OLLI News from Bradley University
September 19, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

September October November
Sept. 20, 12pm:  Fall 2017 Kickoff Luncheon  in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Oct. 4, 11, 18, & 25: OLLI Fall Classes in the Michel Student Center
Nov. 1, 9am: Winter 2018 Registration Open House in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Sept. 21, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meeting  at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Oct. 5, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meeting at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Nov. 8, 15, & 29, 9am: Spring Curriculum Committee Meetings in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
OLLI Welcomes Marion Blumenthal Lazan to Campus

In conjunction with the Bradley Alumni Relations Department, OLLI is proud to welcome Marion Blumenthal Lazan, a Holocaust survivor and co-author of Four Perfect Pebbles, back to her alma mater to tell a story of survival.

When:  Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Where:  Bradley University Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, Peplow Pavilion
Cost:  FREE, but advance registration requested
Parking:  Main Street parking deck (or white-lined campus spaces after 6 p.m.)
Register:  Click HERE to register online, or call our office at 309-677-3900

In this moving presentation, Mrs. Lazan will stress the importance of positive thinking, creativity, and inner strength when working to overcome adversity.  She'll also discuss the importance of tolerance and not stereotyping individuals based upon religious belief, race, color, or national origin.

Copies of her book, Four Perfect Pebbles, will be available for purchase, and Mrs. Lazan will sign them before and after her presentation.

Be ready to be inspired as Mrs. Lazan continues her mission to speak to as many people as possible about her experiences as a Holocaust survivor.

Autumn Baseball: Greatest World Series Games Ever

Mondays, October 9 - November 6
10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
Join OLLI for this timely study group on the World Series.  Participants will learn about the history of this fall classic in general and then focus on four memorable games. We'll consider 1975's tussle between Boston and Cincinnati, the St. Louis Cardinals' extra-inning 2011 victory over Texas, the final game in 1960 when the Pirates beat the mighty Yankees, and the unforgettable 2016 struggle between the Cubs and the Indians.
Participants will need email and internet access to read articles and view links.

$45 - Facilitated by the following baseball fans: Tim Bailey, Caterpiller Inc. retiree; Keith Butterfield, curriculum chaireperson; Kurt Butterfield, study group catergory coordinator; and Michelle Riggio, OLLI director.

Click here to use  OLLI's online registration system, or call 677-3900 to register.

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Back to School... Register for OLLI Fall Classes!

OLLI classes will be held on Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25!  Have you registered yet?  OLLI classes offer a great way to go "back to school" and learn about the topics that interest you most from experts in those fields -- without any homework, tests, or tardy slips!

For $95, you can take four classes of your choice, enjoy door-to-door shuttle service and plenty of snacks throughout the day, and join in the camaraderie that is truly unique to OLLI classes.  

Your class fee also includes a complimentary invitation to our Fall Kickoff Luncheon on Wednesday, September 20  , featuring guest speaker Walter Zakahi, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bradley University.

Our instructors this fall include experts and enthusiasts in a wide variety of fields.  For example, you can learn about the criminal trial process from criminal defense attorney-at-law Arthur Inman in class #35:

Criminal Jury Trial  (2:00 - 3:00 p.m. block)
This is a repeat of a course offered in April 2017, but this time we will cover some more ground.  We will get an little more "down and dirty" about pre-trial maneuvering and tactics in getting the best jury for our side, plus war stories to illustrate the points.  If you have served as a juror, witness, or defendant in a criminal trial, watched the reporting of a trial, or have been indicted (or expect to be indicted), then this course will be of interest.  We will look at a criminal trial from the standpoint of a judge, a prosecutor, and a defense attorney.  We will discuss jury selection, conduct of the trial, and closing argument.  Time will be given to questions and discussion.  The class instructor is Arthur Inman, criminal defense attorney-at-law.

Click here to view a PDF of our class offerings this fall.  Register today by calling (309) 677-3900 or click here to sign up online!
Join OLLI for a Local Day Trip!

