February 23, 2016

Notable OLLI Dates

February 2 - 26: Oscar Contest via OLLI newsletter
March 18: Last day to register for Italy trip
April 2, 6pm: Great Gatsby Silver Screen
at Peoria Riverfront Museum; tickets available soon

March 19, 6pm: Bonnie and Clyde Silver Screen at Peoria Riverfront Museum; tickets available soonApril 7 and 21, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meetings at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

March 23, 12pm: OLLI Spring 2016 Kickoff Luncheon; free with OLLI Classes, $20 for Luncheon onlyApril 8, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite

March 29, 7pm: OLLI-sponsored Lecture: Big Data, Geometry, and Algebra
in Westlake 116; free
April 15, 9am: Cinema
 Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Room 203

April 16, 6pm: The Untouchables Silver Screen at Peoria Riverfront Museum; tickets available soon
Spring Classes are Almost Here!

Have you registered for OLLI Spring Classes yet?  April will be here before you know it!

The Spring Kickoff Luncheon is included in your class fee, which will be held on Wednesday, March 23.  Those who cannot attend classes are welcome at the Kickoff Luncheon for $20.  
Here are what class members say they like best about classes:

- The variety of topics
- The learning and the interaction with friends
- The quality of instructors
- They're informal, informative, and fun
- Everything runs so smoothly

To register for Spring Classes, click here to utilize our new online registration system, or call Bonnie at 309-677-3900.
Spring Learning Trips with Spaces Available

If you're itching with spring fever, join OLLI for a day out on a local learning trip!  These upcoming spring trips still have spaces available.  All three trips listed below are Activity Level 2 trips.

Behind-the-Curtain at Peoria Players
Thursday, March 3, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Join OLLI for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how theatre "plays in Peoria." Did you know that Peoria is home to the nation's fourth longest continually-running community theatre?  Peoria Players Theatre has been entertaining audiences for 98 years and currently runs approximately 10 productions each year. On this trip, we'll learn about the logistics of operating a non-profit theatre, tour the backstage and costume area, and meet director Laura Garfinkel to find out what it's like to prepare for the upcoming show To Kill a Mockingbird.
$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

Tuesday, March 8, 8:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Simantel is a local, independent, award-winning marketing and communications firm headquartered in Peoria's Warehouse District. On this tour, we'll meet the staff and learn how the company has partner agencies in more than 23 countries, embraces the latest technology, and masters the newest industry trends in business-to-business marketing. We'll also learn about the company's video production and animation tools, research, and marketing automation. In addition, we'll hear more about Simantel's work with Caterpillar, The Weather Channel, Bradley University, Easter Seals, and more. Participants on this tour will also have the opportunity to take part in a small focus group during our time on site!
$25- includes lunch, gratuities, tour, fees, and shuttle transportation

Friday, March 18, 9:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Step back in time as we visit the Peoria Riverfront Museum for a private tour of the traveling exhibit American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.  Featuring the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation, this exhibition was created by the National Constitution Center and is the first comprehensive exhibition about America's most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup. In addition, we'll have the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at the Dome Planetarium with the Zeiss Powerdome Planetarium System, which projects the world's most realistic night sky.  Participants will also check out the museum's Giant Screen Theater, which, at 52-feet high and 70-feet wide, extends beyond your field of vision for a completely lifelike experience.
$35 - includes lunch, gratuities, admission fees, private tour, and shuttle transportation

To register for these or any other spring trips, you may click here to utilize our online registration system, or call Gwen at 309-677-3900.
Life Satisfaction Survey

Last spring, one of our OLLI classes involved exploring satisfaction across the lifespan, and as a result, Jonathon Rauch, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, worked with OLLI members on a life satisfaction survey to further investigate the topic.

Mr. Rauch is in need of more OLLI volunteers to complete his study, so we would like to invite you to participate by clicking on the survey link below.  Your participation is completely voluntary, and all information provided will remain anonymous.  

As a second part of this project, if you are interested in being interviewed about life satisfaction, the final online page of the survey allows you to provide your email address and phone number to be considered for interview selection.

To complete the survey, click here.

To read more information about this survey, please click here.
OLLI Reads

Many OLLI participants are using the OLLI Reads list to share information about their favorite books.

By clicking on the link below, you can open and read the list yourself.  Clicking on most of the titles in the list will direct you to Amazon, where you can find more information about the book and a free sample of the book ready for wireless delivery to your Kindle Reader.

Contact Greg Peine at with your suggestions for additions to the OLLI Reads list.

If you need a free Kindle Reader for your PC, the videos at the links below can show you how to download the program.


The Happiest Place on Earth... on Strike

In 1941, Walt Disney's animators went on strike, changing the landscape of animation and comics -- and Walt Disney himself.

Join us in the spring study group, Walt Disney Before and After 1941, in which we will look at the ways the animator's strike changed Disney's personal and professional perspectives.  

Walt Disney Before and After 1941
Mondays, March 7 - April 11
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
$45 - facilitated by Terry Meismer, OLLI study group co-coordinator and Cinema Committee member.

To view a short video about the strike, click on the image below.

