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The Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast University 117 Herald Court, Suite 211 Punta Gorda, FL 33950 Register Online: Website: Email: Phone (941) 505-0130 Paul C. Thornton, Ed.D Executive Director, Continuing Education and Off Campus Programs John J. Guerra Nancy Staub Director, Continuing Education Program Manager The Renaissance Academy

Douglas Coventry Richard A. Ramos Clerical Assistant Publicity Assistant


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Herald Court Centre - See address above

RA in Collier/Lee Counties:

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DIRECTIONS From the South:

From the North:

1. Take I-75 N toward Tampa 2. Take the US-17 S exit, Exit 164 toward Punta Gorda, FL 0.4 mi. 3. Turn left onto US-17 S/Duncan Rd. Continue to follow US-17S. 2.3 mi. 4. Turn left onto Taylor Road/ CR-765A. 0.0 mi. 5. Turn left onto Herald Ct. 6. 117 Herald Ct. is on the right. or 1. Take US-41 N toward Tampa 2. Turn left at Herald Ct 3. Destination will be on the left

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. or 1. 2. 3. 4.

I-75S to toward Naples Take exit 164 (Punta Gorda/Arcadia) .23 mi. Turn left on Duncan Rd. (US-17 S) .79 mi. Continue on US-17 S 1.32 mi. Turn Left on Taylor Rd. (CR-765A) 249 ft. Turn Left on Herald Ct 367 ft. Arrive at 117 Herald Ct., Punta Gorda, on the right. Take US-41 S toward Naples Turn left at W Olympia Ave Take the 2nd left onto Taylor St Take the 1st right onto Herald Ct

CONFIRMATION POLICY: Except for Special Programs (course numbers which begin with “SP”) and limited enrollment courses (as specified herein), please consider yourself confirmed for all courses for which you register. You will receive confirmation for all “SP” and limited enrollment courses. Early enrollment is strongly recommended for such courses as they tend to fill quickly. All Renaissance Academy courses are filled on a first come, first-served basis. CANCELLATION POLICY: If a class is canceled, you will be notified by phone and issued a full refund within 30 business days. If you wish to withdraw from a class, please notify the Renaissance Academy at 941-505-0130 no later than 5:00 pm three (3) business days prior to the first session of the class in order to receive a refund. Individuals who cancel after the start of the class will not receive a refund. Unless otherwise stated, a fourteen (14) business day notice is required for refunds on all special programs ( SP). DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS: Most Renaissance Academy locations are handicapped-accessible. Please call the Academy’s office before the start of your first class if you require additional information on handicapped accessible parking or wheel chair-accessible restrooms and classrooms. PARKING at Herald Court Centre is FREE and located in the adjacent easily accessible, lighted parking garage. The views, analyses, findings and opinions expressed by Renaissance Academy instructors are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect those of the Renaissance Academy or Florida Gulf Coast University. In all of its operations, including admissions, employment, and access to its programs and services, Florida Gulf Coast Unive rsity does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, creed, national origin, disability, marital status, disabled veteran status or age.

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Tai Chi: “Meditation in Motion” for Better Health Option #1 Option #2

$45 Series/$7 per class

HC0731-001(Individual Classes) Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays, Beginning June 2, at 12:00pm - 1:00pm HC0731 (Series) Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays, Beginning June 2 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm (8 hours)

The gentle, flowing movements of Tai Chi promote better health, leg strength, and an overall feeling of well-being, according to the Mayo Clinic. The rhythmic movements and controlled breathing of Tai Chi, or “meditation in motion,” requires practitioners to live in the present, thereby reducing stress and producing an inner calm. Tai Chi is low impact, reduces blood pressure, and is especially suitable for older adults. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, and shoes. Instructor: Ms. Sharon Fultz

Herald Court Game Day! HC0735


$3 by donation

Ongoing Wednesdays, Beginning July 2 at 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Game day at the Herald Court Center! Scrabble, Charades, Pictionary, Monopoly, Mai Jong, Clue, Cards, Chess and Checkers! Moderator: Various

TheatreKids: KidShows ________________________________________________________________________$12 HC0710

Every Friday, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 4, 11, 18, 25 at 10:00am –11:30am (1.5 hours)

Herald Court TheatreKids learn to act by acting all summer long! Beginning the first Friday in June, join us every Friday morning for popcorn and a movie, followed by theatre games with Mr. Doug. Summer Theatre program is open to parents with at least one child K-5. $12 for parent with one child K-5. Additional children $6 each. Parents must attend with children.

