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FGCU Academy Needs Your Support Today to Ensure that Our Critical Mission of Senior Education and Enrichment Continues!
FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the 2023 Season—Learning, Growing, Sharing, Socializing. I am excited to welcome you this year to the new FGCU Naples Center, which is located at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd N, Suite 330 in Naples. Also, we have two new locations in Lee County, Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs and the FGCU Kleist Center on main campus. As always, both locations are open to all our students.
Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please take a few minutes to consider donating 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 1,500 diverse and fascinating programs at more than fifteen locations throughout SWFL. Please visit our website to review the rich and varied programmatic offerings that are available this year. Through our mission we promise to enrich the lives, minds and social well-being of more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors during our 2023 season.
Donate online at https://www.fgcu.edu/academy/givenow
I am grateful for your consideration to support this vital community outreach program this year.
I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program soon. Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-434-4838 with questions or to learn more.
In gratitude, John J. Guerra Director of FGCU Academy
So Many Exciting Things to do this year…where shall you begin?
Greetings, it has been great to see so many familiar faces and new ones too coming in. We are off to a great start for this season. Classes are beginning to fill up. Make sure you register early so you can get into everything you want.
From Great Decisions & Sunday Movies to Day Trips & Individual Lectures, FGCU Academy has something for everyone. See below for more information.
If you are looking for a program guide, you should check with your local library or pick one up at the Naples Center at 704 Goodlette-Frank Rd North – Suite 330. We also have catalogs outside the building for your convenience.
For assistance with registration – call our office (239) 434-4737, and we will be glad to assist you.
FGCU Academy is looking to fill several positions. If you are energetic, have good customer service skills and are looking to fill some time, then come join our team. We are in need of people that would like to work or volunteer approximately 20 hours/week. These are seasonal positions but could work into year round.
These are OPS non-benefit positions. Hours would be 9 – 1 or 1 – 5. If interested, please contact John Guerra at email@example.com or call 239.434.4838.
Free Gift with Purchase of a Membership
When you purchase a membership, you are supporting lifelong learning in the SWFL community. As a token of our appreciation, we have a free gift for all those who purchase a membership, in-person or online. Visit the FGCU Naples Center at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd North anytime after January 3 to receive your free gift. Happy Holidays!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND DOWNLOAD THE 2023 PROGRAM GUIDE
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR PROGRAMS ONLINE
CLICK HERE FOR JANUARY DAILY CALENDAR
Call us for assistance with registration – 239.434.4737
If you would like to have FGCU Academy provide programs at your community, click below and send us an email with your information: who the contact person is, their email and phone number along with name of your community. We will be happy to reach out and discuss the possibilities with them.
Schedule a Private Education Session
for Your Community!
Great Decisions Discussion Group (8part series)
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom
Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 | 10 – 12 pm
Participants must register for the entire series.The fee includes the Great Decisions Briefing Book necessary for class. Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Basic preparation for each session includes reading the information provided in the briefing book prior to the class and watching the video segment prior to our discussion. Mailing of the Great Decisions Briefing Book will require an additional postage fee.
• Energy Geopolitics
Access to oil and gas has long held an influence over the politics of individual nations and their relations with others. But as more countries move toward sustainable energy, and supply chain shortages affect the availability of oil and gas, how will this change the way in which the United States interacts with the outside world?
• War Crimes
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has resulted in widespread charges of war crimes and calls for justice. But what exactly are war crimes? Opinions of what constitutes a war crime have evolved, as have ways to identify and punish the perpetrators. How will the war crimes committed in Ukraine be dealt with?
• China and the U.S.
For the past ten years, the United States and China have been locked in a competition for who has the greatest global influence. One major point of contention is the status of Taiwanese sovereignty, which has become even more relevant recently with the possibility that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may prompt China to take similar action regarding Taiwan. How will the United States engage a China which is increasingly seeking to expand its sphere of influence?
• Economic Warfare
Waging economic warfare consists of a variety of measures from implementing sanctions to fomenting labor strikes. Such tools are utilized by states to hinder their enemies, and in the case of the United States have been used as far back as the early 19th century. Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, economic warfare has been the main means for the west to challenge Russia. How effective will these sanctions be at convincing Russia to cease its war?
• Politics in Latin America
Electoral results in Latin America over the past four years have led many observers of the regional/political scene to discern a left-wing surge in the hemisphere, reminiscent of the so-called “Pink Tide” that swept the area some 20 years ago. But how much do these politicians actually have in common? What implication does their ascendency have for the region?
