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May 2023   FGCU Academy FGCU Academy has what you want  
Greetings, May and June bring graduations, weddings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and so
much more. But many of you are still here in Florida and looking for something to do. We
have plenty for you. Check out our calendars and classes below. We can’t wait to see you
at one of our next events!  

Everyone is invited and welcome to take classes at ANY of our locations. Make sure to
register early as space can be limited.  

For assistance with registration – call our office (239) 434-4737, and we will be more
than happy to assist you.

(summer classes begin June 1)    

View May Daily Calendar  

View June Daily Calendar    

Register Online      
We are available to assist with registration – 239.434.4737    

You asked for the ability to have Mah Jongg Play classes
and we listened.

Book Your Spot Now before sessions sell out!  

Join up with others at Naples Center for some fun play and have the advantage of
a mah jongg pro available to help you make a better decision if needed  

Beginner Supervised Mah Jongg Play – June 1, 8, 15, 22 – Thursdays @ 10am

Advanced Supervised Mah Jongg Play – June 1, 8, 15, 22 – Thursdays @ 1:30pm

Mah Jongg for Beginners (3-part series) – M/W/F – June 5 / 7 / 9 @ 10am  


Police Use of Force – Reform and Politics
@ Moorings Park Original Campus
May 22 | 10 – 11:30 am  
The use of force by police is an important and incendiary subject. Politics and
the media often influence our perception. Join a retired law enforcement agent
for a provocative but revealing presentation based on real world experience.
We address deadly force, police bias and stop and frisk. Topics include: use of
force continuum; police shootings; police racism and brutality; the war on police;
community policing; and possible reforms.

Information, Misinformation, Disinformation
@ Bentley Village
May 25 | 10 – 11:30 am  
Sources of information do matter. Dr. Elliott, Dean of the FGCU Bradshaw Library,
provides participants with the tools to identify quality information while identifying
misinformation and disinformation. Thanks to the internet and social media, you can
get answers to just about every question you have. However, there are some
contributors to these sites that either provide the wrong information unintentionally,
or worse, intentionally. This lecture helps you find the most accurate answers in the
shortest amount of time.    

Bring FGCU Academy to Your Community  
If you would like to have FGCU Academy provide programs at your community,
click below and send us an email with your information: who the contact person is,
their email and phone number along with name of your community. We will be
happy to reach out and discuss the possibilities with them.  

Schedule a Private Education Session for Your Community!  

See a sample of what is coming over the next week
click on any title below for more information    

Monday May 22
Eli Cohen – Israeli Master Spy
Tuesday May 23
King Ludwig II of Bavaria – The Fairytale King
Space Exploration: History and What Does the Future Hold?
Tuesday May 30
Chinese Intelligence
The Invisibility of Social Issues in Southwest Florida  

Thursday June 1
Franz Joseph – The Last Habsburg Emperor
Great Discussions Group (2-part sessions)

New Session  

Monday June 5
The Berlin Wall
Sydney Reilly “Ace of Spies” – The “Real” James Bond?  

Tuesday June 6
Queen Victoria – The Grandmother of Europe
Writers Collaborative Workshop (4-part series)

New Session  

Wednesday June 7
Napoleon Bonaparte  

Thursday June 8
Apple Watch Tips, Tricks & Secrets of the New Watch OS 9  

Friday June 9
Voyage to Mars      

Travel The World With FGCU Academy
Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living  

View our Pre-Recorded Travel Open House Presentation Now

LEGENDARY TURKEYView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 1 – 15, 2023 | 15 days
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe
and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient
ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic – and legendary – Turquoise Coast,
Turkey engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled small group experience.

ACROSS SPAIN & PORTUGALView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 10 – 26, 2023 | 17 days
Fortified cities and tiny fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding
Pyrenees peaks, iconic shrines to both religion and fine art, and intimate lodgings in
historic paradores and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular small group journey
from Lisbon across the north of Spain, ending in vibrant Barcelona.

PEARLS OF DALMATIAView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 14 – 28, 2023 | 15 days 
Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable
history and culture – and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our
small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg
resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this
cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

SICILY IN DEPTHView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 28 – October 9, 2023 | 12 days
Crossroads of the Mediterranean … the “toe” in Italy’s boot … “God’s Kitchen” …
Sicily is all this, and much more, as we see on our stellar small group journey
around this Italian island. It’s lively cities and ancient ruins, temples of man –
and of nature, hospitable people and delectable cuisine … a feast for all the senses.

