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The Academy’s program fees only cover a fraction of its operating costs. The Academy relies on the purchase of memberships and donations to carry us the rest of the way. Without your support, this vital community lifelong learning and outreach program would not be possible. Thank you for your generosity.


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Free webinar on travel programs – schedule below in travel section

Greetings, do you enjoy meeting new people? Travelling? Exploring new topics?Then you are at the right place. FGCU Academy is your place to meet new people and make new friends. You can do this by taking a class or joining one of our International Travel trips. We are offering a FREE online webinar on our travel programs. (See schedule below in travel section.)

If you like taking classes – we suggest you register several days in advance of the class to help insure it does not get cancelled due to lack of enrollment. There is no need to wait for January to register for classes as we have an abundance of offerings going on now through mid-December. If you need a catalog, we have them at Naples Center and they are at your local libraries too.

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.

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Program Guides

View 2022 FGCU Academy FALL Program Guide

View UPDATED October Daily Calendar


Leonardo Da Vinci – The First Renaissance Man
@ Moorings Park – October 24 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Leonardo was born to an unwed orphan girl and died with the king of France at his bedside. He lacked a formal education, but due to his intense curiosity and observation skills, he pursued engineering, architecture, music, flight, anatomy and optics solely for the love of knowledge. He was a genius that wanted to know everything about everything. This lecture will discuss his personal life, drawings, inventions and incredible works of art that still resonate today.

The Evolving Middle East
@ Bentley Village – October 24 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Join a 40-year national security affairs analyst as he examines the rapidly changing dynamics of the Middle East, including the Abraham Accords and the opening between Israel and the Arab Gulf States, the revival of OPEC+ and the growing Saudi Arabia-Russia cooperation, and the importance of China’s Belt and Road Initiative for the future economic growth of the Middle East as the world reduces dependence on fossil fuels.

The Making of Modern China
@ The Commons Club at The Brooks – October 25 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

China emerged from a “Century of Humiliation” and is now poised to be one of the world’s leading economies and global policy shapers. How did the Chinese governing system evolve? Does China’s more authoritarian model meet the challenges of the 21st century? How should the United States respond to China’s rise? This lecture reviews China’s global investment program (Belt and Road Initiative) and considers the pros and cons of China’s approach to global economic engagement. What are the long-standing traditions of China that are now incorporated into Communist China? Is China really a Communist state with market characteristics? Where is China headed?

Religion in the White House
@ Siena Lakes – October 25 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

While the U.S. Constitution prohibits religious tests for office holders, religion has played a key role in the lives of many Presidents both personally and in terms of various issues they have faced. This course will examine how each of the Presidents have or have not been influenced by religion and the various ways religion has played a role in key ethical concerns raised by events during their presidency.

Current U.S. Strategic Challenges: War & Peace
@ Naples Center / Online – October 25 | 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Join a 40-year national security affairs analyst as he explores the issues of war and peace, highlighting the dynamics of three regions in particular: The European theater and Russian aggression in Ukraine; the Middle East with evolving economic and political dynamics and the challenge from Iran; and the Far East where concerns about a Chinese invasion of Taiwan remain elevated.

Instructor: John Guerra

iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets of Apple’s Newest Operating System iOS 16
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake – October 27 | 1 – 2 p.m. RESCHEDULED DATE

Join this lecture-style presentation to learn all of the new features, upgrades and enhancements of Apple’s newest operating system for iPhone and iPad, iOS 16. We will explore tips, tricks and secrets that make using your device easier, more powerful and efficient.

iPhone & iPad for Beginners
@ Moorings Park – October 31 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

The iPhone provides access to phone, voicemail, email, the web, photos, calendars, texting, maps, games and more. iPads have revolutionized computing since their introduction. With its larger screen the iPad is absolutely a viable replacement for your desktop or laptop! Whether you already own an iPhone or iPad, or are considering purchasing one, join us as we explore the important capabilities of these remarkable devices. This lecture-style demonstration will teach you the important basics of: models to choose from, installing and deleting apps, using the touch interface, Apple ID, settings, email and more.

LOOKING AHEAD – see what’s coming

• Antarctic – Past and Future Militarization
• Peter the Great: A Czar Larger Than Life
• Optimal Nutrition for Advanced Mental Health
• William “Wild Bill” Donovan
• Marco Polo, Silk Roads and the Great Divergence

2023 Travel

Join us ONLINE at one of our very exciting and informative FREE open houses
You must pre-register


November 1 at 2 – 3:30pm, Tuesday

November 16 at 10 – 11:30am, Wednesday

December 5 at 2 – 3:30pm, Monday

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

INSIDER’S JAPAN – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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.

UNTAMED ALASKA – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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.

LEGENDARY TURKEY – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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.

ACROSS SPAIN & PORTUGAL – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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.

PEARLS OF DALMATIA – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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.

SICILY IN DEPTH – View 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 senses.

ISRAEL: TIMELESS WONDERS – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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.

Support FGCU Academy | Make a Memorable Gift Now

The Academy’s program fees only cover a fraction of its operating costs. The Academy relies on the purchase of memberships and donations to carry us the rest of the way. Without your support, this vital community lifelong learning and outreach program would not be possible. Thank you for your generosity.

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