June Film Series ______________________________ HC0729


$17 (Series of four films) or $5 each Refreshments will be served

Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (8 hours)

Enjoy a mix of dramatic films selected by Renaissance Academy students. As always, the series includes an introduction to each of the films before the viewing and an opportunity for discussion afterwards. Moderator: Various

HC0729-001 “The Pianist” (2002)___


Tuesday, June 3 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) Famed Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman struggles to survive the onslaught of Nazi tyranny during World War II in this drama based on his memoirs. In spite of his well-known talent, Szpilman spends several years holed up in Warsaw, clinging to life.

HC0729-002 “Baby Doll" (1956)



Tuesday, June 10 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) Written by Tennessee Williams, this black comedy tells the story of cotton gin owner Archie (Karl Malden) and his sexy teenage wife (Carroll Baker), who won't consummate the marriage until she turns 20. When Archie battles a rival (Eli Wallach), he could lose his business -- and his bride. Baker earned an Oscar nod, and director Elia Kazan won a Golden Globe for his steamy and, at the time of its release, controversial film.

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HC0729-003 “Europa Europa" (1990)______________________________________________ Tuesday, June 17 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) This irony-filled tale is based on the autobiography of Solomon Perel, a Jewish German who cha nges his name and joins the ranks of Hitler Youth in order to survive the Holocaust after he's discovered in a Polish orphanage. As he climbs higher in the Nazi ranks, being found out seems nearly inevitable -- especially when a gay officer and a severely anti-Semitic girlfriend are too close to discovering some irrefutable evidence.

HC0729-004 “Winter’s Bone” (2002)



Tuesday, June 24 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) In this unflinching noir drama, resilient teen Ree Dolly goes on the trail of her missing, drug -dealing father when his absence jeopardizes the family's safety. Her deadbeat dad has a key court date pending -- and Ree is determined that he show up.

Journeys Through Latin America______________________________ HC0717

Series Fee: $45

Wednesdays, June 4, 18, July 2 at 10:00am – 11:30am (4.5 hours)

This program is a series of three armchair journeys to countries south of the border – Brazil, Argentina and Chile, and Mexico. Register for the Series or any of the individual lectures listed below . Between these four countries there are nearly 400 million inhabitants; all were discovered and colonized nearly 100 years before Plymouth Landing in 1620; three of the four Presidents are women; and over 200 million Brazilians don’t even speak Spanish. During each of these journeys we will explore some important aspects of each country’s history, people, government and politics, and economy. We will also look at the culture, what makes it unique and interesting, the country’s food and culinary tradition s, as well as its folklore. Each journey will be accompanied by photographs that illustrate life, where and how people live, and the scenic beauty of the country. Dr. Benjamin Crosby

Journeys Through Latin America: Argentina and Chile___________________________$18 HC0717-001

Wednesday, June 4 at 10:00am – 11:30am (1.5 hours)

At the bottom of South America, Argentina and Chile are the most remote but have developed highly educated and sophisticated cultures and have produced several Nobel laureates in science and literature. Divided by the magnificent Andes Mountains, they share Patagonia and Cape Horn in the extreme south, home to penguins, glaciers, and dramatic scenery, as well as the Americas’ tallest mountain, Aconcagua, in the north. In recent year s both have gained culinary prominence to accompany their legendary wines. Argentina has the tango, while Chile has the mysteries of Easter Island. Despite proximity, the countries are vastly different, differences we will highlight in our journey.

Journeys Through Latin America: Brazil_______________________________________$18 HC0717-002

Wednesday, June 18 at 10:00am – 11:30am (1.5 hours)

Brazil is the largest country in South America. Nearly the same size as the United States, it is home to over 200 million. Brazil is diverse, dynamic and on the move - it is host to the 2014 World Cup in Soccer and will host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Brazil not only has the Amazon, but it has stunning beaches, dynamic cities, a Capital Brasilia - carved out of the jungle, and is the world's largest producer of orange juice. In addition to coffee its diverse economy produces computers, cars, and even airplanes. And one should not forget, the largest and best carnival in the world.

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Journeys Through Latin America: Mexico______________________________________$18 HC0717-003

Wednesday, July 2 at 10:00am – 11:30am (1.5 hours)

So close but so often ignored, for most of us Mexico remains an enigma. Home to two of the most sophisticated preColombian cultures - the Toltec and the Maya - it is also the site of the oldest university in the Americas. Mexico City, situated atop the capital of the Aztec empire, is a city of over 15 million, rich in color and contrasts, of worldclass architecture and art, and charming neighborhoods. Mexicans treasure their colonial past and folklore and guard it assiduously through restoration and architectural integrity in towns such as Queretaro, Guanajuato, and San Miguel de Allende, and institutions such as the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, bullfights, and its Mariachis. Mexico's food is far beyond the Tex-Mex of restaurants in the US, and the best tacos in the world are still in Mexico.

