January 26, 2016

Tour Italy with OLLI

Registration is open 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 cities 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 reserve a spot and pay the $250 deposit, you can either call 309-677-3900, or stop by the Continuing Education office on the corner of Main and University Streets.
Honoring the Hidden Hero

A few weeks ago, we ran an article featuring
 a story from OLLI Class instructor Richard Macdonald about his experience bumping into a group of OLLI members from Boston and some Bradley alumni on a river boat cruise through Europe (see the article in our December 15th newsletter by clicking here).  

Dr. Macdonald ended up giving one of his OLLI lectures on the cruise, after the program directors learned of his knowledge on a little-known concentration camp in Melk, Austria.

Since the article was published, Dr. Macdonald was approached by the Grand Circle Cruise Line and asked to share more about his reasons for seeking out that particular camp, to be featured in an article in their newsletter as well!

Read the full Grand Circle article by clicking here, in which Dr. Macdonald describes how his father's involvement in a seemingly forgotten hospital and the liberation of another nearby camp inspired his visit to Melk. 
The TODAY Show interviews Caroll Spinney about I Am Big Bird
The TODAY Show interviews Caroll Spinney about I Am Big Bird
Last Chance to Look at 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.  We need a few more people to join this group!

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.  
Join a Spring Study Group: Walt Disney Before & After 1941

Walt Disney Before and After 1941
Mondays, March 7 - April 11
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

This study group will look at ways the animators' strike in 1941 changed pioneering cartoonist Walt Disney's personal and professional perspectives.  From Steamboat Willie and Snow White to Song of the South and The Jungle Book, we'll examine Disney's life and the forces that drove him to near-genius.  

Participants are expected to read Walt Disney: An American Original by Bob Thomas, available from local or online retailers and libraries.

$45 - facilitated by Terry Meismer, OLLI study group co-coordinator, and cinema committee member

To register online, please use our new online registration system by clicking here, or call Bonnie at 309-677-3900.
Mark your Calendar: Silver Screen Films

This spring, OLLI will co-sponsor the Silver Screen film series at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

As a tie-in to upcoming exhibits at the museum about Peoria as the Whiskey City and the Prohibition, the museum will host three film events related to the Prohibition.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Saturday, March 19
6:00 p.m.

Great Gatsby (2013)
Saturday, April 2
6:00 p.m.

The Untouchables (1987)
Saturday, April 16
6:00 p.m.

Tickets will soon be available to purchase at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.  For more information, contact Elly at

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 the following ten different categories:

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Documentary Feature, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Foreign Language Film.

Anyone on the OLLI newsletter email list can play by clicking on the link that will be available each Tuesday in February.  Make your selections via an online survey any time during the month.  After the trophies are awarded on Oscar night on Sunday, February 28, we will announce the top three OLLI members who guessed most accurately in our newsletter on Tuesday, March 1.  

1st place: Free Dinner & A Movie cinema trip to the Chillicothe Town Theatre, May 9
2nd place: Gift Certificate worth 4 movie tickets at Landmark Cinema
3rd place: 2 DVDs from past Cinema Events: A Separation and Putin's Kiss

To check out the 2015 nominees, click here.  Best of luck!

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