Skip to main content
Hundreds of lectures. Knowledgeable instructors. 
Join us in-person at one of our 19 locations or participate online.

Keep your mind active and engaged in the new year!
Register for a lecture with FGCU Academy!
Register for a Day Trip with FGCU Academy!    

Greetings, Join FGCU Academy for a world of fun! James is passionate about
Art History and loves to share his passion with you. He will be presenting The
Louvre Museum in Paris and a lecture on Vincent Van Gogh.  

Nancy Maxwell will present Queen Victoria and Peter the Great as 2 of her
many lectures. You won’t want to miss her presentations.  

Frank Berna will share with you his passion with photography. He is animated
and thorough with his presentations.  

As you can see, we have quite the variety coming up over the next few weeks.
We look forward to seeing you all at some of these lectures as well as many more.  

Our office is open and we are ready to assist you with your registration needs.  




Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737      

Art History
Featuring James Pagliaro  

Click on any topic below to learn more.  

The Louvre Museum in Paris:
The Royal Treasure House of France
January 19 | 2:30 – 4 pm
Friday The Arlington  

Built as a royal palace for the French monarchy, the Louvre is an iconic building in Paris
with a unique history. Since its public opening in 1789, the Louvre has become one of the
most famous art museums in the world. The palace is home to some of the world’s most
iconic pieces and includes the collection of the Royal House of France, featuring paintings,
sculptures, and art objects by famous artists of many different regions and eras. With a
complex of buildings dating back to the 12th century, we will virtually tour this amazing
museum which houses the masterpieces by artists like Botticelli, Bellini, Leonardo da Vinci,
Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Van Dyck, Vermeer and Rembrandt,
among others.

Recalling Vincent: The Moods,
Colors and Images of Vincent Van Gogh
February 28 | 1:30 – 3 pm
Wednesday Naples Center or
Online via Zoom  

Despite years of study, multiple biographies and close examination by art historians,
Vincent Van Gogh still seems an enigma, slightly out of reach. His short and some-
times tragic life, his voluminous letters and the comments of his peers, are a treasure
trove for art historians. However, it is only through a close examination of his art that
the real Vincent emerges. Using some of his greatest and best-loved works, this lecture
examines the life of Van Gogh, his personal struggles, his development as an artist, and
the rich and beautiful images he has left behind as his greatest legacy.      

Biographies Featuring Nancy Maxwell

Queen Victoria –
The Grandmother of Europe
January 18 | 10 – 11:30 am
Thursday Brooks Enrichment Center

Victoria was a match maker extraordinaire! Her own marriage had been blissfully happy,
but Victoria didn’t seem to care much about the feelings of her own children. While chid-
ing them about duty and obligation, she set them up with “appropriate” matches through-
out Europe. A German prince, a Russian duchess – it was all part of the plan for the family,
which would, to her mind, guarantee the stability of the empire. Yet Victoria herself broke
her own rules in her relationship with her Scottish servant! Let’s explore the life and family
of this very human, motherly queen, whose grandsons ended up at war with each other.

Peter the Great: A Czar Larger Than Life
January 30 | 10 – 11:30 am
Tuesday The Collaboratory –
Fort Myers  

Peter the Great dragged Russia, kicking and screaming, into the 17th century. Peter was
larger than life; a towering man with towering ambition to match and a vision of greatness
for Russia. No project was too big: move the capital city! Or too small: measure the length
of men’s beards! To modernize the state Peter turned his hand to every aspect of Russian
life. Was he a visionary reformer or a ruthless tyrant? This lecture explores the life and
legacy of a most unusual czar.      

Featuring Frank Berna

Travel Photography
January 29 | 9:30 – 12:30 pm
Monday Naples Center or
Online via Zoom  

Travel photography expresses the feeling of a time and place, portrays a land, its people,
or a culture and has no geographical limitations. Our photographs need to bring the
sensations of sight, sound and smell back, to trigger our memories, and to communicate
how we felt to others. To do this, we need to think and feel as much as look when setting
out to make photographs. Learn how to create the images that others have only seen in

Get More From Your Digital Camera
February 12 | 9:30 – 12:30 pm
Monday Naples Center or
Online via Zoom  

Everyone owns a camera, and if you are like most people, you can turn it and press the
shutter, and that’s about it. Perplexed by all those strange symbols? Afraid to touch a
button, or worse yet, touch one by accident and can’t figure out how to undo what you’ve
just done? Don’t be embarrassed! Gain control of your compact camera in this easy-to-
understand class. You’ll learn what all those buttons do, when to use them, how to use
them, and why to use them.        

