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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 Assistant The Renaissance Academy Douglas Coventry Richard A. Ramos Clerical Assistant Program Assistant


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IN-PERSON or BY MAIL: Herald Court Centre - See address above RA in Collier/Lee Counties: In Lee and Collier Counties-To receive the Lee/Collier County Renaissance Academy catalog, call 239-425-3272 or visit our website at

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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 firstcome, 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 handicappedaccessible 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 University 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 – HC0276 (series) $7 to register by the class Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays 12 -1pm WALK-INS WELCOME

$45 Series/$7 per class Option #2 – HC0300 (series) $45 to register for 8-class pass Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays 12 -1pm

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

Zumba for Beginners: The Latin Dance/Fitness Party HC0496

$48 Series/$8 per class

Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27 at 5:30 – 6:30pm (8hours)

Perfect after work de-stressor!! Have fun and improve your health with Zumba the Latin dance/fitness party. This low impact beginner’s course is a fusion of Latin music and rhythms. Burn calories, improve balance, and create a more attractive you. Wear loose, comfortable clothes and non-slip shoes. Walk-ins accepted with reservation. Call #941-505-0130 to reserve a space. $8 for walk-ins. Instructor: Ms. Jeanna Morrow

Winter/Spring Foreign Film Series_________________________________$17 Series or $5 per film HC0477 Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29 at 1–3pm (8hours) Join moderator, Mr. Lee Stein, for discussion before and after viewing each movie. Refreshments provided.

HC0477-001 “The Band’s Visit”(Israel 2007)________________________________________ Tuesday, January 8 at 1–3pm (2hours) This heartwarming and poignant award winner is mesmerizing and witty story of strangers in a strange land. A fading Egyptian police band arrives in Israeli to play at the Arab Cultural Center. When they take the wrong bus, the band members find themselves in a desolate Israeli village. With no other option than to spend the night with the local townspeople, the two distinctly different cultures realize the universal bond of love, music and life. Rated PG-13

HC0477-002 Katyn (Poland, 2007)_________________________________________________ Tuesday, January 15 at 1–3pm (2hours) Katyn describes the tragedy of a generation. The film follows the story of four Polish families whose lives are torn apart when, at the outset of WWII, a great number of Polish soldiers (who are also fathers, husbands and brothers) fall into the hands of Soviet troops and later brutally become victims of Stalinism. The film also underlines the complicated circumstances of Poland’s position both in the war and after. Unrated.

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HC0477-003 The Road Home (China 2000)__________________________________________ Tuesday, January 22 at 1–3pm (2hours) Lou Yusheng returns to his home village in North China for the funeral of his father, the village teacher. His elderly mother insists that all the traditional burial customs be observed, despite the fact that times have changed so much. As Yusheng debates the complications involved in organizing such a big feat, he remembers the magical story of how his father and mother first met and got together. Rated G

HC0477-004 Beyond Silence (Germany, 1996)_______________________________________ Tuesday, January 29 at 1–3pm (2hours) Lara’s parents are deaf and she is responsible for interpreting and helping them interact with the hearing world. Lara begins to discover the world of music. She’s a talented clarinetist who wants to enroll at the Berlin conservatory. Her desire to attend the conservatory conflicts with her father’s dependence on her and his grief after his wife’s death in an accident. Rated PG-13 for some sexuality.

Arab-Israeli Conflict HC0414



Monday, January 14, Wednesday, January 16 and Friday January 18 at 10 – 11:30am (4.5hours)

With the birth of Israel in 1948, the Jewish homeland was reborn after 2500 years of spiritual and 75 years of political Zionism. Israel, however, was born in strife and its existence hinged on the ability to survive repeated assaults by opponents of the Jewish state. In this short course, explore the roots of the conflict, the regions nationalistic movements, and Israel’s struggle for survival. In the 21st century, a new Palestinian Authority and Israeli government agreed to Israeli withdrawals from occupied territories. Examine the options available to Israel and its Arab neighbors today. Instructor: Dr. Steven Derfler

Investments 101 For Women HC0447

Option #1 Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, at 10am – 12pm (8hours)


Option #2 Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 16, at 10am – 12pm (8hours)


