OLLI News from Bradley University
October 23, 2018  
Make Your Plans for OLLI Winter 2019

The Winter 2019 OLLI brochure is in the mail!  

You can also  view it here  to find out more about the programs and trips we'll be offering in January and February.

Registration opens soon, so mark your calendar with these important registration dates.

Wednesday, October 31 - Register Two Ways - In Person or by Mail 
  • Attend the Registration Social on October 31 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the Bradley University Michel Student Center Ballrooms.  Free shuttle service from Westminster Church, 1420 W. Moss Avenue, will be provided from 7:30 - 10:00 a.m.
  • Mail in your registration anytime.  It will be date stamped upon receipt and will be processed in order, beginning October 31, once the forms from the Registration Social are entered into our registration system.  
Thursday, November 1 - Register Other Ways Beginning at 9:00 a.m.
  • Call:  (309) 677-3900 
Don't Miss the Opportunity
to Learn with OLLI this Winter!

Enjoy Cultures, Cuisine at Spanish/Portuguese Program

Spanish/Portuguese Ethnic Dinner with Dr. Jeanie Bukowski
Thursday, November 1
5:15 - 8:45 p.m.
Bradley University Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Level 1 Learning Trip

Enjoy authentic cuisine, a presentation, and a travel feature remembering OLLI's September, 2018, trip to Spain and Portugal. 

Our speaker will be Dr. Jeanie Bukowski, Bradley associate professor of International Studies, who will talk about her research and the issues regarding the shared water resources between Spain and Portugal. 

The evening's menu, prepared by Bradley's own Chef Scott, will feature Portuguese piri chicken, Spanish orange fennel salad, butternut squash orzo, potato pumpkin soup, Spanish green beans, and creme caramel for dessert.  

$44 - includes dinner, dessert, gratuities, presentation.  No transportation - we'll meet you there!

Please register by Friday, October 26 by calling Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900.  You may also register online.

Groundbreaking Book and Author 
Are Focus of Upcoming Study Group

Silent Spring - Rachel Carson
Mondays, November 5 - November 26
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center, 801 W. Main St.

If you have ever wondered what inspired the modern environmental movement, you'll want to learn more about Rachel Carson and her groundbreaking book, Silent Spring.  Her research and bold warnings exposed the long-term effects of misusing pesticides and eloquently questioned humanity's faith in technological progress.  Read the book, watch the PBS documentary, and discuss this courageous environmentalist and her works.  Ample free parking is available on the north side of Peoria Next.

$45 - facilitated by Lee Maki, category coordinator for OLLI study groups in agriculture, gardening, and the environment

For more information contact Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900.  You may also register online.

Meet Laurie Bailey, 
OLLI's Winter Chair

OLLI's Winter program may be shorter in duration - just two months, but during that brief period, OLLI Winter features 35 classes, 21 learning trips, and 13 study groups!  It's only reasonable that an effort this extensive requires some coordination, so we'd like for you to get to know who pulls OLLI Winter all together.  Meet Laurie Bailey, OLLI's Winter Chair.  

New Book Features  OLLI Life Story Writers 

We are to proud to share the news that Carla Rich Montez, Marketing Director in Continuing Education, has published Then Again, How to Write the Story of Your Life, her book "dedicated to helping people write their life stories."  In it, Carla "addresses the concerns that often cause us to put off writing, and then she thoughtfully guides us through a process that gets us started -  with ease ."
Then Again offers practical assignments that encourage us to begin writing and includes Frequently Asked Questions and Ideas for Teachers. A highlight of the book is the 46  stories written and contributed by OLLI members who participated in Carla's life story writing study groups.  According to Carla, "their stories are the real stars of the book."

The book is available for purchase on Amazon.com

Upcoming OLLI Events

Oct. 24, OLLI Fall Classes,  Bradley University Michel Student Center

Nov. 7, 14, 28, 9:00 a.m.,  Curriculum Committee Meetings , Peoria Next Innovation Center
Oct. 31, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Winter Registration Social,  Bradley University
Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Nov. 7, 9:00 a.m., Fall 2018 Class Wrap-Up, Spring Class Brainstorming Meeting , Peoria Next Innovation Center
Nov. 27, 9:30 a.m.,  Glacier/Waterton Lakes National Parks Trip Informational Meeting , Peoria Next Innovation Center

  Hilltop Happenings

Canadian Consul General to Discuss
Canada - U.S. Relations at Campus Presentation 

Shared Values and Commitment to Security
Thursday, October 25
7:00 p.m.  
Bradley University Michel Student Center, Marty Theatre

The Honorable John Cruickshank, Consul General of Canada, will address the current relationship between the United State and Canada at a presentation sponsored by the Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC).  

