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Greetings, We have only just begun. FGCU Academy has an action filled week for you
next week. Scroll below for some highlights. We have a new instructor that has joined
the academy too.  

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Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737      

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History, Law & Government

Woodrow Wilson: A Reappraisal –
Domestic and Foreign Policy (2-part series)
February 12, 19 | 10 – 11:30 am Mondays
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

February 3, 2024 marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of Woodrow Wilson, 28th
president of the U.S.. Recent studies of both his foreign and domestic policies have been
highly critical. He passed a record program of Progressive legislation but permitted a re-
segregation of the Federal civil service. He electrified the world with his vision of a rules
based international order but failed to sell that vision to his fellow Americans. This course
hopes to offer a balanced and nuanced view of Wilson and his legacy.    

More History, Law & Government  
Operation Paperclip – Recruiting Nazi Scientists
The Woman Question – Should They Vote?
The Roots of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Influential Speeches of World War II  

Miscellaneous Personal Enrichment

Long Term Care Insurance:
Protecting Your Independence
February 13 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm Tuesday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom

The need for Long Term Care (LTC) can trigger tremendous personal and financial
hardship during an already emotional period in your life. Learn the facts now and
protect your personal and financial independence; including the Florida Partnership
for LTC to protect assets away from Medicaid. Participants learn about the financial
assistance that is available and how to evaluate a LTC policy. We discuss the most
common mistakes people make with LTC insurance policies and how to avoid them.    

More Miscellaneous Personal Enrichment  

Should I Stay or Should I Move? Understanding the Senior Housing Options in SWFL
Exploring Your Alter Ego: Reflections on Self-Image and Tapping into Resilience
How to Write a Cookbook (3-part series)    

A New Instructor Joins the Academy
2 New Lectures Added in March

Jay Wolff, Ph.D., is an internationally known history lecturer who takes facts,
legends and folkways of civilizations and weaves them into stories of people and
events that have shaped the world. He delights audiences with his riveting story-
telling style.

China – The Mandate of Heaven; Humiliation and Rebirth
March 13 | 10 – 11:30 am Wednesday
Bentley Village

China is one of the places on earth, along with Egypt and Mexico, that
created civilization. For four thousand years, it ruled Asia. Belief in her
superiority led to stagnation. Humiliation followed. She is now experi-
encing her rebirth. Napoleon once said “China is asleep. Let her sleep.
When she awakens, the world will be sorry.”  

Making of America: Uncle Sam’s Family Tree
March 21 | 1:30 – 3 pm Thursday
Cypress Cove

Columbus was looking for China and bumped into America, leading
the way for the British colonization. Against all odds, stout American
farmers defeated the British Empire. Uncle Sam was born. The phrase
“The miracle at Philadelphia” was penned by George Washington in a
1788 letter to General Lafayette, describing how Hamilton, Franklin,
et al, wrote the Constitution that is the backbone of America. Thomas
Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark across the wide
Missouri to map the Louisiana Purchase and go on to the Pacific to
mark America’s manifest destiny: to reach from Sea to Shining Sea.
Join us for this fascinating story about the birth of America.     

Sunday Movies

Turtles Can Fly (Turkey, 2004, Drama, Rated PG, 98 min)
February 11 | 2 – 4 pm
Naples Center  

Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion,
refugee children gauge and await their fate.      

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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2024 Travel Open House Presentation

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania
August 13-28, 2024 
16 days for $11,196  

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Exploring Iceland
August 15-25, 2024  
11 days for $6,692  

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Southern Italy & Sicily
September 4-18, 2024  
15 days for $6,674  

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Scotland: Highlands & Islands
September 9-20, 2024  
12 days for $5,896   

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Sensations of Lyon & Provence
2024 River Cruise
September 17 – 28, 2024
12 days from $5,469  

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Jewels of the Rhine
2024 River Cruise
September 20 – 30, 2024
11 days from $4,925   

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Provincial French Countryside
September 27-October 11, 2024 
15 days for $6,297  

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New Zealand Adventure
October 10-25, 2024  
16 days for $8,124  

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Southeast Asia Odysseys
October 31-November 18, 2024 
19 days for $7,597  

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Travel Abroad with FGCU Academy  
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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
strengthening 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.   


or mail your donation to
FGCU Academy
704 Goodlette Frank Road North, Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  

I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program in 2024. Please contact me directly at or 239.434.4838 with questions or to learn more.  

In gratitude,  

John J. Guerra Director of FGCU Academy


FGCU Academy

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

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