The Arlington, Naples (AR)
Aston Gardens, North Naples (AG)
Bentley Village, North Naples (BV)
Bonita Bay Community Assoc., Bonita (BB)
Brooks Enrichment Center, Bonita (BR)
The Collaboratory, Ft. Myers (CO)
Cypress Cove, Ft. Myers (CC)
FGCU Main Campus, Ft. Myers (FG)
Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples (GR)
Hideaway Beach Club, Marco island (HB)
The Island Country Club, Marco island (IC)
Moorings Park Grande Lake, Naples (GL)
Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, Naples (GO)
Moorings Park Original Campus, Naples (MP)
Naples Center, Naples (NC)
Siena Lakes, North Naples (SL)
The TwinEagles Club, North Naples (TE)
United Church of Marco Island, Marco (UC)
Wyndemere Country Club, Naples (WC)  

(see page 4 of the Winter-Spring 2024 Program Guide for location addresses)    

FGCU Academy

Click Below to View  

2024 Travel Open House Presentation

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania
August 13-28, 2024 
16 days for $11,196  

View Brochure

Exploring Iceland
August 15-25, 2024  
11 days for $6,692  

View Brochure

Southern Italy & Sicily
September 4-18, 2024  
15 days for $6,674  

View Brochure

Scotland: Highlands & Islands
September 9-20, 2024  
12 days for $5,896   

View Brochure

Sensations of Lyon & Provence
2024 River Cruise
September 17 – 28, 2024
12 days from $5,469  
View Brochure


Jewels of the Rhine 2024 River Cruise
September 20 – 30, 2024
11 days from $4,925   
View Brochure

Provincial French Countryside
September 27-October 11, 2024 
15 days for $6,297  
View Brochure

New Zealand Adventure
October 10-25, 2024  
16 days for $8,124  
View Brochure

Southeast Asia Odysseys
October 31-November 18, 2024 
19 days for $7,597  
View Brochure

Travel Abroad with FGCU Academy  
Call our office 239.434.4737  for assistance with registration or
Click to View our Website        


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

FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the Winter-
Spring 2024 Season—Learning, Growing, Sharing and Socializing. With
nearly 700 programs at more than nineteen locations, there is something
for everyone. If we have had the opportunity to meet in person or if you
have heard me speak, I hope I was able to share with you my passion about
FGCU Academy and its mission to provide lifelong learning and enrichment
to the SWFL community. I believe it is critical to our well-being to keep
exploring new avenues for growth to keep our minds engaged in our past,
present and future.   

Since we are a non-credit programmatic offering, Florida Gulf Coast
University can provide $0.00 of support to the Academy. We must be
financially self-sustaining.  

The fact is that the revenue generated through memberships and program
fees provides for only 50% of our annual operating costs. Additionally,
our attendance has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels, so revenue is
much lower than in the past.   

As an educator, I find myself slightly uncomfortable talking about the financial
needs of the Academy beyond thanking everyone for their participation. But, this
year and for the near future, it is important that I find the words to ask for additional
support through philanthropic donations.  

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please
take a moment to consider a year-end donation 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 1,000 diverse and fascinating
programs at more than twenty locations throughout SWFL. Through our mission we
promise to enrich the lives, minds and social well-being of more than 10,000 SWFL
adults and seniors that participate in our programs each year.   


or mail your donation to
FGCU Academy
704 Goodlette Frank Road North, Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  

I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program in 2024. Please contact me
directly at [email protected] or 239.434.4838 with questions or to learn more.  

In gratitude,  

John J. Guerra
Director of FGCU Academy


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

239.434.4737   [email protected]
‹‹ Previous Post
Nickole Hendra Named LARC Director of Development and Communications
All Posts Next Post ››
Logan Nolte joins Priority Marketing as digital engagement specialist