Women have a longer life expectancy than men, an average of 7 years. Most married women leave the investments management to their spouse and almost 90% of women will be solely responsible for their finances at some point in their life. Single, married, widowed, it is imperative that women at least ‘Know what they don’t know” so they can manage their finances and protect themselves. Over the course of 4 weeks, you will learn the basics in a comfortable environment with other women just like you. A comprehensive binder of information will also be provided. Instructor: Ms. Linda Coules Week 1: The basics of bonds and the advantages of bond laddering. Week 2: Stock market basics, including the basic structure of the stock market and principles that can help in stock investing. Week 3: The fundamentals of Mutual Funds, Unit Investment Trusts, and Annuities. Week 4: Putting it all together; Asset allocation, impacts of inflation, diversification, portfolio planning


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Wearable Wire Wrapped Jewelry HC0450



Tuesdays, January 15, 22, 29, February 5 at 10am – 12pm (8hours)

In this four session course, you will learn the theory of wire wrapping, produce a beautiful piece of wearable jewelry/art, and have fun with others while doing it. An additional $15 to $25 (depending upon the chosen stone) material fee will be paid to the instructor which covers wires, stones, and tools. Instructor: Ms. Estelitta Rainwater-August

All About Trust Deeds____ HC0464



Wednesdays, January 16, 23, 30 at 1- 3pm (6hours)

Everything you've always wanted to know about trust deeds. Why would I consider investing in them? What should I know beforehand? What are the pros and cons, risks and benefits? There will be numerous examples of what a Note looks like. Classes will be taught by a Note Broker, a Realtor, and an Attorney. Each class will end with sufficient time to address any questions you might have. Instructor: Ms. Susan Cain

Happiness is an Inside Job



Part I: Mondays, January 17, 24, 31, February 7 at 5:30 – 7:30pm (8hours)


Part II: Mondays, February 14, 21, 28, March 7 at 5:30 – 7:30pm (8hours)


This series of classes will be especially appealing to those who identify with the consciousness movement in general and/or who admire the work of writers like Eckhard Tolle. Discover a powerful experiential approach to reducing emotional pain, discomfort, and the behaviors that accompany them. The program is based on the book, Beyond the Ego: Where Love, Joy, and Peace of Mind Await You, by Dr. David Mutchler. Although the book is not mandatory for participation in the course, we highly recommend each participant purchase a copy. Sharing a copy with a significant other, friend, or classmate is encouraged and can provide its own rewards by stimulating engaging discussion outside the classroom. A soft-bound copy of the book is available from Balboa Press, for $14.99 plus S&H. The e-book version costs $3.99. Instructor: Dr. Sharon Whitehill

Great Decisions Discussion HC0449



Wednesdays, January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13 at 10am – 12pm (16hours)

Great Decisions is a discussion group composed of individuals interested in important foreign policy issues. The Great Decisions briefing book provides 8 timely global topics to be read by group participants prior to the meetings, in order that all members come together from the same point of reference, with the same facts and basic understand of the discussion. Join us for this engaging, balanced, and nonpartisan program! The fee includes the $20 Briefing Book. Instructor: Dr. Benjamin Crosby

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Designing Books and Cards HC0494

_______ $10

Thursday, January 24 at 10 – 11:30pm (1.5hours)

Enjoy viewing and sharing your photos of family, travel or other adventures in books and cards you design. This class will give insight using both conventional and digital methods to organize and present your photos. Other topics include using treasured memorabilia, designing and arranging photos, and completing the project. Examples and demonstrations will be provided. Learn to create greeting cards for family, friends and business. Instructor: Mrs. Janis Winchester

Catching Fish in Charlotte Harbor HC0478


Thursdays, January 24, February 28, and March 28, 2013 at 4 – 5:30pm (4.5hours)

In this unique series of classes, Captain Van Hubbard, a fishing guide with 35 years of experience fishing the waters of Charlotte Harbor, teaches you to bridge the gap between “fishing” and “catching.” The series begins with a general overview of fishing Charlotte Harbor. Captain Hubbard will then show you how to rig your tackle to target specific species of fish. Finally, he wraps up the series with an overview of the diverse fish habitats found in Charlotte Harbor identifying where the fish you want live. Instructor: Captain Van Hubbard

Introduction to Charlotte Harbor Fishing HC078-001


Thursday, January 24 at 4 – 5:30pm (1.5hours)

Captain Van Hubbard shares 40+ years of experience as a fishing guide to shorten the learning curve for the complete novice or “new to Florida” fisher. He recommends the best tackle and lures to make your Charlotte Harbor angling productive at minimal expense. He will also share his intimate knowledge of the local fishing “hot spots.”