• Global Famine
Fears of global food shortages have followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has disrupted grain shipments from the major grain producer. But what about countries and regions that were suffering before this impending shortage? How is famine defined, and how is it different from simple food shortages? What if any remedies are there?
• Iran at Crossroads
By the fall of 2022, Iran was in a state of turmoil due to widespread protests against government-enforced wearing of the hijab, a failing economy, an ineffective new president, and the looming succession of the country’s leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. Abroad, renewal of the Iran nuclear deal seemed doubtful and tensions remain high between Iran, Israel, and Arab states. Many Iranians have lost hope of a better future, and the country seems at a crossroads. How should the United States deal with it?
• Climate Migration
As climate change accelerates and drought and rising sea levels become more common, millions of people in affected regions must uproot themselves and seek safety elsewhere. Who are these affected individuals, and how might the United States aid them, and be affected by the migration?
2023 SUNDAY MOVIES
@ FGCU Academy
International Film and Documentary Discussion Series
(All movies begin at 2pm)
January 15 – Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem March 12 – Lion
January 29 – Faces Places March 26 – Hive
February 12 – Wadjda April 9 – Pain and Glory
February 26 – Petite Maman April 23 – A Sun
Join FGCU Academy for a casual afternoon enjoying the above movies and participating in open discussion afterwards with our moderator – John Guerra
You can register for the series or an individual movie. Register early.
Advanced registration is strongly recommended
2023 DAY TRIPS
February 9 – Miami’s South Beach Art Deco Artistic, Culinary and Cultural Tour
February 15 & March 16 – Miami Millionaire’s Row Boat Cruise & Bayside
February 21 – Marketplace Miami’s Little Havana Culinary, Artistic and Cultural Tour
February 23 & March 22 – Tour of Immokalee
March 1 – Vizcaya Mansion & Gardens Tour with Lunch
March 9 – Morikami Japanese Gardens & Bento Box Lunch
March 21 – Flagler Mansion and Gilded Age Afternoon Tea
March 28 – Miami’s Wynwood Artistic, Culinary and Cultural Tour
April 4 – The Dali Museum in St.Petersburg
remember to book your trips early as they sell out fast
See what else is happening in January!
click on any title below for more information
• The Invisibility of Social Issues in Southwest Florida
• Whatever Happened to the Great American Railroad?
• FGCU Academy 2023 Travel Open Houses
• Spies and Espionage: Fact versus Fiction
• Financial Strategies for Estate Planning
• Artemisia Gentileschi: The Female Genius of Baroque Painting
• Images of Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II, the Most Famous Face in the History of the World
• Religion in the White House
• The Yangtze River and the Heart of China
• The Germans are Coming! A German King Takes the English Throne
Travel The World With FGCU Academy
Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living
Pre-Recorded Travel Open House Presentation Now
INSIDER’S JAPAN – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
May 20 – June 1, 2023 | 13 days
It’s a land of delicate art and bustling commerce, of rich traditions and dizzying modernity; a jumble of sights, sounds, and tastes that for visitors are truly foreign – and truly fascinating. This well-crafted tour features the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, engages us in local life, and takes us off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa.
UNTAMED ALASKA – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
August 20 – 30, 2023 | 11 days
Awe-inspiring natural beauty and outdoor adventure await as we explore Alaska’s varied landscapes and noteworthy cities. From Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, our small group encounters the breadth and beauty of America’s Last Frontier.
LEGENDARY TURKEY – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 1 – 15, 2023 | 15 days
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic – and legendary – Turquoise Coast, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled small group experience.
ACROSS SPAIN & PORTUGAL – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 10 – 26, 2023 | 17 days
Fortified cities and tiny fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees peaks, iconic shrines to both religion and fine art, and intimate lodgings in historic paradores and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular small group journey from Lisbon across the north of Spain, ending in vibrant Barcelona.
PEARLS OF DALMATIA – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 14 – 28, 2023 | 15 days
Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history and culture – and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.
SICILY IN DEPTH – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 28 – October 9, 2023 | 12 days
Crossroads of the Mediterranean … the “toe” in Italy’s boot … “God’s Kitchen” … Sicily is all this, and much more, as we see on our stellar small group journey around this Italian island. It’s lively cities and ancient ruins, temples of man – and of nature, hospitable people and delectable cuisine … a feast for all the senses.
ISRAEL: TIMELESS WONDERS – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
October 14 – 25, 2023 | 12 days
Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of spirit and story, history and hospitality. From modern Tel Aviv to scen¬ic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias and storied Nazareth to Jerusalem, “City of Gold,” we engage all our senses in a small group encounter with this extraordinary and holy land, with a five-night stay in Jerusalem at the legendary King David hotel.
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