OLLI News from Bradley University
October 17, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

October November
Oct. 18 & 25: OLLI Fall Classes in the Michel Student Center
Nov. 1, 9am: Winter 2018 Registration Open House in Michel Student Center Ballrooms

Nov. 8, 15, & 29, 9am: Spring Curriculum Committee Meetings in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
Donate Your Gently Used Children's Books 

With the fall season just starting, the Lewis J. Burger Center for Leadership and Service in the Student Activities Office at Bradley is sponsoring the "Fall in Love with Reading" books drive until Wednesday, October 25, for Trewyn K-8 School.  

They are collecting gently used books for children ages 5 to 15 to enhance the school's library.  With nearly 97% of Trewyn students reading below grade level, your donation of books is critically needed to change the direction of these children's futures.  Together, the Bradley and OLLI communities can help Trewyn students by providing them with the resources needed to succeed in school and in life. 

If you have age-appropriate books to donate, please bring them to OLLI classes or drop them off at the Continuing Education office (corner of Main and University Streets) by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25.  

Thank you!
Learn about Natural History with Dr. Michael Wiant

Seats are still available for this regional trip to two historical museums in Springfield with popular OLLI instructor Michael Wiant, but they won't last long!  Call us at (309) 677-3900 or click here to register today!

Illinois Research and Collections Area with Michael Wiant (Activity Level 3)
Wednesday, November 8
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Michael Wiant, Interim Director of the State Museum, Director of Dickson Mounds Museum, and frequent OLLI instructor, will guide us through two Springfield sites dedicated to historical preservation: the Illinois State Museum and the Illinois State Research and Collection Center (RCC).  The museum maintains a collection of art, history, anthropology, and natural history which are critical resources to its education, research, publication, and exhibition programs.  The RCC is a 97,000 square-foot facility that houses the vast collections that range in size from the microscopic to the colossal - from pollen grains to mastodon fossils.  This unique trip, highlighted by the amazing insights of Dr. Wiant, will provide a glimpse of the state's collections, with archaeology, geology, and decorative arts in between.  

$129 - includes museum admissions, presentations, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation.
Take a Tour with OLLI Next Week!

Spaces are still available on these two popular learning trips next week, so sign up today!

JDraper Glass at Studios on Sheridan (Activity Level 1)
Monday, October 23
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
We'll be treated to a private glass blowing demonstration and presentation with Jeremie Draper of JDraper Glass in the Studios on Sheridan.  Located in the former Sunbeam Bakery at Sheridan and Main streets, the studio resides in a building that has been transformed into a 22,000 square-foot haven for local artists to display their works and create new art in private studios.  During the demonstration, Draper will discuss hot glass as a studio movement in America and will cultivate a deeper understanding and appreciation of the art f hand blown glass.
$38 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, presentation fees, and shuttle transportation

WTVP Peoria Public Television (Activity Level 2)
Tuesday, October 24
11:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Experience a behind-the-scenes look at Peoria's local television station as we take a private tour of WTVP's downtown studio.  We'll learn how the studio was designed by world-renowned studio creators Rees & Associates, how it was engineered to be soundproof and rock-solid against any vibration, and how it features a state-of-the-art lighting system constructed by Grand Stage of Chicago.  Participants will also step onto the stage where local programs such as At Issue with H. Wayne Wilson and Consider This with Yvonne Greer are produced.  
$25 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

Register by calling Gwen at (309) 677-3900 or by  clicking here to utilize our online registration system.
Hilltop Happenings
Symposium on Restoring America's Democracy

Restoring America's Democracy: Inspiring a New Generation of Civic Engagement
Friday, November 10
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Peplow Pavilion, Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, Bradley University

OLLI members are invited to attend the symposium "Restoring America's Democracy: Inspiring a New Generation of Civic Engagement" on Friday, November 10, on the third floor of the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center.  Sponsored by The Dirksen Congressional Center in partnership with the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley University, a variety of speakers will discuss topics related to civic engagement on local and national levels.  Featured speakers will include Congressman Darin LaHood, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, State Representative Mike Unes, and more.

To view a complete listing of speakers and topics, click here.

This event is free and open to the public; advance registration is requested.  Please call (309) 677-2820 to register over the phone, or click here to register online.
Bradley Theatre Presents: Little Women, The Musical

Little Women, The Musical
Thursday, October 19 - Sunday, October 22 and
Thursday, October 26 - Sunday, October 29
7:30 p.m. (all performances)
Cost per ticket: Adults: $18; Seniors: $12; Bradley Students: $5

Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic comes to life in this acclaimed musical.  Meet the March sisters - Beth, Meg, Amy, and the fiery Jo, who chronicles their struggles and triumphs as they come of age in Civil War-era Massachusetts.  A timeless story and a soaring score fuel this uplifting musical about a young America finding its voice.  

To order tickets, call the Cultural Events Box Office at (309) 677-3650 or order online at www.theatre.bradley.edu.

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Beyond the Hilltop
Vietnam War Presentation at Peoria Public Library

The Vietnam War: The Big Picture
Thursday, October 26
6:00 p.m.
Peoria Public Library North Branch
Cost: FREE!

On Thursday, October 26 at Peoria Public Library North Branch at 6:00 p.m., Dr. Sharon MacDonald will present "The Vietnam War: The Big Picture." This program will give an overview of why and how we fought the Vietnam War, and why we lost, to help viewers gain a broader understanding as they watch individual episodes on PBS or on DVD. Dr. MacDonald is retired from the Department of History, Illinois State University and received her PhD from the University of Minnesota.

Peoria Public Library was one of 50 U.S. public libraries selected to receive the kit through a peer-reviewed competitive application process. The Peoria Public Library has received a copy of the 18-hour documentary series on DVD, with public performance rights; the companion book, The Vietnam War: An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns (Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House, 2017); a programming guide, promotional resources, partnership opportunities and more. The kit is designed to help libraries participate in a national conversation about one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history. Peoria Public Library has purchased additional copies of the DVD and book, available for checkout.

Watch for more programs on this topic and visit the 22VA Art Show during November and December in the Main Library Gallery. This show exhibits the work of veterans, many of the Vietnam era. 

The project is offered by the ALA Public Programs Office in partnership with WETA Washington, DC.

Presentation by Award-Winning Author Theodore Gray

Theodore Gray
Thursday, October 26
6:30 p.m.
Chillicothe Public Library, 430 N Bradley Ave, Chillicothe
Cost: FREE!

Explore the amazing world of chemical reactions with award-winning author Theodore Gray at the Chillicothe Public Library.

Gray will talk about his new book, Reactions: An Illustrated Exploration of Elements, Molecules, and Change in the Universe, the third and final volume in a best-selling trilogy, which also includes The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe and Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything.  Together, these book tell the story of chemistry in an engaging and visually stunning way.  Program attendees will see an array of photos and videos of beautiful and unexpected chemical reactions and hear the stories behind those images.  

Theodore Gray is a BAFTA and IgNobel winning author of several books, Founder of Touchpress (an App publishing company), stitchcoder at PaleGray Labs (an embroidery automation company/art project), and co-founder of Wolfram Research, Inc. (makers of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha).

For more information, please visit chillipld.org or call 309-274-2719.
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