October 20, 2015

Don't Miss the Fifth Annual OLLI Spelling Bee!

Fifth Annual OLLI Spelling Bee
Monday, November 2
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Childer's Banquet Hall, 3113 N Dries Lane, Peoria

It's almost that time of year-- to join your friends for brunch and cocktails at the friendly OLLI Spelling Bee!  

We listened to your suggestions from last year's event to ensure that this year's Bee will be even better!

Even if you were never fond of spelling bees in school, you're sure to have a great time with your OLLI friends and cocktails while you cheer on the spellers.  And for those who participate, you could walk away a champion with one of three fabulous trophies!

      Brunch Menu:
  • Shrimp cocktail, fruit, hash browns, bacon, sausage, biscuits & gravy, scrambled eggs, pastries, coffee, orange juice
  • Bloody Mary or Mimosa 

$29 - includes brunch, plus a Bloody Mary or Mimosa.  Transportation not provided - meet us there!

To register online for the OLLI Spelling Bee, please click here.

Renewable Energy Lecture

Renewable Energy - Advantages, Disadvantages,and Trade-offs
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
Refreshments: 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Presentation: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Marty Theater, Michel Student Center

Some environmentalists would like everyone to change all our energy consumption to renewable resources, but there are trade-offs between renewable and non-renewable
resources. Every type of renewable energy has advantages and disadvantages that makes one preferable in any given application or geographic area (For example, wind farms are not cost effective in the southeastern United States because of the low winds there). 

Dr. David Loomis, Professor of Economics at Illinois State University, will
outline both the positive and the negative of each type of renewable energy and provide an understanding of the economics of these choices.

This event is free and open to the public.  Parking on campus will be available after 6:00 p.m.

To register online, please click here.

Conversations with Bradley Students during Class Breaks

During OLLI Class breaks this Fall, you may be approached by Bradley University
Communications students who are interested in having a casual conversation.

They are working on developing their skills in communication and audience  understanding by engaging in real-life, one-on-one dialogue.

Thanks for supporting their efforts!
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.  

To view the list of books already recommended by OLLI members, please click on the following link: OLLI Reads

If you have a book to add to the list, or if you would like to submit a review to be featured, please contact Greg Peine at

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Women's Studies Programming

"Bindis & Bruises," a production by Chicago Danztheatre
Tuesday, October 20
7:00 p.m.
Peplow Pavilion, Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, Bradley University

"Bindis and Bruises" is a performance art piece choreographed by ensemble member Priya Narayan and directed by Ellyzabeth Adler. Through classical Indian dance and Hindu storytelling, performers bring awareness to the persistence of domestic violence and sexual assault in our communities while offering hopeful solutions for change. 

A panel discussion featuring representatives of the Center for Prevention of Abuse and the Bradley University Wellness Program will take place immediately following the performance.

For more upcoming Women's Studies events, please click here.
Speaker on Independent Redistricting in Arizona

Independent Redistricting: The Arizona Experience
Colleen Coyle-Mathis
Thursday, October 22
7:00 p.m.
Westlake Hall Auditorium (Room 130), Bradley University

Sponsored by the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service and the Pre-Law Center at Bradley University, Peoria Native Colleen Coyle-Mathis will speak about her amazing experience chairing the Arizona Redistricting Commission and going all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

This lecture has special significance given the fact that a broad coalition in Illinois is seeing to have a constitutional amendment placed on the 2016 ballot to establish an Illinois Redistricting Commission.

For more information, please visit

Film Screening: The Man Who Saved the World

Film: The Man Who Saved the World
Wednesday, October 21
7:00 p.m.
Marty Theatre, Michel Student Center, Bradley University

The Institute of International Studies, International Affairs Organization, Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service, and the Peoria World Affairs Council will be sponsoring a film screening of The Man Who Saved the World on campus this week.

The Man Who Saved the World
 (Starring: Walter Cronkite, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and Kevin Costner) tells the story of Stanislav Petrov, a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Army who was the duty officer at a nuclear weapons station outside Moscow on the night of September 26, 1983. Soviet satellite warning systems mistakenly detected an incoming US nuclear attack, and it was Petrov's decision whether or not to launch a retaliatory Soviet strike. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Petrov followed his gut instinct in assuming that this was a false alarm and did not give the command for the nuclear counter-attack, thus "saving the world" from nuclear destruction.

Further information:

This event is free and open to the public.  Parking on campus will be available after 6:00 p.m.

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Betty Friedan Lecture by OLLI Member Barb Drake

Betty Friedan's Mark on History... and Peoria's Mark on Her
Barb Drake
Sunday, October 25
2:00 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theatre

No 20th century woman did as much to change our thinking about the proper roles of women and men as Betty Friedan. When the Peoria native wrote The Feminine Mystique, she may have been intending simply to rebel against the idea of happy domesticity, but she ended up making her mark on history. 

Barb Drake, retired Journal Star editorial page editor, will talk about that mark and the considerable role her Peoria upbringing played in making it.  Drake interviewed Friedan at length in 1999 and is a member of the Betty Friedan Hometown Tribute Committee, which is dedicated to preserving her memory in her hometown. 

The lecture is companion to an exhibit of work created by Illinois women artists during the 1940s and the 1950s, the period just before the 1963 publication of Friedan's seminal work. The exhibit, which opens October 19, is entitled "Making Their Mark." 

The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information, please click here
or call the museum at 309-686-7000.
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