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October 2023      

FGCU Academy
An Exciting Week Ahead for You and So Much More  

Greetings, Today is Movie Day at FGCU Academy. Join us this afternoon – 2pm at Naples
Center – 704 Goodlette-Frank Rd. N., Suite 330. More info listed below in movie section.  

Our Fall season is in full force now. We have a lot going on at FGCU Academy this week.
Below are just a few highlights of what is being offered. Scroll down to see everything that
is available for the week.  

-Monday highlights a commentary on The Durham Report with Tom Eastwood.
-Tuesday learn about the upcoming changes in Medicare with Dr. Frank Medici.
-Wednesday Ed Grace will be talking about Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.
-Thursday Sandy Parker will enlighten you about how to become an informed voter.  

Coming in November: Register now for this exciting event!
Eat, laugh and be merry! Make new friends in a casual and fun atmosphere! Join FGCU
Academy at Mare Terra Restaurant in Bonita Springs for – Appetizers with Wine Pairing
Social Event at Mare Terra – November 7th at 4:30 – 6 pm. Pre-registration is
required. Don’t miss out! Scroll down to Special Events for more info.  

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.


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For assistance with registration – Call 239.434.4737


The Durham Report
@ Commons Club at The Brooks | October 23 | 1:30 – 3 pm  

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 call it a
“nothing burger.” Conservative commentators say it is
evidence of election interference by the “deep state” and
proves FBI and DOJ corruption. Does 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.

iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets of Apple’s
Newest Operating System in iOS 17  

@ FGCU Campus – The Water School – Building AB9 –
Room 106 | October 25 | 10 – 11:30 am

@ Bentley Village | November 14 | 1:30 – 3 pm  

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 will
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.

Are You an Informed Collier County Voter?
@ Bentley Village | October 26 | 10 – 11:30 am
@ Moorings Park Original Campus | November 8 | 10 – 11:30 am
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake | November 17 | 1:30 – 3 pm  

Most of us don’t know as much about what’s on our ballot
as we’d like to – especially the farther down the ballot we
go. And yet the people we elect at the state and local levels
decide how much we pay in taxes and how that money is
spent, the kinds of growth and development that are allowed,
how quickly our communities recover from hurricanes and
how they prepare for the future, who hires our school super-
intendent and what’s taught in our local schools, and more.
In this lecture, we will learn about the more than a dozen state
and local government offices that will be on our August 2024
ballot and who currently hold them. Whether you are a new or
long-time Collier resident, this lecture will help you be a more
informed voter.

Sidney Reilly “Ace of Spies” – The “Real” James Bond?
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom | October 30 | 10 – 11:30 am  

Britain has a long and storied history of intelligence.
Sidney Reilly was one of their most successful spies. His
exploits spawned articles, books and a popular TV
miniseries. Reilly, the origin of James Bond and the
structure and history of British Intelligence is discussed
and compared to the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Cloud Computing for Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone & iPad
@ Commons Club at The Brooks | October 31 | 10 – 11:30 am  

This useful and practical introduction to cloud computing
explores what clouds are, who provides them, how they
function and why you should use them. Microsoft,
Google, Apple and many others offer cloud solutions.
Most of them are free and easy to use! We explore the
various cloud alternatives available, how to set them up
and use them, and the benefits they offer for file storage
and security and the syncing of data across all of your
devices. This lecture is appropriate and useful for
Windows, Android and Apple users.    


Appetizers with Wine Pairing Social Event at Mare Terra
@ Mare Terra Restaurant – Bonita Springs
November 7 | 4:30 – 6 pm  

Pre-registration is required. Make new friends and enjoy
several delectable samplings of wonderful Italian appetizers
at Mare Terra Restaurant in Bonita Springs. Your guide for
this food and wine experience is with a sommelier who has
personally chosen the wine pairings for each appetizer. Eat,
laugh and be merry at the Academy’s Appetizers and Wine
Pairing social event!

Miami’s Little Havana Culinary, Artistic and Cultural Tour
@ Miami | November 14 | 8 am – 6 pm  

Join us as we explore the rich history and culinary delights
of a vibrant neighborhood. Little Havana was recently
listed as an official “national treasure” of the United States
by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The
neighborhood is well-known for its many historical,
political, culinary, and artistic contributions to our Miami
culture. Nestled in the heart of the city’s downtown area
and only a short drive from Miami’s famed South Beach,
the neighborhood is full of interesting cultural landmarks
which we visit including a cigar factory, Domino Park,
Cuban Memorial Blvd., the Tower Theater, artist workshops
and the Damas De Blanco Mural. Enjoy delicious cuisine
including empanadas, Cuban sandwiches, mojitos, guayaba,
croquetas, churros and more at a diverse range of establishments;
from 5-star gourmet to hole-in-the-wall ethnic eateries. Departure
information will be emailed 3 days prior to the trip. Itineraries are
subject to change. No refunds within 10 business days of departure.

