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Renaissance Academy Announces Fall Schedule of Lifelong Learning Offerings

FORT MYERS, FL - The Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast University announces its fall schedule Oct. 17 through Dec. 15 at 10 locations in Collier and Lee counties, offering lifelong learning opportunities to adult learners.

The Renaissance Academy offers courses, lectures, films, day trips and other special events as part of FGCU's noncredit program of lifelong learning. Participants do not take tests and there are no grades. Programs focus on quality study for intellectual, cultural and creative enrichment.

The fall 2005 schedule includes topics such as Renaissance authors and artists, evolution of stained glass, digital photography, poetry of Emily Dickinson and Dylan Thomas, contemporary art, spies, espionage and interrogations, IRS information, orchids, T'ai Chi, organic eating, building and maintaining a healthy house, and family history and genealogy.

The Health Sense Series looks at back pain, arthritis and osteoporosis. The Changing World Series includes lectures on Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, immigration in the 21st century, and judicial philosophy and the Supreme Court.

Discussion groups consider the philosophy of everyday living, Darwin's dilemma of evolution versus God, opinions and perspectives of the United States as reported in newspapers around the world, and Sartre's view on the tragedy of love.

Educational tours include a visit the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and a search for prehistoric fossil seashells.

Additional special events include day trips to the Museum of Fine Arts and Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg and Art Basel in Miami, an evening celebrating French cuisine and wine, an afternoon of cake decorating with the Ritz Carlton's executive pastry chef as well as a production performance by artist Pablo Cano at the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art.

FGCU created the Renaissance Academy on the premise that learning should never stop and that keeping the mind intellectually, creatively and culturally active fundamentally enhances the quality of life.

As part of FGCU's commitment to serving the Southwest Florida region, the Renaissance Academy offers courses both on campus and at off-site locations.

For the complete fall 2005 schedule, in Naples call (239) 434-4737, in Fort Myers call (239) 590-1095, or visit on the World Wide Web at

For more information, media representatives should contact director of Planning and Marketing John Guerra at (239) 287-5196.

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