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JANUARY – MAY 2024 PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS
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Keep your mind active and engaged in the new year!
Register for a lecture with FGCU Academy!
Register for a Day Trip with FGCU Academy!    

Greetings, Join us for any one of our lectures or day trips. See a sample of upcoming day
trips below along with what is happening this upcoming week.  

Join us for a supervised Mah Jongg. Play with others while an expert is nearby to help
you make the right decisions.    

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2024 WINTER-SPRING PROGRAM GUIDE ONLINE!  

WINTER-SPRING REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN  

AVAILABLE ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE  

Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737    

Featured Classes for Week of January 22- 26  

Click on any topic below to learn more.


Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished
Revolution 1865-1877
January 23 | 10- 11:30 am Tuesday
Naples Center / 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 defeat-
ed South after the Civil War. This new interpretation and the research behind it are
explored.


The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and
the Center of the World
January 26 | 10 – 11:30 am Friday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Join us as we travel from the high mountain city of Quito, Ecuador and cruise the remote
volcanic Galapagos Islands – the inspiration for Darwin’s famous Theory of Evolution.
We see everything from the actual Equator line to the strange and unique wildlife that is
only found on the islands in this remote corner of the world.


Cult Thinking and Echo Chambers
January 26 | 1:30 – 3 pm Friday
Brooks Enrichment Club  

Why does someone join a cult? Using the case study of the Koreshans of Estero,
you’ll better understand cultic dynamics and how today’s echo chambers work.    

DAY TRIPS


Flagler Mansion and Gilded Age Tea Lunch
February 13 | 7:30 – 7 pm
West Palm Beach  

This tour offers participants the opportunity to visit the mansion of Henry Flagler,
the man single-handedly responsible for developing the East Coast of Florida.
Whitehall, the 60,000 square-foot home that he built in Palm Beach as a wedding
present for his wife, was described in 1902 by the New York Herald as “more
wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any
other private dwelling in the world.” Included are transportation, driver gratuity,
and a docent-led tour of the mansion’s first floor and lunch. Departure information
will be emailed 3 days prior to the trip.

Itineraries are subject to change. 
No refunds 10 business days of departure.



Tour of Immokalee
February 14 | 9 – 5 pm
Immokalee  

The bus will depart North Naples at 9am. An all-day tour of Immokalee,
including the history of the community; samples at the Casa Dulce Mexican
Bakery; RCMA’s beautiful historical mural; a drive through one of the largest
Habitat for Humanity communities; Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens where
the graves are beautifully decorated in a way that seems to keep the dead alive;
Lake Trafford Marina and the rustic zoo with talking birds and a 17-foot python
(safe in a large cage); the Immokalee Pioneer Museum; lunch on your own at
Lozano’s restaurant; a stop at the Farmer’s Market; and a quick drive through
neighboring Ave Maria on the way home! Departure information will be
emailed 3 days prior to the trip. Itineraries are subject to change.
No refunds within 10 business days of departure.       

The Week Ahead  

Monday January 22
Addressing Ageism in Everyday Life
Five Eyes: Global Espionage, Eavesdropping and the
Collection of Communications Intelligence  

Tuesday January 23
The Rosenberg Trial
A Sliver of Gulf Coast Life: Birds, Seashells, and
Flora Along the Beach  

Wednesday January 24
The Balkan Countries – Clash of Cultures and Religion  

Thursday January 25
Supervised Mah Jongg Play for Beginners
Perceptual Illusions: Seeing (Is or Is Not) Believing
The Lewis and Clark Expedition  

Friday January 26
iPhone/iPad Messages App
The National Gallery of Art: The Artistic Treasure House of America      

TAKE A LECTURE AT ONE OF OUR 19 LOCATIONS  
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 $0.00
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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.   

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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 donations.  

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please take a moment
to consider a year-end donation to ensure our continued success. All amounts make a difference in
strengthening the work we do in the community.   

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