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March 2023

FGCU Academy
FGCU Give Day 2023

Greetings, I am excited to announce that we are raising money for FGCU Academy at Florida Gulf Coast University during FGCU Give Day on March 15th-16th.
FGCU Academy’s mission is to enrich the lives, minds and social well being of our adults and seniors. We want to continue to help enrich their lives, keep their minds engaged in our past, present and future.

Your gift will specifically help FGCU Academy to continue to offer programs such as our Salke Contemporary Art and Lecture Series, as well as to offer more than 1500 diverse and fascinating programs at more than fifteen locations throughout SWFL.

We need your help to make a difference. Please consider supporting us at FGCU Academy on FGCU Give Day starting from 12pm on March 15th through 12pm on March 16th. Or if you would like to help give FGCU Academy get a head start, you can donate starting from March 1st here:

Thank you for your consideration,

FGCU Academy
[email protected]

Please reach out to me for more information at the above email address.

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

Don’t miss Carol Jonson’s previously sold out course.
It was a big hit!

Vanished! The Stories Behind Some of History’s Greatest Art Heists
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom
March 2 | 10 – 11:30am

How did the iconic Egyptian bust of Nefertiti end up in Berlin’s Neues Museum and the Parthenon’s beautiful Elgin Marbles in the British Museum? Where was Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa stashed when she went missing from the Louvre for two years? Will the eerily empty frames hanging on the walls of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston ever have their priceless paintings recovered and reinstalled? These are just a few of the mysteries you will hear answered in this intrigue-filled lecture on History’s Greatest Art Heists.

Join John Danner as he delves into the fascination of The History of the 2nd Amendment and the National Rifle Association

Safety or Control: The History of the 2nd Amendment and the National Rifle Association
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom
March 6 | 1:30 – 3pm

As mass shootings dominate the news the struggle to come to consensus around issues of gun safety, or gun control, never seems to be resolved. This lecture provides an unbiased, factually based overview of the evolution of the 2nd Amendment and the varying interpretations of this section of the Constitution and the history of the National Rifle Association.

“Camp Boardwalk” and the War at the Jersey Shore
@ The Commons Club at The Brooks
March 6 | 2 – 3:30 pm

This lecture examines how the government responded to Pearl Harbor by turning Atlantic City, NJ into a military training facility and rehabilitation center. At the same time, German U-boats stationed off the Jersey coast torpedoed commercial shipping exposing the vulnerability of America’s eastern seaboard. Join us for this fascinating wartime tale in the waters of Atlantic City.

Reflections of a Colored Girl
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom- March 29 | 1:30 – 3 pm

Our presenter grew up in the Jim Crow South. She tells stories of her experiences and lessons learned as a “colored” girl. She sheds light on her evolution from “colored” girl to a “Negro” in a predominately White university, an angry young “Black” woman, an “African American” diversity consultant, and finally “a person of color,” a member of the global majority who regards race (Blackness) as a social construction and not a focus of self-identity.

Call us for assistance with registration – 239.434.4737

Free Gift with Purchase of a Membership

When you purchase a membership, you are supporting lifelong learning in the SWFL community. As a token of our appreciation, we have a free gift for all those who Moviepurchase a membership, in-person or online. Visit the FGCU Naples Center at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd North to receive your free gift.

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!


International Film and Documentary Discussion
(All movies begin at 2pm)
Viewing held at Naples Center – 704 Goodlette-Frank Rd. N. – 3rd floor, Naples

  • March 12 – Lion * March 26 – Hive
  • April 9 – Pain and Glory * April 23 – A Sun

Join FGCU Academy for a casual afternoon enjoying the above movies and participating in open discussion afterwards with our moderator – John Guerra
Register early
Advanced registration is strongly recommended

FGCU Academy Day Trips

March 9 – Morikami Japanese Gardens & Bento Box Lunch
March 16 – Miami Millionaire’s Row Boat Cruise & Bayside Marketplace
March 21 – Flagler Mansion and Gilded Age Afternoon Tea
March 22 – Tour of Immokalee
March 28 – Miami’s Wynwood Artistic, Culinary and Cultural Tour
April 3 – Vizcaya Mansion & Gardens Tour with Lunch (Date Change)
April 4 – The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg
remember to book your trips early as they sell out fast


See what is coming over the next week
• The Latest in Social Media Applications
• Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution 1865-1877
• The Creation of Italy
Monday March 6
• Understanding Your Mirrorless and Digital SLR
• Navajo Code Talkers
• The Making of Modern China
• Sam Walton and the Making of Walmart
• The Century of Revolution: Stuart England, 1603-1689
• Long Term Care Insurance: Protecting Your Independence
• The Scientific Revolution: The Journey from Copernicus to Newton
• Alexander Hamilton and the American System of Political Economy
• Android Phones for Beginners
• Catherine the Great
• iPhone/iPad Settings: iCloud, Notifications, Apple Pay, Emergency SOS and More

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 hospi¬tality 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 Odysseys, 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
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704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N
Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102


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