To register for this study group, click here to utilize our new online registration system, or call Bonnie at 309-677-3900.

2nd Annual Oscar Contest - Last Chance to Play!

Until the end of this week, you can participate in 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 above to take the online survey any time up through Saturday, February 27.  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: 4 movie ticket vouchers to Landmark Cinemas
3rd place: 2 DVDs from Cinema Events: A Separation and Putin's Kiss

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

Hilltop Happenings
Eleventh Annual Bradley Jazz Festival Today

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. today, the eleventh annual Bradley University Jazz Festival will take place in the Michel Student Center.  

The festival will feature fifteen high school bands, guest artist Ray Anderson, and clinicians Arthur Falbush, Tim Pitchford, and Kevin Nichols.

All daytime performances are free and open to the public!

The evening concert will feature the Bradley Groove Project and Jazz Ensemble with Ray Anderson at 7:30 p.m. in the Michel Student Center Ballroom.  Tickets for the evening concert are $15 for adults and free for students.
A Radical Approach to Tackling Diversity & Difference

Author Chris Yates to Discuss A Radical Approach to Tackling Diversity & Difference
Wednesday, February 24
2:00 p.m. 
Hayden Clark Alumni Center, Bradley University

Chris Yates, Chief Learning Officer at Caterpillar and author of Rewire: A Radical Approach to Tackling Diversity & Difference, will give a keynote address on that subject on Wednesday, February 24, at 2:00 p.m. in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center.

Yates' book takes a fresh look at the issue of equality, diversity, and inclusion at work.  It critiques the current thinking and practices that are responsible for slow progress in this area, while providing readers with a new, holistic, and tactical perspective that leverages what we know about influencing and changing people's mind-sets.

This exclusive speaking engagement is hosted by the Executive Development Center at Bradley and has limited seating.  Register online at or call 309-677-4420.  Refreshments and a book signing will follow the address from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
"Speak Up" on Immigration

"Speak Up:" The German Refugee Immigration Crisis
Presented by William Toel
Thursday, February 25
12:00 p.m.
Cullom-Davis Library, Bradley University

Join Bradley professor William Toel for a presentation on the German refugee immigration crisis as a part of the "Speak Up" lecture series.  Mr. Toel teaches classes in the Honors Program and International Business at Bradley.

Last fall, Mr. Toel walked all five of the eastern German states (while teaching his Bradley classes over the web in the evenings).  Overall he walked about 360 miles, visited 93 villages, and spoke with approximately 1,000 local people.

During his visit, he discovered a large discrepancy in what was being reported and what was actually happening.  His talk will focus on whether democracy can survive without truth in the public realm.

This event is free and open to the public.  
Guest Speaker for Black History Month

"From Jena to Ferguson and Beyond: Blackness and Black Political Consciousness in the Age of the Internet."
Presented by Dr. Jonathan Smith
Thursday, February 25
7:00 p.m.
Cullom-Davis Library, Bradley University

Dr. Jonathan Smith, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Community Engagement at Saint Louis University, will give a special presentation titled "From Jena to Ferguson and Beyond: Blackness and Black Political Consciousness in the Age of the Internet."

This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Bradley University African American Studies, History Department.

Armstrong Lecture Series: Ancient Long-Distance Trade

"The Rise of Globalization: State, Infrastructure, and Long-Distance Trade 200 BCE."
Presented by Gojiko Barjamovic, Harvard University
Monday, February 29
7:00 p.m.
Cullom-Davis Library, Bradley University

This talk will explore the relation between trade and state as reflected in the texts, and trace the ways in which trade transformed production economy, physical and financial infrastructure across a large geographical area.  The frame of the story will be a journey through the world of the Assyrian traders as seen through the eyes of the 15-year-old boy about to set out to the colonies to work for his father's business.  

Through illustrations, maps, and quotes drawn from the ancient texts, we track his voyage and experience the landscapes, cities, and people that he encounters on his way.  Through his eyes we explore how people lived, worked, and traded, and how they perceived issues of justice, state, wealth, art, education, morals, gender, and the divine.

This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Department of History.

Beyond the Hilltop
Art Exhibit: Two Men Who Made a Difference

Between February 1 - 27, you are invited to view a special exhibit at the Peoria Public Library Main Branch on art preservation service.

Two Men Who Made a Difference: Leslie Kenyon and Dr. George Kottemann

The exhibit was curated by OLLI class instructor Bennett Johnson.  It can be found on the lower level of the library.

Film Fest at Peoria Riverfront Museum: LUNAFEST

LUNAFEST®: Short Films By, For, About Women®
March 4 and 5
7:00 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St, Peoria
Tickets: $10

LUNAFEST®: Short Films By, For, About Women®, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will be hosted by the Bradley University Women's and Gender Studies Department and the Peoria Riverfront Museum on March 4 and 5.   

This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through six short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women's health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. 

All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and the Center for Prevention of Abuse. Thus far, LUNAFEST, which is created and funded by LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®, raised more than $857,000 for Breast Cancer Fund and more than $2,100,000 for other non-profit organizations. 

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