Catch the Fish You Want: Species Specific Rigs HC0478-002


Thursday, February 28 at 4 –5:30pm (1.5hours)

Catching specific fish species demands that fishers rig their gear in certain ways. Captain Van Hubbard explains how to rig fishing tackle specifically suited to catch trout, redfish, Snook, and other species common to Charlotte Harbor. He explains why fishers must match gear selections to target species and how best to cast for and land the catch.

Master the Rod & Reel: Effective Fishing Tools, Your Arm’s Extension HC0478-003


Thursday, March 14 at 4 – 5:30pm (1.5hours)

Invest 1.5 hours to enhance your fishing experiences to understand and feel how your rod, reel and body should work together. Partner up under the tutelage of Captain Hubbard, and spend 90 minutes hands on practicing techniques that will give you the advantage when you battle to land the big one! The reel is not meant to winch in the fish. Instead, its purpose is to take up line. You will better understand gear, its limitations and improve your casting power and accuracy.

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Catch the Fish You Want: Habitats or “Where The Fish Live” HC0478-004


Thursday, March 28 at 4 – 5:30pm (1.5hours)

Catching specific fish species demands the angler “go where the fish are.” Captain Van Hubbard teaches you how to select specific habitats and lures to catch the species you’re fishing for. Participants will also learn how to hook and unhook fish, identify, handle, and when necessary release their catch.

Overcome Speech Anxiety HC0480

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Thursday, January 24, 31, February 7, 14 at 6 – 7:30pm (6hours)

Fear of public speaking is known at “glossophobia” and three out of four Americans suffer from it. Don’t avoid speaking; learn techniques to help you conquer the fear. Practice in presenting special occasion speeches. Instructor: Dr. Martha Bireda

Fantastic Fermented Foods for Your Health HC0488

_ $40

Mondays, January 28, February 25 and March 18 at 10am – 12pm (6hours)

Fermented foods are key to improving your health. Learn how to preserve foods and enhance their nutrients and digestibility through the easy and time-tested method of lacto-fermentation. Add enzymes and probiotic-rich foods to your diet and see your health improve. There will be multiple classes demonstrating the basics of vegetable, fruit, grain, condiment, (and more!) fermentation. Turn cabbage and other veggies, papaya, milk, ketchup, and other foods into superfoods that help digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Demonstrations and samples are included. Instructor: Ms. Barbara Randell

Upstairs, Downstairs Psychology HC0483

_______ $40

Fridays, January 25, February 1, 8, 15 at 3 – 4:30pm (6hours)

Are you a fan of the addictive British television series, “Upstairs, Downstairs”? If so, you will love this class. Discuss the book “Below Stairs,” the memoir that inspired “Upstairs, Downstairs and Downtown Abbey.” Delight in a cup of tea - served in Bone China - and scones, “hobnobs” (biscuits), or finger sandwiches while enjoying the class. Instructor: Dr. Martha Bireda

Elements of Photography I HC0470





Mondays, January 28, February 4, 11, 18, at 2 – 4pm (8hours)

With the invention of the digital negative there had to be a way to "develop" the photos. There are different programs out there; however one of the most popular choices is Photoshop Elements. Photoshop Elements allows the photographer to organize their photos and enhance them to make them look their best. The instructor will show you the tips and techniques that the pros use to get their photos to jump off the page. We will cover the organizer, Camera RAW, layers, masking, adjustment layers, filters and tools. Students will also learn how to get their prints to match their screen. The instructor will Register online at or call 941-505-0130

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provide practice files for the students to use and take home for practice. Students entering the class should have a working knowledge of how to use a computer - PC or Mac. It is recommended that they use a flash drive/memory stick to save their work unless they are using their own computer. Class fee is $60 plus $10 for optional manual. Instructor: Mr. Spencer Pullen January 28: How to Organize Photos February 4: RAW Power - Adobe Camera Raw February 11: Cream of the Crop & the Color of Money February 18: Trouble on the Horizon & The Mask of Zorro.