Canada has recently been in the news during the renegotiation of NAFTA, the trade treaty among the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.  NAFTA benefited these three economic allies by significantly reducing tariffs and increasing cross-border investment and trade. However, the tone of conversation between Canada and the United States during NAFTA's renegotiation has raised concerns.  With the recent trade deal, there are additional questions about what it might mean for agriculture and heavy industry in Central Illinois as well as for future discussions between these two neighbors. 

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit pawac.org

Ambassador to Address Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking as a Human Rights Crisis:  A Way Forward with Cohort 2030
Thursday, November 15
7:00 p.m.
Bradley University Global Communications Center, Room 126

Exploring the multi-faceted issue of human trafficking and modern-day slavery from the global to the local levels, the student-led International Humanitarian Law Action Campaign will host a lecture by U.N. Ambassador Sarah Mendelson.

Mendelson is the Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Head of Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.  She served as the U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations, lead its program on international development, human rights, and humanitarian affairs, oversaw campaigns to get country-specific resolutions passed in the General Assembly and to get NGOs, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, accredited to the U.N.    She also led efforts to elevate the issue of combating human trafficking and was senior lead for the President's Summit on Refugees. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of over 70 scholarly and public policy publications, Mendelson will speak on the issue of human trafficking as a human rights crisis.

The program is free and open to the public.  For more information contact the Institute for International Studies at Bradley University, (309) 677-2450.
  Beyond the Hilltop
WTVP to Host Exclusive Screening
of WWI Documentary at PRM

A Golden Cross to Bear, Movie and Discussion
Friday, November 2
5:30 p.m. Doors open
6:00 p.m. Movie begins
Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington

In the autumn of 1918, more than 1 million Americans fighting in France engaged in the bloodiest battle in the history of the U.S. military, known as the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Over 47 days of combat, nearly 100,000 U.S. "doughboys" were wounded, and more than 26,000 were killed in action during a chapter of "The Great War" that few Americans today truly understand. Many of those casualties were from Illinois.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, host WTVP offers us this remarkable opportunity to experience this original documentary and to participate in a question-and-answer session with the producer, Kane Farabaugh.

Register online for your free tickets.  You may also reserve your spot by calling WTVP at (309) 495-0547.

Authors to Speak at Chillicothe Public Library

Meet writers and hear about their works at these author presentations in November.

On Wednesday,  November 7 at 4:00 p.m., Chistina Uss will talk about her first middle-grade novel, The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle.   Released to stellar reviews in June, it is the quirky story of a determined twelve-year-old who rides her bike from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco in search of her first true friend.   Uss is a bike rider and a bike writer: she has ridden across the United States twice (lengthwise and widthwise), and writes about bicycling for magazines and newspapers. 

Author Tim Pletkovich will talk about his book, Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame: Stories of the Great Depression, WWII, and the Fighting Irish, on Thursday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m. and on Monday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m.  The book is about Gerald Ambrose O' Reilly, whose life was often interwoven with people from national celebrity.  Pletkovich will read excerpts from the book and may even play a round of "Jeopardy" with the audience. 

On Wednesday, November 28Pletkovich will return for an author signing. He'll be at Chillicothe Public Library all day, signing copies of his two books, Civil War Fathers: Sons of the Civil War in World War II and Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame
All these author events are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the Chillicothe Public Library at (309) 274-2719, or visit chillipld.org

Fine Arts Society to Present Lecture 
on Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges: The Experiment in the Ozarks
Thursday, November 8
10:00 a.m. (social time 9:30-10:00 a.m.)
Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington

In 2011, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its doors in the heart of the Ozarks, squarely in what many would call flyover country.  In the years since, the museum has welcomed millions of visitors and presented a unique program of exhibitions and experiences.  In this lecture, Alejo Benedetti, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, will explore a few of the museum's landmark projects and offer a peek into what is on the horizon.

Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students    For more information, visit the Fine Arts Society website, or call (309) 692-1858.  

Photo credit:   Adair Creative, courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum

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