ISRAEL: TIMELESS WONDERSView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
October 14 – 25, 2023 | 12 days 
Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of spirit and story, history
and hospitality. From modern Tel Aviv to scen­ic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias
and storied Nazareth to Jerusalem, “City of Gold,” we engage all our senses in
a small group encounter with this extraordinary and holy land, with a five-night
stay in Jerusalem at the legendary King David hotel.    

FGCU Academy Travel 2024 
Call for More Info – 239-434-4838 
Travel Brochures will be available Summer 2023

Moroccan Discovery, May 12-27, 2024    
This land of dramatic contrasts invites us to encounter its ancient ruins and sacred
mosques, endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and spirited souks.
As we travel from the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech to the High Atlas
and vast Sahara, we open our eyes, and hearts, to a truly foreign land, an age-old
culture, and genuinely hospitable people. 

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania, August 13-28, 2024   
“On safari” … it’s one of the most alluring phrases in all of travel. And Kenya and
Tanzania count among the most alluring places to be “on safari.” As our small
group travels from grasslands to highlands, to reserves and national parks, we
enjoy intimate game drives, see stupendous landscapes, stay in excellent
accommodations, and meet gracious local people.

Exploring Iceland, August 15-25, 2024    
It’s a surprising, even astonishing land; one of massive glaciers and rumbling
volcanoes, bubbling mud holes and powerful waterfalls; hugely abundant bird
life and just 340,000 people; and where the sun never sets for six splendid weeks.
It’s also perfect for exploring in a small group, as we discover traveling the
breadth of the country and getting an up-close view of this natural “wonderland.” 

Southern Italy & Sicily, September 4-18, 2024    
Delight in a special exploration of Italy’s southern climes, from striking Sicily
and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to unheralded Apulia, the alluring “boot heel”
where a vivid history, unique architecture, and bountiful plains join the sun and
sea in creating a prized (and crowd-free) region. Add Italian hospitality,
outstanding cuisine, and notable lodgings for la dolce vita, small-group style.

Scotland: Highlands & Islands, September 9-20, 2024    
“My heart’s in the Highlands,” said Robert Burns – as will you, as we travel
from city to country, mainland to island, on this sweet journey. From loch to loch
and glen to glen, we encounter stunning natural beauty and welcoming clans,
while city life serves up the colorful past – and cosmopolitan present.

Provincial French Countryside, September 27-October 11, 2024   
Experience the beauty, allure, and hospi­tality of provincial France, at an easy
pace and in a unique style. Anchored by stays in vibrant Toulouse and enchanting
Paris, the journey ­features diverse Languedoc, the remote Dordogne, the lovely
Loire Valley, and historic Normandy as we stay in charming rural inns and small
country hotels. It’s a small group tour de force! 

New Zealand Adventure, October 10-25, 2024    
It’s a tale of two islands as our small group journeys from New Zealand’s North to
its South, through lively cities and pristine fiords, past lush farmland and enchanted
forests in a land where the outdoors is the national shrine. Add engaging “Kiwis”
and intriguing indigenous cultures – it’s a pure New Zealand experience.

Southeast Asia, October 31-November 18, 2024   
Engaging, diverse, intriguing … This just begins to describe Southeast Asia and our
small group odyssey. We cruise the Mekong through Laos; explore the spectacular –
Angkor Wat – and the sublime – Ha Long Bay; and engage with local farmers and hill
tribespeople on this comprehensive, well-paced adventure    


FGCU Academy Needs Your Support Today to Ensure that Our Critical
Mission of Senior Education and Enrichment Continues!  

FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the 2023 Season—
Learning, Growing, Sharing, Socializing. I am excited to welcome you this year
to the new FGCU Naples Center, which is located at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd N,
Suite 330 in Naples. Also, we have two new locations in Lee County, Pelican
Landing in Bonita Springs and the FGCU Kleist Center on main campus.
As always, both locations are open to all our students.  

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same.
Please take a few minutes to consider donating to ensure our continued success.
All amounts make a difference in strengthening the work we do in the community.  

Your gift will allow the Academy to offer more than 1,500 diverse and fascinating
programs at more than fifteen locations throughout SWFL. Please visit our website 
to review the rich and varied programmatic offerings that are available this year.
Through our mission we promise to enrich the lives, minds and social well-being
of more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors during our 2023 season.  

Donate online at  

I am grateful for your consideration to support this vital community outreach program this year.  

I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program soon.

Please contact me directly at or 239-434-4838 with questions or to learn more.  

In gratitude, John J. Guerra Director of FGCU Academy    

FGCU Academy Collier / Lee / Charlotte

704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  

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