January 19, 2016

Tour Italy with OLLI

This Thursday, January 21, at 9:00 a.m., registration will begin for our trip with Road Scholar to Italy in September 2016!

We will spend 14 days and 13 nights experiencing the beauty of three historic capitals of Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance acclaim: Rome, Florence and Venice.  Local experts will lead us on a journey as we explore the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Borghese and Vatican museums, and "David"-- a Renaissance period masterpiece in Florence-- and a gondola ride through the canals of Venice.

For additional information, including trip dates, pricing, and brief trip itinerary, click here.

To register, you can visit OLLI's home page at and follow the link that will be there after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, or you can register in person or over the phone.

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

OLLI Co-Sponsored Lecture

As you may know, starting in 2016, OLLI will begin sponsoring lectures held on Bradley's campus by other academic departments.  The first OLLI-sponsored lecture will be this spring as a part of the Liberal Arts and Sciences lecture series.

Big Data, Geometry, and Algebra: Modeling Complexity in Financial Networks
Presented by Dr. Mat Timm, Professor of Mathematics
Tuesday, March 29
7:00 p.m. Reception, 7:30 p.m. Lecture
Westlake Hall, Room 116, Bradley University

Advance registration is not required.  Come join OLLI and the LAS department for this free event!
Coming Soon: 2nd Annual Oscar Contest

During the month of February, we will supply a link to our 2nd Annual Oscar Contest, in which you select the nominations you think will be awarded in ten different categories.

Check your newsletter next week for additional details on how to play -- and win!

To check out the 2015 nominees, click here.

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The TODAY Show interviews Caroll Spinney about I Am Big Bird
The TODAY Show interviews Caroll Spinney about I Am Big Bird
Successful Aging with Caroll Spinney

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the man inside the big yellow suit?  Caroll Spinney is a shining example of living life to its fullest and aging successfully, as he has been warming the hearts of children for generations as the beloved character, Big Bird.

Join us for Cinema Conversations this February as we examine Caroll Spinney's life and work through an uplifting documentary, I am Big Bird.  

Click on the video image above to learn more about the documentary from Spinney himself.

Cinema Conversations: I am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Wednesdays, February 3 - 17, 2016
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Viewing: February 3, at Peoria Public North Branch
Discussions: February 10 and 17 at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Cost: $29

To register online for this group, please click here.  
Thank You, Randy Saxon

Last week at Winter Classes, one of OLLI's most popular instructors, Randy Saxon, announced his retirement from teaching at OLLI.  Over the past several years, Randy has taught, facilitated, and hosted over 50 OLLI events, and is best known for his extensive knowledge of Lincoln, the Civil War, and the Holocaust.  In addition to his expertise, Randy has been a beloved instructor for his welcoming, kindhearted, and inquisitive nature.

Randy Saxon embodies OLLI's spirit of lifelong learning, and we look forward to seeing him among OLLI students in the future!

In his last class, "Lincoln and Literature," he shared a book list containing titles about one of our country's greatest presidents that he thought others would enjoy.  If you would like to view a copy of this list, please click here.

Thank you, Randy, for all your contributions to lifelong learning and OLLI at Bradley!
Beyond the Hilltop
Britain at the Crossroads: The Future of British Politics

Peoria Area World Affairs Council presents:
"Britain at the Crossroads: The Future of British Politics"
Thursday, January 21 
5:30 p.m., optional dinner; $35 for public, $30 for PAWAC members
7:00 p.m., presentation; $15 for public, $10 for PAWAC members, free for students
Michel Student Center Ballrooms, Bradley University

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) presents "Britain at the Crossroads: The Future of British Politics" with Dr. Paul Nixon of the Academy of European Studies and Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands.  

How is the British political landscape changing? Are the recent elections a blip or are we witnessing a redrawing of the politics of Britain? In his lecture, Dr. Nixon will discuss the recent United Kingdom elections and the subsequent political shifts. He will examine the Scottish and European questions, and the Labour leadership contest. What might this mean in the near future? Dr. Nixon will also offer predictions of future trends, and explain the importance of politics in Britain as they relate to the United States.

Dinner reservations must be made in advance no later than Monday, January 18.  Registration forms and links to online ordering are available on the PAWAC website:  Advance notice for those only attending the presentation is appreciated via

For additional information, visit or call 309-677-2454.
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