Ancient Egypt: Glory of the Pharoahs________________________________________________$18 HC0696

Thursday, June 5 at 10:00am – 12:00pm (2 hours)

Perhaps no other civilization has so thoroughly captured the hearts and minds of the western world as that of the Ancient Egyptians. As humankind emerged from its early ‘adolescence’ on the road to civilized ‘adulthood’, Ancient Egyptian culture and society was there to lead the way. This ancient land became the known world’s leader in art and architecture, science and industry, religion and philosophy. The Old Kingdom (2715 - 2200 BCE) saw the rise in monumental funerary architecture; designed as tributes to the deceased. Trace the development of pyramid technology from Saqqara to Meidum to Giza. Instructor: Dr. Steven Derfler

Microsoft Word HCP122


Thursdays, June 5, 12 at 8:30am – 10:30am (4 hours)

Enrollment is limited to 10 students. This class is designed for the person who has some working knowledge of Word and desires to be able to utilize far more of the features of this application. Learn how to insert pictures, set up headers and footers, create columns, and borders; use spell check and the thesaurus and much more. Instructor: Dr. Robert Peterson

Think Straight, Feel Great__________________________________________________________$21 HC0708

Tuesdays, June 10, 17 at 10:00am – 11:30am (3 hours)

Did you know that our thinking patterns are our strongest influence (cause) of our feelings and behaviors? This workshop will teach us how to stabilize our emotions and make our behaviors more adaptable in nearly all situations in our lives. We will learn to recognize and dispute irrational thinking, develop consistent rational thinking, and thereby increase the joy and comfort of everyday living. We will learn one of the best methods of stress relief: PROGRESSIVE MUSCLE RELAXATION. Instructor: Dr. Mike Boccia

Shape Up Now: Portion Distortion and Exercise________________________________________$15 HC0714

Wednesday, June 11 at 10:00am – 11:00am (1 hour)

Eating well and exercise are critical to wellness, but how do you sort through all the competing claims in the popular media? In this one-hour discussion, Jim Norton, the Director of the Bayfront Hospital Wellness Center in Pun ta Gorda, explains the basics of healthy eating and exercise. Norton discusses how to eat a healthy diet without “punishing yourself.” He also describes how to maintain an active lifestyle through exercise and fitness centered activities as we age, as well as the benefits of maintaining a lean body mass. Instructor: Mr. Jim Norton

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Introduction to Windows 8______________________________ HC0702 HC0737


Mondays, June 16, 23 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (4 hours) Tuesdays, August 12, 19 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (4 hours)

Enrollment is limited to 8 students. Find out how to use the new Windows 8 on your Laptop, Tablet, or PC, even if you are a computer beginner. Understand how to browse the internet for information and fun, set up your email account and WiFi, uncover useful resources, create and save a document, and organize your files. Presented in everyday terms, you will learn useful hints and tips that you may save you time with less frustration. Bring your own or use one of our laptops with Windows 8 already installed. Instructor: Mr. James Nelson

Ear Bling: Wire Wrapped Earrings



Come early for coffee and pastries! HC0728

Wednesday, June 25 at 10:00am – 12:00pm (2 hours)

Going out? Nothing matches the picture perfect dress! Discover the fun of wire wrapping and beads to whip up a pair of earrings to exquisitely enhance your outfit. Nudge a couple of friends and come to an earring "make and take". One day, two hours, and you are ready to leave with a pair of earrings of your own design. A $10 materials fee payable to the instructor takes care of everything you need. If you have allergies to base wire, let us know when you register. Instructor: Ms. Estellita Rainwater-August

iPad For Beginners_____________________________________________________ __________ $25 HC0721

Thursday, June 26 at 10:00am – 12:00pm (2 hours)

This is not a class for Android tablet users. Whether you own an iPad or are considering purchasing one, join us as we introduce you to the magic of Apple's iPad. This two hour, lecture-style demonstration will teach you the basics of iPad; from settings, organizing, and multitasking, to surfing the web, checking email, watching movies, listening to music, reading books, and more. Learn how to create an Apple ID and discover the thousands of apps available from the App Store. Instructor: Mr. John Guerra

iPhone For Beginners HC0722






Thursday, June 26 at 1:30pm – 3:30pm (2 hours)

