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Greetings, Being a member of FGCU Academy has its perks. This week we are offering a free lecture at the Naples Center on The Evolving Middle East – presented by Jeffrey Steinberg, to all FGCU Academy members. You MUST register in advance for this lecture either online or by calling the office.

Jeffrey Steinberg will be providing 2 additional lectures you may want to see, Current U.S. Strategic Challenges: The Global Economy, & The Geopolitics of Iran; see below for more details.

If world affairs is not your thing, don’t worry, we still have a great line-up for you. You can revel in The Ten Decades of Popular Music or A Romantic Interlude Lecture and Concert: Robert and Clara Schumann.

With all of the varied choices, there is always something for everyone. From Art/Art History, Computers & Technology through History, Law & Government. This week is sure to tickle anyone’s fancy.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!!

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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Join Jeffrey Steinberg for an enlightening talk.

The Evolving Middle East
Tuesday November 15 @ 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Naples Center

Join a 40-year national security affairs analyst as he examines the rapidly changing dynamics of the Middle East, including the Abraham Accords and the opening between Israel and the Arab Gulf States, the revival of OPEC+ and the growing Saudi Arabia-Russia cooperation, and the importance of China’s Belt and Road Initiative for the future economic growth of the Middle East as the world reduces dependence on fossil fuels.

No cost to members. Pre-registration is a must!

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Current U.S. Strategic Challenges: The Global Economy
@ Bentley Village – November 14 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Join a 40-year national security affairs analyst as he examines the global economy, focusing on the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global supply chains; the economic dimensions of Russian aggression, the Middle East and China; the battle to curb global inflation; the state of the fight against global warming; and prospects for a new global economic and financial order replacing the current system based on the U.S. Dollar.

Ten Decades of Popular Music
@ Kleist Center Room 102 Main Campus at FGCU Fort Myers
November 16 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Pop music includes so many songs! A decade-by-decade approach, selecting a single example for each ten-year period, may allow us to better understand a century that encompassed ragtime; jazz; swing; rock and roll; rock; disco; pop; and grunge. The three-minute capacity of recordings allows us to listen to each of our examples in their entirety while tracing the musical history of the last century. Performers include Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Bill Haley and the Comets, the Beatles, the Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, and Nirvana

Paleo, Keto , I Don’t Know
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom – November 16 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Diet trends have been around for decades and each have stories of benefits and risks. This lecture discusses some of the trending diet fads, exposes myths and presumptions of common Fad Diets, and provides practical advice for deciding if it’s all fad or fiction.

A Different Look at Florida
@ Commons Club at The Brooks – November 16 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Florida is a world unto itself. Join us as we go from the glamour and excitement of Miami Beach thru the primitive Everglades and follow the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast all the way north and west to the Panhandle. We will 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 very interesting places.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity of a lifetime
Travel with FGCU Academy

The FGCU Academy 2023 Travel Open Houses
@ Online Webinar – November 16 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Pre-registration is required. Join us as we formally unveil our 2023 travel excursions to Insider’s Japan, Untamed Alaska, Legendary Turkey, Across Spain & Portugal, Pearls of Dalmatia, Sicily in Depth, Israel: Timeless Wonders. Seven exciting and luxurious tours are planned for our upcoming travel season starting in May 2023, and we invite you to learn about them all. Through unique and interesting itineraries, participants have the opportunity to experience life outside the classroom, visit historic sites with local guides, experience another culture – its customs, cuisine, language and history – and delight in conversation and laughter with fellow explorers who share a love of travel and a sense of adventure.

Instructor: John Guerra

iPhone/iPad Camera App
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom – November 15 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

iPhones/iPads have multiple cameras for taking still photographs, wide angle, portraits, panoramas as well as regular, time-lapse and slo-mo videos. Change your focus and exposure, take live photos, mirrored selfies, and night mode photographs. We will also learn how to transfer photos from your digital camera to your iPhone/iPad and much more.

LOOKING AHEAD – see what’s coming

• Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth
• Fabulous France: 2000 Years in Provence
• Codebreaking During World War II
• The Geopolitics of Iran
• Cities at the Center of the Ancient Greek World
• A Romantic Interlude Lecture and Concert: Robert and Clara Schumann
• The Crimean War
• U.S. POW Camps – World War II Axis Prisoners
• American Impressionists: At Home and Abroad
• Cloud Computing
• Apple iPhone/iPad Settings: iCloud, Notifications, Focus and More

2023 Travel

Join us ONLINE at one of our very exciting and informative FREE open houses
You must pre-register


November 16 at 10 – 11:30am, Wednesday

December 5 at 2 – 3:30pm, Monday

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

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.

Support FGCU Academy | Make a Memorable Gift Now

The Academy’s program fees only cover a fraction of its operating costs. The Academy relies on the purchase of memberships and donations to carry us the rest of the way. Without your support, this vital community lifelong learning and outreach program would not be possible. Thank you for your generosity.

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