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Greetings, Are you ready for another action packed week? FGCU Academy is featuring
some HOT TOPICS this week. You won’t want to miss out.  

Immokalee is in the Northeast Corner of Collier County and has so much to offer. Join
Carlene Thissen as she shares her knowledge and passion for this local community that
contributes so much to Naples.  

Looking to go somewhere fun for the day? We only have a few day trips left with avail-
ability. Make sure you register now so you don’t get left out!  

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



Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737      

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Principles of National Security
February 21 | 1:30 – 3 pm Wednesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Join a 40-year national security affairs analyst as he examines the most important and critical
principles of U.S. National Security. How does our national security establishment define the
mission of the U.S. in the world? That is the first question to be answered before setting forth
a national security strategy and putting it into practice. This lecture looks at the different views
of the U.S. role and how it impacts on U.S. foreign and domestic policy, from neoconservatism
to isolationism, from globalism to economic nationalism and the emerging “realist school” of
U.S. policy and their interactions.     


The Roots of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Russian-American Paradox
China Under Xi Jinping
The Rise and Fall and Reinvention of Globalization
Changing Dynamics in the Middle East  

Join Carlene Thissen as she passionately introduces to you the
enriching community of Immokalee. You will be fascinated.

Immokalee: Fields of Hope
February 22 | 1:30 – 3 pm Thursday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom

Based on the speaker’s book, Immokalee’s Fields of Hope, this presentation gives a brief history
of Immokalee, beginning with its Seminole Indian, white, black and Tejano residents. Then, for
most people who live there today, with personal or family backgrounds from Mexico, Haiti and
Guatemala – the lecture weaves the political histories of their home countries with the personal
stories they have shared. She will sing several songs inspired by these fascinating people who
live there.    

More Immokalee – Local History  
Immokalee of the 21st Century
Father Richard Sanders – From Monk to Migrant Priest  

Day Trips / Special Events

Vizcaya Museum Tour with Lunch
March 6 | 9 – 6 pm, Wednesday

Vizcaya was created as James Deering’s subtropical winter home in the 1910s and today it is a
National Historic Landmark and accredited museum. Vizcaya is beautiful and serene. It is also
a place of intellectual stimulation, compelling us to consider the relationships between native
and foreign, old and new and natural and designed. Vizcaya has been described as “the finest
private house ever built in America,” “a jewel among Miami’s skyscrapers and subdivisions”
and “some Noah’s Ark of decorative arts” with its exteriors offering the “manic tranquility of
the great European folly gardens.” Included are transportation, driver gratuity and a docent-
led tour of portions of the collection. A box lunch is also included. Departure information will
be emailed 3 days prior to the trip. Itineraries are subject to change. No refunds within 10
business days of departure.

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.

Tour of Immokalee
March 13 | 9 – 5 pm, Wednesday

The bus will depart North Naples at 9am. An all-day tour of Immokalee, including the history of the
community; samples at the Casa Dulce Mexican Bakery; RCMA’s beautiful historical mural; a drive
through one of the largest Habitat for Humanity communities; Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens where
the graves are beautifully decorated in a way that seems to keep the dead alive; Lake Trafford Marina
and the rustic zoo with talking birds and a 17-foot python (safe in a large cage); the Immokalee Pioneer
Museum; lunch on your own at Lozano’s restaurant; a stop at the Farmer’s Market; and a quick drive
through neighboring Ave Maria on the way home! 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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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 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 strength-
ening 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
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well-being of more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors that participate in our programs each year.   


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