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FGCU's Renaissance Academy Announces Fall 2007 Course Offerings; Holds Open House Oct. 14

FORT MYERS, FL - The Renaissance Academy at Florida Gulf Coast University announces its fall 2007 schedule of programs featuring an extensive and diverse curriculum of more than 130 lectures and courses. An open house is scheduled 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Renaissance Academy's FGCU Naples Center, 1010 Fifth Avenue South.

The Renaissance Academy is the University's lifelong learning program designed to enrich the intellectual and cultural lives of the Southwest Florida community. Single lectures, short courses, day trips, computer classes, film series, life enrichment, and travel abroad are some of the programs offered by the Academy. There are no exams or grades, just learning for the joy of learning with friends, neighbors and peers.

Course fees are typically $25 per lecture, and provide access to Academy programs located at twelve locations throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties.

The Academy's course catalog is available online at

For more information contact Renaissance Academy at (239)434-4737

Renaissance Academy Fall 2007 Program Highlights

     Day Trips: Tour of the FGCU Forensics Lab, Rookery Bay Boat Trip, Gilgore Private Collection Tour, Sugden Community Theater Backstage Tours;

     Special Events: Daring to Dream: Amelia Earhart, Marjory S. Douglas, Ghosts of the Desert: Gertrude Bell, A Sunset Concert with Cole Porter;

     Art & Architecture: Contemporary Art Lecture Series, Chinese Art & History Lecture Series, The Tiffany Copper-Foil Art Method, Vincent van Gogh, Art in Bloom: The Language of Flowers, Room Design Basics, Russian Folk Art, Faux Finish Workshop, Toulouse-Lautrec, Design in Architecture & Art;

     Business & Finance: Personal Financial Planning, Reverse Mortgages, Retirement: 9 Essential Financial Strategies;

     Computer Instruction: Learn to Use Your Digital Camera, PCs for Beginners, Tips on Web Surfing, Editing Photos with Photoshop Elements, Introduction to Word, Introduction to Excel;

     Ecology & Environment: Ecosystems of SW Florida, The Wonderful World of Orchids, Arctic to the Amazon: Wildlife & Ecology, Fruit Trees: The Dos and Don'ts, Florida's Birds of Prey;

     Film Series: Fatal Attraction, Gods and Monsters, The Heartbreak Kid, The Postman Always Rings Twice;

     History, Law & Government: The History of Pirates, Credit Card Identity Theft, Video-Lecture on "Ding" Darling, Ancient Egypt, The History of Magic, Paris through the Ages, Stonehenge to Miami: A Brief History of Archaeology, Politics & Religion, The "Fisherfolk" of SW Florida;

     Life Enrichment: T'ai Chi, Time Management, Introduction to Voiceovers, Thinking Creatively, The Art of Tea, Living a Beautiful Life, The New Majority - Living Single;

     Literature & Language: A Novel Experience: Start Writing a Book, Screenplay Writing Workshop, The Art of the Memoir, Minimalist & Postmodern American Fiction, The American Family in Miller, O'Neill & Albee;

     Music & Dance: Piano Instruction for Children and Adults, Voice Class, Beginning Ballet, Master Level Jazz, Master Level Tap, Jazz Music: the 20th Century;

     Philosophy & Religion: The Origins of Islamist Fundamentalism;

     Science & Medicine: Astronomy & NASA's Space Missions, the Science of Light Therapy, Crime Scene Investigation, Wildlife Medicine;

     Theater: Mastering the Monologue, Scene Study for Beginning Actors, ;

     Travel Abroad: An Italy excursion - "Invitation to Tuscany," and a New Zealand trip - "Voyage to New Zealand";

     US & World Affairs: Globalization: A Look at China, Defending Against Suicide Bombings, Wartime Executive Power, Oil & Energy Alternatives.

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