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March 2023   FGCU Academy FGCU Give Day 2023    

Greetings, We are so excited to have you support FGCU Academy during FGCU Give Day this year! Thank you to those who have already donated.   FGCU Academy is your premier lifelong learning center in SWFL. We continue to provide top notch lectures, day trips, series programs and so much more. With your support, we can make FGCU Academy even better. Your donations do make a difference.   Please help us reach our goal by donating anytime before March 16th at 12pm.  #FGCUGiveDay. View our page giving page here.   FGCU Academy [email protected]   Please reach out to me for more information at the above email address.   For assistance with registration – call our office (239) 434-4737, and we will be glad to assist you.      

Jeffrey Steinberg has 40 years as a national security affairs analyst. He will enlighten you as he speaks about China’s growth and development and what you need to know about China today.   You don’t want to miss this exciting lecture!  

The Making of Modern China @ Naples Center / Online via Zoom March 6 | 10 – 11:30 am   China emerged from a “Century of Humiliation” and a 20-year civil war and is now poised to be one of the world’s leading economies and global policy shapers. How did the Chinese governing system evolve? Does China’s more authoritarian model meet the challenges of the 21st century? How should the U.S. respond to China’s rise? This lecture reviews China’s global investment program (Belt and Road Initiative) and considers the pros and cons of China’s approach to global economic engagement. What are the long-standing traditions of China that are now incorporated into Communist China? Is China really a Communist state with market characteristics? Where is China headed? Join a 40-year national security affairs analyst as he examines all of these important questions.

Join John Danner as he delves into the fascination of The History of the 2nd Amendment and the National Rifle Association
Safety or Control: The History of the 2nd Amendment and the National Rifle Association @ Naples Center / Online via Zoom March 6 | 1:30 – 3pm   As mass shootings dominate the news the struggle to come to consensus around issues of gun safety, or gun control, never seems to be resolved. This lecture provides an unbiased, factually based overview of the evolution of the 2nd Amendment and the varying interpretations of this section of the Constitution and the history of the National Rifle Association.

Catherine the Great @ Naples Center or Online via Zoom- March 8 | 10 – 11:30 am   Bright, ambitious and imbued with ideas of the Enlightenment, Catherine rose from a German princess to Empress of Russia through her wits and wiles, not to mention intrigue and the convenient elimination of her husband. Her correspondence with the greatest minds of the day is legendary. She had grand plans for Russia, and encouraged by her lover Potemkin, set about the expansion, modernization and education of the country. Although her reign also saw the violently dangerous Pugachev rebellion, Catherine’s accomplishments and devotion to Russia have earned her a place among history’s most
Enlightened Despots



CLICK HERE – March Daily Calendar  

Call us for assistance with registration – 239.434.4737  

  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 Moviepurchase a membership, in-person or online. Visit the FGCU Naples Center at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd North to receive your free gift.  

Bring FGCU Academy to Your Community   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.

Schedule a Private Education Session for Your Community!  

March April
International Film and Documentary Discussion
(All movies begin at 2pm)
Viewing held at Naples Center –
704 Goodlette-Frank Rd. N. –
3rd floor, Naples  

* 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 Register early Advanced registration is strongly recommended

FGCU Academy Day Trips  
March 16 – Miami Millionaire’s Row Boat Cruise & Bayside Marketplace
March 21 – Flagler Mansion and Gilded Age Afternoon Tea
March 22 – Tour of Immokalee
March 28 – Miami’s Wynwood Artistic, Culinary and Cultural Tour
April 3 – Vizcaya Mansion & Gardens Tour with Lunch (Date Change)
April 4 – The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg

remember to book your trips early as they sell out fast      

See a sample of what is coming over the next week click on any title below for more information    
Monday March 6 Understanding Your Mirrorless and Digital SLRNavajo Code TalkersSam Walton and the Making of WalmartThe Century of Revolution: Stuart England, 1603-1689
Tuesday The Scientific Revolution: The Journey from Copernicus to NewtonAlexander Hamilton and the American System of Political Economy
Wednesday iPhone/iPad Settings: iCloud, Notifications, Apple Pay, Emergency SOS and More
Thursday FGCU Academy 2023 Travel Open HousesMaximizing Social Security BenefitsFinancial Strategies for a Successful Retirement (3-part series))
Friday Balance University: Improve Balance, Posture and Flexibility (3-part series)iPhone/iPad Camera AppiPhone/Ipad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets All Users Should Know in iOS 16Science and Religion: Are they Really Compatible Ways of Getting at the Truth?Nicolay & Hay: We are Lincoln Men    

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 ALASKAView 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 TURKEYView 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 & PORTUGALView 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 DALMATIAView 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 DEPTHView 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 WONDERSView 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 scen­ic 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 Travel 2024
Call for More Info – 239-434-4838  Travel Brochures will be available Summer 2023     

Moroccan Discovery, May 12-27, 2024     This land of dramatic contrasts invites us to encounter its ancient ruins and sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and spirited souks. As we travel from the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech to the High Atlas and vast Sahara, we open our eyes, and hearts, to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people.   

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania, August 13-28, 2024    “On safari” … it’s one of the most alluring phrases in all of travel. And Kenya and Tanzania count among the most alluring places to be “on safari.” As our small group travels from grasslands to highlands, to reserves and national parks, we enjoy intimate game drives, see stupendous landscapes, stay in excellent accommodations, and meet gracious local people.     

Exploring Iceland, August 15-25, 2024     It’s a surprising, even astonishing land; one of massive glaciers and rumbling volcanoes, bubbling mud holes and powerful waterfalls; hugely abundant bird life and just 340,000 people; and where the sun never sets for six splendid weeks. It’s also perfect for exploring in a small group, as we discover traveling the breadth of the country and getting an up-close view of this natural “wonderland.”     

Southern Italy & Sicily, September 4-18, 2024     Delight in a special exploration of Italy’s southern climes, from striking Sicily and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to unheralded Apulia, the alluring “boot heel” where a vivid history, unique architecture, and bountiful plains join the sun and sea in creating a prized (and crowd-free) region. Add Italian hospitality, outstanding cuisine, and notable lodgings for la dolce vita, small-group style.     

Scotland: Highlands & Islands, September 9-20, 2024      “My heart’s in the Highlands,” said Robert Burns – as will you, as we travel from city to country, mainland to island, on this sweet journey. From loch to loch and glen to glen, we encounter stunning natural beauty and welcoming clans, while city life serves up the colorful past – and cosmopolitan present.  
Provincial French Countryside, September 27-October 11, 2024    Experience the beauty, allure, and hospi­tality of provincial France, at an easy pace and in a unique style. Anchored by stays in vibrant Toulouse and enchanting Paris, the journey ­features diverse Languedoc, the remote Dordogne, the lovely Loire Valley, and historic Normandy as we stay in charming rural inns and small country hotels. It’s a small group tour de force!   

New Zealand Adventure, October 10-25, 2024     It’s a tale of two islands as our small group journeys from New Zealand’s North to its South, through lively cities and pristine fiords, past lush farmland and enchanted forests in a land where the outdoors is the national shrine. Add engaging “Kiwis” and intriguing indigenous cultures – it’s a pure New Zealand experience.     

Southeast Asia Odysseys, October 31-November 18, 2024    Engaging, diverse, intriguing … This just begins to describe Southeast Asia and our small group odyssey. We cruise the Mekong through Laos; explore the spectacular – Angkor Wat – and the sublime – Ha Long Bay; and engage with local farmers and hill tribespeople on this comprehensive, well-paced adventure                

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