November 10, 2015

OLLI Needs Your Wrap-Up and Brainstorming Help

We are proud to say that OLLI at Bradley University is member-driven.  If you enjoy the OLLI classes offered in October, January, and April, please consider attending our upcoming wrap-up and brainstorming session to help create our curriculum for Spring 2016.

Mark your calendars:

OLLI Curriculum Committee:  Fall class wrap-up, Spring class brainstorming
Wednesday, November 11
9:00 a.m.
Michel Student Center Executive Suite (basement)
Parking: Volunteers may utilize the Visitor's Lot adjacent to the bookstore or spaces along Bradley Avenue and Main Street

During this meeting, volunteers will provide feedback from our Fall classes, review evaluation summaries for those Fall classes, plus brainstorm ideas for Spring classes, identify volunteer instructors, and organize the details for the classes.  

It takes a lot of volunteers to organize 60 classes in Fall, 30 classes in Winter, and 58 classes in Spring.  But many hands make light work!  With your help, we'll be able to schedule a variety of educational courses that appeal to our membership.

If you have questions, or would like to propose a class in advance of the meeting, please contact Michelle Riggio at

Facilitator Spotlight:  Dr. John Williams
Participants in the Winter 2016 study
 group The Cold War Begins: Berlin Blockade and Airlift, 1948-1948 are in for a treat:  one of the guest discussion leaders is Dr. John Williams, Bradley University Professor of History.

While growing up in North Carolina and studying the German language, Dr. Williams became interested in the burdens of history.  For southerners, he explained, that burden is slavery.  For Germans, of course, the burden is Nazism and the Holocaust.  His early study of the foreign language soon developed into a deep interest in the history of Germany. 

After his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina, he was awarded a Rotary scholarship to study anywhere in the world for one year - and chose Munich, Germany.  He ended up staying for more than two years, becoming entranced with the country, making friends and falling in love, all while supporting himself by working as a post-production staffer for movie studios.    

Upon his return to the United States, he entered graduate school at the University of Michigan, earning a master's and doctorate in history.  He has been a faculty member at Bradley since 1997, serving as chair of the history department for three years and teaching a variety of courses that include The Holocaust, Study Abroad in Germany, and Weimar Germany: Culture and Politics. 

For this study group, Dr. Williams will discuss the Germany after the war, from the 1945 zero hour to the 1948 blockade.  This is his first time volunteering for OLLI, and hopes that this experience will lead to future opportunities for involvement.

The study group is currently full, but please feel free to add yourself to the wait list via OLLI's easy online registration system by clicking here.

Special Presentation of Still Alice 

Still Alice
Friday, November 13
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Giant Screen Theatre, Peoria Riverfront Museum

After renowned linguistics professor Alice Howland is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease, she and her family face a harrowing challenge as this terminal degenerative neurological ailment slowly progresses to an inevitable conclusion they all dread.  Along the way, Alice struggles to fight the inner decay, to make the most of her remaining time, and to find the love and peace needed to make living worthwhile. 

OLLI has partnered with 50 Plus News & Views magazine, the Heart of Illinois Senior Care Network, and the Peoria Riverfront Museum to present the film, starring Academy
Award-winning actress Julienne Moore, and a brief forum featuring representatives from Central Illinois Chapter Alzheimer's Association and Adult Day Services IPMR/Senior World.

$5 - includes admission and presentation. Transportation not provided - meet us at the Peoria Riverfront Museum! Free parking is available in the deck accessible from
Water Street.

To register online for this event, please click here.
Free Flick: Cabaret

Moderator: Chip Joyce, Director, 2015 Peoria Players production of Cabaret
Tuesday, November 17
6:30 p.m.
Marty Theatre, Michel Student Center, Bradley University

Set in 1931 Berlin, Cabaret is the story of two young people, Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) and Brian Roberts (Michael York), living in a country whose economic and political future is volatile: Sally performs at the Kit Kat Club, a deliciously decadent dive where people with questionable reputations congregate for different kinds of mischief. Brian teaches English to earn enough cash to finish his doctorate. He and Sally become lovers, but their relationship becomes troubled with the arrival of a wealthy playboy. This love triangle plays out against the rise to power of the Nazi Party and the collapse of the Weimar Republic in Germany.  Cabaret walked home with 8 Oscars, including Best Director (Bob Fosse), Best Actress (Liza Minnelli) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Joel Grey).

This is a free event, but advance registration is requested.  Please utilize OLLI's online registration system by clicking here.

For more information, please call 309-677-3900.
Upcoming Lecture: Economic Perspectives on the Arts

Economic Perspectives on the Arts: Money in the Bank
Thursday, November 19
Refreshments: 6:30 p.m.
Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
Marty Theatre, Michel Student Center

Maestro George Stelluto, Music Director and Conductor of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, will speak about the real benefits of the arts for communities, the economy, and education (especially related to the effectiveness of STEM topics).  He will share facts that prove measurable benefits of the arts, as well as the impact he has personally seen in his work with youth and adults of four continents.  

Parking will be available on campus after 6:00 p.m.  

This is a free event, but advance registration is requested.  Please click here to utilize OLLI's online registration system.

For more information, please call 309-677-3900.

Armstrong Lecture Series: Building the Holocaust

Building the Holocaust: Spaces of Genocide and Survival
Wednesday, November 11
7:00 p.m.
Marty Theatre, Michel Student Center, Bradley University

The Armstrong Lecture Series and the Department of History at Bradley University will present a lecture titled "Building the Holocaust: Spaces of Genocide and Survival," featuring Dr. Paul Jaskot of DePaul University.  

Dr. Jaskot teaches courses on the history of architecture and modern European art, and specialized courses on the art and architecture of modern Germany as well as topics in Chicago architecture.  He also has begun to develop classes on the burgeoning field of digital humanities.  He has published a number of essays that explore the political function of architecture in the modern period, leading up to his most recent book The Nazi Perpetrator: Postwar German Art and the Politics of the Right.  In addition to his research, Jaskot has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association, the U.S. professional group for artists and art historians. 

This event is free and open to the public; parking is available on campus after 6:00 p.m.

Ray LaHood Special Book Signing Reception

Special Book Signing with the Honorable Ray LaHood
Friday, November 13
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Westlake Hall Room 116, Bradley University

Please join the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University for a special book signing reception with former U.S. Secretary of Transportation & Congressman Ray LaHood.

LaHood's newly released book, Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics, will be available for purchase and signing.  

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Brad McMillan at

Jazz Tribute to Frank Sinatra: Come Fly With Me!

Come Fly With Me! 
Friday, November 20 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 21 - 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.
Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts, Bradley University
$25 for adults

In honor of Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday, join the Bradley University Jazz Ensemble for a special Musical Tribute!  This live concert will feature Broadway star and Bradley alum Eric Petersen, who will sing Sinatra's most beloved, iconic hits including "New York," "My Way," "Come Fly With Me," "My Kind of Town," and many more.

For more information, please click here.

To purchase tickets, please call 309-677-2605.

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