Upcoming Lectures*

September through November 2017

All lectures are at the OLLI office at 301 North Neil Street in Champaign unless otherwise noted.

Introduction to Genetic Genealogy

David Morris
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

David Morris, Classics and Research and Information Services Librarian at the University of Illinois, will discuss the field of genetic genealogy including the scientific background and what it can tell us about ancestry.  He will also discuss testing services and tools, including Ancestry DNA, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA and GEDmatch.  Issues, implications and limitations to these tests will be covered in this lecture.  Privacy issues and family revelations, reunions and paternity issues are some of the other topics that will be discussed.

OLLI Library Basics

Sarah Christensen
Friday, September 29, 2017, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

As an OLLI member, you have access to one of the greatest libraries in the country.  The University of Illinois Library partners with OLLI to bring members access to the largest public university research library in the United States.  Although this session is meant to introduce OLLI members to the many resources of the University Library, it is open to all OLLI members.  Feel free to attend even if you have already attended a session in the past and would like a refresher on the many U of I Library benefits.

Sarah Christensen, University of Illinois Librarian, will provide instructions on how to check out materials from the library including books and videos, access online databases such as PubMed and ArtStor as well as read online newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Jupiter String Quartet Performance and Discussion

Jupiter String Quartet
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Join violinists Nelson Lee and Megan Freivogel McDonough, violist Liz Freivogel, and cellist Daniel McDonough as they celebrate their 15th anniversary as the Jupiter String Quartet.  The Jupiter String Quartet, Faculty Artists-in-Residence at the University of Illinois, will perform selections from Beethoven’s string quartets and examine how these visionary works stretched and broke traditional boundaries to chart a new course for music.

CU Symphony Preview

Stephen Alltop
Friday, October 6, 2017, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Enjoy a preview of Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra’s October 7 opening concert, Verdi's Requiem. CUSO Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop will provide insights into the genius of composer Giuseppe Verdi and this awe-inspiring work, which masterfully uses the power of a full orchestra and choral forces. The University of Illinois Oratorio Society will join CUSO to perform Requiem.

University of Illinois Library Tour

Sarah Christensen
Monday, November 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Location:  Main Library, Marshall Gallery
1408 W Gregory Dr, Urbana, IL 61801

The University of Illinois Library welcomes OLLI members on a tour of the Main Library building. The tour will include several libraries, as well as a discussion about the history of the building and the art in the library.

All library tours meet in the Main Library Marshall Gallery, near the East Entrance and will last approximately one hour. 


To reserve an Assistive Listening Device for a lecture, please contact OLLI at olli@illinois.edu

*These lectures are free and open to all OLLI members; advance registration is required.

To register, sign in to your OLLI account at http://reg138.imperisoft.com/OlliIllinois/search/registration.aspx with your username and password. The lecture is located in the currect lecture option in the drop down box under "Semester".