The Wisdom of the Enneagram Workshop Option #1 - HC0473 Wednesday, January 30 at 10am – 12pm (2hours)

________________FREE Option #2 – HC0474 Wednesday, January 30 at 1 – 3pm (2hours)

Join us for this free introductory workshop. The Enneagram, pronounced En-ne-a-gram, is a word describing a symbol. Ennea is Greek for the number 9 and gram is a diagram. The symbol is a triangle in a circle with 9 points depicting 9 basic personality types. It outlines with metaphysical precision, a guide to our human personality. Used spiritually and in business environment, the Enneagram enables us to see ourselves, discover how to better understand our uniqueness, and strengthen our relationships personally and professionally. Register for a 4 week course that begins February 6, 2013. Instructor: Ms. Regina Iacone, Certified Enneagram instructor

The Calusa – Their History and Culture HC0468


Thursdays, January 31, February 7, 14, 21 at 10am – 12pm (8hours)

This four-week class focuses on the Calusa, early inhabitants of Southwest Florida. Where did “the First People”, ancestors of the Calusa come from? Discover where many of the Calusa villages in Florida developed and flourished and what their homes looked like. What was the daily diet of these tribes living in the estuarial waters of our area? Learn what happened to the Calusa. This class concludes with a self-transported tour to the Randell Research Center at Pine Island. Enjoy an informative guided tour of a once-thriving Calusa village at Pineland. Instructor: Ms. Winnifred Roberts

Journal/Travel Writing: Record with Eloquence/Flare HC0472


Thursdays, January 31, February 14, 28, March 14, 28, April 11 at 5:30 – 7pm (9hours)

This course sharpens your narrative techniques and copy editing skills as they apply to journal and travel writing, whether your trips are around the corner, a sojourn, a weekly ritual or circle the globe. Participants will bone up on style, discuss attributes of crisp, vibrant prose, and complete daily, entries in a journal or log book. Fee includes 2 to 3 personal critiquing email sessions with instructor. A mini library of books for inspiration and ideas will be available at each class. Discover your literary voice! Instructor: Dr. Edith Pendleton      

January 31: February 14: February 28: March 14: March 28: April 11:

Orientation to Journal Writing. Self-assessment of progress. Discussion of assigned reading. Editing: Brevity, Clarity, and Plausibility. Rewriting. Dialogue, narrative flow, plot development and the art of storytelling. Writer’s Block. Individual reading of student work. Achieving a wider readership through publication.

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The Patriot and the Widow HC0466



Thursday, February 5 at 10 – 11:30 am (1.5hours)

This lecture illuminates the personal side of the Civil War in SW Florida. It is about a young Florida couple who faced the daunting decision at the beginning of the war. Where they should put their loyalty...the United States for the Confederate States? They chose the former, and the consequences were immediate and overwhelming. This is a true story of incredible bravery and resilience. Stay for a personal meet and greet and book signing. Instructor: Mr. Robert Macomber, internationally acclaimed author.

What’s this “Big Bang” Theory All About Anyway? HC0452


Thursday, February 7 at 10am – 12pm (2hours)

This workshop begins with an overview of the diverse theories regarding the universe that took hold throughout human history. Refuting all previous theories in 1929, Edwin Hubble, in the Big Bang - 1929, discovered the universe was huge, much larger than anyone had theorized, and was continuing to expand. Dr. David Zipoy describes how over the last three decades new ground and space- based instruments have revolutionized our knowledge of the universe's structure, evolution, and ultimate fate. Instructor: Dr. David Zipoy

The Wisdom of the Enneagram HC0475


Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 at 1 – 3pm (8hours)

The Enneagram, pronounced En-ne-a-gram, is a word describing a symbol. Ennea is Greek for the number 9 and gram is a diagram. The symbol is a triangle in a circle with 9 points depicting 9 basic personality types. It outlines with metaphysical precision, a guide to our human personality. Used spiritually and in business environment, the Enneagram enables us to see ourselves, and discover how to better understand our uniqueness and strengthen our relationships personally and professionally. Instructor: Ms. Regina Iacone, Certified Enneagram instructor

Understanding Islam as a Religion and Way of Life HC0469


Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10am – 12pm (8hours)

To paraphrase singer and songwriter Bob Dylan, “Don’t criticize what you don’t understand.” In this course, participants will deepen their understanding of Islam as a belief system, a way of life, and its relationship with other religions. You will learn about Islam’s ideological foundations, the meaning and objectives of Shariah, the application of Islam in daily life, the Prophets of The Quran, including Jesus (PBUH) and Mary, Islam’s perspectives on war, peace, and democracy, American Muslims and more. The course fee includes all course texts and materials. Instructor: Dr. Ahmed Elrefai    

February 7 - The Religion of Islam February 14 - Islamic Civilization and Democracy in Islam February 21 - Woman in Islam February 28 - Islam and Other Religions and the Concept of War in Islam.

