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Greetings, Wednesday was made for you and FGCU Academy. There is a little of something
for everyone. Learn about optical illusions in the morning and then come on into the Naples
Center where you can pick your topic…Orchids, Florida Government, Health related Science,
or dabble in the Wives of Henry VIII. However you look at it, it will be a fascinating and spark-
ling day.  

Visit our Sneak Peaks section for next week, below.  

Click here to view our list of day trips & special events.  



Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737      

Click on any topic below to learn more.



Perceptual Illusions: Seeing (Is or Is Not) Believing
March 6 | 10 – 11:30 am Wednesday
Brooks Enrichment Center  

We discuss the perceptual process and look at how our beliefs and imagination influence our
understanding of what we see. Our reality is constructed from our interpretation of sensory
data (what we see, hear, etc.). However, this “interpretation” is influenced by numerous mental
and social processes. We cover several concepts related to perceptual anomalies. This includes
a fun sampling of optical illusions and other visual examples revealing how our eyes play tricks
on us.

Beautiful, Flowering Orchids: How to Make Yours Thrive and Grow!
March 6 | 1:30 – 3 pm Wednesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Taught by a member of both the Naples Orchid Society and the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance,
you learn interesting facts and how to grow and flower the orchids you love. The lecture
discusses the popular Phalaenopsis, Cattleyas and Dendrobium orchids. Learn the best way
to care for these orchids and get more flowers.

Florida Local Government Boot Camp: What Every Florida Resident Should Know!
March 6 | 1:30 – 3 pm Wednesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

As Southwest Florida’s population continues to surge, with many people coming from other states
with very different organizations of local governments and tax structures, the interest in learning
how our local government functions is intense. This lecture provides an overview of how local
government in Florida is organized, how to access local governments, the elements of the Florida
Open Meeting and Public Records Law, and how Florida local governments pay for
services through taxes and fees.

Science, Disinformation and the Covid Pandemic
March 6 | 1:30 – 3 pm Wednesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Taken from the speaker’s book, “Communicating Science and Managing the Coronavirus
Pandemic,” this lecture addresses much of the disinformation and conspiracy theories about
the Covid 19 virus. For many in our country, the lies and misinformation spread about the
virus and its treatments were embraced wholeheartedly and taken as truth. Peer-reviewed,
fact-based science, while not always perfect, offers conclusions, suggestions and solutions,
but such information must be presented to the public in a strong and effective manner. This
presentation addresses the nine stages of a pandemic, from the event to closure, a template
for managing a pandemic, the process of developing a pandemic scenario, a pandemic
exercise, and much more.

The Wives of Henry VIII (2-part series)
March 6 | 1:30 – 3 pm
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

King Henry VIII had six wives – a piece of history we all seem to remember from our school days!
Henry’s marriages were about both love and power, but romance with this king could be a dangerous
game. He needed an heir, but what else was Henry hoping to achieve through these marriages? And
who were his wives? Were they hapless victims or ambitious schemers or perhaps a combination of
the two? Each one’s story was unique. Let’s meet these six very memorable 16th century ladies of the
English court.    

HOT TOPICS of the Week  
Introduction to Facebook and Instagram
Zealot, the Life and Times of Jesus
Climate Change – Sources and Solutions
Pirates of the Golden Age: 1630-1730  

Sneak Peak for Next Week – see what is coming    

Beyond Snapshots: Taking the Best Photos
Immigration 2024: Crossroads of “Legal” and “Illegal” Immigration
Space Exploration: History and What Does the Future Hold?
The Problem of Mass Incarceration in the U.S.
Communication Competence: Respectful and Rewarding Interaction
Minimizing Taxes in Retirement
Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales  

Yoga Nidra Meditation: Become Relaxed and Serene (2-part series)
Escape Your Filter Bubble: Learn to Talk With Those You Disagree With
The Making of Modern China
The Rosenberg Trial  

Day Trips / Special Events

Miami Design District Art and Food Tour
March 12 | 9 – 6 pm, Tuesday


Join us as we experience the cultural, artistic and culinary delights of Miami’s Design district.
Embark on a delicious journey into the world of cutting-edge design, monumental art installations,
and a diverse selection of cuisine that celebrates the Design District’s fusion of creativity and flavor.
Enjoy mouthwatering dishes from some of the top restaurants in the neighborhood. Explore a large,
modern chef-driven food hall that is considered a culinary mecca and savor a variety of global cuisines,
with bites from Vietnam, Israel, the American South and more. Sample the unique fusion of Japanese
and Peruvian cuisine at one of Miami’s most celebrated sushi destinations and indulge in Chef Andrew
G.’s famous cookie creations. Between food tastings, we make several stops to learn and admire public
art installations, including the famous “Fly’s Eye Dome” by Buckminster Fuller. Departure information
will be emailed 3 days prior to the trip. Itineraries are subject to change. No refunds within 10 business
days of departure.        


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

FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the Winter-Spring 2024 Season—
Learning, Growing, Sharing and Socializing. With nearly 700 programs at more than nineteen l
ocations, there is something for everyone. If we have had the opportunity to meet in person or if
you have heard me speak, I hope I was able to share with you my passion about FGCU Academy
and its mission to provide lifelong learning and enrichment to the SWFL community. I believe it
is critical to our well-being to keep exploring new avenues for growth to keep our minds engaged
in our past, present and future.   

Since we are a non-credit programmatic offering, Florida Gulf Coast University can provide
$0.00 of support to the Academy. We must be financially self-sustaining.  

The fact is that the revenue generated through memberships and program fees provides for only 50%
of our annual operating costs. Additionally, our attendance has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels,
so revenue is much lower than in the past.   

As an educator, I find myself slightly uncomfortable talking about the financial needs of the Academy
beyond thanking everyone for their participation. But, this year and for the near future, it is important
that I find the words to ask for additional support through philanthropic donations.  

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please take a moment to
consider a year-end donation 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 1,000 diverse and fascinating programs at more than
twenty locations throughout SWFL. Through our mission we promise to enrich the lives, minds and social
well-being of more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors that participate in our programs each year.   


or mail your donation to

FGCU Academy
704 Goodlette Frank Road North, Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  

I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program in 2024. 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

704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  

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