The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University (OLLI) is a group of more than 1,000 individuals, age 50 and over, who learn together through three distinct programs: OLLI Classes, OLLI Learning Trips, and OLLI Study Groups.

Here, members can discuss what they learned, what they enjoyed, and offer suggestions to enhance future program offerings.

Take a look at the photos we're taking, and the discussions we're having as OLLI members.

Whether we're in class, in town, or out of town ... we're on the go, having fun, and constantly learning.


We look forward to reading your comments!

While you're online, be sure to visit our website www.bradley.edu/continue/olli to register for our programs.

Don't forget -- OLLI has its own YouTube Channel, where you can see video clips of Learning Trips, Classes, and Study Groups!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

"Carmen" at The Chicago Lyric Opera

OLLI and the Opera Illinois League joined forces for a day and had an amazing day enjoying a matinee performance of “Carmen” at the Chicago Lyric Opera.

"Carmen," the most famous of Georges Bizet's operas, is set in Seville around the year 1830 and deals with the love and jealousy of Don José, who is lured away from his duty as a soldier and his beloved Micaëla by the gypsy factory-girl Carmen. Stan Ransom, frequent OLLI instructor, accompanied the group to enrich our understanding of the opera’s subtleties.

After the performance, participants enjoyed dinner at Pegasus, one of the top-rated restaurants in Greektown.

OLLI thanks the Illinois Opera League for this first-time (and successful) joint trip.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

OLLI Staff Hearts their Grand Marshall Kenny Carrigan




Hooray for Kenny!
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Jon and a Leprechaun


Hooray!


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Beautiful Flowers




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Hooray!




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Before the luncheon

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Before the Luncheon




Happy Smiles

Monday, March 7, 2011

Goodwill Industries -- March 3, 2011



On this trip, we visited the Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois warehouse in East Peoria, where we learned all about the donation and distribution process that serves 21 counties throughout central Illinois.

Local Goodwill staff discussed the organization’s nine area retail stores, three donation centers, and the General Wayne A. Downing Home for Veterans, which provides a safe haven for homeless veterans in the community. In addition, we found out more about Goodwill’s youth mentoring program and classroom and online training courses.

For more information about Goodwill, please visit its website.

NCAUR (Ag Lab) -- March 2, 2011



In what has become one of OLLI's most popular learning trip offerings, we spent another fascinating afternoon touring the National Center for Agriculture Utilization Research (NCAUR).

During our visit, we had the rare opportunity for a first-hand look at the lab, home to more than 100 Ph.D. research scientists who invent industrial and food products and develop technologies to improve environmental quality. Our tour included a chance to see the science at work and speak with several professionals who conduct the groundbreaking research.

For more information about the NCAUR, please visit its website.

Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences -- February 24, 2011



The Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences features exhibition galleries, a planetarium, the Illinois Folk Art Gallery, a Discovery Center, and educational programming for all ages.

The heart of the museum is its permanent collection, and its legacy is how that collection inspires visitors. In this private tour with Kristan H. McKinsey, VP of Collections and Exhibitions, we found out what goes into building a museum collection and specifically what comprises the Lakeview Museum art and science collections. Kristan discussed how the Museum purchases art and explained how the Museum cares for and uses its collections. Participants also had an opportunity to see renderings of the new Peoria Riverfront Museum, which is scheduled to open in 2012.

For more information about Lakeview, please visit its website.

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