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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, FGCU Academy has so many new lectures this year that have been so exciting.
Come see what the hype is all about!    




Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737    

Featured Classes for Week of January 29 – Feb 2  

Click on any topic below to learn more.

Travel Photography
January 29 | 9:30- 12:30 pm Monday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Travel photography expresses the feeling of a time and place, portrays a land, its people, or a
culture and has no geographical limitations. Our photographs need to bring the sensations of
sight, sound and smell back, to trigger our memories, and to communicate how we felt to
others. To do this, we need to think and feel as much as look when setting out to make photo-
graphs. Learn how to create the images that others have only seen in magazines.

The Spoils of War: Are There Any Benefits to Conflict?
January 30 | 10 – 11:30 am Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

This lecture provides a first-hand experience in religious and civil wars and will discuss the
impact war has had on society and humanity, and the benefits that may have followed. War
brings with it horrific costs of lives, welfare, economy and more. This lecture will examine
the scientific, social and artistic advancements that rose from the ashes of conflict and how
they have changed and impacted humankind.  

Becoming More News Literate
January 30 | 1:30 – 3 pm Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

This talk pulls from FGCU’s 16-week News Literacy course that teaches students how
to become more discerning consumers of news. Participants can expect to improve
their critical thinking skills to judge the credibility and reliability of information.

Exploring Your Alter Ego: Reflections on Self-Image and Tapping into Resilience
February 2 | 10 – 11:30 am
Brooks Enrichment Center  

Rooted in Jungian Archetypes and using activities centered on self-examination and reflection,
participants explore the connection between the conscious and unconscious self – the ideal and
shadow images we hold of ourselves – and how to harness all aspects of identity to live our full-
est lives.    


Miami Millionaire’s Row™ Boat Cruise & Bayside Marketplace
February 8 | 8 – 6pm

Enjoy a fully-narrated 90-minute cruise and enjoy spectacular views of Biscayne Bay, the Miami
Skyline, Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and Millionaire’s Row™ – the Homes of the
Rich and Famous™. Soft drinks, cocktails and light snacks are available for purchase. A modern
yacht offers the utmost comfort and style. Each vessel features an air-conditioned lower salon en-
closed in picture windows, as well as an upper-deck where you can take in the fresh ocean breeze
and an awning that will protect you from direct sunlight and light seasonal showers. After the
cruise, enjoy time for some lunch and shopping at the Bayside Marketplace, one of Miami’s most
popular destinations. Departure information will be emailed 3 days prior to trip. Itineraries are sub-
ject to change.

Miami South Beach and Art-Deco Tour
February 27 | 8 – 6pm
Miami South Beach  

Join us as we experience the cultural, artistic and culinary delights of Miami’s South Beach. Our
walking tour takes us on a stroll through Ocean Drive, Collins and Washington to learn about art
deco history, architecture and famous locations such as the Versace mansion, Congress Hotel, the
Breakwater, the Essex and more. As we explore, the tour stops at various eateries so you can sam-
ple delicious food from 5-star gourmet to hole-in-the-wall ethnic eateries. Departure information
will be emailed 3 days prior to the trip. Itineraries are subject to change.    

The Week Ahead  

Monday January 29
Woodrow Wilson: An American Legacy
Advanced Mah Jongg Strategies
iPhone/iPad Notes App: The App Everyone Should Use
Reflections on America’s Past “Civil Wars”: Could We Have Another?
Masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age: From Rembrandt to Vermeer  

Tuesday January 30
Peter the Great: A Czar Larger Than Life  

Wednesday January 31
“A Match Made in Heaven…or not?” – In Search of Aristocracy  

Thursday February 1
The Life of Robert E. Lee
iPhone and iPad Fundamentals
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP)  

Friday February 2
Computer and Internet Security for Desktops, Laptops, Phones and Tablets
The Life of Robert E. Lee      

-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)    

FGCU Academy

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2024 Travel Open House Presentation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Travel Abroad with FGCU Academy  
Call our office 239.434.4737  for assistance with registration or Click to View our Website        


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 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 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 my-
self slightly uncomfortable talking about the financial needs of the Academy beyond thank-
ing 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

704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  


[email protected]
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