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The Age of Flying Boats & International Air Travel _____________ HC0497



Monday, February 11 at 10-11:30am (1.5hours)

The era of the flying boats lasted only a decade or so. Their ability to land on water during a time when there were few airports around the world was critical to the birth of international passenger air travel. We will discuss the pioneers who developed these fabulous flying machines, and those who operated them in air commerce. In addition we will discuss how international route systems were developed while overcoming immense obstacles and utilizing the ever increasing size and capacity of this unique aircraft. Instructor: Mr. Tom Wuilliams

Selling on eBay HC0486

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Tuesdays, February 12, 19, 26 at 1 – 3pm (6hours)

eBay is the #1 on-line shopping destination and a great opportunity for anyone to make some much needed cash. Whether you want to sell a few things around the house or become a more serious seller. Selling on eBay class will teach you everything from how to create a listing that will attract buyers to completing your transaction. Let an eBay trained Education Specialist show you how much fun and profitable eBay selling can be. There will also be an option to purchase the class manual for $20. Instructor: Ms. Jacqueline Jolin

Submarines: A History HC0463



Thursdays, February 13 at 10 – 11:30am (1.5hours)

Come learn about these mysterious machines and the crews that man them. This lecture highlights the developments during the 20th century, fundamental mechanical operations, systems for weapons, sonar, etc.; crew and life on the boat, overview of early boats, WWI, WWII, nuclear age of "fast attacks" and "boomers." These are arguably the most complex and lethal machines ever built. Instructor: Mr. Richard Johnson

Are You a Classist? HC0479

_______ $40

Thursdays, February 14, 21, 28, March 7 at 10 – 11:30am (6hours)

Class or least the “middle class” was one of the most talked about subjects during the recent Presidential campaign. What do you really know about the American class system and class related issues? Are you a classist? Join the fun with games, exercises, and lively discussion focusing on class and classism. Instructor: Dr. Martha Bireda

History of Jazz in America HC0485


Tuesdays, February 19, 26, March 12, 19, 26 at 1:30 – 3:00pm (7.5hours)

Originating at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States, jazz spans diverse sub-genres from Ragtime to 2000s-era fusion. Jazz is defined as a "form of art music which originated in the United States through the confrontation of blacks with European music"; characterized by, "a spontaneity and vitality of musical production in which improvisation plays a role." Dr. Robert Peterson traces the History of Jazz in America from its nineteenth century origins into the 21st century. Series fee is $65. Per session fee is $15. Instructor: Dr. Robert Peterson

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Jazz - The Early Years HC0485-001


February 19 at 1:30 – 3pm (1.5hours)

This class covers Preservation Hall, Dixieland, ragtime and the blues era. Hear performances by Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, W.C. Handy, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Original Dixieland Jass Band, and Bessie Smith.

Jazz in the 1920’s and 30’s HC0485-002


February 26 at 1:30 – 3pm (1.5hours)

This class covers the development of jazz into an art form as well as the "Swing Era." Hear and see performances by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Joe "King" Oliver, Benny Moten, Bix Biederbicke, Jack Teagarden, and Paul Whiteman. In the "Swing Era" performing will be Benny Goodman, Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and Harry James.

The Big Band Era and Jazz Singers HC0485-003


March 12 at 1:30 – 3pm (1.5hours)

See live performances by the Count Basie Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Stan Kenton band, Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. For the jazz singers you will see performing live Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Lena Horne and Frank Sinatra.

Bebop HC0485-004

$15 March 19 at 1:30 – 3pm (1.5hours)

See and hear live performances by Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Thelonius Monk, and the Modern Jazz Quartet

The New Era HC0485-005

$15 March 26 at 1:30 – 3pm (1.5hours)

The New Era features live performances by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Ahmad Jamal, the Brazilian influence with bossa nova, and others.

