OLLI News from Bradley University

April 26, 2016
Notable OLLI Dates

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
May 11 and 18, 9am: Curriculum Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite 

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 OLLI 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 by calling 309-677-3900.

Join this study group and learn about featured women artists like Barb Hoffman, a local photographer who incorporates landscape and abstraction in her photos.

In her "Beauty and Decay" series, Barb photographs tropical plants that are well past their traditionally photographed point of perfection, as a metaphor for beauty in all phases of life.

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.
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.  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.

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!

Bradley University Theatre Presents: Our Country's Good

Our Country's Good, by Timberlake Wertenbaker
April 28 - 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.
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
A Day in the Life of a Foreign Service Officer

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council presents:
"A Day in the Life of a Foreign Service Officer"
Tuesday, May 3
7:00 p.m. lecture (arrive by 5:15 p.m. to enjoy dinner)
Lariat Steakhouse, 2232 W Glen Ave, Peoria

The Peoria World Affairs Council presents a free lecture given by Chillicothe native Frankie Sturm: "A Day in the Life of a Foreign Service Officer."  

Frankie Sturm joined the Foreign Service in 2010. In May 2016, he will begin his next assignment as Press Officer in the Office of the Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State. He previously served as Deputy Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Poland (2011-2013) and Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala (2014-2016). Sturm worked as Communications Director for the Truman National Security Project from 2008-2010, and he spent two years as an English teacher in France.

This dynamic event about the daily routine and unexpected daily happenings in United States embassies is informal and free of charge for Peoria Area World Affairs Council members, students, and the public. The lecture will begin at 7:00 P.M. Those wishing to enjoy a meal prior to the lecture are encouraged to arrive by 5:15 P.M. to place an order from a menu developed specifically for this event. All meal costs are the responsibility of attendees on the night of the event. Advance notice of dinner and event attendance desired via director@pawac.org.
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