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Greetings, It’s Hot Topics Week again! Nothing like a little presidential conversation
on Eisenhower history and some important political education for the upcoming election
this year!  

Visit our Sneak Peaks for next week, below.  

Don’t miss out on a spectacular event – FGCU Academy’s second Wine and Food Pairing
Social Event at Mare Terra.! See below for details.  

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.

HOT TOPICS of the Week

The Underestimated Presidency of Dwight Eisenhower and
His Attempt to Demilitarize the Cold War
February 29 | 1:30 – 3 pm Thursday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Dwight Eisenhower came into the presidency as the Korean War was raging, McCarthyism
was sweeping the country and the Cold War was being increasingly militarized with the U.S.
and Soviet Union testing hydrogen bombs. As Supreme Allied Commander for Europe during
World War II, Eisenhower knew the costs of war. As President he took a series of extraordinary,
but little remembered steps to tone down the Cold War. This lecture highlights those efforts
which established the foundations for arms control, detente, and coexistence that took several
decades tomaterialize. In a little-appreciated fashion, Eisenhower was the architect of the patient
policy that led to the ultimate demise of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact..

Election 2024: Polls, Predictions
and the American Voters
March 1 | 10 – 11:30 am Friday
Brooks Enrichment Center  

This lecture examines the state of the campaign and who we expect will vote. Will the
2024 election be a referendum on President Biden’s four-year term or a binary choice
between Biden and Trump?    

John Locke: Philosopher of the English and American Revolutions
Recalling Vincent: The Moods, Colors and Images of Vincent Van Gogh
Stranded in Antarctica: Following in The Path of Shackleton
Judy, Joni, and Joan – The Music of a Generation  

Sneak Peak for Next Week – see what is coming    

Download, Save and Share Your Photos
Civil War POW Camps – Andersonville, Elmira, Douglas
Introduction to Microsoft Word
Operation Werwolf – World War II Nazi Insurgency
Financial Strategies for Estate Planning
Immokalee of the 21st Century
From Pumpkin Papers to Pentagon Papers: Famous Trials of the
Mid-Twentieth Century (4-part series)
Perceptual Illusions: Seeing (Is or Is Not) Believing  

Day Trips / Special Events

Wine and Food Pairing Social Event
at Mare Terra
March 4 | 3 – 5 pm, Monday
Bonita Springs    


Eat, laugh and be merry at the Academy’s second Wine and Food Pairing Social Event!  

Pre-registration is required. Our first event was such a success, we had to do it again!
Make new friends and enjoy several courses of mouth-watering Italian food bites paired
with wonderful wines personally chosen by Mare Terra’s sommelier.        

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)

FGCU Academy

Click Below to View   2024 Travel Open House Presentation

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania
August 13-28, 2024 
16 days for $11,196  

View Brochure

Exploring Iceland
August 15-25, 2024  
11 days for $6,692  

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Southern Italy & Sicily
September 4-18, 2024  
15 days for $6,674  

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Scotland: Highlands & Islands
September 9-20, 2024  
12 days for $5,896   

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Sensations of Lyon & Provence 2024 River Cruise
September 17 – 28, 2024
12 days from $5,469  

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Jewels of the Rhine 2024 River Cruise
September 20 – 30, 2024
11 days from $4,925   

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Provincial French Countryside
September 27-October 11, 2024 
15 days for $6,297  

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New Zealand Adventure
October 10-25, 2024  
16 days for $8,124  

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Southeast Asia Odysseys
October 31-November 18, 2024 
19 days for $7,597  

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Travel Abroad with FGCU Academy  
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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 locations, 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 life-
long 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  

239.434.4737   [email protected]
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