OLLI News from Bradley University

May 24, 2016
Notable OLLI Dates

June 1, 9am: Curriculum Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
July 6, 10am: Summer Social at Dozer Park - register online
Aug. 17 & 24, 9am: Winter Curriculum Committee Meetings in Michel Student Center Executive Suite

July 7 & 14, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meetings at Peoria NEXT, 801 W Main St

July 12, 9am: Learning Trip Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center Executive Suite

July 15, 9am: Cinema Committee Meeting in Michel Student Center 203

Lincoln Park Conservatory & Chicago Nature Museum

Chicago Nature Center with Rhonda Ferree (Activity Level 3)
Thursday, June 30
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

On this trip, OLLI will head to Chicago with our very own nature expert, Rhonda Ferree, a University of Illinois Extension Educator, horticulture specialist, and frequent OLLI class instructor, who will share her insights and act as our personal guide throughout the day.  

First, we'll visit the Lincoln Park Conservatory, built in the late 1890s and designed to showcase exotic plants and grow the thousands of plants needed for use in the park.  After lunch we'll tour the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, opened in 1999 by the historic Chicago Academy of Sciences.  A museum naturalist will guide us through two of the Museum's exhibits, where we will discover the history behind the founding of Chicago's oldest museum and learn about the great scientists and naturalists that paved the way.  We'll also have time to browse many exhibits on our own, including the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, the internationally renowned signature greenhouse that houses more than 1,000 butterflies. 

$115 - includes museum admissions, presentations, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation

To register, click here to utilize our online system, or call Gwen at 309-677-3900.

Smithsonian Series Featured in Study Group

Exploring America's Roots and Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Wednesdays, June 8 - June 29
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Bradley University, Caterpillar Global Communications Center

OLLI has the distinct honor of being chosen as a host site for the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Exploring America's Roots and Art series.  Using state-of-the-art videoconferencing technology at Bradley University, participants will connect with art at the museum and will examine our country through the eyes of artists in different eras.  

After a warm-up session to explore how to analyze and understand artworks, Smithsonian presenters will facilitate our journey of the choices artists make when creating their works, the historical context of the creation of our nation, the depictions of the people, lifestyles, and landscape of the 19th-century West, and how artists make specific aesthetic choices in order to communicate social, political, or cultural ideas.

$45 - co-facilitated by Deb Clay and Dana Baldwin

Register online by clicking here, or call Bonnie at 309-677-3900 to register over the phone.

Summer Study Group: Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Discussion-Based)
Fridays, June 10 - July 22 (skip July 1)
9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, 801 W Main St, Peoria

Cancer doctor and researcher D. Siddhartha Mukherjee has written a masterful book about the history of cancer.  Selected as a top ten book of 2010, The Emperor of all Maladies explains cancer from scientific, medical, and human perspectives in order to enhance understanding of the struggle mankind has faced with this disease over the centuries and to give hope to the future.  

Participants will read selections from the book, available from local or online retailers and libraries, and view video clips from the PBS series to prompt discussion of different aspects of the disease and medicine's attempt to conquer it.

$45 - facilitated by Tom Pilat, retired Professor of Human Anatomy and Physiology 

Register online by clicking here, or call Bonnie at 309-677-3900 to register over the phone.

Summer Cinema: Freedom Summer

Freedom Summer: Voting Rights, Then & Now
Thursdays, July 7, 14, and 21
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
July 7: film viewing at Bradley University
July 14 and 21: discussions at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

Would you risk being killed, beaten, arrested, fired, or having your home or church bombed or burnt, so that you could register to vote or help others register?  During a terrifying Mississippi summer in 1968, hundreds of committed activists took such risks to help African-Americans register to vote - a right granted in the U. S. Constitution, but blatantly denied in practice.

The story of that summer is clearly told in Stanley Nelson's documentary film, Freedom Summer.  We will view the film and then discuss voting access, opportunities, practicalities, and challenges.  

$29 - moderated by Pat Landes, member, League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria, and OLLI volunteer, instructor, and facilitator

Register online by clicking here, or call Gwen at 309-677-3900 to register over the phone.

Hilltop Happenings
Thank You for Your Recyclables!

To everyone who donated items or saved recyclables for World of Wonder -

We were floored by the support of our OLLI members in providing us with supply items needed by our teachers.  We have collected as many items as we can store for this year!

Thank you for supporting World of Wonder!

Beyond the Hilltop
Can You Help with Sculpture Walk 2016?

On June 4, Sculpture Walk Peoria
 opens its second annual exhibit of outdoor sculptures along Washington Street to celebrate the transformation of the Warehouse District.  

As a volunteer, you can be part of the excitement of Sculpture Walk 2016, now even bigger and better with 15 new sculptures in downtown Peoria.  On Opening Day, June 4, Washington Street will be closed to enable the public to easily walk between the sculptures and hear the artists describe their work.  

A number of volunteer positions are available - and, as a volunteer, you will be close to all of it!  Please review the positions online by clicking here, and sign up if you would like to help.

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