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


Our office will be closed beginning Friday December 22, 2023 through
January 1, 2024.
-We will re-open on January 2, 2024 to assist you with your registration needs
and any other
questions you may have.

While we are resting up over our break, you may register for classes online.
Please do not call the office and leave registration information on our voice mail.  

From all of us at FGCU Academy we wish you a happy and healthy new year. We
are looking forward to January and the 2024 season.  


The Program Guides are 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 are available at your local libraries throughout Lee and Collier Counties.  

-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.    


John Locke: Philosopher  

Thomas Jefferson was a careful student of British history,
and his famous Declaration of Independence was crafted
with both an American and a British audience in mind.
The Declaration’s lengthy list of “charges” against King
George III in 1776 reprised many lodged against King
James II by his leading English subjects nearly one century
earlier. The result was the ouster of the king in the so-called
“Glorious” or “Bloodless” revolution. The theory behind that
revolution was first set out by the English philosopher John
Locke in his Two Treatises of Government, published in 1689.


Andrew Carnegie – Man of Steel
The Real Cost of Discipleship: The Life and Death of Detrich Bonhoffer
Father Richard Sanders – From Monk to Migrant Priest  

Artificial Intelligence / Computer & Technology  

Technology is Changing the Way We Live  

Artificial Intelligence has become as important a part of our daily
lives as cell phones and the internet. Through interactive discussions
and demonstrations, this presentation explores the role of AI in our lives,
including healthcare, communications and practically everything else
that we touch.
Introduction to Facebook and Instagram
iPhone and iPad Fundamentals
Understanding OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Other Artificial Intelligence Tools  

Health, Medicine & Wellness  

From Laboratory To Bedside  

The lecture explores how innovative drugs are discovered, tested, manufactured
and delivered to physicians and patients. In this interactive lecture, we will learn
about the myriad of R&D skills, processes, data and activities needed to bring a
new drub to market. Attendees will understand the challenges facing biopharma-
ceutical company leadership and participate in key decisions at the intersection
of science, medicine and business.


Your Body is an Ecosystem
Arthritis: Why Me?
Debunking Myths About Dietary Supplements      

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

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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  

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

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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 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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