Miami Millionaire’s Row™ Boat Cruise & Bayside Marketplace
@ Miami | December 12 | 8 am – 6 pm  

Enjoy a fully-narrated 90-minute cruise and enjoy
spectacular views of Biscayne Bay, the Miami Skyline, Port
of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and Millionaire’s
Row™ – the Homes of the Rich and Famous™. Soft
drinks, cocktails and light snacks are available for
purchase. A modern yacht offers the utmost comfort and
style. Each vessel features an air-conditioned lower salon
enclosed in picture windows, as well as an upper-deck
where you can take in the fresh ocean breeze and an
awning that will protect you from direct sunlight and
light seasonal showers. After the cruise, enjoy time for
some lunch and shopping at the Bayside Marketplace,
one of Miami’s most popular destinations. Departure
information will be emailed 3 days prior to trip.

Itineraries are subject to change.

No refunds within 10 business days of departure.  


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

Monday October 23
The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador & The Center of the World
Overcoming Grief and Loss  

Tuesday October 24
iPhone/iPad Apps: Apple Mail and Safari
What you Need to Know About Medicare in 2024
An African Safari – Following the Herds and Predators
Britain: The Morning Star of the Reformation
Nuclear Power – The Essential Component in a Strategy to Mitigate Climate Change  

Wednesday October 25
The Great Silk Road: A Caravan of Cultures
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena  

Friday October 27
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Alaska and The Klondike Gold Rush  

Monday October 30
A Different Look at Florida
Military Tribunals in U.S. History  

Wednesday November 1
Voyage to Mars
Women in Western Music  

Thursday November 2
FISA Courts and Warrants
The Germans are Coming! A German King Takes the English Throne  

Friday November 3
Balance University: Improve Balance, Posture and Flexibility (3-part series)
FGCU Academy 2024 Travel Open Houses
Peter the Great: A Czar Larger Than Life
Pirates of the Golden Age: 1630-1730
Northern India: The Heart of a Culture  

FALL Movie Series


International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (3 films)    

2:00 pmSundays at Naples Center  

International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (3 films)  

To LiveOctober 22 – (China, 1994, Drama, Not Rated, 133 min)  

Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move
from wealthy landownership to peasantry. Addicted to gambling, Fugui loses everything.
In the years that follow he is pressed into both the nationalist and communist armies, while
Jiazhen is forced into menial work. They raise a family and survive, managing “to live”
from the 40’s to the 70’s in this epic, but personal, story of life through an amazing period.

Tell No One – November 12 – (France, 2008, Drama, Not Rated, 125 min)  

Margot was murdered by a serial killer eight years ago, and her husband, Alexandre,
continues to mourn her death. One day, the police discover two dead bodies near
Alexandre’s home, along with a cache of evidence implicating him in the crime. On the
same day, Alexandre receives an email with a video showing his wife alive and well, along
with a simple message: “Tell no one.” With the police breathing down his neck, Alexandre
goes on the run.  

About Elly – December 10 – (Iran, 2009, Drama, Rated PG, 119 min)  

A young teacher on a vacation to northern Iran with three middle-class families goes
missing before she is able to be introduced to a suitor.  

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


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

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 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.

Sensations of Lyon & Provence 2024 River Cruise September 17 – 28, 2024  

It is no surprise that the South of France is recognized as the birthplace
of photography, its unrivaled beauty includes the finest examples of
French 15th-century architecture, with Roman ruins and sun-soaked
vineyards nestled at the foot of colossal mountain ranges. Spend three
nights in Nice along the stunning French Riviera and enjoy a visit to
Monte Carlo, playground of the rich and famous. Sail the Rhône and
Saône Rivers while exploring ports of call in Chalon-sur-Saône, Lyon,
Tournon, Viviers, Avignon and Arles, all the while experiencing the rich
history and picturesque beauty of Southern France.  

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Jewels of the Rhine, 2024 River Cruise September 20 – 30, 2024  

Enjoy a cruise on the romantic Rhine River where UNESCO World Heritage
sites, gothic cathedrals in Cologne and Strasbourg, historic fortresses, and
picturesque canals greet you in the various ports of call. Sail through the
scenic Rhine Gorge and experience the beauty and splendor of the Rhine.
Along with the two-night stay in Lucerne, Switzerland, set against the
dramatic Swiss Alps, you’ll have an amazing holiday on this adventure
with Mayflower Cruises and Tours.  

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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 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 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  


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