The Apple iPhone created and has since defined the category of smartphones. It’s a remarkable piece of technology that provides access to phone and voicemail, email, the web, photos, calendars, texting, maps, games, and so much more. Whether you own an iPhone or are considering purchasing one, join us as we e xplore this remarkable device. This lecturestyle demonstration will teach you the basics of the iPhone: apps, settings, organizing, telephone, voicemail, texting, music, books, email and more. This is not a class for Android cell phone users. Instructor: Mr. John Guerra

Digital Photography Exposed HC0736






Saturdays, June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, July 2 at 9:00am – 11:00am (12 hours)

This class will teach the fundamentals of photography, such as ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, and how they work together to create an image. This class will also go over other equipment that assists photographers in different situations. The instructor will make suggestions for buying or upgrading cameras and equipment. The fundamental rules of photography will also be taught, such as the rule of thirds, simplifying backgrounds, and leading lines, to name a few. Upon completion of this course, the student will be an informed buyer, as well as a competent photographer. The student will also understand differen t ways to display their work. Anyone with a digital camera is welcome to attend. The instructor will be using a DSLR to demonstrate examples. The students should have a working knowledge of their particular camera and what most of the buttons do. There is a book to be purchased for $10 that is very helpful. Also, indoor and shady locations will be sought for field classes. Instructor: Mr. Spencer Pullen

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July Film Series ______________________________ HC0732

_ _ _$21 (Series of five films) or $5 each Refreshments will be served

Tuesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (8 hours)

Enjoy a mix of dramatic films selected by Renaissance Academy students. As always, the series includes an introduction to each of the films before the viewing and an opportunity for discussion afterwards. Moderator: Various

HC0732-001 “The Rape of Europa" (2007)___



Tuesday, July 1 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) Joan Allen narrates this documentary that chronicles 12 years of the Nazis' pillaging works of art throughout Europe and the international effort to locate, protect and return millions of valuable treasures. The film traces the story of art lovers and everyday heroes who tried to thwart the looting Nazis and reveals how experts from Europe and the United States are working to recover priceless works of art missing or hidden for decades.

HC0732-002 “Quartet” (2012)_

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Tuesday, July 8 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) A trio of retired opera singers' annual celebration of Verdi's birthday sours when their estranged fourth member shows up but refuses to sing. Tensions rise and diva drama erupts -- will personal problems prevent the show from going on?

HC0732-003 “The Artist” (2011)




Tuesday, July 15 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) Winner of five Oscars, this artful black-and-white silent film follows the romance between a silent-era superstar on a downward spiral and a rising young starlet who embraces the future of cinema at the dawn of the "talkies ".

HC0732-004 “Walkabout” (1971)


Tuesday, July 22 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) Horrific circumstances strand two urban siblings in the Australian outback, where they're found by an aboriginal boy who helps the pair return to their city. As they wander, the siblings survive danger with the assistance of their new friend.

HC0732-005 “Crocodile Dundee” (1986)

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Tuesday, July 29 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) When a New York reporter (Linda Kozlowski) plucks crocodile hunter Dundee (Paul Hogan) from the Australian Outback for a visit to the Big Apple, it's a clash of cultures and a recipe for good -natured comedy as naïve Dundee negotiates the concrete jungle. Dundee proves that his instincts are quite useful in the city and adeptly handles everything from wily muggers to high-society snoots without breaking a sweat. Hogan's script earned an Oscar nod.

Microsoft Excel HCP126


Wednesdays, July 2, 9 at 8:30am – 10:30am (4 hours)

Enrollment is limited to 10 students. Learn how to: format cells as numbers, currency, dates, percentages, use formulae to add, subtract, multiply and divide; create line, bar, and pie graphs, sort data, insert worksheets into Word or Power Point documents, and much, much more. Seating is limited. Call to reserve a laptop. Instructor: Dr. Robert Peterson

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Growing Orchids: A Common Sense Approach!__________ HC0720


___ __$12

Tuesday, July 8 at 10:00am – 12:00pm (2 hours)

A Hot Summer SPECIAL! Come join Noreen Chervinski, an orchid grower since 1970, for a common sense approach to growing one of the two largest families of flowering plants. As Noreen said, “I have bought, sold and killed more orchids than you can possibly imagine”. Spend an informative session with actual plants, plant problems and solutions. Discover the secret of the care and feeding of the orchid family. Watch some fun demonstrations of potting techniques. Take away helpful information and feel less intimidated by the Wonderful Fragrant Orchid. Instructor: Ms. Noreen Chervinsk i

