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April 2023   FGCU Academy The month of April   Greetings,What does the month April say about you?
People born in April love to be the cynosure of all eyes. They are quite dominant and do not like being bossed around.
They are straightforward, often unpleasantly so, and have no reservations about telling others what they think of them.
Their charisma is magnetic and they attract many friends and foes.  

Historical moments in April:
-The Titanic sank on April 15,
-1912The Revolutionary War in America began on April 19, 1775
-The United States Library of Congress was established April 24, 1800
-Our first President George Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789  

Welcome back to trivia Sunday. Today we ask the following:  

What president was a licensed bartender? 
Who was the youngest U.S. president?
How many reindeer does Santa have?   

FGCU Academy is happy to welcome April and all it has to offer, especially our friends. We continue to offer so
many courses for you to take advantage of. For assistance with registration – call our office (239) 434-4737, and
we will be glad to assist you.

Trivia Answers: Abraham Lincoln; 2. Theodore Roosevelt; 3. Eight    

Have you ever thought about publishing a book, paper or writing sample? Look no further!  

Lisa Wroble’s guidance will help you achieve your goal. Lisa has published many books and manuscripts and
knows what publishers look for and how to navigate the system.

Writer’s Collaborative Workshop (4-part series)
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom
April 4, 11, 18, 25 | 1 – 3 pm  

Audience is one of the most important aspects of writing. Share the content of yours with like-minded,
aspiring authors in a constructive, acceptance-oriented, creative and vibrant writing group in search of
effective writing methodologies. This program welcomes whatever you are writing or want to write –
memoir, stories, novel, or poems – for input, guidance and discussion.

Marketing for Writers (4-part series)
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom
April 6, 13, 20, 27 | 1 – 3 pm  

This course provides an overview of the 3 Ps of authorship: pitching, publication and book promo.
First, we’ll look at how to find publishers for your project, whether you’re writing articles or books.
Then we’ll determine what they want and how to pitch our manuscripts. Finally, we’ll explore contract
basics, what to expect during the book printing stages and how to promote yourself and your publications
as a writer. Please note, this is not a critique class in which your writing/excerpts are shared for feedback,
but rather, this course focuses on the post-revision, publication and post-publication stages.

Military Tribunals in U.S. History
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom
April 7 | 10 – 11:30 am  

Should terrorists be tried in U.S. or military courts? This fascinating lecture explores one of the hottest issues
facing our nation today by tracing the history of military tribunals from the American Revolution to the present.
An insightful and timely review of important lessons from history.



CLICK HERE – April Daily Calendar

Call us for assistance with registration – 239.434.4737

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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  

Note Date Change for Pain and Glory due to Easter Sunday being April 9th
* April 16 – 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      

See a sample of what is coming over the next week click on any title below for more information    

Monday April 3
What Happened to the Parties of Lincoln and FDR?
American Painter Series: John Singer Sargent, “The Modern Old Master”
Courageous Women: Sojourner Truth and Ida B. Wells
The Greatest Theft: Nazi-Looted Art
iPhone/iPad: Tips, Tricks & Secrets All Users Should Know in iOS 16  

Erasmus: The Man Behind the Renaissance Curtain
What Happened to the Ink on my Fingers – From Traditional News to Social Media  

Hans Holbein – Painter to the King
John D. Rockefeller – His Life and Times
Voyage to Mars  

Poverty & Privilege: The Magnitude & Consequence of Income Inequality
Financial Strategies for a Successful Retirement (3-part series)  

Balance University: Improve Balance, Posture and Flexibility (3-part series)
FBI: Politicization and Integrity
The Great Private Sector Space Race    

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    

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.  

Donate online at  

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  

239-434-4737   [email protected]
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