OLLI News from Bradley University
February 20, 2018
Notable OLLI Dates

February March April
Feb. 27, 6pm: Co-Sponsored Lecture by Matt Phillips in Westlake Hall, Room 116
Mar. 14, 12pm: Kickoff Luncheon for Spring 2018 Classes in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Apr. 4, 11, 18, & 25: Spring 2018 Classes in the Michel Student Center

Apr. 13 & 27, 9am: Study Group Committee Meetings at Peoria Next Innovation Center
Take a Behind-the-Scenes Trip with OLLI

Limited spaces are still available on the following trips next week, so sign up today!  Click here to utilize our online registration system, or call Gwen at (309) 677-3900.

Russell's Cycling and Fitness (Activity Level 2)
Thursday, March 1
11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Joe and Cheryl Russell, owners of Russell's Cycling and Fitness Center in Washington, enjoy connecting with customers about their passion for bicycles, fitness, and the outdoors.  Join us as we tour the store and learn more about the evolution of the business, established in 1977 out of Joe's father's garage.  Russell's has been listed in the Top 100 Best Bicycle Retailers in the country several times ans has strong community presence, including offering bicycle safety courses in partnership with the Children's Hospital of Illinois.
$28 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, fees, and shuttle transportation

Bradley's 6th Annual Central Time Ceramic Show (Activity Level 2)
Friday, March 2
8:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
This spring, Bradley University sponsors the 6th Central Time Ceramic Show, a biennial juried exhibition of ceramic artwork from artists across the Central Time Zone.  Join OLLI as we go behind-the-scenes of this unique exhibit for a pre-show tour of the Hartmann and Heuser galleries.  Our guides will include Randy Carlson, Bradley University professor of ceramics, Erin Bucynski, Bradley University director of galleries, exhibitions, and collections, and OLLI volunteer John Amdall.  This exhibit of ceramic artists who live in the Central Time Zone will provide an opportunity to learn about diverse perspectives of materials, methods, and styles of contemporary ceramic art.
$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation.

Bradley Professor and Author to Speak at Kickoff 

Join us at the Spring Kickoff Luncheon for a special presentation by Bradley Professor and author Devin Murphy.  If you are taking spring classes, the Kickoff Luncheon is included in your class fee; to attend the luncheon only, the cost is $25.  Call us at (309) 677-3900 to register!

OLLI Spring 2018 Kickoff Luncheon
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
12:00 p.m.
Michel Student Center Ballrooms, Bradley University 

For our Spring Kickoff Luncheon, we will enjoy a spring salad mix with strawberries, pecans, crumbled feta, and raspberry vinaigrette; fresh herb-encrusted beef tenderloin over mushroom bordelaise; tri-colored potatoes and roasted cauliflower with truffle oil; and lemon cream cake (If you have special dietary restrictions, please call our office at (309) 677-3900 no later than February 28 so we can accommodate your needs). 

After lunch, we will hear from presenter Devin Murphy, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Bradley University and author of the critically acclaimed novel The Boat Runner.  He will discuss his book and sign copies immediately following the luncheon.   Bradley Bookstore staff be on site with copies of the book available to purchase for $15.99 ($17.43 with tax); cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted.

We hope to see you there!

OLLI Co-Sponsored Lecture:
The 7 Secrets to Successful Innovators

The 7 Secrets to Successful Innovators
A Keynote from Matt Phillips
Tuesday, February 27
6:00 p.m.
Westlake Hall, Room 116, Bradley University
Cost: FREE!

Companies develop new products and services all the time.  The people in those organizations are experts about how to innovate, right?  Think again.  Most turn to consultants to help through the process.

Bradley alumnus Matt Phillips ('95) is president of Phillips & Co., an innovation strategy firm based in Chicago serving clients globally.  Matt is a high-energy innovation strategist, keynote speaker, ideation facilitator, and entrepreneur with extensive experience leading Fortune 500 and mid-sized clients through the process of inventing and developing new products, brands, and growth strategies.  

This presentation is hosted by The Institute Through Collaboration and co-sponsored by OLLI at Bradley and the Intellectual Cultural Activities Council.  For more information, contact Ross Miller at (309) 677-4432 or rmiller@bradley.edu.
AlphaGo: Artificial Intelligence in the 
World of Competitive Gaming

AlphaGo: Artificial Intelligence in the World of Competitive Gaming
Thursday, March 8
6:00 p.m. - Refreshments and opportunity to play or watch game of 'Go'
7:00 p.m. - Presentation by Adam Byerly and AlphaGo screening
Michel Student Center, Executive Suite and Marty Theatre, Bradley University
Cost: FREE!  Registration not required.