Elements of Photography II __________ HC0471




Mondays, February 25, March 4, 11, 18 at 2 – 4pm (8hours)

This class picks up where "Part 1" left off (see page 8). In this class we will look at some advanced techniques that will help your photography. We will look at subjects such as removing blemishes on peoples' faces, removing unwanted objects with the clone tool, using the "tourist remover", the correct way to create black and whites, and how to stich panoramas for breathtaking views. Students entering the class should have a working knowledge of how to use a computer - PC or Mac. It is Register online at or call 941-505-0130

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recommended that they use a flash drive/memory stick to save their work unless they are using their own computer. Class fee is $60 plus $10 for an optional manual. Instructor: Mr. Spencer Pullen February 25: Quick Review of Part 1 & Plastic Surgery March 4: Poof, Be Gone! & NIK Plug-Ins March 11: Viva La Impact & Sharpen Your Pencil March 18: Fire up the Presses.

Critical Choices at the End of Life and Film HC0416

__ $20

Tuesday, February 19, at 10am – 12pm and 1 – 3pm (4hours)

This course is engineered to discuss with family and loved ones, what to do when serious illness strikes. How to use Hospice Care if you become terminal? How to handle the hastening of death when all else fails? It will also touch on how a person suffering from an irreversible illness and unbearable pain can choose a peaceful and painless death at the time and place of their own choosing. Includes admission to, and discussion of, the documentary film - 'The Suicide Tourist’ - a film based on the last days of Craig Ewert. Instructor: Dr. Frank Kavanaugh Film moderator: Mr. Ted Goodwin.

Lecture Only HC0416-001

__ Tuesday, February 19 at 10am – 12pm (2hours)

‘The Suicide Tourist’ Film and Disscussion HC0416-002




Tuesday, February 19 at 1 – 3pm (2hours)

Academy Award-winning director John Zaritsky documents Craig Ewert's journey to the one place where foreigners can legally end their lives with the help of a physician, Switzerland. Diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Ewert, a 59-year old retired computer professor, is deteriorating rapidly. As the incurable disease ravages his body, Ewert, a Chicago native, decides to pursue a physician-assisted suicide, before losing the option to die without unbearable suffering. Granted unique access Zaritsky traces Ewert’s journey to Switzerland where with the help of Dignitas, a nonprofit that has assisted in more than 1,000 physician-assisted suicides since 1998, he debates the morality of and confronts the reality of choosing the option to die.

The Great Escape HC0467




Thursday, February 21 at 10 – 11:30am (1.5hours)

This lecture begins with an overview of the tumultuous final months of the Civil War, when three different factors evolved to present the very real possibility of the war dragging on long after Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Florida played a significant role and provided the escape route of the Confederate secretary of state, secretary of war, and attorney general. SW Florida, in particular, was the locale of the U.S's last chance to capture the number three man in the Confederate national government. Stay for a meet and greet and book signing. Instructor: Mr. Robert Macomber, internationally acclaimed author

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Guy LaBree: Barefoot Artist of the Florida Seminoles HC0465


Tuesday, February 26 at 10 – 11:30am (1.5hours)

This presentation about LaBree and some of his artwork is based on Carol Mahler’s in-depth interviews with LaBree and independent research. The presentation will involve a discussion of Seminole legends, traditional life, history, and Florida wildlife, as well as LaBree’s singular focus on the Seminole perspective. A PowerPoint will show some of his art. Instructor: Ms. Carol Mahler

Rx for Speakers HC0481



Thursday, February 28, March 7, 14, 21 at 6 – 7:30pm (6hours)

This four week course is for those who wish to become better public speakers. Learn the basics of effective speaking and gain skill in writing and presenting special occasion, informative, and persuasive speeches. Instructor: Dr. Martha Bireda

The Pleasure of Pastels: Step by Step HC0462


$50 (plus materials)

Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, at 10am – 12pm (8hours)

This four-week interactive course in pastel technique will be geared to beginning or intermediate-level students, using a method designed to build confidence and encourage experimentation. The course offers guided instruction while encouraging creative expressions. Starting with basic exercises to become familiar with various methods of pastel application as well as with several kinds of surfaces, we will proceed to the preliminary steps of three pastel painting. The final session will be reserved for putting the finished touches on the most successful of the three. For those who are eager to return to a former interest or to discover a new pastime, this course will bring with it a creative challenge as well as moments of pure pleasure. The materials needed: 4 large sheets (18” x 24”) Canson pastel paper, 1 set of 12-15 Rembrandt pastels or Nupastels. Instructor: Ms. Roxanne Hanney

