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May 2023   FGCU Academy

Summer is here – FGCU Academy is where it’s happening!
Greetings, New! this summer, we will have Mah Jongg Play series.
See below for more information.  

For the movie lover in you, we will have a 4-part summer series –
International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (4 Films) featuring:  
June 18, 2023 at 2 pm
July 16, 2023 at 2 pm
Baby Teeth
August 20, 2023 at 2 pm
September 17, 2023 at 2 pm  

Join us for some great conversations in our Great Discussions (2-part series)
monthly groups.  

Everyone is invited and welcome to take classes at ANY of our locations.

Make sure to register early as space can be limited.  

For assistance with registration – call our office (239) 434-4737,
and we will be more than happy to assist you.
VIEW SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDE NOW! (new classes begin June 1)    

View May Daily Calendar    

Register Online      

We are available to assist with registration – 239.434.4737  


LAST CALL to Get Informed  

FREE CLASS for members / $15 for non-members
Pre-registration recommended  

Sandy Parker will present to you, all about our Florida Government.
Hear how it works, what part you as an individual have, and how you
can become a more informed voter! All very valuable information.

Your Florida Government
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom
May 18 | 1:30 – 3 pm  

How are the Legislative Branch, Executive Branch and Judicial Branch
organized and what do they do? Who do we elect and how much are they
paid? How long can they serve? This lecture answers these questions and
more. Whether you are a new or a long-time resident, understanding our
Florida government will help you be a more informed voter.

Police Use of Force – Reform and Politics
@ Moorings Park Original Campus
May 22 | 10 – 11:30 am  

The use of force by police is an important and incendiary subject.
Politics and the media often influence our perception. Join a retired
law enforcement agent for a provocative but revealing presentation
based on real world experience. We address deadly force, police bias
and stop and frisk. Topics include: use of force continuum; police
shootings; police racism and brutality; the war on police; community
policing; and possible reforms.

Information, Misinformation, Disinformation
@ Bentley Village May 25 | 10 – 11:30 am  

Sources of information do matter. Dr. Elliott, Dean of the FGCU
Bradshaw Library, provides participants with the tools to identify
quality information while identifying misinformation and
disinformation. Thanks to the internet and social media, you can
get answers to just about every question you have. However,
there are some contributors to these sites that either provide the
wrong information unintentionally, or worse, intentionally. This
lecture helps you find the most accurate answers in the shortest
amount of time.  
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!  

See a sample of what is coming over the next week
click on any title below for more information    

“Camp Boardwalk” and the War at the Jersey Shore  
The Germans are Coming! A German King Takes the English Throne
An African Safari – Following the Herds and Predators  

And Beyond…
Eli Cohen – Israeli Master Spy
King Ludwig II of Bavaria – The Fairytale King
Space Exploration: History and What Does the Future Hold?
Chinese Intelligence
The Invisibility of Social Issues in Southwest Florida    

How much do you love Mah Jongg? Join us at Naples Center for some
fun play and have the advantage of a mah jongg pro available to help
you make a better decision if needed  

Beginner Supervised Mah Jongg Play
Advanced Supervised Mah Jongg Play
Mah Jongg for Beginners (3-part series)    

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

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, 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

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    


FGCU Academy Needs Your Support Today to Ensure that Our Critical Mission of
Senior Education and Enrichment Continues!
FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the 2023 Season—Learning,
Growing, Sharing, Socializing. I am excited to welcome you this year to the new FGCU
Naples Center, which is located at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd N, Suite 330 in Naples. Also,
we have two new locations in Lee County, Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs and the
FGCU Kleist Center on main campus. As always, both locations are open to all our students.  

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please take
a few minutes to consider donating 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 1,500 diverse and fascinating
programs at more than fifteen locations throughout SWFL. Please visit our website to
review the rich and varied programmatic offerings that are available this year. Through
our mission we promise to enrich the lives, minds and social well-being of more than
10,000 SWFL adults and seniors during our 2023 season.  

Donate online at  

I am grateful for your consideration to support this vital community outreach program this year.  

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

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 Collier / Lee / Charlotte
704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N
Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  

239-434-4737   [email protected]
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