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Membership has its perks!

Greetings,becoming a member of FGCU Academy is easy and the perks are very rewarding. Free gift with purchase of membership, selected free classes and the standard 20% savings on most programs. And that is just the beginning. Exclusive programs are being planned for you too. Stay tuned for more information!

As January draws to an end, February brings the beginning of our Day Trip programs. Register now for the trips as they are filling up fast!

Great Decisions – one of the most popular world topic discussion groups begins February 7. There is still room to register. This is one of the most dynamic conversational groups available.

Jump down to our Looking Ahead section to view upcoming lectures. We have added some additional courses you won’t find in the catalog due to overwhelming popularity.

For assistance with registration – call ur office (239) 434-4737, and we will be glad to assist you.

Free Gift with Purchase of a Membership

When you purchase a membership, you are supporting lifelong learning in the SWFL community. As a token of our appreciation, we have a free gift for all those who purchase a membership, in-person or online. Visit the FGCU Naples Center at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd North to receive your free gift.

Free Class For Members

iPhone & iPad for Beginners
Wednesday February 1, 2023 | 10 – 11:30 am
FGCU Main Campus – Kleist Center / Room 102 / Fort Myers

The iPhone provides access to phone, voicemail, email, the web, photos, calendars, texting, maps, games and more. iPads have revolutionized computing since their introduction. With its larger screen the iPad is absolutely a viable replacement for your desktop or laptop! Whether you already own an iPhone or iPad, or are considering purchasing one, join us as we explore the capabilities of these remarkable devices. This lecture-style demonstration teaches you the important basics of: installing, reorganizing and deleting apps, using the touch interface, keyboard basics, text selection and editing, Spotlight, Apple ID, settings and more.

You must pre-register by calling our office at 239.434.4737





Call us for assistance with registration – 239.434.4737

If you would like to have FGCU Academy provide programs at your community, click below and send us an email with your information: who the contact person is, their email and phone number along with name of your community. We will be happy to reach out and discuss the possibilities with them.

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for Your Community!

Discussion Groups


Great Decisions Discussion Group (8-part series)
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom
Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 | 10 – 12 pm

Participants must register for the entire series.The fee includes the Great Decisions Briefing Book necessary for class. Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Basic preparation for each session includes reading the information provided in the briefing book prior to the class and watching the video segment prior to our discussion. Mailing of the Great Decisions Briefing Book will require an additional postage fee.

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International Film and Documentary Discussion Series
(8 Films)
(All movies begin at 2pm)

January 29 – Faces Places * February 12 – Wadjda * February 26 – Petite Maman * March 12 – Lion * March 26 – Hive * April 9 – Pain and Glory * April 23 – A Sun

Join FGCU Academy for a casual afternoon enjoying the above movies and participating in open discussion afterwards with our moderator – John Guerra
You can register for the series or an individual movie. Register early.
Advanced registration is strongly recommended


February 9 – Miami’s South Beach Art Deco Artistic, Culinary and Cultural Tour
February 15 & March 16 – Miami Millionaire’s Row Boat Cruise & Bayside Marketplace
February 21 – Miami’s Little Havana Culinary, Artistic and Cultural Tour
February 23 & March 22 – Tour of Immokalee
March 1 – Vizcaya Mansion & Gardens Tour with Lunch
March 9 – Morikami Japanese Gardens & Bento Box Lunch
March 21 – Flagler Mansion and Gilded Age Afternoon Tea
March 28 – Miami’s Wynwood Artistic, Culinary and Cultural Tour
April 4 – The Dali Museum in St.Petersburg

remember to book your trips early as they sell out fast


See what else is happening in January!
click on any title below for more information

• Sugar in Florida: A Critical History
• Current Events: Discussion Group (2-part sessions)
• Vanished! The Stories Behind Some of History’s Greatest Art Heists – Due to an overwhelming popularity for this class we have added another session of this class to our schedule – March 2 at 10am at Naples Center or Online via Zoom
• Paul Revere: Patriot, Courier, Entrepreneur
• Art of the 19th Century French Salon and the Rebellion that Became Known as the Impressionist Movement
• Russian “Sleeper” Spies: The Illegals Program
• Whatever Happened to the World’s Fair?
• Catherine the Great
• FBI: Politicization and Integrity
• Kennedy-Nixon: The 1960 Campaign for President
• Sidney Reilly “Ace of Spies” – The Real James Bond
• Religion in the White House
• Yoga Nidra Meditation (2-part series)

2023 Travel

Travel The World With FGCU Academy
Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living

View our
Pre-Recorded Travel Open House Presentation Now

INSIDER’S JAPAN – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
May 20 – June 1, 2023 | 13 days
It’s a land of delicate art and bustling commerce, of rich traditions and dizzying modernity; a jumble of sights, sounds, and tastes that for visitors are truly foreign – and truly fascinating. This well-crafted tour features the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, engages us in local life, and takes us off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa.

UNTAMED ALASKA – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
August 20 – 30, 2023 | 11 days
Awe-inspiring natural beauty and outdoor adventure await as we explore Alaska’s varied landscapes and noteworthy cities. From Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, our small group encounters the breadth and beauty of America’s Last Frontier.

LEGENDARY TURKEY – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 1 – 15, 2023 | 15 days
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic – and legendary – Turquoise Coast, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled small group experience.

ACROSS SPAIN & PORTUGAL – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 10 – 26, 2023 | 17 days
Fortified cities and tiny fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees peaks, iconic shrines to both religion and fine art, and intimate lodgings in historic paradores and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular small group journey from Lisbon across the north of Spain, ending in vibrant Barcelona.

PEARLS OF DALMATIA – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 14 – 28, 2023 | 15 days
Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history and culture – and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

SICILY IN DEPTH – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 28 – October 9, 2023 | 12 days
Crossroads of the Mediterranean … the “toe” in Italy’s boot … “God’s Kitchen” … Sicily is all this, and much more, as we see on our stellar small group journey around this Italian island. It’s lively cities and ancient ruins, temples of man – and of nature, hospitable people and delectable cuisine … a feast for all the senses.

ISRAEL: TIMELESS WONDERS – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
October 14 – 25, 2023 | 12 days
Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of spirit and story, history and hospitality. From modern Tel Aviv to scen¬ic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias and storied Nazareth to Jerusalem, “City of Gold,” we engage all our senses in a small group encounter with this extraordinary and holy land, with a five-night stay in Jerusalem at the legendary King David hotel.


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

FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the 2023 Season—Learning, Growing, Sharing, Socializing. I am excited to welcome you this year to the new FGCU Naples Center, which is located at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd N, Suite 330 in Naples. Also, we have two new locations in Lee County, Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs and the FGCU Kleist Center on main campus. As always, both locations are open to all our students.

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please take a few minutes to consider donating 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 1,500 diverse and fascinating programs at more than fifteen locations throughout SWFL. Please visit our website to review the rich and varied programmatic offerings that are available this year. Through our mission we promise to enrich the lives, minds and social well-being of more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors during our 2023 season.

Donate online at

I am grateful for your consideration to support this vital community outreach program this year.

I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program soon. 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
Collier / Lee / Charlotte

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


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