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Week of February 19 – Feb 23

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Perceptual Illusions: Seeing (Is or Is Not) Believing
February 19 | 1:30 – 3pm, Monday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

We discuss the perceptual process and look at how our beliefs and imagination influence our
understanding of what we see. Our reality is constructed from our interpretation of sensory data
(what we see, hear, etc.). However, this “interpretation” is influenced by numerous mental and
social processes. We cover several concepts related to perceptual anomalies. This includes a fun
sampling of optical illusions and other visual examples revealing how our eyes play tricks on us.

Artemis: Return to the Moon by 2025
February 20 | 10 – 11:30am, Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

NASA’s Artemis Program plans a return to the moon and beyond before the end of 2025
and will include a woman in the crew who would become the first woman to walk on the
moon. We discuss NASA’s plans for the Artemis Program. NASA has issued a contract to
SpaceX to develop the Human Landing System to be used on Artemis. The long-term plan
is to build a base on the moon from which to launch explorations of other planetary bodies.
The initial Artemis I un-crewed launch was accomplished in November 2022. The first crew-
ed Artemis II mission is scheduled for Spring 2024. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Free-
dom for his work saving the astronauts of the Apollo 13 crew, our Speaker will share with us
an inside view of the Artemis program and how it differs from the Apollo Program which he
worked on while employed at the MIT Draper Laboratory for ten years.

A Different Look at Florida
February 21 | 10 – 11:30am, Wednesday
FGCU Main Campus – (AB9 Room 106)  

Florida is a world unto itself. Join us as we go from the glamour and excitement of Miami
Beach through the primitive Everglades and follow the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast
all the way north and west to the Panhandle. We then head inland, where most visitors, and
many locals never venture, to visit t he many unique agricultural sites that make Florida fam-
ous such as sugar plantations, orange groves, orchid greenhouses and many other remarkably
interesting places.

Exploring Your Alter Ego: Reflections on Self-Image and Tapping into Resilience
February 21 | 1:30 – 3pm, Wednesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

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.

Russian-American Paradox
February 22 | 10 – 11:30am, Thursday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

The U.S. and Russia have engaged in diplomatic and economic cooperation since the time of the
American Revolution. Those ties extended through World War II, the Cold War and beyond. This
lecture delves into this paradoxical relationship and implications for current global affairs.

The Wonders of Ancient Cambodia and Tibet
February 22 | 1:30 – 3:00pm,
Thursday Brooks Enrichment Center  

Travel from Tibet, the “Roof of the World” and the highest country on earth, to the steaming jungles
and swamps of Cambodia, an ancient and exotic land. We journey from the Potala Palace, the home
of the Dali Lama to Angkor Wat, the ancient and mysterious temple complex of the Khmer people
who ruled all Southeast Asia.

iPhone/iPad Apps: Photos
February 23 | 10:30 – 12pm,
Friday Brooks Enrichment Center  

Apple’s Photos App has an immersive, dynamic look that emphasizes your best shots with larger
previews and improved organization. Memories finds your best photos and videos and weaves
them together into a video complete with music, titles and transitions. Perfect your images with
intuitive, built-in, powerful editing tools. Search photos based on who or what is in them. iCloud
stores your photos and videos and synchronizes them across all your devices.    


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 mouthwater-
ing 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 subject 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 ex-
perience – the dream. The exhibition examines how Western artists have depicted dreams
for different audiences throughout time, exploring the continuity and disconnections be-
tween 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 12
iPhone/iPad Settings: iCloud, Notifications, Apple Pay,
Emergency SOS and More
Introduction to Photoshop Elements  

Tuesday February 13
The Spanish Armada – A Magnificent Myth!
Becoming More News Literate
Warren Buffett – The Oracle of Omaha  

Wednesday February 14
Divided Ireland: A Century of “Troubles” (1918-2018)
Principles of U.S. National Security
Beyond Darwin: Evolution, Ecosystems and Extinction  

Thursday February 15
Bridge for Advanced Beginners/Intermediates
Election 2024: Polls, Predictions and the American Voters
Introduction to X (formerly Twitter), WhatsApp, TikTok, YouTube and Telescope
China Under Xi JinpingImmokalee: Fields of Hope  

Friday February 16
The Rise and Fall and Reinvention of Globalization
Changing Dynamics in the Middle East      

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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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
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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-pan-
demic 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 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 strength-
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