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April 2022

FGCU Academy Celebrates
Chinese Language Day

More than one billion people speak Chinese as their first language — that’s more than any other population in the world! UNESCO (part of the United Nations) first created Chinese Language Day in 2010 to celebrate Chinese as one of the six official languages of the United Nations. We’ve enjoyed it every year since on April 20. The day also celebrates Cangjie, who invented Chinese characters about 5,000 years ago. Legend says that when Cangjie finished, the gods rained grain upon the earth.

• 2650BC
Chinese written for the first time. Canjie invented the written Chinese language.
• 1911
China adopted Mandarin as national language
Mandarin became the national language after Dr. Sun Yat Sen overthrew the Qing Dynasty.
• 1946
UN established Chinese as an official language. Still, the UN did not commonly use Chinese at first. The situation improved after the People’s Republic of China regained lawful rights in the UN 25 years later.
• 1973
UN General Assembly adopted Chinese. The UN Security Council would soon follow suit — making Chinese its “working language” in 1974. After that, more and more UN offices and staff members began to work with Chinese.
• 2019
One-fifth of the world. Around 1.3 billion people speak some form of Chinese — ranking it No. 1 in the world. Standard Mandarin remains the official language in the largest part of mainland China and Taiwan. It’s also an official idiom of the United Nations.

You can call us to register (239) 434-4737 or you can register online at [email protected]

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April Featured Lectures

This Week’s Features and More…

Learn to Read Minds in 90 Minutes

Military Heritage Museum
April 21 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

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I think it is safe to say that this lecture will be the most fun you’ve had in weeks. Bill Gladwell has had long-running, critically-acclaimed shows in Gatlinburg, Hilton Head Island, Sedona…READ MORE

Instructor: Bill Gladwell

Sidney Reilly “Ace of Spies” – The Real James Bond

Cypress Cove
April 21 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

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Britain has a long and storied history of intelligence. Sidney Reilly was one of their most successful spies. 

Instructor: Thomas Eastwood

Enlightened Despots: Frederick the Great, Maria Theresa and Catherine the Great

Naples Center or Online Webinar
April 25 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

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The Scientific Revolution and Age of Enlightenment brought new knowledge and ideas to an increasingly literate European society that was hungry for information. 

Instructor: Nancy Maxwell

Could We Have Another Civil War? Reflections on America’s Past “Civil Wars”

Commons Club at The Brooks
April 26 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

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Following World War I, there was a World War II. The seeds of the Second World War were sown by the first one. 

Instructor: Charles Kupchella

Amphibians and Reptiles of the Peruvian Amazon

Moorings Park
April 27 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

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The Amazon Rainforest is world renowned for its beauty, life and mystery. Despite this global interest, little is known about vast areas of the Amazon that remain untouched 

Instructor: Matthew Metcalf

iOS15 – Tips, Tricks & Secrets of Apple’s Newest Operating System for iPhone and iPad

Babcock Ranch
April 27 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

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Join this lecture-style presentation to learn all of the new features, upgrades and enhancements of Apple’s

Instructor: John Guerra

• Camp Boardwalk” and the War at the Jersey Shore

• iPhone/iPad for Intermediates: All the Things You Never Knew

• Voltaire, Natural Disasters, and Gold

• Mah Jongg for Beginners (3-part series)

• The Invisibility of Social Issues in Southwest Florida

• The Creation of Italy

• Taking Amazing Vacation and Travel Photos

FGCU Academy Giving Campaign

Thoughtful gifts of all sizes enable FGCU Academy to meet the ongoing needs for state-of-the-art technology equipment, speakers for our Salke art series, and the ability to keep our costs down for our day trips. Without your support, this vital community outreach program would not be possible. Our programs deliver academic substance in an interactive format that encourages the exchange of ideas and provides both intellectual stimulation and personal enjoyment. They also serve as a vital social connection for seniors looking to remain active and engaged. Make your gift now. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living

2022 International Travel
Live to Travel – Travel to Live
Limited number of registrants.

View our
Pre-Recorded Travel Open House Presentation Now: [email protected]

Oh, the Places You’ll Go
Dr. Seuss

Insider’s Japan – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
May 18 – 30, 2023 | 13 days

Northern Italy – From the Alps to the Adriatic – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
August 24 – Sept 7, 2022 | 15 days

Provincial French Countryside – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
August 26 – Sept 9, 2022 | 15 days

Machu Picchu to the Galapagos – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 13 – 28, 2022 | 16 days

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 25 – October 10, 2022 | 16 days

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Collier / Lee / Charlotte

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Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102


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