Understanding Technology: PC’s, Laptops, Phones, Tablets, Kindles, and Nooks HC0457

___ $20_

Monday, March 11 at 9:30 – 11:30am (2hours)

Are you looking to buy a new computer, smartphone, reader or tablet? Confused by the endless choices of technology? Feeling overwhelmed with no idea which direction to turn? Join us for an informative, clear, and easy-to-understand discussion of all the gadgets and gizmos available and most importantly, which might be the right one for you. Technology is explained and made simple at the Renaissance Academy. Instructor: Mr. John Guerra

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Introduction to Using Email________________________ HC0456




Monday, March 11 at 1 – 3pm (2hours)

This hands-on course will teach you to use email to communicate easily with friends and family. Learn about the various free email services available, setting up a new account, choosing an email address, sending email to multiple recipients, attaching files and photographs, opening attachments, and more. No personal laptops needed. Instructor: Mr. John Guerra

Secret History of WWII ___________________________________________________________$15 HC0489

Tuesday, March 12 at 10am – 12pm (2hours)

Discover little known facts and misconceptions about the War, new discoveries from opening of secret Soviet archives, secret plans that could have changed the course of history and much more. Instructor: Dr. Alex Crandall

KGB - Most Powerful Clandestine Service in History___________________________________$10 HC0490

Tuesday, March 12 at 1 – 2:30pm (1.5hours)

Opening of secret archives after the fall of Soviet Union uncovered the inner workings of that infamous organization that had tentacles all over the world. You will learn its history and surprising methods including highly effective psychological warfare against the West. Instructor: Dr. Alex Crandall

Relationship Intelligence HC0482

_______ $40

Thursday, March 14, 21, 28, April 4 at 3 – 4:30pm (6hours)

Do your relationships give you more pain than joy? If you want to break the pattern of always attracting the wrong partner and unhappy relationships, then you need a healthy dose of relationship intelligence. Learn how to attract and establish a healthy relationship with yourself and a significant other. Instructor: Dr. Martha Bireda

iPad for Beginners________________________________ HC0458




Monday, March 18 at 9:30 – 11:30am (2hours)

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

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iPhone for Beginners______________________________ HC0459




Monday, March 18 at 1 – 3pm (2hours)

This is not a class for Android phone users. 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 explore this remarkable device. This two hour, lecture-style demonstration will teach you the basics of the iPhone: apps, settings, organizing, telephone, voicemail, texting, music, books, email and more. Instructor: Mr. John Guerra

Fascinating History of Climate Change_______________________________________________$15 HC0491

Friday, March 22 at 10am – 12pm (2hours)

Separate science from myth, learn how climate change affected human history, famous climate scientists and their discoveries, effect of solar cycles on human behavior and many more fascinating facts. Instructor: Dr. Alex Crandal

Genghis Khan and Mongols - The Great Empire _______________________________________$15 HC0492

Friday, March 22 at 1 – 3:00pm (2hours)

Most of what you know about Genghis Khan and Mongols is wrong. Far from being an uncivilized horde of barbarians, they had the most advanced military technology and strategy in the world, invented paper money and banking and were more civilized than most of Europe at the time. Instructor: Dr. Alex Crandall

iPad for Intermediates: iOS 6 tips, tricks, and apps HC0460





Monday, March 25 at 9:30 – 11:30am (2hours)

This is not a class for Android tablet users. Discover all the new features and enhancements of Apple's latest operating system, iOS 6. 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 this lecture-style presentation. Instructor: Mr. John Guerra

iPhone for Intermediates_____________________ HC0461





Monday, March 25 at 1 – 3pm (2hours)

This is not a class for Android phone users. 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 explore this remarkable device. This two-hour, lecture-style demonstration will teach you the basics of the iPhone: apps, settings, organizing, telephone, voicemail, texting, music, books, email and more. Instructor: Mr. John Guerra

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South Port Square Course Offerings These lectures are open to everyone and are offered in the South Port Square Retirement Community in their Town Hall located at 23033 Westchester Boulevard, Port Charlotte. All lectures are from 9:30 – 11 a.m. usually on the first Thursday of every month.