Memory, Motive, and Method: A Workshop on Writing Your Memoir____________________$48 HC0726

Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (8 hours)

You are the world’s greatest expert on one subject: your life and yourself. And like everyone else, you have not one but many stories that help you make sense of yourself to yourself. But writing them down, telling your stories to others may seem a task so daunting that you never get to it. This four-week workshop will give you the start, the direction, and the tools to begin. Working with others with similar goals, you’ll learn basics such as beginnings, middles, and endings, how to grab readers or listeners and keep them engaged, and ways to keep motivated once the class ends. Instructor: Dr. Sharon Whitehill

iPad For Intermediates: iOS 7 Tips, Tricks and Apps HC0723



Tuesday, July 15 at 10:00am – 12:00pm (2 hours)

Take your iPad knowledge and experience to a whole new level! Impress your friends and become known as an iPad guru! Discover all the new features and enhancements of Ap ple's latest operating system. Learn interesting tips and tricks to make your experience a more pleasant and efficient one. Discover some of the best apps available for the iPad in th is lecture-style presentation. This is not a class for Android tablet users. Instructor: Mr. John Guerra

iPhone For Intermediates: iOS 7 Tips, Tricks and Apps HC0724



Tuesday, July 15 at 1:30pm – 3:30pm (2 hours)

Your iPhone is so much more than a phone. Take it to the next level and learn about its myriad capabilities. Learn about the latest features of the iPhone iOS 7 operating system including iCloud. This lecture-style demonstration will greatly enhance your iPhone experience. Become an iPhone power user! This is not a class for Android cell phone users. Instructor: Mr. John Guerra

Android Phones for Beginners HC0718

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Tuesdays, July 15, 22 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm (2 hours)

Enrollment limited to 15 students. Are you eager to learn the ins and outs of your exciting, new Android phone? This course covers the basics of all the features of Android phones without weighing you down with technical jargon. Learn everything from getting started to making the most of your phone's potential with texting, e-mailing, accessing the Internet and social networking sites, using the camera, downloading apps, and more. Discover how to make calls, browse the web, check e-mail, update Facebook, shoot videos and more! This is a hands-on course so bring your phone and have fun! Instructor: Mr. Jeff Payne

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Android Tablets for Beginners______________________________________________________$35 HC0726

Thursdays, July 24, 31 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm (4 hours)

Android tablets are easy-to-use devices that can be used for many purposes such as: email, games, watching videos, reading books or playing music. Expand your device storage, arrange your contacts and apps, connect to WiFi, learn to navigate the touchscreen, and customize your home page. We will cover the variou s connections on your tablet, and the difference between your android tablet and a computer. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. Instructor: Mr. Jeff Payne Learn to: 1. Navigate the touchscreen, surf the web, and manage e-mail 2. Read e-books, play games, music, and watch videos 3. Update your social media and use the built-in camera

Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls: 65 Years of Rediscovery ____________________________________ $42 HC0695

Wednesday, July 23 at 10:00am – 3:00pm (5 hours)

Lunch catered by Wood Street Grill

Since their discovery in the desert caves of Qumran in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have been a source of fascination and debate. What are the Scrolls? Who wrote them? Learn about the isolated, ascetic community that created and secreted these documents long ago, and about the cloak-and-dagger exploits of the archaeologists who recovered them. Then explore what these rare documents tell us about the emergence of Judaism and Christianity in the ancient world. The War Scro ll, Copper Scroll, and Temple Scroll (that provides blueprints for the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem) are three of the documents included in our discussion. This course combines the tools of history; geography, archaeology, and religious study to e xamine what words written more than 2,000 years ago say to us today. Lunch is included in the price. Call for menu options and to place your order. Instructor: Dr. Steven Derfler 1. 2. 3. 4.

Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls The archaeology of the scrolls community The secular scrolls and life of the community The biblical scrolls and light on the nature of the Bible

August Film Series _____________________________ HC0733


$17 (Series of four films) or $5 each Refreshments will be served

Tuesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (8 hours)

Participants may register for the entire series (HC0733) or for any of the individual films listed below . Enjoy a mix of drama and comedy. As always, the series includes an introduction to each of the films before the viewing and an opportunity for discussion afterwards. Moderator: Mr. Lee Stein

HC0733-001 “The Bicycle Thief” (1948)___



Tuesday, August 5 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) Poverty-stricken Antonio needs his bicycle to do his new job. But the same day he buys it back from a pawn shop, someone steals it, prompting him to search the city in vain with his young son .