Henderson Funeral Home
Friday, October 6, 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
We'll learn about the history of this family busines,  offering funeral services to
the residents of the area for more than a century, how it moved from a Colonial mansion in downtown Pekin to today's modern 9,200 square-foot facility on the
outskirts of town.
$27 - includes   lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

Midwest Technical Institute 
Thursday, October 12, 11:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
We'll gain insight into occupational programs for   future welders, heating/air conditioning/ appliance repair technicians,  pharmacy technicians and more d uring our tour of Midwest Technical Institute, a year-round postsecondary  school providing course offerings in vocational career fields. 
$25- includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

LG Seeds Quality Assurance Lab 
Monday, October 16, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
We will visit the LG Quality Assurance testing facility in Brimfield and learn how the products areassessed through over 33 different quality tests including warm and cold germination and electrophoresis.
$28 - includes lunch, gratuities, tour, and shuttle transportation

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Hilltop Happenings
Bradley Lecture on 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther

Reformation or Revolution?
Tuesday, September 26
7:00 p.m.
Neumiller Hall, Ground Floor Bradley Hall (145), Bradley University
Cost: FREE!

Dr. Nathan Montover of Augustana College will present Reformation or Revolutionas 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the year Martin Luther made his 95 Theses known to the world. Presented by the Bradley University Religious Studies Club.

The event is free and open to the public.  Direct questions to 677-2440.
The Politics of Mourning: A German Woman's Diary

The Politics of Mourning: A German Woman's Diary, 1939-1948
Thursday, September 21
6:00 p.m.
Global Communications Center Room 126, Bradley University
Cost: FREE!

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present, "The Politics of Mourning: A German Woman's Diary, 1939-1948," with Dr. Erika Quinn, Associate Professor of History at Eureka College, this Thursday on Bradley University's campus.

Vera Conrad began keeping a diary as she was expecting her first child in September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland.  She quickly found herself assuming new responsibilities when her husband was mobilized, and when he was declared missing on the Eastern Front in 1943, she became the head of the household.  Her struggle to keep her hope of his survival alive intensified after the war, when her farm was occupied by Soviet troops.  Erika Quinn's presentation explores the process and politics of mourning a death that was not considered "grievable" by the East German regime.

The event is free and open to the public.  Advance notice via director@pawac.org is always appreciated for planning purposes.

Beyond the Hilltop
Gathering at the Well: 
Our Stewardship of the World's Water

Gathering at the Well: Our Stewardship of the World's Water
Saturday, September 30
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Cost: FREE!

OLLI members are invited to attend this free seminar.  Scott Reeise, Director of Public Works, City of Peoria, and Dr. Yunlus Salami, Civil Engineering, Bradley University, will address local and global issues of water treatment and distribution.  Discussion will follow each presentation.  Lunch will be served.  Everyone is welcome.  Register online at www.westminsterpeoria.org or call (309) 673-8501.

Celebrate 75 Years of Little Golden Books 
at Peoria Public Library

Peoria Public Library will join the nationwide celebration of the 75th year of Little Golden Books with September displays by collector Rick Everetts and on Saturday, September 30, an event starring Leonard S. Marcus, author of Golden Legacy: The Story of Golden Books, and Diane Muldrow, editorial director at Golden Books and author of Everything I Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book.  

The free program will take place at Main Library in the Auditorium at 2:00 p.m.  Poky Little Puppy himself will be in attendance and available for photo opportunities.  Readers are encouraged to start looking for well-loved and most read Little Golden Books along with photos of your family enjoying Little Golden Books to bring and share at our afternoon program.  Those participating will be entered into a prize drawing if you do.

Those attending the program will also see the display by Rick Everetts featuring Little Golden Books and memorabilia.  Displays will be at Main Library and North Branch from September 1 to 30 during regular library hours.  

Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world's most respected historians of children's books and the people who create them.  A frequent contributor to the
New York Times Book Review and the  Horn Book Magazine , Marcus has been featured on NPR's  All Things Considered , ABC's  Good Morning America , and BBC Radio 4.  He is a founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and is the curator of landmark exhibitions at the New York Public Library and elsewhere.

Diane Muldrow, an editorial director at Golden Books with an outstanding knowledge of the Golden Books oeuvre and a prolific children's book author, edited  Golden Legacy: The Story of Golden Books .  She is the author of New York Times bestseller  Everything I Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book  and several companion editions, including the 2017 release  Everything I Need to Know About Family I Learned From a Little Golden Book .

Both authors will have books for sale and signing.  Mark your calendar now and watch for more information about this grand Little Golden Books celebration at Peoria Public Library.
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