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Dear John,   

The FGCU Academy Summer Program Guide is available online for summer. If you
want a hard copy, we will print some at our office (Naples Center) for you to pick up
at your convenience.  

Naples Center is located at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd. N. Suite 330  

Cool off with FGCU Academy – Our Air Conditioning is working! They keep telling
us that this is going to be a hot summer. Join us for a variety of lectures at Naples
Center or our outlying learning centers.  

Peruse the summer program guide below and register quickly so you don’t miss out.  

Join FGCU Academy ONLINE when you are away from SWFL or if you can’t be
with us in-person. You can enjoy our lectures from any desktop, laptop, smartphone
or tablet. Look for any lecture in the program guide which has the code “OL” for



Our 2025 International Travel trips have been released. Scroll down to our travel
section below to see the plethora of offerings.  

Call our office for assistance with your registrations at 239.434.4737.    

Weekly Features

The Roots of the Israel-Palestine Conflict  

June 11 | 10 – 11:30am Tuesday
Presented by: Jeffrey Steinberg  

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

The Israel-Palestine conflict is complex and defies simple explanations. It has
Biblical dimensions that most other conflicts do not have. The immediate roots
of the conflict go back to the post-World War II period and the partitioning of
Palestine. Later it became part of the Cold War contest between the West and
the Soviet Union and was nearly resolved when the Oslo Accords came close
to creating a long-sought two-state solution. With the 1995 assassination of
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a Jewish extremist, the brief window of op-
portunity shut and gave way to further conflict. This lecture touches upon all
these critical moments and offers some prospects of what may follow.

Unraveling Iran  

June 11 | 1:30 – 3pm, Tuesday
Presented by: Jeffrey Steinberg  

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Modern Iran emerged out of the Persian Empire, the decades of rule by the Shah, the
brief anti-colonial period under Prime Minister Mosadegh, the Islamic Revolution and
the rise of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Join a 40-year national security
affairs analyst as he examines the current situation in Iran and the changing regional
environment, Iran’s increasing engagement with Russia and China, and the evolving
U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic.

The Louvre Museum in Paris: The Royal Treasure House of France  

June 13 | 10 – 11:30am Thursday
Presented by: James Pagliaro  

Online via Zoom  

Built as a royal palace for the French monarchy, the Louvre is an iconic building in Paris
with a unique history. Since its public opening in 1789, the Louvre has become one of the
most famous art museums in the world. The palace is home to some of the world’s most
iconic pieces and includes the collection of the Royal House of France, featuring paintings,
sculptures, and art objects by famous artists of many different regions and eras. With a com-
plex of buildings dating back to the 12th century, we will virtually tour this amazing museum
which houses the masterpieces by artists like Botticelli, Bellini, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael,
Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Van Dyck, Vermeer and Rembrandt, among others.  

Great Discussions With Friends and Neighbors (2-part series)  

June 13 | 10:30 – 12pm, Thursday
Presented by: John Guerra  

Online via Zoom  

In a globalized world, crucial and important topics rise and fall daily. Ripped from the head-
lines, this program offers the opportunity for substantive discourse on the issues and stories
shaping local, national and world events. Our goal is to build consensus, unity and identify
practical solutions. Join neighbors, friends and peers, in-person or online, in this interactive,
thought-provoking and engaging discussion group. We strive to offer a constructive and re-
spectful forum where conservatives and liberals alike can comfortably and openly share their
viewpoints and opinions. Each week participants receive articles for discussion and, where
appropriate, videos are shown to help further our dialog. The best discussions arise from a
group of diverse individuals offering their personal viewpoints and perspectives informed by
their unique life experiences. Together with your opinions and ideas, bring your listening and
critical thinking skills to help enrich us all.


WEEK of June 10 – 14  

Monday June 10
China Under Xi Jinping
The Constitution and the New “Imperial Presidency”  

Tuesday June 11
Get Ready to Vote in the August Primaries  

Wednesday June 12
Get Ready to Vote in the August Primaries  

Thursday June 13
Having Healthy Conversations about Religion
iPhone/iPad Apps: Apple Camera and Taking Great Photos    

Summer Films 2024    

Naples Center
International Sunday Film


July 14 – NC6886
(Drama, 2008, PG-13, 130 mins)         
This documentary film focuses on the violence of the Israel-Palestine conflict and its’
effects on the children of Gaza. The documentary follows the story of about ten child-
ren who tell what their daily life is like after the horror of the war in Gaza in the sum-
mer of 2014.

Moorings Park Grande Lake International Tuesday Film


June 18 – GL6890
A Man Called Ove
(Drama/Comedy, 2015,
PG-13, 116 mins)
Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association
rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friend-
ship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.      

FGCU Academy

Click Below to View  

2024 Travel Open House Presentation

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

View Brochure

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

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    


See our list of exciting tours and cruises for 2025. These trips will fill up fast as they have
in the past. To view more information on any of the trips listed below – click here
Once you are on the travel page, scroll down to the trip you are interested in to view more
information and to download a brochure for that trip.  

-Cuba: Art, Culture & History In Support of the Cuban People
-Natural Treasures of Indonesia, Borneo & Taiwan Yacht Cruise
-Northern Italy: From the Alps to the Adriatic
-Journey Through Central Europe
-Insider’s Japan
-Paradores and Pousadas: Portugal & Spain
-Machu Picchu to the Galapagos
-Egypt and the Eternal Nile
-Moroccan Discovery: From the Imperial Cities to the Sahara
-Portugal and the Douro River Cruise
-Gems of Eastern Europe River Cruise Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania    

Travel Abroad with FGCU Academy  

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