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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.

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I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program soon. 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


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Don’t get left out – register now for Salke Art Series

Greetings, We have begun to see and hear from many of you this past week and we are so happy to hear you will be coming back to beautiful Southwest Florida.

We are hitting the ground running – with the return of our very popular Salke Art Lecture Series, beginning on Friday January 20th. The response has been great. If you want to reserve your spot, be sure to do so quickly before they are all gone.

Sunday International Movie Series will begin September 15, 2023. Check out the line-up below and register early. We want to make sure you have a spot!

Remember, when you purchase or renew your membership, you will receive a free gift – you will have to pick it up in our office.

We look forward to seeing all of you at one of our classes this season!

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!





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Salke Art Series

Salke Contemporary Art (3-part series)
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom | January 20, February 24, March 17

Participants may register for the series or for any of the individual lectures below. Expand your knowledge, insight, and understanding of the vibrant and ever-changing world of contemporary art. In this intellectually stimulating and challenging lecture series hosted by Myrna Levin, nationally recognized experts share their knowledge of the artists, forms, styles and innovations that have helped to define contemporary art.

Material Solutions to Immaterial Questions
January 20 at 10 – 11:30am, Friday
Steve Tobin is known for his radical assault on materials and scale. His team has been stretching aesthetic and physical boundaries for 40 years. This lecture discusses his renowned 9/11 memorial in NYC, “trinity root,” as well as installations in 20 countries. His works use materials as diverse as glass, ceramic, bronze and steel and range up to 100 feet long and 50 feet (239) 434-4737 | (941) 505-0130 or 33 high. The artist also discusses his solo exhibition at Artis–Naples as well as a current show at the Naples Botanical Gardens. These works are discussed in terms of visual philosophy and scientific achievements as well as the emotional issues in the life of creation that rarely make it to public forum.

Man Ray: The Paris Portraits
February 24 at 10 – 11:30am, Friday

The American-born photographer and painter Man Ray (1890-1976) was one of the leading participants of both Dada and Surrealism, and the only American artist to play a prominent role in the launching of these two influential movements. This lecture focuses on the portraits that the artist made during his first period in Paris, between 1921 and 1939, when the outbreak of World War II forced him to return to the U.S. Although Man Ray worked in a variety of media over the next two decades, including objects, films, and paintings, photography would be his primary means of artistic expression in Paris. This lecture explores the artist’s portraits of such cultural luminaries as Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Erik Satie and Gertrude Stein, who, like Man Ray, belonged to the “lost generation” in Paris between the wars.

Alice Neel: A Room of Her Own
March 17 at 10 – 11:30am, Friday
Neel was an unshakably original artist who avoided avant-garde art movements in favor of creating a figurative tradition that attended to the imperfections, vulnerabilities and psychological states of the human body. Her penetrating portraits feature the colorful individuals surrounding her – pregnant women in the ’60s, working-class friends and neighbors, the New York elite – even when those subjects were considered taboo by a male dominated art establishment in New York City.


International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (8 Films)
(All movies begin at 2pm)

January 15 – Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
January 29 – Faces Places
February 12 – Wadjda
February 26 – Petite Maman
March 12 – Lion
March 26 – Hive
April 9 – Pain and Glory
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 please
Advanced registration is strongly recommended


A Different Look at Florida
@ Aston Gardens – January 9 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

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 the many unique agricultural sites that make Florida famous such as sugar plantations, orange groves, orchid greenhouses and many other remarkably interesting places.

One Issue, Two Solutions: The Lives and Works of Booker T. Washington & W.E.B. Dubois
@ The Arlington – January 10 | 2:30 – 4 p.m.

In the Jim Crow Era two of the most significant voices in the struggle for the rights of persons of color were Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois. While both men were educators, they had vastly different approaches to dealing with the problems faced by African Americans as they were confronted by laws which limited their freedoms. This lecture examines their personal stories and their professional works.

Berlin’s Museum Island
@ Moorings Park Grey Oaks – January 10 | 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Berlin, Germany, is a city of wonders, but one of its true treasures is Museum Island. Five museums situated on this island in the Spree River in the heart of Berlin cover more than 6,000 years of history. Just a few highlights are the iconic bust of Nefertiti in the Neues Museum; the Pergamon Museum’s incredible architectural installations of the Hellenistic Altar of Pergamon along with the Ishtar Gate from Ancient Babylon. The Altes Museum’s collections include treasures from the worlds of Ancient Greece and Rome, while the painting and sculpture collections in the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Bode Museum span some of the greatest eras in Western art.

