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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!    



-The Program Guides are now available at The Naples Center – 704 Goodlette Frank Rd. N.
We have them in front of our building for your convenience to pick one up any time.
-Program Guides should be available at your local libraries throughout Lee and Collier Counties
beginning Monday December 18, 2023.  

-If you would like to see our remarkably rich and varied program sooner, click the link above to
view our program guide online.



Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737      

Below are just a few of the many fascinating courses we will be offering in 2024  

We have a plethora of new and interesting topics just for you. Below are just a few “Hot
Topics ” to whet your whistle.  

Click on any of the lectures below to learn more about them.    

Art & Art History  

Edgar Degas  

Edgar Degas was one of the original members of the artistic movement
that came to be known as Impressionism. Unlike Monet, Cezanne and
Van Gogh, who were renowned for their paintings of nature, landscapes
and gardens, Degas focused his artistic eye on the lively scenes in Paris
Café Society, the racetrack and most especially the Paris Opera House.


Ladies First: Women Artists from the Renaissance to the French Revolution
The Art of Venice: The Imaginative Artistry of La Serenissima
True American Modern Art  

International Film / Discussion Groups  

International Film Series  

Pre-registration is strongly advised. Join fellow film lovers as we watch
and discuss films from around the world. Award winning, thought provoking,
heart pounding and life changing cinema that will stay with you long after
the credits roll.


Great Decisions Discussion Group (8 part series)
Great Discussions of Current Events and More (2-part series)
The Gatekeepers (Israel, 2012, Documentary, Rated PG, 111 min)  

Writing Workshops  

Memoir Writing  
Have you led an exciting life? Have a rich genealogy? Do you enjoy sharing experiences?
This class helps you navigate through the islands of your memory as you learn to select and
develop key events from your past, focus on the people and drama, and incorporate description
and sensory detail for reader engagement. In addition to sharing in-class writing, participants
will have an opportunity to share excerpts of works-in-progress for feedback.


How to Write a Cookbook
Learn to Write Short Stories
Crossing the Line: The Role of Thresholds in Successful Stories      

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)

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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  

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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 life-
long 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 re-
turned 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 want to wish you a truly joyous holiday season! I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU
Academy program in 2024. 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

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

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