OLLI News from Bradley University

April 19,2016
Notable OLLI Dates

April 19, 4:30pm: OLLI-sponsored Lecture:  Screening Vienna: The City of Dreams in English-Language Cinema and Television in Westlake 116; free
May 4, 9am: OLLI Summer 2016 Registration Open House in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms
June 1, 9am: Curriculum Committee Meeting in Michel Students Center Executive Suite
April 21, 2pm:  Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
May 11 and 18, 9am: Curriculum Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite 

Classes Reminder: Wear Red for Group Photo Tomorrow

If you are attending OLLI classes tomorrow, please wear red for our group photo!

We will gather in the Student Center atrium during our first break at 10:15 for the photo.

We can't wait to see everyone in their Bradley Red tomorrow!
Fall Study Group Theme: One-Question Survey

Kamil Mufti, frequent OLLI class instructor and resident scholar and Imam at the Islamic Foundation of Peoria for the past six years, will facilitate an OLLI Study Group in Fall 2016.  He has asked for assistance in narrowing down the theme of his proposed study group.

Please click here to take a one-question survey indicating which option you would be most interested in.  Thank you for your feedback!

Join this study group and learn about featured women artists like Cathie Crawford, printmaker and art educator for almost forty years.

Focused on woodcut and monotype, Cathie completed her Master of Fine Art degree in 1987 from Bradley, and has had work included in over three hundred exhibitions.

In this group, we'll explore how and why art is thriving in our town and the role of women in that growth.  Four Peoria women artists - Dana Baldwin, Jaci Willis, Cathie Crawford, and Barb Hoffman - will join our discussions over the last four weeks. 

To register online, please click here, or call Bonnie at 309-677-3900.
Special Cinema Event: Last Days in Vietnam

Last Days in Vietnam
Friday, April 29
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theatre

Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University, this special presentation of the Oscar-nominated documentary, Last Days in Vietnam, is open to the public.  This event ties in with the Peoria Reads program led by Peoria Public Library and Common Place, which features The Things They Carried.  For more information and to view Peoria Reads events leading up to the film screening, visit www.peoriareads.org, or click here to jump below to a description of a selection of these events under "Beyond the Hilltop."

Following the film, Dr. David Thompson, Professor of History at Illinois Central College, will lead a brief moderated discussion.

Cost: $5.00; pre-registration is requested.  Reserve your seat today!  309-677-3900.

Cinema Conversations on Gang Violence in Chicago

The Interrupters
Thursdays, May 5, 12 , and 19
2:00 - 400 p.m.
May 5: film viewing at Bradley University's Visitor's Center
May 12 and 19: discussions at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

During a turbulent and violent period in Chicago, The Interrupters follows the moving and surprising stories of three "Violence Interrupters," who try to protect their neighborhoods from the violence that was a daily part of their lives. The film's main protagonists are Ameena
Matthews, daughter of one of the city's most notorious gang leaders, Cobe Williams, a good-natured young man moving down the wrong path after his father's murder, and Eddie Bocanegra, who is haunted by a murder he committed when he was seventeen. The three Chicagoans work for an innovative organization, CeaseFire, which believes that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected and stop the infection at its source. Using their street reputations, the "Violence Interrupters" attempt to intervene in conflicts before they explode into violence. Recommended reading material will include online articles related to gang violence in Chicago. 

Guest speakers will include Judy Huff, former Director of the Human Services Program at Illinois Central College and Facilitator of Poverty Simulation Programs, and a representative from the Peoria Police department's "Don't Shoot" Initiative.

$29 - facilitated by Jennifer Bass, retired teacher, frequent OLLI instructor, and OLLI secretary.

To register for this group online, please click here, or call Gwen at 309-677=3900.

OLLI Co-Sponsored Lecture

Screening Vienna: The City of Dreams in English-Language Cinema and Television
Presented by Dr. Tim Conley, Professor of English
Tuesday, April 19
4:30 p.m. Lecture, followed by reception
Cullom-Davis Library, Wyckoff Room, Bradley University

Advance registration is not required; parking will be available in the Main Street parking deck or in the Visitor's parking lot.
Hilltop Happenings
World of Wonder Wants Your Recyclables!

Continuing Education hosts a popular summer camp for gifted and talented students in June and August called World of Wonder, which provides a fun and challenging opportunity for a younger generation of lifelong learners!

Our teachers love to use clean, recyclable materials in their hands-on class projects, including the following:

- paper towel, toilet paper, and wrapping paper rolls
- shoe boxes
- cereal and snack boxes
- plastic containers and lids
- egg cartons
- newspapers and magazines (age-appropriate)

If you are able to collect any of the above materials, we would like to take them off your hands!  Materials can be dropped off at our office, located on the corner of Main and University Streets, Monday - Friday, between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  If you are attending Spring Classes, you may also drop off materials at the registration desk on class days.

Thank you for supporting World of Wonder!

April Lectures 

"Drones and the ethics of targeted killing"
Tuesday, April 19
7:00 p.m.
Marty Theatre, Michel Student Center, Bradley University
Free and open to the public

Dr. Kenneth Himes , of the Department of Theology at Boston College, will examine American conduct of warfare in the last decade within the context of long-established theories of Just War.  Click here to view an informational flyer.

"Time does not heal all wounds: Trauma in veterans of all eras and how to help"
Monday, April 25
7:00 p.m.
Michel Student Center Ballroom, Bradley University
Free and open to the public

The Daniel J. Elias Foundation Honors Lecture Series will present a talk by Dr. Joseph R. Scotti ('81).  Dr. Scotti taught at West Virginia University for nearly 25 years.  His clinical, teaching, and research efforts included veteran issues.

