OLLI News from Bradley University
October 16, 2018  
Perfect for the Season -  Upcoming Trip to Farms 

The Great Pumpkin Patch/ Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery
Tuesday, October 23
7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Level 3 Learning Trip

OLLI members will board The Great Pumpkin Patch Express to tour this Arthur-area farm while learning about its history, how pumpkin farming has evolved, and to see over 300 varieties of pumpkins, squash, and gourds. 

After lunch we'll make a stop at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery, near Champaign, for a private, guided, educational tour where we'll meet the goats, view the milking parlor and creamery, walk through the orchard and garden, and of course taste some of the farmstead products!

$119 - includes museum admissions, presentations, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation

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

The OLLI Insider:  Your Questions Answered   

Dear OLLI Insider:
When will the OLLI winter brochure be mailed?

Checking the Mailbox

Dear Checking the Mailbox:
We're glad to hear that you're anxious to receive the next OLLI brochure! 

The Winter 2019 OLLI brochure will be delivered to the U.S. Post Office on the morning of October 22.  You should expect to see it in your mailbox sometime that week.  We will also post a (pdf) copy of the brochure on the OLLI website at 9:00 a.m. on October 22.   

OLLI Insider is a weekly article that addresses questions from our members.  If you have a question about OLLI that you'd like answered in an upcoming edition of The OLLI Insider, please email  continue@bradley.edu .
Share Your Love of Reading with 'OLLI Reads'

OLLI members share a love of learning, and especially a love of reading. With "OLLI Reads," you can now share your favorite books with OLLI members, and even find a few new favorites of your own!

By visiting the link below, you can open and read the list of books already listed as favorites by your peers. Clicking on most of the titles in the list will direct you to Amazon, where you can find more information about each book and send a free sample via wireless delivery to your Kindle reader or mobile app. 

To add your favorite book(s), simply click "Add Your Book" in the upper right hand corner of the page.

Thanks to OLLI Treasurer (and facilitator of more than two dozen study groups) Greg Peine for developing and maintaining this list of beloved books. 

Please share your favorites on OLLI Reads!

Meet Keith Butterfield,
OLLI Curriculum Chair

In our continuing series of introductions, we'd like for you to meet OLLI's Curriculum Chair, Keith Butterfield.

 According to Keith, "The interest in OLLI is growing, and I think a lot of it is demographics...Baby Boomers retiring in greater numbers and at younger ages, but the interest wouldn't be there if OLLI didn't have such a great reputation for quality programming and customer service."

Read more  About Keith

Upcoming OLLI Events

Oct. 17, 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
Peoria County Sheriff Candidate Forum

Candidate Forum -  Peoria County Sheriff 

Wednesday, October 17
7:00 p.m.
Bradley University Westlake Hall, Room 130

OLLI members are invited to join the discussion as our local Sheriff candidates are asked the important questions about how their leadership in law enforcement will impact our communities here in Peoria County so that the right decision can be made come election day. The forum will be moderated by Shelley Epstein, retired Peoria Journal Star journalist, former Bradley Vice President of Communications, and OLLI member.

Event sponsors are Bradley's Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service, Bradley College Democrats, and Bradley College Republicans.

Bradley to Host Free Cybersecurity Lecture

Cybersecurity Day
Friday, October 19
1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Bradley University, Bradley Hall, Neumiller Lecture Hall

In support of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Bradley's newly established Center for Cybersecurity is hosting its inaugural Cybersecurity Day.  It will feature speakers from Underwriters Laboratories, Caterpillar, and CIAN. Attendees can expect to learn about vulnerabilities in various modes of transportation, steps everyone can take to protect themselves, and the role of security professionals in identifying threats to cybersecurity.

The lecture is free, and no registration is required. 

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

  Beyond the Hilltop

PPL's Great American Read Events Continue

Peoria Public Library, North Branch
3001 W. Grand Parkway, Peoria
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
The Great American Read: Heroes 
Some literary heroes are not what people normally think of when they think "hero." Instead of slaying the bad guy, they slay racism.  Instead of selling their soul to capitalism, they somehow escape the rat race to talk about the excesses of capitalism. In this heroic journey, we will explore some concepts unique to the literary hero.  Join us for a discussion led by Paul Resnick of Illinois Central College. 

Peoria Public Library, North Branch
3001 W. Grand Parkway, Peoria
Thursday, October 25, 2018
6:00 - 7:15 p.m.
The Great American Read: Other Worlds  
Joe Chianakas of Illinois Central College will lead a discussion on our favorite worlds from literature, from Middle Earth to Hogwarts. Participants will have an opportunity to share their favorites and discuss why we enjoy those worlds and what we can learn from them.

Chillicothe Public Library Concludes Mental Health Series  with Program About Teens

Ending the Silence
Tuesday, October 23
6:00 p.m.
Chillicothe Public Library

Offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, this is a presentation that encourages dialogue to help end the stigma surrounding mental health conditions in teens.  The program includes a video and a presenter who will discuss warning signs of mental illness and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms.  A young adult guest with a mental health condition will share his journey of recovery.  Audience members can ask questions and gain understanding of an often misunderstood topic.

The program is free and open to the public.  For more information, please visit
chillipld.org or call (309) 274-2719.

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