OLLI News from Bradley University
March 19, 2019  
Join OLLI to Visit Newest Museum Exhibit This Friday

10 Medical Inventions That Changed the World 
Friday, March 22
9:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Level 2 Learning Trip

From the use of radiation to recent breakthroughs in virtual technologies and simulations, this exhibit celebrates amazing medical and healthcare innovations.  

Join OLLI, with Curator of Collections Exhibitions, Bill Conger, as we enjoy a private tour of this newest exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.  
$40 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation.

Seats are still available!  Register online, or contact Gwen or Bonnie at (309) 677-3900.

'There's No Place Else We'd Rather Be!'

According to Mark Spenny, CEFCU President and CEO, the Peoria-area is a great place to retire.

That was his message at the OLLI spring kick-off luncheon when, as guest speaker, Spenny identified all the ways in which our region is an ideal area for retirees.  In terms of health care, cost of living, recreational options, cultural attractions, and opportunities for social engagement, the Peoria-area really stacks up as a retirement destination.

Thanks to Mark Spenny for his presentation and for reminding us that OLLI is just one more reason to call Peoria our retirement home!  

To see Spenny's complete presentation, visit the OLLI website.
OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,

I have been out of town a lot, so I did not sign up for OLLI spring classes.  My schedule has cleared up, but I noticed the OLLI kick-off luncheon was last week. Am I too late to sign up for classes?

Procrastinating Patty

Dear Procrastinating Patty,

There is absolutely still time to sign up for classes. We have a variety of wonderful classes available. Just give us a call at 677-3900 and we can get you registered or go online at www.bradley.edu/OLLI to do it yourself.  We look forward to seeing you in April!

OLLI Insider

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  is a weekly article that addresses questions from our members.  If you have a question about OLLI you'd like featured in an upcoming edition, please email  continue@bradley.edu .
OLLI Member Featured in 'Forgotten 500' Story

On a fateful day in July, 1944, OLLI member Robert (Bob) Wilson, 94, became one of the 500 plus Allied airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia during World War II. Then just 20-years-old, he had just parachuted from a B-17 bomber that had taken German antiaircraft fire that doomed the flight.  Finding himself marooned in Serbia, Bob began a two month ordeal to remain hidden from the Germans under the protection of Serbian soldiers and locals.  

In the March 5 edition of the Morton Courier, read more about Bob's military experiences in Serbia and his extraction as part of 'the greatest rescue mission of World War II.'

[Photo courtesy of Robert Wilson and Courier Newspapers]  
Upcoming OLLI Events

April 2019
May 2019
April 3, 10, 17, 24 , OLLI Classes, Bradley University Michel Student Center
May 1, 8:00 a.m., Summer Registration Social, Bradley University Michel Student Center
April 4, 9:00 a.m. , Study Group Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center
May 8, 9:00 a.m., Meeting to Wrap-up Winter and Spring Classes, Begin Fall Curriculum Brainstorming, Peoria Next Innovation Center
April 9, 12:30 p.m. , Learning Trip Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center
May 8, 15, 29, 9:00 a.m., Curriculum Committee Meeting Peoria Next Innovation Center
April 18, 9:00 a.m. , Study Group Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center

Hilltop Happenings
  Ethics Lecture to Consider Robots

The Robots are Coming: Ethics, Politics,
and Society in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Tuesday, March 26

Dr. Kenneth Taylor, Henry Waldgrave Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University, will present this free lecture as part of the 4th Annual Ethics Lecture organzed by Bradley University's Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.  

For more information, contact the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at (309) 677-2440.

[Photo courtesy of Robohub]
Gertrude Abercrombie to be Focus of Presentation

"It's Always Myself That I Paint" 
The Work and Life of Gertrude Abercrombie
Wednesday, March 27
6:00 p.m.

This lecture will feature the work and life of Gertrude Abercrombie, a Chicago-based painter who created surreal imagery that reflected her dreams, fears, and obsessions.  Dr. Susan Weininger, Professor Emerita of Art History at Roosevelt University in Chicago, will be the presenter.   Weininger is the leading scholar and author of multiple comprehensive essays on Abercrombie's art and life.

The Fine Arts Society of Peoria, Bradley University's Department of Art and Design, and the Illinois Women Artists Project are sponsoring this Channy Lyons Memorial Lecture.  For more information, visit the Fine Arts Society website, or call (309) 692-1858.

[Image: Gertrude Abercrombie, The Stroll, 1943, oil on fiberboard, Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Gertrude Abercrombie Trust  1978.146.2]
  Beyond the Hilltop
Events Coming to the Chillicothe Public Library

Women of World War II: On the Front Lines and the Home Front
Saturday, March 23
1:00 p.m.

During World War II, American women took on many new roles, both in the military and as civilians. Beyond Rosie the Riveter and the Atomic Girls, women made incredible contributions to the war effort. 

Author Barb Warner Deane will discusses the contribution of women during World War II including their work with  the Red Cross Clubmobile.

The Brain-Healthy Lifestyle
Tuesday, March 26

AARP Illinois will discuss why it's never too late to take charge of your brain health! In an hour-long interactive session, participants will learn about the five pillars of a brain-healthy lifestyle, share brain-boosting activities, and be inspired by others.  For this program only, please RSVP to AARP by calling (877) 926-8300.

For more information about these programs, visit the Chillicothe Public Library  website, or call at (309) 274-2719.
Lakeview Branch Hosting
Big Reads, Peoria Speaks Programs

Saying Hello to Life Again
Peoria Reads 2019 Book Discussion 
Saturday, March 23
2:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Local author Monica Vest Wheeler will present strategies to help families experiencing life-threatening injury, illness, or disease.   With an emphasis on communication between family members, Wheeler will offer ideas to help families talk when no one knows what to say or do.

Death Cafe
Peoria Reads 2019 Program
Saturday, March 23
4:00 - 5:45

A Death Cafe is a gathering and discussion about death and dying held in a social setting with refreshments and food (typically cake). Colleen Karn, Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Methodist College, will facilitate this discussion in an effort to normalize the discourse of death.

Journey Towards Zero Waste
Peoria Speaks Program
Tuesday, March 26
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch

Learn about zero waste, a term used to describe the goal of reducing the amount of waste individuals produce.  In this discussion, we will learn more about the reasons to move to a zero waste lifestyle and how to get started.

For more information about these programs, contact the Peoria Public Library at (309) 497-2186.
Film Follows Families
Impacted by Factory Farming

Right to Harm
Wednesday, March 27
7:00 p.m.

In this film, viewers track the stories of five rural families spanning eight states as they share intimate stories of how their lives were forever changed by factory farming.  In this Midwest screening of the film, Right to Harm, we explore the questions and politics surrounding clean air and water. 

This free program is sponsored by Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water.  For more information, call (309) 27-8846.

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