.

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Trivia Teaser #10 - Last Chance to Play!

In anticipation of OLLI's Trivia Night Fundraiser this Friday, August 28, we will be awarding a final prize for this last Trivia Teaser sample question!  

For this final week , the lucky 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, August 27.  Please make sure the subject line of your email is titled as follows: Trivia Teaser 10
**Please note-- One entry per person per week.

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

4. Be sure to sign up for the OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser so you can use your prize!

Trivia Teaser 10: What was the name of the person who tried to assassinate Theodore Roosevelt in 1912?

To the last question, "When a prescription reads q.i.d., what does that mean?'" the answer was "take 4 times daily."  

Congratulations to last week's winner, Elaine Clark!  Thanks to all who participated!

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


Discussion-Based Study Group Starting Next Week
Don't miss this unique opportunity to interact with new immigrants living and working in our community.

Coming to the Promised Land: New Immigrants in America
Wednesdays, September 2 - September 30
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Peoria Public Library

America has long been a nation of people who migrated here to make a better way of life for themselves and their children.  The first major wave of immigrants, primarily from Central and Eastern Europe, came to the United States between 1880 and 1925 and are now largely assimilated in
American society.  Since 1965, the second wave has come from different parts of the world - Asia, South and Central America, and Africa - their journey still in progress. 

In this study group, we'll talk about the changing face of the American population, what that change means for America both economically and politically, and then meet some of the new immigrants who have come to Peoria to build a life for themselves and their children.  Among the visiting speakers will be local immigrants William Ordaz (Mexico), Sonni Williams (South Korea), Herbert DaCosta (Brazil), Najeebe Abboud (Lebanon), and __.   

Participants will be expected to read handouts about immigration trends in the United States and bring that material to the first session for discussion purposes.

$45 - facilitated by Roberta Koscielski, Assistant Director, Peoria Public Library and Carol May, retired ICC Social Sciences Department Chair, OLLI Cinema Committee Chair, and Executive Committee Member.


Critic's Corner
Last Wednesday I invited a friend to see The Stanford Prison Experiment at Landmark Cinema.  Having read a couple of blurbs about the movie's release a few weeks ago, I had a basic idea as to its premise.  My interest was piqued because the subject matter took me back twenty or so years ago when I was teaching sociology.  This film shows what happens to people's behavior when they are assigned certain statuses in a specific social environment.  In this case, what happens when individuals are told to play "guards" and "prisoners" in a mock penal institution.  

Though not a documentary, SPE portrays what went on in 1971 when a Stanford University psychologist and his research team conducted a controversial experiment on campus.  His name as Dr. Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup).  Funded by the Office of U.S. Naval Research, he has funds to pay twenty-four males selected from an original pool of seventy-five candidates to act as "guards" and "prisoners" in the basement of the psychology department for a period not to exceed fourteen days.  

At the outset, the guards were told that they could not physically harm the prisoners.  However, they were encouraged to foster a sense of fear in their charges, remove any semblance of privacy, and create an authoritarian atmosphere in which the subjects had not control over what happened to them.

The guards were attired in khaki uniforms from a nearby military surplus store, carried wooden batons, and wore mirrored sunglasses to prevent any eye contact between them and their subjects.  Prisoners were clothed in uncomfortable smocks and stocking caps and carried a chain around one ankle.  They were addressed by a four-digit number instead of their names.  

Within a short period of time, the prisoners became very restive.  In turn, their guards became more and more verbally and physically abusive.  The subjects of the experiment no longer were "role-playing" guards and prisoners.  The behavior was disturbingly real.

Perhaps, one of the more disquieting parts of the film turned out to be Zimbardo's involvement in his own so-called scientific experiment.  As some of the prisoners began to display emotional and psychological trauma, he refused to intervene in a situation that unraveled quickly before him and his team.  

Designed to extend over fourteen days, the Stanford Prison closed its doors after six.  How come?  Ask a friend to go with and find out.  I think you may agree that it's one thing to have discussed a thought-provoking experiment in an introductory behavioral science course many years ago, but it's another to see what happened when it was actually carried out. 

Or, if the film appears to be too "real" for you, go online at and read Zimbardo's own words in The Lucifer Effect: How Good People Turn Evil.

Landmark's website indicates that show times this week are 2:30, 7:00, and 9:15 p.m.  

-Carol May
Life Satisfaction Survey
Last spring, one OLLI course was focused on life satisfaction.  The instructor, Marjorie Getz, used an article from the Atlantic as the basis of the course.   She also invited researchers in this area of study to be Skyped into the classroom.  The course was well received by participants.  In follow-up communication after the end of the course, one researcher, Jonathan Rauch, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution expressed an interest in gaining some more information about this topic from other OLLI members. 

Earlier this summer, an email message was sent to OLLI participants to invite them to provide information about this topic and possibly be interviewed by Jonathan Rauch for a book he is preparing on the topic of life satisfaction.  Response rates have been good, and we would like to invite more OLLI Program participants to be involved with this project. 

This is an anonymous, voluntary project.  Any reporting of responses to Mr. Rauch and used in his book will be done in the aggregate.  If you are interested, you can be connected with a survey form by clicking on the link below.

Thanks for your input!

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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.

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