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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, We are back in action. We have had a wonderful first week of 2024.  

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


-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.  

-Program Guides have been mailed out.  

-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      

Featured Classes for Week of January 8 – 12  

Click on any topic below to learn more.

Writer’s Collaborative Workshop
January 9, 16, 23, 30 | 1:30 – 3pm Tuesdays
Naples Center / Online via Zoom   In this hands-on workshop, participants share
writing for feedback and engage in discussion of the writing craft and profession
at all levels, including the writing process, developing ideas, audience and reader
engagement. Each week each participant reads an excerpt of work-in-progress for
constructive critique and collaborative learning. Learn through works-in-progress
and discuss the writing process, effective revision techniques, and targeting specific
genres and markets. Time and length limit to excerpts are dependent on group size.

They Were Children: Rescue as Resistance Special Exhibition
January 9 | 1pm Tuesday
FGCU Main Campus – Fort Myers  

This winter, FGCU’s Archives and Special Collections will feature a remark-
able exhibit entitled They Were Children: Rescue as Resistance. This exhibit
brings to life an organization of ordinary people who did the extraordinary by
smuggling Jewish children across the border to Switzerland from 1942-1945.
The Circuit Garel was a clandestine network of forgers, educators, social work-
ers, priests, nuns, farmers and passeurs (smugglers) throughout France who
joined forces to secure the safe passage of Jewish children. The passage would
prove to be emotionally, mentally, and physically harrowing as the passeurs and
children scaled the Alps to escape the Third Reich. They Were Children celebrates
courage, and what it means to embrace fear alongside the immutable need to act
against injustice. They Were Children shares a message of resilience, heroism,
courage and compassion. It is a tribute to the indelible strength of the human spirit.

Russian Revolution
January 10 | 10 – 11:30am
FGCU Main Campus – Fort Myers  

Like the German and Austrian empires, the Russian empire too was a casualty of
World War I. Had war not broken out, would the tsars have been able to maintain
autocratic control of the country? Had Lenin not returned via a sealed train, would
the moderate politicians have prevailed? This lecture examines the state of Russia
and its government in the early twentieth century and then follows the chain of
events that toppled Nicholas II, destroyed the Romanov dynasty, and brought Lenin
to power after the outbreak of war.

iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets of Apple’s Newest Operating System iOS 17
January 10 | 10:30 – 12pm
The Brooks Enrichment Center  

Join this lecture-style presentation to learn all the new features, upgrades and
enhancements of Apple’s newest operating system for iPhone and iPad, iOS 17.
We explore tips, tricks and secrets that make using your device easier, more
powerful and efficient. All levels from beginner to advanced users will benefit
from this informative and interesting program.  

The Durham Report
January 11 | 10 – 11:30am
Naples Center or Online via Z00m  

In May 2023 Special Counsel Robert Durham released a report on his four-year
DOJ investigation into intelligence activities and investigations arising out of the
2016 presidential campaign. Progressive pundits called it a “nothing burger.”
Conservative commentators say it was evidence of election interference by the
“deep state” and proves FBI and DOJ corruption. Does the truth lie between these
extremes? Join a former counterintelligence and law enforcement official in a frank,
apolitical analysis. Topics include a comparison of three investigations: Mueller,
DOJ IG, and Durham; and the political, social and monetary costs.    

The Week Ahead  

Monday January 8
Media Perspectives: The Future is Cloudy
Jewish Avengers – Nazi Executioners
Alva Vanderbilt Belmont – Slave to Ambition or Champion of Freedom  

Tuesday January 9
iPhone/iPad Apps: Camera and Taking Great Photos
Road to Catastrophe: The Roots of the Great War 1914-1918
The Rise of Anti-Science Attitudes and Anti-Intellectualism in America:
Evidence and the Downside
The Rise and Fall of America’s Retail Palaces  

Wednesday January 10
The Alger Hiss Trial
The Failure of Israeli Intelligence in the Hamas Terrorist Attacks –
What Went Wrong?
A Different Look at Florida
On the Front Line: What is at Stake in Afghanistan  

Thursday January 11
Five Great American Presidents
On the Front Line: What is at Stake in Afghanistan
Great Discussions of Current Events and More (2-part series)  

Friday January 12
Balance University: Improve Balance, Posture and Flexibility
(3-part series)
Digital Currencies: The Future of Money      

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  
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 strength-
ening 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
[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  


[email protected]
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