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Greetings, since it is football season here is a fun fact: The first college football game was played on November 6, 1869, between Rutgers and Princeton (then known as the College of New Jersey) in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rutgers won.

The wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles was watched by 750 million people worldwide in 1981; sadly, 2.5 billion watched her funeral in 1997. You can learn more about Princess Diana’s death on February 15 when Jeffrey Steinberg presents his lecture at Moorings Park – Diana: Death of a Princess.
The first footprints on the moon will remain there for a million years. Ed Grace will be hosting a variety of lectures dealing with space and space history beginning February 8 at Naples Center presenting Apollo 17: Review of the Apollo Space Program. Ed has an extensive history with the Apollo programs and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard Nixon on April 17, 1970.

Just a fun fact:
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos were developed by a janitor at Frito-Lay, Richard Montanez, who got the idea after putting chili powder on some rejected Cheetos and then pitched it to the CEO. He’s now a successful executive and motivational speaker, and a movie is in the works about his life.

For assistance with registration – call our office (239) 434-4737, and we will be glad to assist you.

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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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.

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Discussion Groups

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.

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

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.
Advanced registration is strongly recommended


February 9 – Miami’s South Beach Art Deco Artistic, Culinary and Cultural Tour
February 15 & March 16 – Miami Millionaire’s Row Boat Cruise & Bayside Marketplace
February 21 – 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 Making of Modern China
• Organize Your Life: iPhone/iPad Calendar, Contacts and Reminders Apps in iOS 16
• Spies and Espionage – Fact versus Fiction
• Meandering the Mosel: One of Germany’s Most Beautiful Rivers
• Influential Speeches of World War II
• Principles of U.S.National Security
• iPhone/iPad Camera App
• Truth or Consequences: “Truthiness” in the Post-Truth Era
• FGCU Academy 2023 Travel Open Houses
• The Collapse of the Hapsburg Empire in World War I
• Sugar in Florida: A Critical History
• Current Events: Discussion Group (2-part sessions)

• Vanished! The Stories Behind Some of History’s Greatest Art Heists – Due to an overwhelming popularity for this class we have added another session of this class to our schedule – March 2 at 10am at Naples Center or Online via Zoom

2023 Travel

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

View our
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.


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 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 [email protected] or 239-434-4838 with questions or to learn more.

In gratitude, John J. Guerra Director of FGCU Academy

FGCU Academy
Collier / Lee / Charlotte

704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N
Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102


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