HC0733-002 “I'm So Excited” (2013)



Tuesday, August 12 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) When a flight bound for Mexico City runs into trouble, the frightened passengers abo ard start sharing their deepest secrets to distract themselves from impending doom -- with hilarious results.

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HC0733-003 “Jules and Jim” (1962)




Tuesday, August 19 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) Writers Jules and Jim are close friends who fall in love with the same woman amid the turbulence of World War I Paris. What results is a decades -long love triangle that both tests and strengthens the bond between the two men.

HC0733-004 “The Magic Flute” (1975)______ _______________________________________ Tuesday, August 26 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) Ingmar Bergman puts his indelible stamp on Mozart's opera in this rendering of one of the composer's best -loved works. In an unusual structure, the film moves between a stage production of the opera and the backstage intrigues of the actors. This otherworldly fantasy, sung in Swedish, involves a kidnapped princess (Irma Urrila), a mysterious and powerful Queen of the Night (Birgit Nordin) and a carefree, flute-playing wanderer.

What Values to be Cherished in Our Society?__________________________________________$15 HC0730

Wednesday, August 13 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2hours)

The discussion facilitator has created a list of values extrapolated fro m various sources including FDR's 2nd Bill of Rights, the U.S. Bill of Rights, the South African Bill of Rights, the German Bill of Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, (all available on-line). For example, from the South African Bill of Rights examine the value of human dignity . Using the above sources and life experience, be prepared to discuss values of importance to a society in which you would like to live. By discussion, the group will attempt to create a list of societal values to be cherished. Instructor: Mr. Howard Goldson

September Film Series ____________________________ HC0734


$21 (Series of four films) or $5 each

Tuesdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (8 hours)

Participants may register for the entire series (HC0734) or for any of the individual films listed below . Enjoy a mix of drama and comedy. As always, the series includes an introduction to each of the films before the viewing and an opportunity for discussion afterwards. Moderator: Mr. Lee Stein

HC0734-001 “The Diamond Arm” (1968)___




Tuesday, September 2 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) From renowned Russian director Leonid Gaudi comes this witty farce -- based on a story he read in the newspaper -about a criminal gang that smuggles diamonds and rare coins inside a plaster arm cast. When genial Semyon Gorbunkov (Yuri Nikulin) embarks on a getaway cruise, he becomes the unwitting pawn of the baddies, who mistake him for their cohort. After realizing their error, the crooks set out to recover their loot by any means necessary.

HC0734-002 “Police, Adjective” (2009)



Tuesday, September 9 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) Undercover cop Cristi trails suspected pot dealer Victor through the decrepit streets of Vaslui, but when he learns that the suspect is just a teen who sometimes gets high with his pals, he refuses to make an arrest. Unfortunately, Cristi's boss isn't quite as forgiving. The Romanian New Wave rolls on strongly with this complex drama from writer-director Corneliu Porumboiu .

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HC0734-003 “Bride Flight” (2011)




Tuesday, September 16 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) Set in the 1950s, this lush epic centers on Ada, Marjorie and Esther, Dutch b rides-to-be flying to New Zealand to take up married life. On the trip, they form a bond and meet a dashing cowboy who alters their lives in unseen ways.

HC0734-004 “Big Deal On Madonna Street” (1958)____________________________________ Tuesday, September 23 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) Director Mario Monicelli delivers this deft satire of the classic caper film Rififi, introducing a bungling group of amateurs -- including an ex-jockey (Carlo Pisacane), a former boxer (Vittorio Gassman) and an out -of-work photographer (Marcello Mastroianni). The crew plans a seemingly simple heist with a retired burglar (Totó), who serves as a consultant. But this Italian job is doomed from the start.

HC0734-005 “Osama” (2003)_______________________________________ ______________ Tuesday, September 30 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours) This stunning film, the first to be made in a post-Taliban Afghanistan and inspired by a newspaper account read by director Siddiq Barmak, recounts the efforts of a family of women to survive under an oppressive regime. To eke out a meager living, they dress up their 12-year-old girl, Osama, as a boy so she can work. A talented cast of non -actors -- including Marina Golbahari and Zubaida Sahar -- adds integrity to the heartbreaking story.

