OLLI News from Bradley University
September 12, 2017
Notable OLLI Dates

September October November
Sept. 18, 9am: Spring Learning Trip Committee Meeting  in Michel Student Center Executive Suite
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. 20, 12pm: Fall 2017 Kickoff Luncheon  in Michel Student Center Ballrooms
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
Sept. 21, 2pm: Study Group Committee Meeting  at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center

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 copies 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 Renaissance from emeritus professor of history at Bradley, Dr. Gregory Guzman, in class #10:

Renaissance Europe  (9:00 - 10:00 a.m. block)
This class will present the Renaissance as part of the transition between the Medieval and Modern Ages in European history.  This period, usually associated with the rebirth of the classical values of the Greek and Roman eras after 1,000 years of medieval emphasis on religion, faith, otherworldliness, and salvation, includes the revival of classical humanism, secularism, rationalism, individualism, and versatility.  We'll also learn about the basic political, economic, social, and philosophical changes that resulted in the rise of a society led by lay intellectuals.  The class instructor is Dr. Gregory G. Guzman, emeritus professor of history at Bradley University.

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!
Travel with OLLI: Signature City Washington D.C.
March 21 - 28, 2018

Join OLLI as we partner with Road Scholar for a private charter to Washington D.C.  Gain a deeper understanding of the nation's capital, uncovering D.C.'s hidden landmarks, iconography, and vibrant history.

All registrations received by Friday, September 15, will get first priority.  If we receive more registrations than we have spots, we will us a new, lottery-style registration procedure for this trip on 9/15/17. 

Registrations will be accepted via phone, mail, and walk-in.  For more information, please click on the links below:

Registration form (required for registration)
Activity level waiver form (required for registration)

Join Jim Wilhelm for Historic Auto Attractions and More!

Historic Autos and Swiss Cottage with Jim Wihelm
Thursday, October 3, 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Jim Wilhelm, host of WTVP's Illinois Adventure series, is back by popular demand to accompany us to two unique sites in Rockford. Our first stop will be the 1865 Tinker Swiss Cottage, a rare example of Victorian exotic architecture. In the afternoon, we'll spend time at the Historic Auto Attractions Museum, where history meets entertainment. In addition to the Batmobile, Elvis'car and memorabilia, a JFK secret service car, presidential limousines, and a 1953 Corvette, we'll also view rare
memorabilia from the world's most famous and beloved entertainers. It's a unique day you won't want to miss! 
$119-- Includes museum admissions, presentations, lunch, gratuities, snacks, and charter coach transportation.

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

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Hilltop Happenings
Robison Lecture Tonight

Robison Lecture: Masha Gessen
Tuesday, September 12
7:00 p.m.
Peplow Pavilion (3rd floor), Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, Bradley University
Cost: FREE!

Author and journalist Masha Gessen will give the Robison Lecture tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center.  A book signing and reception will follow.  Gessen is a Russian and American journalist as well as an outspoken activist who writes about human rights violations, gender issues, and the cultural and political climate in Russia.

Beyond the Hilltop
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.
You're Invited to Chillicothe Public Library Programs

The Chillicothe Public Library offers numerous programs each month, and OLLI members are invited!  A few of our favorites are listed below, or you can view the full September newsletter by clicking here.  Or, to sign up to receive their newsletter each month, click here!

Thur., September 14 @ 6:30 p.m. 
Take a trip back in time with Conversational Italian for Travelers author Kathryn Occhipinti and discover the ancient grape varieties in the Sicilian provinces of Agrigento and Messina that are revolutionizing the way Sicilian wine is viewed throughout the world today. Learn about the wine that Julius Caesar made famous - and is now available again today! You'll also have the chance to taste a few of these wines.  Registration requested by 9/11.
September 15 @ 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. 
Play tabletop and strategy games, including Catan, Pandemic, King of Tokyo, and Munchkin! Create a Pathfinder character and learn the basics of Role Playing Games! Pizza & snacks provided for donation. Outside food encouraged.  Ages 18 & up. Questions? Contact Genevieve at 274-2719.

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