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Join us in-person at one of our 19 locations
or participate online.
JANUARY – MAY 2024 PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS
NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE OR VIA PHONE
Keep your mind active and engaged in the new year!
Register for a lecture with FGCU Academy!
–Our office will be closed beginning Friday December 22, 2023 through January 1, 2024.
-We will re-open on January 2, 2024 to assist you with your registration needs and any other
questions you may have.
While we are resting up over our break, you may register for classes online. Please do not call
the office and leave registration information on our voice mail.
From all of us at FGCU Academy we wish you a happy and healthy new year. We are looking
forward to January and the 2024 season.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2024 WINTER-SPRING PROGRAM GUIDE ONLINE!
-The Program Guides are available at The Naples Center – 704 Goodlette Frank Rd. N. We
have them in front of our building for your convenience to pick one up any time.
-Program Guides are available at your local libraries throughout Lee and Collier Counties.
-If you would like to see our remarkably rich and varied program sooner, click the link above
to view our program guide online.
WINTER-SPRING REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
AVAILABLE ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE
Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737
Below are just a few of the many fascinating courses we will be offering in 2024
We have a plethora of new and interesting topics just for you. Below are just a few “Hot
Topics ” to whet your whistle.
Click on any of the lectures below to learn more about them.
Religion & Faith
Zealot, the Life and Times of Jesus
In the book Zealot, the Life and Times of Jesus, Dr. Reza Aslan looks at Jesus’ life as a
Moslem to find out if Jesus was truly the Son of God or a member of one of the fringe
sects operating in the first century. It would be helpful to have read the book, but not
necessary. Join us for a lively discussion.
–How the Modern Bible Came to Be
–Religious Affiliation and Participation Decline in the U.S.: Why and So What?
Philosophy & Ethics
Recovering Ethics in America
For decades, ethics was taught in universities and corporate training programs
from a “negative” standpoint, meaning that the course content focused on what
people shouldn’t do. When that approach was finally evaluated, research found
that this method resulted in no positive ethical action by people who received
such training or education. Today, we know that “positive” ethics does change
–The Chicago 8 Conspiracy Trial
–The Need for Another Enlightenment
–Jim Newton and the Southwest Florida Legacy of Ethics
From Laboratory To Bedside
The lecture explores how innovative drugs are discovered, tested, manufactured and
delivered to physicians and patients. In this interactive lecture, we will learn about the
myriad of R&D skills, processes, data and activities needed to bring a new drub to mar-
ket. Attendees will understand the challenges facing biopharmaceutical company leader-
ship and participate in key decisions at the intersection of science, medicine and business.
–Escape Your Filter Bubble: Learn to Talk With Those You Disagree With
–Exploring Your Alter Ego: Reflections on Self-Image
–Perceptual Illusions: Seeing (Is or Is Not) Believing
TAKE A LECTURE AT ONE OF OUR 19 LOCATIONS
–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)
Click Below to View
2024 Travel Open House Presentation
Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania
August 13-28, 2024
16 days for $11,196
August 15-25, 2024
11 days for $6,692
Southern Italy & Sicily
September 4-18, 2024
15 days for $6,674
Scotland: Highlands & Islands
September 9-20, 2024
12 days for $5,896
Sensations of Lyon & Provence 2024 River Cruise
September 17 – 28, 2024
12 days from $5,469
Jewels of the Rhine 2024 River Cruise
September 20 – 30, 2024
11 days from $4,925
Provincial French Countryside
September 27-October 11, 2024
15 days for $6,297
New Zealand Adventure
October 10-25, 2024
16 days for $8,124
Southeast Asia Odysseys
October 31-November 18, 2024
19 days for $7,597
Travel Abroad with FGCU Academy
Call our office 239.434.4737 for assistance
with registration or Click to View our Website
DONATE NOW 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 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
$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 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-
ening 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.
CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW
or mail your donation to
704 Goodlette Frank Road North, Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102
I want to wish you a truly joyous holiday season! I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy
program in 2024. Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239.434.4838 with questions or
to learn more.
John J. Guerra Director of FGCU Academy
FGCU ACADEMY NAPLES CENTER
704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102