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TRAVEL ABROAD with the RENAISSANCE ACADEMY Since 2002, the Renaissance Academy has sponsored more than 21 high-end, intimately sized, concierge-style excursions abroad. Through unique, custom itineraries, participants have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom, to visit historic and cultural sites with outstanding local guides, to experience another culture - its customs, cuisine, language and history - and to delight in conversation and laughter with fellow travelers who share a love of learning and a sense of adventure. Our excursions generally include round-trip airfare; accommodations in four/five star hotels; most meals and gratuities; private English-speaking guides; deluxe motor coach transportation; and all entrance fees. Register online at to receive complete itineraries, cost information and registration forms or call 239 425-3272. Reserve early! Treasures of Peru September 1-11, 2014 11 days - Land, Air, Train, from $4,250 Per Person A land of treasures archaeological, cultural, and natural, Peru draws those eager to learn about the distant past – and encounter a fascinating present of colonial and indigenous influences. As our small group of just 24 guests take in some of the country’s highlights – Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca – we marvel at the riches of an intriguing land somewhat off the beaten path. Begin your 11-day discovery of Peru’s treasures in the capital of Lima with a city tour and visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. Next, fly to Cuzco, the archeological hub of the Americas. Acclimate to the high altitude as you tour the beautiful Sacred Valley, the Indian market at Pisac, and the extensive ruins at Ollantaytambo. Board the train for Machu Picchu—the stunning “Lost City of the Incas” and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll enjoy two guided visits to these enigmatic ruins by staying overnight and taking advantage of prime viewing opportunities before the crowds arrive. Return to historic Cuzco and stop at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, an Incan masterpiece, then enjoy lunch in the home of a gracious Cuzco family. Travel overland through Peru’s scenic and rugged altiplano with its snow-capped mountains and remote villages to Lake Titicaca, one of the world’s highest navigable lakes. Spend a full day touring the lake and take a boat ride to the Floating Islands and Isla Taquile, known for the superb locally crafted textiles. Discover the Amazon’s amazing flora, fauna, and even villages on an optional 4-day/4-night post-tour extension. Course #SP4876

Enchanting Ireland: A Tour of the Emerald Isle

From $4,560 per person (Land & Air)

SP5626 – May 3 – 15, 2015 – 13 days From Dublin to Galway, Killarney to Kilkenny, this full yet well-paced tour showcases Ireland’s many charms —both old and new. Outstanding accommodations available only to small groups, ours is limited to only 24 guests, enhance the magical Irish experience. Begin your 13-day trip in Dublin and tour the beautiful Irish capital, including visits to Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Embark on an excursion to Inismor, the largest of the dramatic Aran Islands. Take in the magnificent scenery across both Galway and Kerry counties including the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and Connemara. Stop at Kylemore Abbey, Ireland’s most photographed castle. Enjoy dinner with local Irish families. Travel by boat to Muckross House, with the Kerry Folklife Centre showcasing the art and craft of bookbinding, pottery, and weaving. Experience one of Ireland’s most popular attractions, the stunning mountain and coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry. Along t he way, stop for an Irish sheepdog demonstration. Dine at Kate Kearney’s Cottage, a 150-year-old family-run establishment at the entrance to the Gap of Dunloe. Visit the small town of Blarney and see the both the ruins of the 15 th century castle and the Rock of Cashel. Conclude your journey in Kilkenny with a tour of the castle, considered one of the most beautiful in the country and a visit to the National Stud Farm on the way back to Dublin. An optional post -tour extension to Northern Ireland for 4 days/3 nights is also available. Savor the dramatic beauty of the Antrium Coast, one of the most scenic in all of Ireland and the British Isle s, and encounter the lively capital city of Belfast on this optional extension.

Discovering Eastern Europe

From $5,295 per person (Land & Air)

SP5627 – July 28 – August 13, 2015 – 19 days Whether you’re seeking to recapture your ancestral heritage or simply to discover a beautiful and poignant part of the world, this small group tour, limited to 24 guests, offers ample opportunity for enrichment, enlightenment, and enjoyment. Both leisurely and comprehensive, it provides a generous overview of five distinctly different nations —Poland, Hungary, Austria, Register online at or ca ll 941-505-0130

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Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Begin your 17-day tour in Poland’s capital, Warsaw, where sightseeing includes the faithfully rebuilt Old Town and guided visits to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps. Travel to Krakow and tour the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Budapest with comprehensive touring and time on your own to discover the “Paris of the East.” View the scenic Danube Bend. In Vienna, attend a classical music performance and enjoy sightseeing including an inside visit to majestic Schönbrunn Palace. Continue to old -world Bratislava and dine at the restaurant of a local family. Travel to the Czech Republic and enjoy a tour of elegant Prague, including Old Town Square, Prague Castle, and Charles Bridge. Extend your stay in this alluring Czech capital on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour “On Your Own” extension.

