September 29, 2015

OLLI Lecture: The Honorable Ray LaHood

Ray LaHood:  Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics
Thursday, October 1
6:30 p.m. Refreshments, 7:00 p.m. Lecture
Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, Bradley University

Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will
 be our honored guest for this special OLLI lecture.
Before President-elect Barack Obama announced that he would nominate LaHood to be the next Transportation Secretary, LaHood served as a U.S Representative for Illinois's 18th congressional district from 1995-2008.

Join us as LaHood shares his experiences from Washington and discusses his book Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics.

This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.  Please register online by clicking here, or by calling 309-677-3900.

Please click here to view a campus map showing the location of the lecture and suggested parking.

If you have any questions, please call 309-677-3900.
Fall Class Reminders

With OLLI Fall Classes beginning just a week from tomorrow, please make note of the following reminders.

Shuttle Service
We make it easy for you to get to your classes with our park-and-ride shuttle service.  You can either park at Shea Stadium and ride a charter bus to and from campus, or park at Westminster Church on Moss Avenue and ride an OLLI shuttle.  

OLLI Shuttles will be available throughout the day to take you back to your car if needed, and for transfers between the Student Center and Westlake Hall.

To view a parking map, please click here.

When you arrive on campus, the buses and shuttles will drop you off at the Michel Student Center, where the registration desk will be on the second floor.  Please be sure to stop there on the first day to pick up your name badge, with a copy of your daily schedule on the back.

While you are there, you can also pick up a copy of the day's announcements, which will include helpful information for the day.

We look forward to seeing everyone's eager faces next week!  If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 309-677-2523.

OLLI Lecture: Larry Swedroe on Investing

Larry Swedroe on Investing: Strategies to Improve Your Results
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
6:30 p.m. Refreshments, 7:00 p.m. Lecture
Marty Theater, Michel Student Center, Bradley University

Larry Swedroe is the BAM Alliance Advisor Services Director of Research and has spent his time, talent, and energy educating investors about evidence-based investing. Larry was among the first to publish a book that explained the science of investing in layman's terms. Many investors debate whether we should be content with the same returns as the market at large (i.e. "beta") or whether we should work to beat the market (i.e. "alpha").  Larry regularly reviews the findings from numerous academic financial papers, and he has concluded that it is harder and harder to beat the market, for a number of reasons that he will explain in this lecture. Larry's newest book, The Incredible Shrinking Alpha: And What You Can Do to Escape Its Clutches, was co authored with Andrew Berkin and published in January 2015. Cypress Asset Management will distribute copies of this book to people who register and attend this lecture.

To register online for this lecture, please click here.
Marty Theatre Handrails-- OLLI Fundraising at Work

The OLLI Fundraising Committee decided to spend this year improving technology used for OLLI programming.

One of the first orders of business was to acquire a very simple (yet necessary) form of technology in the popular Marty Theatre: handrails near the stage.  Now, when instructors and speakers mount the stage in the theatre, they can do so safely.  The image below was taken just after one of the rails was installed.

Thank you to all our generous donors who make such changes possible!  Watch future newsletters for further updates on how your donations are making a difference at OLLI.
Get Customized OLLI Swag from Land's End

Attend Fall Classes in style with your own custom OLLI shirt, fleece jacket, and more!
Land's End will embroider the OLLI at Bradley University logo (pictured above) on your order from Land's End Business Outfitters.  Here's how to place your order online:

  • Click here to visit the OLLI at Bradley online Land's End store
  • Select the item you would like embroidered with the OLLI logo
  • Click "Apply Logo(s)" at the bottom of the item page
  • Select the OLLI logo and choose the location you would like it to appear

For questions about your order or for further customization options, call Land's End at 800-587-1541.
Reader's Report

One of our wonderful OLLI volunteers, Greg Peine, has been keeping a running list of books that other OLLI members have suggested as being of interest to other members.  
In this new weekly article, we will spotlight one of these book suggestions in hopes that you will discover new, interesting titles.  This week the featured book is  Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry.

When character dialogue in Irish literature reflects the sensibilities of OLLI folks, it might be an indicator of a good read started:  "Or would we chance a scone, Kit?  It would hardly put us in the ground, Ernestine."   Elsewhere throughout the 13 short stories in Kevin Barry's latest book, Dark Lies the Island, the common vernacular of the isle intensifies the descriptions of life being lived hard, and OLLI sensibilities fade; "...a good class of pelt...," "brass monkey weather," "well, this is a nice bag of sticks," "fartin' through silk here," "strange what comes over as hilarious when hangovers are general," " Mo was down a testicle..," "dogs-dying-in-parked-cars weather," and one of my favorites, "So that was enough with the mushrooms.  Next thing Patrick took a wrong signal off one of the crustie women and dropped a hand that shouldn't have been dropped.  That ended up in a row involving a crowbar and a fella with dreadlocks from Gloucester and a three-legged pit bull."  In many of the stories I sensed a tip of the fedora to the gonzo of Hunter Thompson.
Barry used the vernacular of the isle to expose deeper insights about the varied characters that all endured in their own way the arrow of time.  For me, entertainment.

Please look for an upcoming study group on Irish writers that will include at least one Kevin Barry short story.

-- submission by Greg Peine, OLLI Study Group Facilitator.

If you have a book to add to the list, send your suggestion via email to Greg Peine at

If you are interested in viewing the entire list as it currently stands, please click on the following link: OLLI Reads

Explore Canada with Peoria Area World Affairs Council

Explore Canada: Trade, Politics, and a History of Cooperation and Rivalry
Monday, October 5
4:45 p.m. PAWAC Reception and Networking Event - $10.00
5:30 p.m. Lecture - Free
Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, Bradley University

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) and Bradley University's Turner Center for Entrepreneurship present "Explore Canada: Trade, Politics, and a History of Cooperation and Rivalry" with Chris Gunning, Winnipeg Consul for the U.S. Department of State.

Canada and the United States are each other's most important trading partners.  How does this color our shared histories and approach to challenges in the global economy, politics, and security in a rapidly evolving world order?  This lecture will highlight the business and political relationships between the two countries.

The PAWAC reception and networking event will include light food and a cash bar.  The cost is $10.00 per person, but the lecture at 5:30 p.m. is free.

This PAWAC event is a part of the "Explore Canada Seminar;" for details on other components of this event, please click here.

For additional information, contact PAWAC at 309-677-2454 or email  Information is also available at

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