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Greetings, We have outdone ourselves this season with our offerings. Your feedback has
been quite positive to us and it shows with increased registrations. Thank you for keeping
FGCU Academy in the forefront. We strive to provide the best and most interesting topics
and top level instructors for you.    




Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737    

Featured Classes for Week of February 12 – Feb 16  

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Operation Paperclip – Recruiting Nazi Scientists
February 13 | 10 – 11:30 am Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

As World War II waned, the Allies raced to recruit German scientists and technology. This was a
highly effective effort led by the OSS. Among the scientists brought to America was Wernher von
Braun, who developed the V-2. Topics include: secret U.S. interrogation centers, history of Paper-
clip (and related operations), Peenemunde, the Church Committee, declassified CIA research (Star
Gate, MKULTRA) and related British and Soviet operations. A detailed and fascinating examination
of a major intelligence operation.

Influential Speeches of World War II
February 13 | 1:30 – 3 pm Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

World War II was won and lost amidst several remarkable speeches. Some inspired nobleness while
others exploited evil. We examine famous speeches, quotes, quips and letters and the historical events
surrounding them. We also discuss Churchill’s remarkable oratory abilities and secrets. Topics include:
Churchill; FDR; DDE; Patton; “Wild Bill” Donovan; MacArthur; Joe Kennedy; Cordell Hull; Hirohito;
Hitler; Goring; and the Nuremberg trials.

The First Amendment: What Americans Need to Know
February 14 | 10 – 11:30 am Wednesday
FGCU Main Campus – AB9 Room 106  

This presentation facilitates an understanding of the development of First Amendment rights in American
history. It explores protections and limitations regarding speech and the press, rights of petition and assembly.
It also explores how to legally exercise freedom of religion and apply what is taught to other First Amendment-
related situations.

The Berlin Airlift and the Berlin Wall
February 14 | 1:30 – 3 pm Wednesday
Naples Center / 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. For 15 months everything from basic food to coal for
heating was sent in by aircraft. At its peak, a plane was landing every 45 seconds around the clock. The
blockade was lifted in May 1949 but it had forever changed the future of Europe. Twelve years later Soviet
controlled East Germany erected a 96-mile wall around West Berlin. For the next 28 years East Germans
became prisoners in their country. People continued to try to escape to the West, some losing their lives in
the process. We explore the reasons why the wall was erected, how people lived with it, and why it ultimate-
ly came down.

Three Crucial and Useful Bridge Conventions All Players Should Know
February 15 | 10 – 11:30 am Thursday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

How can we forge unity in a world that is deeply polarized? Historically, this was done well by
an organization named Moral Re-Armament. They were masterful at reconciling the political
left and right, unions and management, and East and West. They were extremely successful in
hundreds of situations in the 1940s and 1950s. This lecture presents how they did it and invites
participants to think about developing an equivalent approach for modern times.

Diversity and Unity
February 16 | 10 – 11:30 am Friday
Brooks Enrichment Center  

How can we forge unity in a world that is deeply polarized? Historically, this was done well by an
organization named Moral Re-Armament. They were masterful at reconciling the political left and
right, unions and management, and East and West. They were extremely successful in hundreds of
situations in the 1940s and 1950s. This lecture presents how they did it and invites participants to
think about developing an equivalent approach for modern times.     


Wine and Food Pairing Social Event at Mare Terra
March 4 | 3 – 5 pm
Bonita Springs  

Pre-registration is required. Our first event was such a success, we had to do it again!
Make new friends and enjoy several courses of mouth-watering Italian food bites paired
with wonderful wines personally chosen by Mare Terra’s sommelier. Eat, laugh and be
merry at the Academy’s second Wine and Food Pairing Social Event!

Vizcaya Museum Tour with Lunch
March 6 | 7:30 – 6:30 pm

Vizcaya was created as James Deering’s subtropical winter home in the 1910s and today it is a
National Historic Landmark and accredited museum. Vizcaya is beautiful and serene. It is also
a place of intellectual stimulation, compelling us to consider the relationships between native
and foreign, old and new and natural and designed. Vizcaya has been described as “the finest
private house ever built in America,” “a jewel among Miami’s skyscrapers and subdivisions”
and “some Noah’s Ark of decorative arts” with its exteriors offering the “manic tranquility of
the great European folly gardens.” Included are transportation, driver gratuity and a docent-led
tour of portions of the collection. A box lunch is also included. Departure information will be
emailed 3 days prior to the trip. Itineraries are subject to change..    

The Week Ahead  

Monday February 12
Get More From Your Digital Camera
Introduction to Microsoft Windows 11
Who Really Discovered America?

Tuesday February 13
The Roots of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Understanding OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Other Artificial Intelligence Tools
They Were Children: Rescue as Resistance Special Exhibition
Long Term Care Insurance: Protecting Your Independence
The Rise and Fall and Reinvention of Globalization
Ladies First: Triumphant Women Artists from the Renaissance to the French Revolution  

Wednesday February 14
Rabbinic Judaism & Christianity in the First Century: Origins of Western Anti-Semitism 3-part series
FGCU Academy 2024 Travel Open Houses
How to Write a Cookbook (3-part series)  

Thursday February 15
From Laboratory To Bedside – How Biopharmaceutical Companies Discover And Develop New Drugs
Woodrow Wilson: His Legacy to the World
Immigration 2024: Crossroads of “Legal” and “Illegal” Immigration
Introduction to Facebook and Instagram
The Koreshans of Estero and the Link to the Waco Tragedy  

Friday February 16
Supervised Mah Jongg Play for Beginners      

-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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2024 Travel Open House Presentation

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania
August 13-28, 2024 
16 days for $11,196  

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Exploring Iceland
August 15-25, 2024
11 days for $6,692  

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Southern Italy & Sicily
September 4-18, 2024  
15 days for $6,674  

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Scotland: Highlands & Islands
September 9-20, 2024  
12 days for $5,896   

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Sensations of Lyon & Provence 2024 River Cruise
September 17 – 28, 2024
12 days from $5,469  

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Jewels of the Rhine 2024 River Cruise
September 20 – 30, 2024
11 days from $4,925   

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Provincial French Countryside
September 27-October 11, 2024 
15 days for $6,297  

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New Zealand Adventure
October 10-25, 2024  
16 days for $8,124  

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Southeast Asia Odysseys
October 31-November 18, 2024 
19 days for $7,597  

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Travel Abroad with FGCU Academy  
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FGCU Academy Needs Your Support Today to Ensure that Our Critical Mission
of Adult Education and Enrichment Continues!  

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 explor-
ing 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 of
support to the Academy. We must be financially self-sustaining.  

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 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.   

Your gift will allow the Academy to offer more than 1,000 diverse and fascinating programs at more than twenty
locations throughout SWFL. Through our mission we promise to enrich the lives, minds and social well-being of
more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors that participate in our programs each year.   

or mail your donation to
FGCU Academy
704 Goodlette Frank Road North, Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  

I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program in 2024. 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

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Naples, FL 34102  


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