Exploring Iceland

From $4,198 per person (Land & Air)

SP5628 – September 5 – 15, 2015 – 11 days Discover the astonishing natural history and rich cultural heritage of vast, unspoiled Iceland —a land perfect for exploring in a small group, limited to only 24 guests, as we discover traveling the breadth of the country viewing it’s stunning and unique natural scenery and staying in well-located, atmospheric small hotels. We start our 11-day tour in Borgarnes and visit the Reyholt Cultural Centre. Tour the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its small fishing villages, bizarre rock formations, and nesting cliff birds. Enjoy three nights in the region’s charming capital, Akureyri, situated at the base of a fjord and r inged by snow-capped mountains. Travel to one of the world’s natural wonders, Lake Myvatn and its environs of bubbling mud flats, lava fields, and lunar-like volcanic craters and stop at Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods.” Visit the incredible “Glacial River Canyon” National Park and walk to jaw-dropping Dettifoss, Iceland’s “Niagara.” Embark on a bird-watching cruise to Puffin Island where, depending on the season, we may see thousands of seabirds: puffins, black guillemots, fulmars, and Arctic terns. Visit Thingvellier National Park, known both for its historic import and as the place where the fis sure between the geological plates of North American and Europe is most evident. Spend two nights in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. Embark on a city tour and enjoy time on your own in this sophisticated city .

Moroccan Discovery: The Imperial Cities to the Sahara

From $5,195 per person (Land & Air)

SP5629 – September 12 – 25, 2015 – 14 days Morocco—a land of dramatic contrasts—invites with its ancient ruins, sacred mosques, lush desert oases, imposing Kasbahs, spirited souks, and villages where life proceeds much as it has for centuries. Our small group tour, limited to just 24 guest s, takes us from the imperial cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fez, and Marrakech to the High Atlas and va st Sahara. Our eyes, and hearts, are opened to a truly foreign land, an age old culture, and genuinely hospitable people. We begin our 14-day tour traveling to Rabat visiting the city’s highlights. View the ancient Roman ruins at Volubilis, one of five UNESCO sites we visit on tour. Travel to Fez and visit a Berber village to share tea with a local family in their cave dwelling. Set out on a private sunset excursion to the breathtakingly beautiful sand dunes at Merzouga on the edge of the Sahara. In the eno rmous silence we watch the sun set over the desert as we take a camel ride along the dunes. View the spectacular scenery en route t o the snow-topped High Atlas including the 984-foot Todra Gorge. Set out on the fabled “Route of a Thousand Kasbahs” ancient caravan route. Stop at uninhabited Ait ben-Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of southern Morocco’s most scenic villages. Visit Marrakech and embark on a walking tour of the medina, ending at Djemaa el Fna Square. Conclude the tour in storied Cas ablanca, Morocco’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, and visit the magnificent Hassan II Mosque.

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Instructor Biographies

Mike Boccia is a semi-retired clinical psychologist with 45 years professional experience. Charles Brox is an industry consultant and trainer with over 30 years experience. Noreen Chervinski is a master gardener whose specialty is orchids. Laurie Coventry-Payne is founder and production manager of the FGCU Herald Court TheatreKids. Dr. Benjamin Crosby has a Ph.D. in Political Science and has a regional specialization in Latin America where he lived for 18 years. Dr. S teven Derfler is a Professor of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. S haron Fultz is a Tai Chi practitioner and has been an instructor since 1995. Howard Goldson is a philosopher, struggling with social standards. John Guerra a graduate of Columbia University and former Wall Street merchant banker, is the FGCU Director of Continuing Education. James Nelson is a degreed Georgia Institute of Technology Electrical Engineer. James Norton is the Director of the Bayfront Hospital Wellness Center in Punta Gorda, FL. Jeff Payne is the IT specialist for the City of Punta Gorda. Dr. Robert Peterson has over 30 years of experience in training managers and supervisors. He is an avid fan of music. S pencer Pullen is the owner and operator of Premiere Graphics in Port Charlotte. Estellita Rainwater-August is a creator of fine jewelry and designer of M s. Lady Creations. Lee S tein is an avid movie lover and moderator of the FGCU Foreign Films Course. S haron Whitehill, Ph.D. earned her doctoral degree in Victorian literature before spending more than 30 years as a professor of English.

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Charlotte County Renaissance Academy Summer 2014 Lectures & Short Courses  

The Renaissance Academy's Charlotte County branch, located at Herald Court Centre in Punta Gorda opened in October 2010. The Renaissance Aca...

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