The Need for Another Enlightenment
@ Bentley Village – January 12 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

During the “Age of Enlightenment,” an 18th-century movement emphasizing reason, critical appraisal and skepticism, civilized society began to value the search for truth rather than unsubstantiated declarations. Truth emerged as something able to survive rational consideration and critical appraisal. Unfortunately, the illumination didn’t reach everywhere and even where it did, the enlightenment never rose above “dim.” Ignorance, poverty, backward-culture as well as religious dogma and political ideology retarded the Enlightenment’s advance and even caused it to fade. We need another, higher-wattage, Enlightenment today!


Current Events: Discussion Group (2-part sessions)
@ Online via Zoom – January 12, 26 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

In a globalized world, crucial and important topics rise and fall daily. Ripped from the headlines, this program offers the opportunity for substantive discourse on the issues and stories shaping local, national and world events. Our goal is to build consensus, unity and identify practical solutions. Join neighbors, friends and peers, in-person or online, in this interactive, thought-provoking and engaging discussion group. We strive to offer a constructive and respectful forum where conservatives and liberals alike can comfortably and openly share their viewpoints and opinions. Each week participants receive articles for discussion and, where appropriate, videos are shown to help further our dialog. The best discussions arise from a group of diverse individuals offering their personal viewpoints and perspectives informed by their unique life experiences. Together with your opinions and ideas, bring your listening and critical-thinking skills to help enrich us all.

Balance University: Improve Balance, Posture and Flexibility (3-part sessions)
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom – January 13, 20, 27 | 9 – 10 a.m.

Balance University is an interactive wellness class, designed to improve balance, posture and flexibility. This program starts with basic balance exercises and progresses to more complex movements over time. Your instructor explains the “whys” and the importance of balance exercises as part of your everyday routine. Join our instructor in a safe and effective low-impact workout on Friday mornings.

Yoga Nidra Meditation (2-part series)
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom – January 17, 31 | 9 – 10 a.m.

From the comfort and peace of your own home, calm and reset your body and mind through the practice of Yoga Nidra Meditation. We start with gentle stretches and breathing exercises to relax the body as we ease into a guided meditation. Yoga Nidra is the easiest form of meditation. It is an ancient sleep-based guided meditation, which is very relaxing. As a result, people feel refreshed and their energy is recharged. It’s equivalent to 3-4 hours of sleep. Very healing on many levels. Suggested props include a yoga mat and blanket or towel.

Instructor: John Guerra

iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets All Users Should Know in iOS 16
@ Siena Lakes – January 10 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.
@ Pelican Landing – January 16 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Join this lecture-style presentation to learn all of the new features, upgrades and enhancements of Apple’s newest operating system for iPhone and iPad, iOS 16. We explore tips, tricks and secrets that make using your device easier, more powerful and efficient.

iPhone & iPad for Beginners
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom – January 12 | 1 – 2:30 p.m.

The iPhone provides access to phone, voicemail, email, the web, photos, calendars, texting, maps, games and more. iPads have revolutionized computing since their introduction. With its larger screen the iPad is absolutely a viable replacement for your desktop or laptop! Whether you already own an iPhone or iPad, or are considering purchasing one, join us as we explore the capabilities of these remarkable devices. This lecture-style demonstration teaches you the important basics of: installing, reorganizing and deleting apps, using the touch interface, keyboard basics, text selection and editing, Spotlight, Apple ID, settings and more.

iPhone/iPad Apps: Apple Mail and Safari
@ The Commons Club at The Brooks – January 13 | 2:30 – 4 p.m

Many iPhone and iPad users do not fully understand how to use Mail, one of the most important apps on their devices. Apple’s Mail app supports Gmail, Yahoo, Exchange, AOL and nearly all email platforms. We explore the detailed workings of the Apple Mail app showing you how to add new accounts and contacts, work with attachments, insert photos or videos, organize email into folders, eliminate junk mail, markup or sign attachments, scan documents and much more. Apple’s web browser, Safari, keeps getting faster and better. It sports a smart search bar, tabs, and a special split view version for iPad users. Save your favorite websites to your Home Screen or as Bookmarks. You can view Shared Links and add articles to your Reading List or access your saved passwords and credit cards through iCloud’s Keychain.

LOOKING AHEAD – See what’s happening in January!

• George Washington at Trenton
• What Happened to the Ink on My Fingers – From Traditional News to Social Media
• The Invisibility of Social Issues in Southwest Florida
• Whatever Happened to the Great American Railroad?
• FGCU Academy 2023 Travel Open Houses
• Financial Strategies for Estate Planning
• Abraham Lincoln: A Portrait by his Personal Secretaries Nicolay and Hay
• Artemisia Gentileschi: The Female Genius of Baroque Painting

2023 Travel

Travel The World With FGCU Academy
Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living

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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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