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Dear John, Easter may have ended but things are still hopping at FGCU Academy. Check
out the upcoming week below! Lots of excitement going on.  

Call our office for assistance with your registrations at 239.434.4737.

Week of April 8 – April 12

Click on any topic below to learn more.

General “Black Jack” Pershing  

April 8 | 10 – 11:30am, Monday

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

John J. Pershing, who led U.S. forces in World War I, is one of the most respected
and honored military leaders in history. An 1886 graduate of West Point, he had a
distinguished military career spanning over four decades. Among his career high-
lights: commanding Black troops during the Indian wars and at the Battle of San
Juan Hill; promotion from Captain to Brigadier General by President Teddy
Roosevelt, with whom he fought in Cuba; combatting terrorism in the Philippines
and Mexico; commanding AEF; and promotion to General of the Armies. Join this
fascinating look at the life and career of a military icon.

Apollo Program Review: 50th Anniversary  

April 8 | 2 – 3:30pm, Monday  

Bonita Bay Community Center

Our speaker reviews the Apollo space program from his unique perspective as
an engineer who helped design the Inertial Navigation System used by both the
Apollo Command and Lunar Modules. He was awarded the Presidential Medal
of Freedom for his work on the Apollo 13 mission. We review the details of the
Apollo 11 Mission – First Manned Landing on the Moon; Apollo 13 – Houston
We Have A Problem Mission; and Apollo 17 – Last man On the Moon Mission.

The Constitution and the New “Imperial Presidency”  

April 9 | 10:30 – 12pm, Tuesday  

Naples Center / Online via Zoom

The Founders gave the president significant powers but also provided
for checks and balances on those powers. Over time, those checks and
balances eroded, leading to the evolution of an Imperial Presidency that
exceeds the constitutional boundaries. The lecture examines the history
of this process, leading up to the present, and how balance can be

Don’t Miss Out!

Slam Bidding
April 10 | 10 – 11:30am,

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

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, Kick-
back, 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!

Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP)  

April 10 | 10 – 11:30am,

FGCU Main Campus – Ft. Myers
BLDG AB9 (room 106)

UAP is the new name given to what we previously knew as UFO’s – Unidentified Flying Objects.
In this lecture, we review major historical UAP/UFO events starting with the July 1947 Roswell,
NM incident which has become a cultural phenomenon. Portrayals of the Roswell incident are a
prominent and enduring topic in popular culture and mass media commonly associated with “grey
aliens” and “flying saucers.” Our Speaker was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his
work on the Apollo 13 mission which safely returned the three astronauts to earth after an explosion
occurred in their Service Module 200,000 miles from earth on its way to the moon.

Catherine the Great  

April 11 | 1:30 – 3pm,

Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Bright, ambitious and imbued with ideas of the Enlightenment, Catherine rose from a German
princess to Empress of Russia through her wits and wiles, not to mention intrigue and the
convenient elimination of her husband. Her correspondence with the greatest minds of the day
is legendary. She had grand plans for Russia, and encouraged by her lover Potemkin, set about
the expansion, modernization and education of the country. Although her reign also saw the
violently dangerous Pugachev rebellion, Catherine’s accomplishments and devotion to Russia
have earned her a place among history’s most Enlightened Despots.    

The Week Ahead  

Monday April 8
The Berlin Airlift and the Berlin Wall
The Problem of Mass Incarceration in the U.S.
Diana: Death of a Princess
The Art of Venice: The Imaginative Artistry of La Serenissima  

Tuesday April 9
Defund the Police? The Current State of American PolicingThe Making of Modern China  

Wednesday April 10
iPhone/iPad for Intermediates: All the Things You Never Knew
China Under Xi Jinping
The Free State of Florida: Really? What About Responsibility?  

Thursday April 11
A Conversation with Florida Gulf Coast University President Aysegul Timur
Great Discussions of Current Events and More (2-part series)  

Friday April 12
Becoming More News Literate      

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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