OLLI News from Bradley University

May 31, 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

Dinner & A Movie: Paramount Theatre in Aurora

If you enjoy touring historical buildings and watching lighthearted musicals, then this trip is for you!  We need a few more registrations to ensure that this trip will happen, so please register as soon as possible if you are interested.

The Paramount Theatre in Aurora: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Monday, August 15
8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

On this day-long trip to Aurora, we will dine at the historic Two Brothers Roundhouse, the oldest roundhouse in North America.  In the mid-1990s, Chicago Bears football star Walter Payton renovated the building, and it is now home to Two Brothers Brewing Company.

After lunch, we will head downtown to tour the Paramount Theatre, opened in 1931 and designed withe precise acoustics and sight lines to ensure there isn't a bad seat in the house.  Following our backstage tour, we will view the 1954 comedic musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which follows the playful story of a backwoodsman who brings his new wife back to his Oregon cabin, where she is surprised to find his six brothers who want to get married, too.  Nominated for Best Picture of 1954, it is known for its outstanding dance sequences.  At the film's conclusion, our discussion will be moderated by Tom Scanlon, Head of Audio for the Broadway Series at the theatre.

$99 - includes tour, film screening, moderated discussion, lunch, gratuities, and round-trip charter coach transportation

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

Spaces Still Available on These Local Trips

Running Central (Activity Level 1)
Monday, June 6
8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation
Get a behind-the-scenes look inside this top-rated running store, housed in Peoria's warehouse district in over 20,000 square feet of space - making it the largest specialty store in the United States.

Backstage at Eastlight Theatre (Activity Level 2)
Friday, June 17
11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation
Learn how a production progresses from set building to opening night and how the Eastlight Theatre provides educational programs to develop the talents of youth and adults.

Camp Big Sky (Activity Level 2)
Monday, June 27
11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$29 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation
See how this 102 acre, nonprofit camp helps make a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities by providing them with opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.

Register for these or any other trips online by clicking here, 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.

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