OLLI News from Bradley University
February 13, 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
Fundraising Update

We are right on track to meet this year's goal of raising $50,000, but we still need small donations to help raise funds for our Student Volunteer Award!

It's easy to donate $5 for this award online.  Click here to be directed to OLLI's giving website, where you will see your donation is already designated for OLLI; all you have to do is specify your amount, and type "OLLI SVA" in the additional "other" field, as shown below.

Thank you for supporting OLLI and our service-driven students at Bradley University!

Don't Forget to Register for Classes!

Registration for OLLI Spring Classes is in full swing, so don't forget to register for these great classes below before they fill up!  Click here to register online, or call Bonnie at (309) 677- 3900.

OLLI Spring 2018 Classes
Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2018
Michel Student Center, Bradley University

Class #8, Getting to Know the Peoria County Sheriff's Department  (9:00 - 10:00 a.m.)
Hear from Sheriff Brian Asbell, Superintendent Ronda Guyton, and Captain Doug Gaa about the inner workings of the Sheriff's Department.

Class #17, The History of Sea Power  (10:30 - 11:30 a.m.)
Discuss how maritime conflicts have shaped human history with ICC Professor of History David Thompson.  

Class #31, ISIS and Modern Islamic Reform  (12:30 - 1:30 p.m.)
Learn about ISIS and other modern Islamic movements with more constructive agendas; interpret ISIS propaganda with BU associate professor Jason Zaborowski. 

Class #35, Cranbrook: Incubator of Design ( 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
Study the private school in Detroit and its alumni who have made legendary contributions to the world of art, architecture, and design.

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!

Take a Study Group This Spring

Join one of these study groups this spring to explore social and environmental issues facing our community today.  Click here to register online, or call Bonnie at (309) 677- 3900.

Broken Bootstraps - Poverty and Homelessness in Central Illinois (Discussion-based)
Fridays, March 9 - March 30
9:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Goodwill Commons, 2319 E War Memorial Dr, Peoria
"Really!  Couldn't they just try a little harder?"  In this study group, we will examine the conviction that people can escape the grips of poverty if they just "keep at it."  We will look at the challenges faced by those living in poverty, explore the connection between poverty and homelessness, and evaluate the cost of not providing housing opportunities for those who are chronically homeless.  
$45 - facilitated by Kevan Nowlan, Director, Heart of Illinois Homeless Continuum of Care

Adjusting to Climate Change (Participation-based)
Fridays, March 2 - March 23
9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Peoria Next Innovation Center, 801 W Main St, Peoria
The headline-grabbing topic "climate change" is often debated.  We will use Great Course materials to examine current research on climate change and explain the concepts, tools, data, and analysis that have led an overwhelming number of climate scientists to conclude that Earth is warming and that we humans are in great part responsible.  Access to videos will be provided to participants for viewing before each session; internet and email access is required.  In addition, participants should purchase Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken, available at local or online retailers and libraries.  
$45 - facilitated by Lee Maki and Doug McCarty, OLLI study group category coordinators.
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
Super Brain Summit Welcomes OLLI

OLLI members are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Super Brain Summit on  February 28 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00  p.m. at Bradley's Hayden Clark Alumni Center.  This year's keynote speaker is leading psychiatrist and New York Times bestselling author, Daniel Amen, M.D. who will discuss brain systems and how to optimize their impact on daily life.  He will also talk about the latest research on the effects of trauma on brain health.

Registrants have three options to participate: live on campus, online via live stream, or through the purchase of recorded sessions.  The in person fee for OLLI members, including lunch, is $210 for four sessions.  Individual sessions are available for $40.  CEUs (.6) will be awarded for the day.

To register, visit  bradley.edu/superbrainsummit

For information about registration, email  Debbie Devine in Continuing Education, or call  (309) 677-2820.

For more information about the program, email  Lori Russell-Chapin, or call  (309) 677-3186.

The deadline to register is tomorrow, February 14, 2018.

Beyond the Hilltop
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
Peoria Speaks Discussions Launched at 
Peoria Public Library

Peoria Speaks is a new monthly community discussion program meeting on the second Thursday of each month at North Branch at 6:00 p.m., which will focus on topics of interest to Peorians.  Funding for Peoria Speaks is being provided by the Illinois Humanities through their Illinois Speaks program.  Illinois Speaks is a small group discussion program founded in November 2015 aimed at strengthening the democratic process through community dialogues across the state of Illinois.

Discussion topics differ from month to month and across regions and are often related to current events, questions, and issues arising in a community.  At each of the Peoria Speaks monthly discussions, a community "expert" will provide a 10 to 15 minute overview of the topic and then the group will further discuss the topic.  

On Thursday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m., the discussion will center on human trafficking.  Human trafficking has 24.9 million victims globally who are trapped in modern day slavery.  There were 202 cases of human trafficking in Illinois in 2016.  What is human trafficking and is it happening in Peoria?  Carol Merna, Executive Director at the Center of Prevention of Abuse, will explain the types and indications of human trafficking and describe some human trafficking victim's stories.  After her presentation, we wll discuss what participants can do about human trafficking, the second largest crime in the world.  

"Illinois Humanities (IH) is supported in part by the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, IH, our partnering organization, or our funders."
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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