Join OLLI for this special event in collaboration with Bradley University's Interactive Media and Computer Science departments.  Bradley students will be invited to join us as we learn and play the ancient Chinese board game of Go, enjoy a presentation on artificial intelligence by  Adam Byerly,  Bradley Lecturer for the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, and view AlphaGo, a documentary that examines the age-old conflict of man vs. machine.  

The ancient Chinese game of 'Go' may seem simple at first -- a lined grid with black and white stones and simple rules -- yet there are more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe.    The complexity of 'Go' has made it an ideal challenge for artificial intelligence (AI) designers like Google's DeepMind, and in 2016, the world's top Go Masters competed against an AI opponent for the first time in history.  AlphaGo follows the AI journey from coding to the intense competition, featuring an original score by Academy Award nominee Hauschka.  

Refreshments brought to you by the generous donations of OLLI members will be available in the Executive Suite from 6:00 - 7:00, along with an opportunity for you to watch a live game of Go or play one for yourself.  Bradley gaming students will run a demonstration game and provide assistance at several smaller, practice boards for anyone wanting to give it a try!

To view a trailer for AlphaGo, click here.  To view this event on Facebook, click here.

Hilltop Happenings
Bradley Jazz Festival Today

Fourteenth Annual Bradley University Jazz Festival
Tuesday, February 20
Michel Student Center, Bradley University

Today is Bradley University's Fourteenth Annual Jazz Festival!  This year's festival features fifteen high school bands, guest pianist Tamir Hendelman, and clinicians: Glenn Wilson, Sam Fagaly, and Edgar Crockett.

Fifteen visiting high school bands will perform throughout the day, starting at 8:00 a.m.  These performances are open to the public.

The evening concern will feature the Bradley Groove Project & Jazz Ensemble with Tamir Hendelman and his trio at 7:30 p.m. in the Michel Student Center Ballroom.  Tickets for the evening Concert are $15.00 for adults and free for students (available at the door).

For information on the award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman and the Bradley Jazz Ensemble, click here.

Please contact Dr. Todd Kelly at (309) 677-2597 or tkelly@bradley.edu for more information.

Beyond the Hilltop
Combating Opioid Addiction with Chemistry

The American Chemical Society will present the following "Program-in-a-Box" at the Peoria Public Library next week.

Opioids: Combating Addiction with Chemistry
Tuesday, February 27
6:00 p.m.
Peoria Public Library Lakeview, 1137 W Lake Ave, Peoria

In the United States, overdose deaths from opioids have nearly tripled in the last 15 years.  In 2016 alone they claimed more than 30,000 lives.

Discover why this problem has become so widespread and how the power of chemistry can be used to fight the rising tide of addiction.

This program is free and open to the public.  For more information, call (309) 497-2000.

Celebrate the Life and Works of Laura Ingalls Wilder

The entire month of February at Peoria Public Library is dedicated to celebrating the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie series was born in Pepin, Wisconsin on February 7, 1867, and became famous for the fictionalized account of her family's role in settling the West. The North Branch will host a display from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Mansfield, Missouri February 5 to 28. This panel display contains photographs and information relating to Mrs. Wilder, her famous "Little House" books and America's westward expansion.

In addition, Peoria Public Library will welcome Laura Ingalls Wilder historian Caroline Fraser for a program about her new book Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Ms. Fraser's book uses historical records to fill in the gaps in Wilder's biography to reveal the truth behind the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical novels. The visit by Ms. Fraser to the North Branch on February 22 at 6:00 p.m. will include a talk about the relationship between Laura and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. An author herself, Rose encouraged and influenced her mother's writing, while her own works were of a wildly different nature. Rose's most famous work was probably Let the Hurricane Roar, but she is also known for writing controversial and fraudulent biographies of famous people. Guests at Ms. Fraser's program will learn about Laura, Rose, and the role of Yellow Journalism. Copies of Prairie Fires will be available for sale and signing, with proceeds benefitting the Friends of Peoria Public Library.

Join us in celebrating the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder by visiting the North Branch in February.

February 5-28:  Laura Ingalls Wilder Travelling Exhibit

February 22, 6:00 pm:  "Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Creation of the Little House Books" with author Caroline Fraser
Free Programs at Chillicothe Public Library

The Chillicothe Public Library hosts free programs each month, which OLLI members are invited to attend.  A few featured events are listed below, but a complete calendar of their events can be found on their website.

Wed., February 21 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Korea is on the global center stage right now, hosting the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and balancing delicate relations with North Korea. Professor Jihyun Kim (Bradley University) will discuss Korean culture, the city of PyeongChang, and recent South Korean efforts at resuming dialogue with North Korea.

Thur.,  Feb 22 @ 4 - 7 p.m.
Bring your heirloom and open-pollinated seeds to share with your neighbors, and find new treasures for your garden! You are encouraged (but not required) to bring seeds to swap. Check out our seed library while you're at it! Questions? Call Catherine at 274-2719.

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