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September 2023  


FGCU Academy
The hamburger’s official birthplace is Connecticut.  

Greetings, As summer comes to an end, so does the season of barbecues and grilling burgers.
With that being said, if you head on over to the city of New Haven, Connecticut, you can taste
history. There you’ll find a little restaurant called Louis’ Lunch that has been running since be-
fore 1900, but that’s not the main draw.  

The real significance of this establishment comes from an event in 1900 when the world’s first
hamburger was created.  

The story tells that Louis Lassen, the owner, and proprietor at the time, threw together a few
simple ingredients for a customer who was in a rush. The rest is history!  

With Fall just around the corner, FGCU Academy has completed its’ Fall program guide.
You can view it online by scrolling below and it will also be available in print by the end of
September at your local libraries and at the Naples Center.  

Everyone is invited and welcome to take classes at ANY of our locations. Make sure to
register early as space can be limited.  

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



View September Daily Calendar      

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Register Online    

We are available to assist with registration – 239.434.4737  


King George III
@ Brooks Commons Club |September 19 | 10 – 11:30 am  

To many Americans, he is Mad King George, the tyrannical
English king whose despotic ways pushed the colonists to
revolution. To the English, he was Farmer George, a stub-
born, plodding ruler who obstructed his parliament and
blocked progress. Both assessments are incomplete, and
his unfortunate mental collapse was a family tragedy.
There was much more to the life of this very civilized,
cultured and moral man.

The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador & The Center of the World
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom |September 15, 22, 29 9 – 10 am  

Join us as we travel from the high mountain city of Quito, Ecuador and
cruise the remote volcanic Galapagos Islands – the inspiration for Darwin’s
famous Theory of Evolution. We’ll see everything from the actual Equator
line to the strange and unique wildlife that only is found on the islands in
this remote corner of the world.  

Special Feature


FGCU Media Literacy Engagement Opportunity

Volunteers needed – age 50+  

News Literacy Class – Generation Day @
WGCU – Florida Gulf Coast University Campus – Fort Myers
WGCU Public Media is located in the Myra Janco Daniels Public
Media Center. 10501 FGCU Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL, 33965  

Friday, Sept. 29 @ 11:30am or 12:30pm
(you may participate in both sessions if you like)  

Each class is under an hour (50 mins)  

Volunteers aged 50+ are invited to join FGCU students in person during our News Literacy
Lab Class. You’ll be grouped with students to evaluate the reliability of various information
and then compare the methods you used. We find that the younger and older generations
approach information consumption differently, and they can learn from each other.   

Examination of journalism’s function, concepts, and role in society. Current issues and trends,
ethics, how news is weighed and disseminated, the business of journalism and journalism
careers. Students become more critical consumers of media.  

If you are interested in visiting the class and working alongside students, please contact
the course TA, Eddie Stewart, at [email protected]  

To learn more about media literacy, follow this link:    


See a sample of what is coming over the next weeks
click on any title below for more information    

Monday September 18
British Intelligence  

Tuesday September 19
Overcoming Grief and Loss  

Wednesday September 20
Cloud Computing  

Thursday September 21
Medieval Knights, Chivalry, and Tournaments
Alaska and The Klondike Gold Rush  

Friday September 22
Five Presidents
Religion, Power, Dynasty, and the Crown – The Civil Wars of France  

Monday September 25
Voyage to Mars
Peter the Great: A Czar Larger than Life
Americana: Lecture & Concert
iPhone/iPad Apps: Apple Mail and Safari  

Tuesday September 26
A Stunning Race: The Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Campaign 1960
Russian Intelligence  

Thursday September 28
Artemis: Return to the Moon by 2025  

Friday September 29
Women in Western Music  

Summer Movie Series


International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (4 films)  

Sundays at Naples Center – 2:00 pm  

Retrograde – September 17
(2022, Documentary, 94 minutes, Rated R)

Tells the story of the last months of the 20-year war in Afghanistan through the intimate
relationship between American Green Berets and the Afghan officers they trained.    

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!

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

View our Pre-Recorded Travel Open House Presentation Now

SICILY IN DEPTHView Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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

FGCU Academy Travel 2024 
Call for More Info – 239-434-4838
Travel Brochures Coming Soon

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 high-
lands, 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 travel-
ing 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 hospi­tality 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 Langue-
doc, 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 experi-

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 comprehen-
sive, well-paced adventure      


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

FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the 2023
Season—Learning, Growing, Sharing, Socializing. I am excited to
welcome you this year to the new FGCU Naples Center, which is located
at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd N, Suite 330 in Naples. Also, we have two new
locations in Lee County, Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs and the FGCU
Kleist Center on main campus. As always, both locations are open to all
our students.  

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same.
Please take a few minutes to consider donating 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 1,500 diverse and fascinating
programs at more than fifteen locations throughout SWFL. Please visit our website 
to review the rich and varied programmatic offerings that are available this year.
Through our mission we promise to enrich the lives, minds and social well-being
of more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors during our 2023 season.  

Donate online at  

I am grateful for your consideration to support this vital community outreach program this year.  

I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program soon. 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 Collier / Lee / Charlotte
704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N
Suite 330 Naples, FL 34102  


[email protected]
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