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Greetings, New Course! Taking Better Photos, Planning for your future of Health Care.
What is going on in our country with the police? Our immigrant nation status? You can
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NEW COURSE for Bridge Enthusiasts!

Slam Bidding
April 10 | 10 – 12:30pm
Naples Center  

How many slams do you miss at the bridge table? Join us as we tackle the most important
systems and conventions you should know in order to find and make every biddable slam.
Topics will include Italian Cue Bids, Kickback, 1430, Queen Ask, Exclusion Blackwood
and more. Bring your partner so you can both hone your skills on all these powerful bridge
conventions and start bidding more slams!


Week of February 25 – March 1
Click on any topic below to learn more.  


Russian Intelligence
February 26 | 1 – 2:30pm, Monday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Soviet/Russian intelligence has been highly effective for over a century. During World
War II and the Cold War, their human intelligence was particularly successful. We discuss
their successes and failures and compare them to Western intelligence. Topics include:
intelligence effectiveness, structure, GRU, KGB, SVR, FSB, FSO, Spetsnaz groups, atomic
spies, Cold War spies, defectors, Cuban Missile Crisis espionage, Russian Sleeper spies,
The Cambridge Five, The Americans and assassinations.

Making/Taking Better Making/Taking Better Photos
February 27 | 9:30 – 12:30pm, Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Ansel Adams said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make a photograph.” Photography is a very
subjective endeavor. There are no hard-and-fast rules to follow that always assure your picture will
be, well, “picture perfect.” However, an understanding of light, exposure and compositional guide-
lines that can be applied to virtually any scene will enhance its impact and quality. Understanding
these principles helps you to capture more compelling images, turning your snapshots into works
of art. This lecture is for all photographers, regardless of the camera they use.

The Dutch East India Company: They Meant Business
February 27 | 10 – 11:30am, Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Before Apple, Toyota or Walmart, there was the VOC, Vereenigdede Oost-Indische Compagnie.
The United Dutch East India Company was one of the most powerful businesses in history. Learn the
fascinating tale of the world’s first mega-corporation which, for 200 years, stretched from Amsterdam
to Japan. With its own military, government and resources, this behemoth struck fear and awe in all who
encountered it. And there were some very dark sides to the sprawling, ultra-ambitious enterprise as well.
A fascinating sidebar to the amazing story includes representative accomplishments, inventions and paint-
ings from the Dutch Golden Age.

Long Term Care Insurance: Protecting Your Independence
February 27 | 1:30 – 3pm, Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

The need for Long Term Care (LTC) can trigger tremendous personal and financial hardship during an
already emotional period in your life. Learn the facts now and protect your personal and financial in-
dependence; including the Florida Partnership for LTC to protect assets away from Medicaid. Participants
learn about the financial assistance that is available and how to evaluate a LTC policy. We discuss the most
common mistakes people make with LTC insurance policies and how to avoid them.

Defund the Police? The Current State of American Policing
February 28 | 10 – 11:30am, Wednesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Police and law enforcement have become a lightning rod for controversy. While some community
members worry about public safety, demand greater police presence and more forceful law enforce-
ment, others fear that the call for aggressive policing will lead to incidents of excessive force and
police brutality. The demand to defund the police has been heard in several communities. Because
of this increased interest in the police and the focus the media has put on officer actions it has become
evident that a hard look at the current state of policing in America is needed. What are the most significant
problems and how are they being addressed?

A Nation of Immigrants
February 29 | 10:30 – 12:00pm, Thursday
The Collaboratory – Ft. Myers  

A history of how our country has been peopled, with a look at those who have embraced and those who
have opposed the notion of an American cultural mosaic. The presentation includes first-hand accounts
by new arrivals to the U.S. beginning even before the country existed, as well as the testimony of recent

The Underestimated Presidency of Dwight Eisenhower and His Attempt to Demilitarize the Cold War
February 29 | 1:30 – 3pm, Thursday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Dwight Eisenhower came into the presidency as the Korean War was raging, McCarthyism was sweeping
the country and the Cold War was being increasingly militarized with the U.S. and Soviet Union testing
hydrogen bombs. As Supreme Allied Commander for Europe during World War II, Eisenhower knew the
costs of war. As President he took a series of extraordinary, but little remembered steps to tone down the
Cold War. This lecture highlights those efforts which established the foundations for arms control, detente,
and coexistence that took several decades to materialize. In a little-appreciated fashion, Eisenhower was the
architect of the patient policy that led to the ultimate demise of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact.    


Miami Design District Art and Food Tour
March 12 | 8:30 – 6:30 pm, Tuesday

Join us as we experience the cultural, artistic and culinary delights of Miami’s Design district. Embark
on a delicious journey into the world of cutting-edge design, monumental art installations, and a diverse
selection of cuisine that celebrates the Design District’s fusion of creativity and flavor. Enjoy mouth-
watering dishes from some of the top restaurants in the neighborhood. Explore a large, modern chef-driven
food hall that is considered a culinary mecca and savor a variety of global cuisines, with bites from Vietnam,
Israel, the American South and more. Sample the unique fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine at one of
Miami’s most celebrated sushi destinations and indulge in Chef Andrew G.’s famous cookie creations. Between
food tastings, we make several stops to learn and admire public art installations, including the famous “Fly’s Eye
Dome” by Buckminster Fuller. Departure information will be emailed 3 days prior to the trip. Itineraries are sub-
ject to change. No refunds within 10 business days of departure.

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg
March 28 | 8 – 6:30 pm, Thursday
St. Petersburg  

Our private, docent-led tour takes us through the highlights of the permanent collection as well as a brand-new
exhibition, The Shape of Dreams. The Shape of Dreams explores 500 years of dream-inspired paintings from the
16th to 20th century, demonstrating how artists throughout time have depicted a profound yet common phenomenon
of human experience – the dream. The exhibition examines how Western artists have depicted dreams for different
audiences throughout time, exploring the continuity and disconnections between the past and present. Our tour includes
round-trip motor coach transportation, driver gratuity, entrance fees, a private docent-led tour and audio guides. Lunch
is on your own. 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 February 26
The Best of the Best iPhone/iPad Apps Everyone Should Know
Introduction to Plant Biology
The Real Cost of Discipleship: The Life and Death of Detrich Bonhoffer
Your Body is an Ecosystem  

Tuesday February 27
Artificial Intelligence (AI): How Technology is Changing the Way We Live
Should I Stay or Should I Move? Understanding the Senior Housing Options in SWFL
Nuclear Power – The Essential Component in a Strategy to Mitigate Climate Change  

Wednesday February 28
John Locke: Philosopher of the English and American Revolutions
Recalling Vincent: The Moods, Colors and Images of Vincent Van Gogh
Unraveling Iran  

Thursday February 29
iPhone and iPad Fundamentals
Stranded in Antarctica: Following in The Path of Shackleton
Judy, Joni, and Joan – The Music of a Generation  

Friday March 1
Election 2024: Polls, Predictions and the American Voters
A Conversation with Florida Gulf Coast University President Aysegul Timur      

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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Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania
August 13-28, 2024 
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Exploring Iceland
August 15-25, 2024  
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Southern Italy & Sicily
September 4-18, 2024  
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Scotland: Highlands & Islands
September 9-20, 2024  
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Jewels of the Rhine 2024 River Cruise
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Provincial French Countryside
September 27-October 11, 2024 
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New Zealand Adventure
October 10-25, 2024  
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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 life
long 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 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

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  


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