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Greetings, Don’t miss out on April’s topics. There is still so much to see.
While you are enjoying winter-spring courses, we will soon be planning
our summer session.  

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



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Spies and Espionage – Fact versus Fiction
April 3 | 10 – 11:30 am Wednesday
FGCU Main Campus – BLDG AB9 (Room 106)  

This lecture, given by a retired federal law enforcement executive,
offers a fascinating and insightful look into the motivation of spies
and the techniques used to catch them. Learn how reality compares
to fiction in this unique peek into the realm of espionage and counter-
intelligence. We take a revealing insider’s look into contemporary U.S.
spies. This lecture includes unclassified but little-known information.

The Creation of Germany
April 4 | 1:30 – 3 pm Wednesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Perhaps because of its dominant role in two world wars, it is easy to think of
Germany as an old nation with a long history. But Germany is a young state,
less than 150 years old. The original territory was divided into myriad small
holdings ruled by independent noble families and surrounded by the power-
ful states of Austria and France. The path to unification would be blocked by
all of these. Despite earlier attempts, it took the rise of Otto von Bismarck,
with his cunning, wisdom and political acuity, to overcome all these obstacles
and establish the German Empire.

April 8 | 10 – 12 pm Monday
Brooks Enrichment Center  

If you love taking photos with your iPhone but can’t figure out how to capture
anything more than simple snapshots and you’d like to take incredible photos
with the camera that you always have in your pocket, then this course is for
you. We discuss the features of the camera and how to use them properly
along with how to deal with the myriad ways to edit and organize your photos.

Alexander Hamilton and the American System of Political Economy
April 8 | 10:30 – 12 pm Monday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

The nation’s first Treasury Secretary had a vision of a modern prospering
nation and set forth his plans in a series of reports to the U.S. Congress.
Several generations of Hamilton’s followers pursued those goals and trans-
formed the U.S. into the world’s leading economy by the end of the Civil War.
This lecture follows the Hamiltonian thread through the 19th and 20th centuries.  

VENONA – Soviet Spies in America
April 8 | 1:30 – 3 pm Monday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

During World War II and the Cold War, Soviet spies and operatives infiltrated
the White House, Treasury, State, DOJ, WAR and DOD. They also penetrated
our most guarded program, the Manhattan Project. Fortunately, the U.S. Army
had a top-secret counterintelligence project to decode Soviet Intelligence
messages. Most of the cryptanalysts were women at Arlington Hall, VA. VEN-
ONA was instrumental in identifying American spies. Many were committed
communists who were highly placed. We explore this program and its far-reach-
ing impact.

A Sliver of Gulf Coast Life: Birds, Seashells and Flora Along the Beach
April 9 | 10 – 11:30 am Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

A beautiful and informative survey of the natural treasures on our doorstep
and a veritable digital museum of the wonderful biodiversity along our coast.
As we take our virtual stroll along the beach, the sound of waves in the back-
ground, we hear the voices of every bird encountered and see their variant
plumages. Shell and plant enthusiasts will be delighted to see images of color-
ful species adorning the surf and dunes of our beaches.

Slam Bidding
April 10 | 10 – 11:30 am Wednesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

How many slams do you miss at the bridge table? Join us as we tackle the most
important systems and conventions you should know in order to find and make
every biddable slam. Topics will include Italian Cue Bids, Kickback, 1430,
Queen Ask, Exclusion Blackwood and more. Bring your partner so you can both
hone your skills on all these powerful bridge conventions and start bidding more

Sneak Peak for Next Week – see what is coming    
General “Black Jack” Pershing
The Berlin Airlift and the Berlin Wall
The Problem of Mass Incarceration in the U.S.
Apollo Program Review: 50th Anniversary
Diana: Death of a Princess
The Constitution and the New “Imperial Presidency”        

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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