Coming to the FGCU Academy

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The following courses are available this week at the FGCU Academy. For a program guide or for more information, visit www.fgcu.edu/academy. To register for these programs, call 239-434-4737 or 941-505-0130, or visit fgcuacademy.asapconnected.com.

The best of the best smartphones
and tablets
In-person or online webinar
10 am-11:30am Thursday August 5
Fee: $ 35 for members,
$ 42 for non-members
Speaker: John Guerra

This conference-style presentation explores some of the best apps that Apple and Android users should know about and install on their devices. Apps are the lifeblood of your smart devices. Without them, your 21st century tools are severely limited in what they can do. We’ll identify and demonstrate the best apps available in categories like productivity, email, travel, video calling, texting, auto services, travel, stocks and more. This lecture is suitable for all Android and Apple users, although Apple devices are used to demonstrate various applications.

On the front line: what are the challenges
in afghanistan
Online webinar
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Friday August 6
Fee: $ 25 for members,
$ 30 for non-members
Speaker: Ambassador Hugo
Llorens (retired)

In the Obama and Trump administrations, Ambassador Hugo Llorens headed the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, the largest in the world, with a staff of 8,500 representing 21 US government agencies. Recently retired after 36 years of diplomatic service, Ambassador Llorens is uniquely placed to discuss the history of our involvement in Afghanistan, his personal experiences in this conflict-ridden country, the administration’s current efforts. Trump to achieve peace and what is still at stake after these many years.

The history of rock’n’roll:
The early years
Online webinar
10 am-11:30am Monday August 9
Fee: $ 25 for members,
$ 30 for non-members
Speaker: Clay Motley

This talk explores the musical and cultural roots of rock ‘n’ roll, its ‘invention’ in the 1950s, and the first generation of rock ‘n’ roll musicians, DJs and record managers who shaped the genre. We discuss the changes in technology, race, urban migration, economy and gender during the first half of the twentieth century that contributed to the advent of rock ‘n’ roll.

Introduction to music
The conductor’s world
Online webinar
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday August 10
Fee: $ 25 for members,
$ 30 for non-members
Speaker: Timothy Yontz

If you ever wonder what it takes to be a conductor, Mr. Yontz will give you an inside look. This interactive presentation will give you the opportunity to use your imagination to be part of the creative process of developing the concert program, conducting the music, protocol and preparing for the performance.

JMW Turner: Painter of Light
Online webinar
10 am-11:30am Wednesday August 11
Fee: $ 25 for members,
$ 30 for non-members
Speaker: Carol Jonson

Joseph Mallord William Turner has often been called “the painter of light”. The techniques of this 19th-century English landscape painter, controversial in his time, captured nature in all its moods. Turner is recognized not only for reinforcing the importance of landscape as a genre, but also for producing works in a way that paved the way for the Impressionists of the late 19th century.

Space exploration: history
and what does the future hold?
In-person or online webinar
10 am-11:30am Thursday August 12
Fee: $ 25 for members,
$ 30 for non-members
Speaker: Edward Grace

This lecture begins with a brief review of the history of space exploration: Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, the International Space Station and the Shuttle. The presentation continues with a review of our current state in space exploration, looking at private spaceflight companies including SpaceX, Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada, United Launch Alliance (Lockheed Martin and Boeing), Virgin Galactic and many more. ‘others. Finally, we look at what will follow, including the Moon, Mars, Titan or another celestial body. Our instructor received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work on the Apollo 13 mission.

Influential speeches by
The Second World War
Online webinar
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday August 13
Fee: $ 25 for members,
$ 30 for non-members
Speaker: Thomas Eastwood

World War II was won and lost amidst several remarkable speeches. Some inspired the nobility while others exploited evil. We examine famous speeches, quotes, jokes and letters, as well as the historical events surrounding them. We also discuss Churchill’s remarkable oratory and secretive skills. Topics include Churchill, FDR, DDE, Patton, “Wild Bill” Donovan, MacArthur, Joe Kennedy, Cordell Hull, Hirohito, Hitler, Göring and the Nuremberg Trials. |


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