"The psychology of political attitudes"
Tuesday, April 26
7:00 p.m.
Neumiller Lecture Hall, Bradley Hall, Bradley University
Free and open to the public

Dr. John Jost of New York University is a renowned psychologist with extensive research in the psychological processes through which individuals construct their social, religious, and political outlooks.

Bradley University Theatre Presents: Our Country's Good

Our Country's Good, by Timberlake Wertenbaker
April 21 - May 1
Thurs-Sat, 8:00 p.m.; Sun, 2:30 p.m.
Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts, Bradley University
Cost: $12.00 for general public

Our Country's Good, the final play in Bradley Theatre's 2015-2016 season, will open April 21, with performances Thursdays through Sundays until May 1, in the Meyer Jacobs Theatre at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts.

A modern classic by American playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker, the celebrated 1988 play depicts the true story of a 1788 stage production presented by transported convicts in the British penal colony of New South Wales, Australia. The play is set shortly after the eleven ships of the storied First Fleet made landfall to deliver their cargo of exiled criminals and Royal Marines under the leadership of visionary governor Arthur Philip, who eventually all work together to sow the new values of fair play, egalitarianism, and equal justice that even today characterize the nation they would build.

For more details including a cast list, please click here.

To purchase tickets, call the box office at 309-677-2650.
Dinosaurs of the Past, the Present and the Future

Dinosaurs of the Past, the Present, and the Future
Presented by Jack Horner, internationally-known paleontologist
Saturday, April 23
1:00 p.m.
Neumiler Auditorium, Bradley Hall, Bradley University
FREE and open to the public

The Bradley University Center for STEM Education invites the public to this FREE presentation by internationally-known paleontologist, Jack Horner!  Senior adjunct scientist at the Smithsonian Institution and Curator at the Museum of the Rockies, Horner directs the larges dinosaur field research program in the world and has been featured on CBS's 60 Minutes, National Geographic, and The Discovery Channel.  He also served as the technical advisor for Steven Spielberg on all of the Jurassic Park movies and for the FOX television show Terra Nova.

Horner's free presentation at 1:00 p.m. is preceded by morning activities on campus featuring fossil exhibits.  To view a flyer with exhibition details, parking information, and more, please click here.
Super Brain Summit

Introducing the Super Brain Summit: a three day, online video conferencing extravaganza showcasing internationally known experts on the many, diverse wonders of the brain!

The inaugural Super Brain Summit will be on April 28-30, 2016.

Each featured speaker will share a one-hour presentation on a topic of their choosing, which will be streamed live, as well as recorded to be kept online.

This event is a one-of-a-kind chance to learn about current brain research from some of the leading minds in the field. With a variety of speakers and topics, this is an experience that you will not want to miss!

Special OLLI Member rate of $35 per session.  
Registration deadline is Friday, April 22, 2016.  For more information visit www.bradley.edu/superbrainsummit, or to register, click here.  

** There is an opportunity to attend these sessions on-campus at the Peoria NEXT Building, Room A114 on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29th only.  If you wish to attend on-campus rather than participating from home, please indicate when registering.

For questions, please contact Debbie Devine or Christy Haeffele at 309.677.2820.

Beyond the Hilltop
Peoria Reads 2016 Events

The following programs are part of The Big Read: Peoria Reads 2016:
Inspirational Programs by Musician and Vietnam Veteran Kimo Williams
James "Kimo" Williams spent much of his childhood being bounced from inner cities to a rural sharecropper farm where he picked tobacco and hauled water. As a teen in Mississippi he witnessed first-hand the racial segregation of the South, the moment that led to his passion to create his own identity and career as a musician and educator. After attending high school in Hawaii he served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam just after hearing his first major music concert: Jimi Hendrix playing at the Waikiki Bowl. He was so inspired by this concert and the music of Jimi Hendrix, that he dedicated himself to music and playing guitar. He is now a highly regarded composer and musician who continues to serve Veterans while winning one award after another for musical compositions from symphonies to jazz-themed large ensemble works. Since 1989, Kimo has been a faculty member at Columbia College Chicago where he is an associate professor in the Music Department. From 2004 to 2012 Kimo managed and performed with his "Lt. Dan Band", a classic-rock group he co-founded in 2003 with actor Gary Sinise. They performed USO shows throughout the world. He is also the founder of the United States Vietnam Art Program (USVAP.org) creating artistic opportunities between the two countries and for veterans in medical facilities.
Thursday, April 21
Kimo Williams - Me, My Guitar, My M16: Developing Core Values Through Adversities
Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch, 6:00 p.m.
With audio, visual and a little guitar playing, Kimo Williams presents his personal journey from a dysfunctional family life, picking crops on his grandfather sharecropper's farm instead of attending school, fighting in Vietnam in a segregated Army and how these adversities help in the development of his core life values. As a composer Kimo used music as a way to communicate about his life experiences. He expounds on the importance of developing a set of core values that "determine how one functions as a citizen of humanity." 
Free and open to the public.
Friday, April 22
Kimo Williams - Me, My Guitar, My M16: How Jimi Hendrix and the Vietnam War Turned Me to Music
Peoria Public Library North Branch, 3:30 p.m.
Award winning Guitarist/Composer/Educator, James "Kimo Williams" speaks about his life in music from attending his first Hendrix concert in 1969 and learning the guitar while
fighting in Vietnam, to composing symphonies that are performed around the world. With audio, visual and a little guitar playing, Kimo Williams presents his personal journey of using the power of music and art as means of expressing his war experiences. 
Free and open to the public. 

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