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Greetings, our line-up is full and ready for you. See below the available courses awaiting you.

If you have always wanted to learn Mah Jongg but just didn’t know where to begin – we have the perfect class for you. Learn now and be ready for when your friends arrive – amaze them with your new skills.

Maybe you want to learn more about the role of The First Ladies. How they contribute and why?

Sit back in your chair and take a trip with Jim Sernovitz to Borneo & Malaysia. You will be glad you did.

Maybe you are a history buff and would like see Thomas Eastwood entertain you with his knowledge about intelligence and global eavesdropping.

Dr. John Danner will delve into how religion has played its part in presidents lives and how religion has affected their ethical decisions.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Program Guides

View 2022 FGCU Academy FALL Program Guide

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Religion in the White House
@ Cypress Cove – October 19 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.
@ Siena Lakes – October 25 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

While the U.S. Constitution prohibits religious tests for office holders, religion has played a key role in the lives of many Presidents both personally and in terms of various issues they have faced. This course will examine how each of the Presidents have or have not been influenced by religion and the various ways religion has played a role in key ethical concerns raised by events during their presidency.

Five Eyes: Global Espionage, Eavesdropping and the Collection of Communications Intelligence
@ Siena Lakes – October 20 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Since World War II, the U.S. and U.K. have had an alliance to jointly collect and share communications intelligence. That agreement has expanded to include other types of intelligence. It also grew to include Australia, Canada and New Zealand and is called Five Eyes. It is the most effective intelligence alliance in history. Join us for a fascinating introduction into the world of signals intelligence and global eavesdropping. Topics include: history, types of intelligence, agencies involved, third parties, Nine Eyes, 14 Eyes, Atlantic Charter, VENONA, Soviet Spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, ECHELON, Pine Gap, NSA Hawaii, Edward Snowden, leaks, cyberwarfare, intelligence partnerships, Israel, emerging issues and 5G.

Borneo & Malaysia — From Headhunters to High Tech
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake – October 21 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Only one generation removed from headhunters, Borneo is one of the most amazing places on earth. Travel down the Kinabatangan River, into the most biologically diverse rainforest in the world; see the sun rise over Mt Kinabalu; and meet orangutans, giant reptiles, and pygmy elephants. Then cross the channel to mainland Malaysia and visit the world-class high-tech city of Kuala Lumpur. Finally, exploring the countryside, surprises await us at every turn in this unique corner of the world.

Presidential Wives: Remember the First Ladies
@ The Arlington – October 21 | 2:30 – 4 p.m.

The role of America’s First Ladies is an unsought, unpaid position with no formal job description. However, that has not stopped the wives of our Presidents from having a voice. While many of these women had no formal education, their writings tell a great deal about their lives, both public and private, as well as the causes they have championed. This presentation examines some of the books written by the female residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with a unique perspective of the Presidency that often eludes us.

Learn How to Play NOW!
You will gain the skills to play games this year.

Mah Jongg for Beginners (3-part series)
@ Naples Center – October 24, 26, 28 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Please bring your 2022 Mah Jongg Rule Card (from the National Mah Jongg League; call 212-246-3052) and your own Mah Jongg set. Learn the fundamentals of Mah Jongg. Learn how this exciting game makes you think every minute. Learn some strategy and how to put your tiles together to make a hand.

Instructor: John Guerra

iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets of Apple’s Newest Operating System iOS 16
@ Bentley Village – October 20 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. Regular Schedule
@ Pelican Landing – October 21 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. RESCHEDULED DATE
@ Naples Center / Online – | October 24 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. Regular Schedule
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake – October 27 | 1 – 2 p.m. RESCHEDULED DATE

Join this lecture-style presentation to learn all of the new features, upgrades and enhancements of Apple’s newest operating system for iPhone and iPad, iOS 16. We will explore tips, tricks and secrets that make using your device easier, more powerful and efficient.

Apple iPhone/iPad Settings: iCloud, Notifications, Focus and More
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake – October 20 | 2 – 3 p.m. RESCHEDULED DATE

Settings is one of the most important Apps on your iPhone/ iPad; it is where you customize and control how your device functions. If you have not spent quality time in the Settings app, you do not fully understand how your devices can work for you. This lecture-style presentation will explore how to configure the most important settings on your iPhone and iPad, including iCloud, Notifications, Focus, Display & Brightness, Privacy, Apple Pay and many more.

LOOKING AHEAD – see what’s coming

• Leonardo Da Vinci – The First Renaissance Man
• The Creation of Italy
• The Evolving Middle East

2023 Travel

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

INSIDER’S JAPAN – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
May 20 – June 1, 2023 | 13 days
It’s a land of delicate art and bustling commerce, of rich traditions and dizzying modernity; a jumble of sights, sounds, and tastes that for visitors are truly foreign – and truly fascinating. This well-crafted tour features the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, engages us in local life, and takes us off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa.

UNTAMED ALASKA – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
August 20 – 30, 2023 | 11 days
Awe-inspiring natural beauty and outdoor adventure await as we explore Alaska’s varied landscapes and noteworthy cities. From Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, our small group encounters the breadth and beauty of America’s Last Frontier.

LEGENDARY TURKEY – View 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 & PORTUGAL – View 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 DALMATIA – View 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 DEPTH – View 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 WONDERS – View 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 scen¬ic 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.

Support FGCU Academy | Make a Memorable Gift Now

The Academy’s program fees only cover a fraction of its operating costs. The Academy relies on the purchase of memberships and donations to carry us the rest of the way. Without your support, this vital community lifelong learning and outreach program would not be possible. Thank you for your generosity.

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