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Greetings, Where did this year go? December is around the corner. only 30 days left before the magic arrives to the many homes of all. And what is that magic? Why it is FGCU Academy’s 2023 winter/spring catalog, loaded with many courses to tickle all your fancies. Our appetizing choices are plentiful and will certainly please your palettes.

For those that can’t wait to have your very own copy, we will be posting it online soon. Stay tuned and get a jump on viewing it before it hits your mailbox.

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Program Guides

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Mediterranean Magic
@ Commons Club at The Brooks – December 1 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

An amazing voyage following the coast of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, as we visit lands that are both ancient and modern. Greece, Turkey, Israel and Egypt are all unique and unusual civilizations which flourished long ago and are still vibrant today. Join us as we travel along this scenic coast visiting these enchanting places.

The FGCU Academy 2023 Travel Open Houses
@ Online Webinar – December 5 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

You must pre-register

Pre-registration is required. Join us as we formally unveil our 2023 travel excursions to Insider’s Japan, Untamed Alaska, Legendary Turkey, Across Spain & Portugal, Pearls of Dalmatia, Sicily in Depth, Israel: Timeless Wonders. Seven exciting and luxurious tours are planned for our upcoming travel season starting in May 2023, and we invite you to learn about them all. Through unique and interesting itineraries, participants have the opportunity to experience life outside the classroom, visit historic sites with local guides, experience another culture – its customs, cuisine, language and history – and delight in conversation and laughter with fellow explorers who share a love of travel and a sense of adventure.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the Great Depression
@ Commons Club at The Brooks – December 2 | 1:30 – 3 p.m..

The Civilian Conservation Corps, or the CCC, was one of the first of President Roosevelt’s New Deal programs. Millions of young men enrolled in CCC camps in every state and territory and worked in conservation efforts and building state and national parks. In its nine-year history, the CCC revitalized our land, and transformed the CCC men. Join Dr. Franz as he shares this ‘feel-good’ story along with many images of the CCC.

The Wives of Henry VIII (2-part series)
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom – December 6, 8 | 10 – 11:30 a.m..

Henry VIII had six wives! That is a piece of history we all seem to remember from our school days! Henry’s marriages were about both love and power, but romance with this king could be a dangerous game. He needed an heir, but what else was Henry hoping to achieve through these marriages? And who were his wives? Were they hapless victims or ambitious schemers or perhaps a combination of the two? Each one’s story was unique. Let’s meet these six very memorable 16th century ladies of the English court.

Instructor: John Guerra

iPhone/iPad Notes App: The App Everyone Should Use
@ Moorings Park – December 5 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

The Notes app is the best place to jot down quick thoughts or to save checklists, images, web links, scanned documents, handwritten notes or sketches. With iCloud, it’s easy to keep all your devices in sync, so you’ll always have your notes with you. You can search notes for typed text, handwritten notes, text in scanned documents and even images inside your notes. Secure the notes that hold your most personal data – such as financial details, medical information, or secret family recipes – with a password, a fingerprint or even Face ID. Join this lecture as we explore one of Apple’s most useful, powerful and productive apps available.

iPhone/iPad Photos App: Photo Management , Editing, Sharing and More
@ Bentley Village – December 1 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom December 11 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Apple’s Photos App has an immersive, dynamic look that emphasizes your best shots with larger previews and improved organization. Memories finds your best photos and videos and weaves them together into a memorable movie complete with music, titles and transitions. Perfect your images with intuitive, built-in, powerful editing tools. Search photos based on who or what is in them. iCloud stores your photos and videos and syncs them across all your devices.

Introduction to Windows 11
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom December 9 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Windows 11 in this lecture-style presentation. This lecture is designed for those who have used Windows before and are interested in upgrading or learning about the new Windows 11 operating system. If you have just bought a new computer with Windows 11, have upgraded, or are going to upgrade, this presentation is for you. Join us as we make Windows 11 easy to use and understand.

The Best of the Best Smartphone and Tablet Apps
@ The Arlington December 9 | 2:30 – 4 p.m.

This lecture-style presentation explores some of the best apps that Apple and Android users should know about and install on their devices. Apps are the life-blood of your smart devices. Without them, your 21st century tools are greatly limited in what they can do. We will identify and demo the best apps available in categories like productivity, email, travel, video calling, texting, car services, travel, stocks and so much more. This lecture is appropriate for all Android and Apple users, although Apple devices will be used to demonstrate various apps.

LOOKING AHEAD – see what’s coming

• President Richard Nixon’s Foreign policy (1969-74)
• Bernini and the Birth of the Baroque Style in Rome
• Religion in the White House
• A Different Look at Florida
• Making / Taking Better Photos

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.

Support FGCU Academy | Make a Memorable Gift Now

The Academy’s program fees only cover a fraction of its operating costs. The Academy relies on the purchase of memberships and donations to carry us the rest of the way. Without your support, this vital community lifelong learning and outreach program would not be possible. Thank you for your generosity.

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