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Greetings, If you would like to know more about Florida Gulf Coast University, where
they are going and how they are getting there, then you don’t want to miss the lecture
from the University President – Dr. Aysegul Timur at Bentley Village on April 11.

Maybe you want to learn how Sam Walmart built his empire from a small five and dime
store. Of course there is plenty of enlightening history for you to participate in as well.
Or maybe you want to learn how to relax in the comfort of your own home via an on-
line Yoga class. FGCU Academy remains in the forefront with hot topic selections for
you to choose from. See what is being offered below.  

Visit our Hot Picks & Sneak Peaks section for next week, below.  



Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737      

Click on any topic below to learn more.    


A Conversation with Florida Gulf Coast
University President Aysegul Timur
April 11 | 10 – 11:30 am Thursday
Bentley Village  

Learn about our 26-year-old regional comprehensive University; how the community
created it, and how it has become the economic engine of Southwest Florida. Hear
about the innovative practices being piloted at the young University, and how the
institution is successfully navigating a changed educational landscape. This will be
an interactive conversation, so come prepared with your questions for the newly in-
stalled first-generation female President of FGCU.

Catherine the Great
April 11 | 1:30 – 3 pm Thursday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Bright, ambitious and imbued with ideas of the Enlightenment, Catherine rose from a German princess
to Empress of Russia through her wits and wiles, not to mention intrigue and the convenient elimination
of her husband. Her correspondence with the greatest minds of the day is legendary. She had grand plans
for Russia, and encouraged by her lover Potemkin, set about the expansion, modernization and education
of the country. Although her reign also saw the violently dangerous Pugachev rebellion, Catherine’s
accomplishments and devotion to Russia have earned her a place among history’s most Enlightened Des-

Medieval Knights, Chivalry and Tournaments
April 15 | 10 – 12 pm Monday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

The medieval knight as we understand him sprang onto the European scene around the year 1100 CE
when the four key characteristics of this warrior figure came together: (i) his signature martial tactic –
the mounted shock-combat charge with couched lance; (ii) his elevated social status as a member of
the nobility; (iii) the development of a code of chivalry with a particular emphasis on personal honor,
bravery and courtesy; and (iv) the evolution of the tournament as a forum in which to practice and dis-
play his military skills. This lecture discusses these elements and provides a detailed overview of the
armor, weapons and tactics used in medieval tournaments and jousts, as well as the social importance
of these spectacles.  

Sam Walton and the Making of Walmart
April 15 | 1:30 – 3 pm Monday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Sam Walton built a single “five and dime” store into the largest retailer in the world. His passion
for low prices and focus on the customer humbled his much larger competitors. But as yesterday’s
David became today’s Goliath, critics became as numerous as new Walmart Supercenters. Were
low prices worth the cost of low wages, lack of health care and the ruin of America’s small retailers?
Was Walmart doing what everyone else was doing but just doing it better? Has Walmart changed in
reaction to the criticism? We’ll look at Sam Walton and Walmart’s past, present and future.

Yoga Nidra Meditation: Become Relaxed
and Serene (2-part series)
April 16, 30 | 9 – 10 am Tuesdays
Online via Zoom  

From the comfort and peace of your own home, calm and reset your body and mind through the
practice of Yoga Nidra Meditation. We begin with breathing exercises to relax the body as we
ease into a guided meditation. Yoga Nidra is the easiest form of meditation. It is an ancient sleep-
based meditation and very relaxing. People feel refreshed and their energy is recharged afterwards.
Each session is equivalent to 3-4 hours of deep sleep. Participants can sit in a chair, lie down on a
sofa or yoga mat with a blanket.

U.S. POW Camps – World War II Axis Prisoners
April 16 | 10 – 11:30 am Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Nearly 426,000 POWs were held in 700 camps throughout the U.S. Most worked and interacted openly
with local American citizens. We discuss camp conditions and locations and address little known aspects
such as secret detention and interrogation camps, escapes and baseball. Topics include: prisoners; the first
POWs; Allied assistance; Geneva Conventions; Camps Aliceville, Tonkawa, Tracy, Peary, Ruston, Hale,
McCoy, Atterbury; Fort Hunt; internment and relocation of Japanese Americans; Dale Maple; The Richie
Boys; and Florida camps.

Eli Cohen – Israeli Master Spy
April 16 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Eli Cohen, one of the most successful spies of all time, might have become the Syrian Deputy Defense
Minister if he had not been caught and executed. He provided intelligence crucial in the Six Day War.
This lecture also examines other Mossad operations (including Adolph Eichmann and U.S. spy Jonathan
Pollard) and compares other major intelligence organizations.    

Sneak Peak for Next Week – see what is coming    
iPhone/iPad for Intermediates: All the Things You Never Knew
China Under Xi Jinping
The Free State of Florida: Really? What About Responsibility?
How the Modern Bible Came to Be
iPhone/iPad Apps: Apple Mail and Safari
True American Modern Art        

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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