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March 2023  

FGCU Academy

FGCU Give Day 2023 is here!    
Greetings, Today, Wednesday March 15 is FGCU Give Day. See how YOU can give Now! Your donations will have a huge IMPACT on FGCU Academy.   FGCU Academy is your premier lifelong learning center in SWFL. We continue to provide top notch lectures, day trips, series programs and so much more. With your support, we can make FGCU Academy even better. Your donations do make a difference. Share our giving page with your family and friends. Ask them to join you in supporting lifelong learning. Research shows that continuing to learn throughout the lifespan may reduce our risk of dementia as we age and keep the mind sharp. Research also shows that most people are likely to find connections with like-minded people that share similar interests.  

Please help us reach our goals by donating anytime before March 16th at 12pm.  #FGCUGiveDay. View our giving page here.  
FGCU Academy  
Please reach out to me for more information at the above email address.  
For assistance with registration – call our office (239) 434-4737, and we will be glad to assist you.      

Listen to Don Spinelli delve into the fascinating story of the most famous arms dealer of the Revolutionary War
Beaumarchais: Financier and Arms Dealer in the American Revolution
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom- March 15 | 1:30 – 3 pm  
Described by the magazine American Heritage as “the most underrated French hero of the American Revolution,” Caron de Beaumarchais – the French watchmaker who rose to fame and fortune as a dramatist (The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro), polemicist, and Enlightenment free-thinker – became the most famous arms dealer of the Revolutionary War. Learn his important and fascinating story.    

Join CarolAnne Dube as she explains why it is so important to have a professional patient advocate.  
Moments in Health Care: How to Get the Health Care for the People You Love
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom- March 20 | 10 – 11:30 am  
Why achieving the best medical care is not as simple as having the best facilities and the brightest personnel. A Professional Patient Advocate with insider information demystifies health care using plain language and practical tips on how to get the best care.    

How Do You Deal with Climate Change?    
Climate Change – Sources and Solutions
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom- March 20 | 2 – 3:30 pm  
This lecture covers the primary sources of man-made greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change and establishes the challenging nature of the globally accepted goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, by substituting renewable energy sources for fossil fuels. The potential of solar, wind and other renewables to replace fossil fuels in the areas of power generation, transportation, and industrial processes, in a growing global economy is analyzed. The widely accepted strategies to achieve the 2050 global greenhouse gas emissions goal are evaluated based on feasibility, and a technically achievable solution is proposed.



CLICK HERE – March Daily Calendar  

Call us for assistance with registration – 239.434.4737  

  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 Moviepurchase a membership, in-person or online. Visit the FGCU Naples Center at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd North to receive your free gift.  

Bring FGCU Academy to Your Community   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.

Schedule a Private Education Session for Your Community!  

International Film and Documentary Discussion (All movies begin at 2pm)
Viewing held at Naples Center –
704 Goodlette-Frank Rd. N. –
3rd floor, Naples  
* 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
Register early

Advanced registration is strongly recommended    

FGCU Academy Day Trips  
March 28 – Miami’s Wynwood Artistic, Culinary and Cultural Tour
April 3 – Vizcaya Mansion & Gardens Tour with Lunch
April 4 – The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg
remember to book your trips early as they sell out fast      

See a sample of what is coming over the next week
click on any title below for more information
The Rise and Fall of America’s Retail Palaces
Human Trafficking in SWFL
Arabian Sands – A Visit to Saudi Arabia
Shifting Tectonic Plates: Putting the Pieces Together

Beyond Snapshots: Taking the Best Photos
iPhone/iPad Photos App: Photo Management, Editing, Sharing and More

Exodus: Russian Persecution and the Jewish Flight to the U.S., 1881-1924
What is Crypto Currency and is it the Future of Money?

Monday March 20
Introduction to Photoshop
Apple Watch Tips, Tricks & Secrets of the New Watch OS 9
Sugar in Florida: A Critical HistoryErasmus: The Man Behind the Renaissance Curtain
American Painter Series: Winslow Homer’s Artistic Journey, the Battlefield, the Sea & the Homefront
Black History of ImmokaleeAmerican
Socialism: Too Much, Too Little or Just Right

Navajo Code Talkers
Pathway to the Italian Renaissance: The Life, Impact and Legacy of the Art of Giotto
Codebreaking During World War II
iPhone/iPad Photos App: Photo Management, Editing, Sharing and More

King George IIIVoltaire,
Natural Disasters and God    

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 ALASKAView 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 TURKEYView 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 & PORTUGALView 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 DALMATIAView 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 DEPTHView 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 WONDERSView 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 scen­ic 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 Travel 2024
Call for More Info – 239-434-4838 
Travel Brochures will be available Summer 2023     

Moroccan Discovery, May 12-27, 2024    
This land of dramatic contrasts invites us to encounter its ancient ruins and sacred mosques, endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and spirited souks. As we travel from the imperial cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech to the High Atlas and vast Sahara, we open our eyes, and hearts, to a truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people.     

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania, August 13-28, 2024   
“On safari” … it’s one of the most alluring phrases in all of travel. And Kenya and Tanzania count among the most alluring places to be “on safari.” As our small group travels from grasslands to highlands, to reserves and national parks, we enjoy intimate game drives, see stupendous landscapes, stay in excellent accommodations, and meet gracious local people.

Exploring Iceland, August 15-25, 2024    
It’s a surprising, even astonishing land; one of massive glaciers and rumbling volcanoes, bubbling mud holes and powerful waterfalls; hugely abundant bird life and just 340,000 people; and where the sun never sets for six splendid weeks. It’s also perfect for exploring in a small group, as we discover traveling the breadth of the country and getting an up-close view of this natural “wonderland.”     

Southern Italy & Sicily, September 4-18, 2024    
Delight in a special exploration of Italy’s southern climes, from striking Sicily and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to unheralded Apulia, the alluring “boot heel” where a vivid history, unique architecture, and bountiful plains join the sun and sea in creating a prized (and crowd-free) region. Add Italian hospitality, outstanding cuisine, and notable lodgings for la dolce vita, small-group style.     

Scotland: Highlands & Islands, September 9-20, 2024      
“My heart’s in the Highlands,” said Robert Burns – as will you, as we travel from city to country, mainland to island, on this sweet journey. From loch to loch and glen to glen, we encounter stunning natural beauty and welcoming clans, while city life serves up the colorful past – and cosmopolitan present.    

Provincial French Countryside, September 27-October 11, 2024   
Experience the beauty, allure, and hospi­tality of provincial France, at an easy pace and in a unique style. Anchored by stays in vibrant Toulouse and enchanting Paris, the journey ­features diverse Languedoc, the remote Dordogne, the lovely Loire Valley, and historic Normandy as we stay in charming rural inns and small country hotels. It’s a small group tour de force!     

New Zealand Adventure, October 10-25, 2024 
It’s a tale of two islands as our small group journeys from New Zealand’s North to its South, through lively cities and pristine fiords, past lush farmland and enchanted forests in a land where the outdoors is the national shrine. Add engaging “Kiwis” and intriguing indigenous cultures – it’s a pure New Zealand experience.     

Southeast Asia Odysseys, October 31-November 18, 2024   
Engaging, diverse, intriguing … This just begins to describe Southeast Asia and our small group odyssey. We cruise the Mekong through Laos; explore the spectacular – Angkor Wat – and the sublime – Ha Long Bay; and engage with local farmers and hill tribespeople on this comprehensive, well-paced adventure                

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

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