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Greetings, We offer a wide variety of History, Law & Government courses for the history
buff in you. This week we are featuring 3 of our instructors and some of what they have
to offer this season. Scroll below to view.  

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History, Law & Government
Featuring Thomas Eastwood  

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The Failure of Israeli Intelligence in the Hamas Terrorist Attacks –
What Went Wrong?
January 10 | 1:30 – 3pm Wednesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Join a former counterintelligence officer in a discussion of the Hamas terrorist
attacks in Israel. How did Israel (and the U.S.) fail to predict the attack? Israel
has some of the best intelligence and border security policies of any nation in
the world. Was it a failure to collect the clues or were warnings misinterpreted
or ignored? This lecture discusses intelligence and military gaffes, not politics.
We also examine the structure and history of Israeli intelligence.

The Durham Report
January 11 | 10 – 11:30am Thursday
Naples Center or Online via Zoom  

In May 2023 Special Counsel Robert Durham released a report on his four-
year DOJ investigation into intelligence activities and investigations arising
out of the 2016 presidential campaign. Progressive pundits called it a “no-
thing burger.” Conservative commentators say it was evidence of election
interference by the “deep state” and proves FBI and DOJ corruption. Does
the truth lie between these extremes? Join a former counterintelligence
and law enforcement official in a frank, apolitical analysis. Topics include
a comparison of three investigations: Mueller, DOJ IG, and Durham; and
the political, social and monetary costs.

Media Censorship – Science vs. Politics
January 17 | 10 – 11:30am Wednesday
The Brooks Enrichment Center  

This lecture explores the topics of bias and media censorship and if
the federal government has encouraged it? We consider if censorship
impacted the debate on the origins of Covid-19. Topics include: Covid
origin theories; intelligence assessments; debate timeline and evolution;
misinformation; trust in media; political influence; and racism. Join a
former counterintelligence official in a candid and informative review.    

History, Law & Government
Featuring Gary Stuhltrager

The Manhattan Project
January 17 | 1:30 – 3pm Wednesday
Naples Center or Online via Zoom  

During World War II the U.S. and Britain found themselves in a race
with the Nazis to develop an atomic bomb. The scope of this endeavor
was enormous. There were scientific issues, technical problems as well
as the logistics of manufacturing the necessary materials. It involved
tens of thousands of people and the creation of new cities all the while
trying to maintain the utmost secrecy. Robert Oppenheimer and General
Leslie Groves would emerge as the driving forces of the project. This
lecture also discusses the aftereffects of the decision to use the weapon.
To this day, the U.S. is still the only nation to ever use an atomic weapon
during wartime.

Warren Buffett – The Oracle of Omaha
February 8 | 10 – 11:30am Thursday
Grey Oaks Country Club

Warren Buffett is considered the world’s greatest investor. He built
a company from scratch into a top-five Fortune 500 company. His
wealth and business acumen are only part of what makes Buffett
so interesting. His stellar reputation and home-spun wit and wisdom
have made him a cultural icon.

The Berlin Airlift and the Berlin Wall
February 14 | 1:30 – 3pm Wednesday
Naples Center or Online via Zoom  

With the end of World War II in 1945, Berlin became the front line
in the Cold War between the U.S. and its allies and Soviet Russia.
An island in the middle of East Germany, Berlin was in a most
unique position. When all road, rail and sea routes to Berlin were
cut off in 1948, the Allies undertook the massive task of airlifting
all supplies to a city of two million people.    

History, Law & Government
Featuring Lynn Brand

The Life of Robert E. Lee
January 15 |10 – 11:30am Monday
Moorings Park Original Campus
On the eve of the Civil War the U.S. Army had eight colonels
from Virginia. Only one, Robert E Lee resigned his commission
in order to fight for the Confederacy. This lecture explores Lee’s
life, his aristocratic background, his military career and his legend
in American history using the latest historical research.

Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution 1865-1877
January 23 |10 – 11:30am Tuesday
Naples Center or Online via Zoom  

This lecture explores the complicated period directly following
the Civil War known as Reconstruction. Perhaps no other period
in American history has seen such a complete overthrow of the
widely accepted earlier interpretation of what took place in the
defeated South after the Civil War. This new interpretation and
the research behind it are explored.

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 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
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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

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