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These events, field trips, and lectures are available to all OLLI members to enhance and expand diversity and inclusion at OLLI




Curt’s Café South in Evanston is known for their delicious coffee, baked goods and lunch items. But at the heart of Curt’s is their work with at-risk and formerly incarcerated young women. Curt’s employs, provides job training and teaches life skills in a hands-on and highly personalized format to these young women, each of whom has pledged that she is “ready to try.” Join us as Karli Butler, social service provider at Curt’s Café South, shares her insight on these resilient, vibrant, and hardworking young women. She’ll help us understand the challenges these women face and the challenges of helping them. FREE and open to all current OLLI members. Karli Butler is a speaker and discussion-based lecturer on self-esteem, self-respect, forgiveness, and surviving violence. She’s a certified peer supporter of the University of Chicago Hospital’s Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (SOAR) program and is a trained circle facilitator with Restorative Justice Evanston and with the Evanston Police Department. In 2016 she received the 40 Under 40 Young Women Professionals Award. She has recently been selected as an upcoming TED X speaker. A long-time resident of Evanston, Karli is the social service provider at Curt’s Cafe South. A Diversity & Inclusion Committee event –  to enhance and expand diversity and inclusion at OLLI.


Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/22/18

1 session

Days of the Week : Weekly - Thu .

Weekly - Thu 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM (3/22/2018-3/22/2018)

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Cost: $25 Registration is limited to 64 current OLLI members. Lunch included (CLICK HERE to see lunch options). Complimentary bus will be provided from both campuses (see information below for details). Join OLLI at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center for a full-day, docent-guided tour. Our tour will including the Midwest debut of the traveling, special-exhibit, Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who are Changing Our World, and the world premiere of the interactive, holographic Survivor Stories Experience in the Museum’s new Take A Stand Center Theater. In addition, we'll tour the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition which is a permanent exhibit at the museum. Lunch will be included and complimentary bus service will be provided from both campuses. You will need to register for the bus and select your lunch option by calling Lisa in the OLLI office at 847-492-8204 by Tuesday, April 17. This event is open to current OLLI members only and is limited to 64.  Please Note: If you are in a Friday study group and would like to register for this event, you will need to call the OLLI office for assistance at 847-492-8204.   Exhibit Information: Speak Truth to Power The Speaking Truth to Power exhibit highlights the experiences of nearly 50 courageous Upstanders, from around the world, who educate visitors about human rights and urge them to take action. The exhibit features stunning black and white portraits by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Eddie Adams. The photos were featured in the book Speak Truth to Power, written by Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights.  Ada & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience Experience the world premiere of the interactive, holographic Survivors Stories Experience in the  Illinois Holocaust Museum's new Take a Stand Center. In this immersive exhibit, virtually meet one of thirteen survivors, hear their story, and ask the questions that you've not had the opportunity to ask before. The interaction with this ground-breaking, cutting-edge technology will take your breath away.  Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition This permanent exhibit is a place where you will "experience pre-war European life, ghettos and concentration camps, liberation and resettlement around the world". With a "special focus on post-war life in Skokie which had the largest per capita population of Holocaust survivors outside of Israel".


Location : Illinois Holocaust Museum Location : 
  Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Start date: 04/27/18

1 session

Days of the Week : Weekly - Fri .

Weekly - Fri 10:45 AM - 3:00 PM (4/27/2018-4/27/2018)

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Join us in Chicago as Rena McDaniel explores the cultural changes taking place in society today vis-à-vis the LGBTQ community. She’ll discuss and help us develop an understanding of language changes including the use of pronouns, and emerging concepts related to gender, sexual diversity, and concerns of aging in the LGBTQ population. 10-15 minutes will be reserved for a question and answer session following the talk. A Diversity & Inclusion Committee event –  to enhance and expand diversity and inclusion at OLLI. Free and open to all current OLLI members.    Rena McDaniel holds a Masters of Education and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois. She works primarily with the LGBTQ population, specifically those feeling anxious and lost about a transition they’re experiencing in sex, gender, sexual identity, or relationships. She also provides consultation & training for professionals and organizations looking to increase their knowledge and sensitivity in these areas.  


Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 04/18/18

1 session

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (4/18/2018-4/18/2018)

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Join us for this inaugural event where Northwestern students and OLLI members come together to share 5 minute, true, spoken-word stories about how they, or someone they know, have taken a stand for something they believe in as individuals. Standing up for what you believe can take many forms - sitting in, marching, taking a knee, reaching out, speaking up. The belief can be big or small. Sharing these stories can inspire others to take a stand, as well as demonstrate the power of storytelling. Inspired by "The Moth" and "This Much is True" this event is part of the One Book One Northwestern celebration.  Refreshments to follow the event. This event is free and open to all OLLI members and their guests. Listeners welcome! One Book One Northwestern is a campus-wide reading program held at Northwestern University every year. In addition to campus-wide events, OLLI expands and supplements the program with events open to all OLLI members.   


Location : Segal Visitor's Center Location : 
  Segal Visitor's Center.

Start date: 04/12/18

1 session

Days of the Week : Weekly - Thu .

Weekly - Thu 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (4/12/2018-4/12/2018)

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