Jerusalem: 3, 000 Years of Holiness_____________________ SS0058



Thursday, January 10 at 9:30 – 11am (1.5hours)

“Ten measures of beauty were descended upon the world by God: Jerusalem received nine of them. Yet ten measures of sorrow were visited upon the world by goad as well: Jerusalem received nine of them…” according to the Babylonian Talmud. Jerusalem began as the City of Ophel of the Jebusites, was occupied by Rome, invaded by crusaders, and today is the capital of Israel. Learn about the setting of the city during the time of Jesus. See how Christian traditions developed in Jerusalem, changed over the centuries, and are observed today. . Instructor: Dr. Steven Derfler

Presentation to be determined



SS0059 Thursday, February 7 at 9:30 – 11am (1.5hours)

Presentation to be determined_____________________



SS0060 Thursday, March 7 at 9:30 – 11am (1.5hours)

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Renaissance Academy Travel Abroad Programs Since 2002, the Renaissance Academy has sponsored more than 20 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 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! Our exclusive excursions are each limited to 24 travelers.

Legendary Turkey & the Turquoise Coast SP3039

From $4,392 per person (Land & Air)

September 5-19, 2013 15 days

Turkey–where Europe and Asia meet to form “the cradle of civilization”–is yours to discover. Begin in Istanbul, Turkey’s cultural and spiritual heart. The city astonishes with its legendary Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace, one of the world’s richest museums. Travel south to the WWI battlefield of Gallipoli, ferry across the Dardanelles to Troy, and explore the wealth of Greco-Roman ruins at ancient Pergamum. Spend a day at Turkey’s classical city of Ephesus. Among its treasures are the grand Library of Celsus and a 25,000-seat amphitheater. Enjoy lunch in a local village before boarding a privately chartered gulet yacht. For four splendid days cruise the exquisite Turquoise Coast, relaxing and discovering hidden sights, quaint fishing villages, and remote ruins. End your journey in the seaside resort Antalya, with a side trip to ancient Perge. There is an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour extension to Cappadocia and Ankara, Turkey’s capital.

Invitation to Tuscany SP3042

$3,295 per person (Land Only)

September 7-15, 2013 8 days

Tuscany’s vineyards, olive groves and soaring cypress trees provide a setting that soothes the soul, delights the eye and raises the spirit. Medieval towns and villages, hilltop castles and ancient farmsteads dotting the landscape await discovery in the most welcoming of climates. The cultural, artistic and architectural treasures of Florence, Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Certaldo, Bologna, Fiesole and San Gimignano will all be explored. This Tuscany excursion includes seven nights in a four-star Tuscan villa; most meals (lunches and dinners with wine); English-speaking tour guides; art history and wine lessons; deluxe motor coach transportation; all entrance fees, and a farewell feast at the private castle of Santa Maria Novella set amidst the Tuscan countryside.

Paradores & Pousadas: Historic Lodgings of Spain & Portugal SP3040

From $4,834 pp (Land & Air)

September 16-30, 2013 15 days

Stay in distinctive lodgings and experience the rich history of Portugal and Spain during this Iberian sojourn. Beginning in Lisbon, tour the capital city and take an excursion to the National Palace of Queluz. Travel through picturesque Alentejo, a region of olive groves, vineyards, and wheat fields, to one of Portugal’s finest pousadas set in a former 15th-century convent. Cross into Spain and see the ancient, ruin-filled city of Merida, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cordoba, and Seville with its marvelous Moorish architecture. Visit Toledo, capital of medieval Spain. In Madrid, tour the Palacio Royal, the Plaza Mayor, and the world-famous Prado. Extend your tour with an optional stay in Barcelona. Pricing is subject to change until the final travel brochure is released. Register online at or call 941-505-0130

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Instructor Biographies Estelitta Rainwater-August is the creator and designer of Ms. Lady Creations, a jewelry making business. Her pieces use only real stones, crystals, and handmade glass beads. Martha R. Bireda, Ph.D., has been an equity consultant for twenty years in issues related to race, gender, and cultural diversity. She is founder of the Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture and author of six books. Susan Cain is a professional Note Broker in Punta Gorda. Alex Crandall, M.D. is a retired psychiatrist with 35 years of experience in therapy, research and teaching. Linda Coules is currently an investment manager with Edward Jones investments. Benjamin Crosby, Ph.D. earned his doctoral degree in Political Science and with a regional specialization in Latin America, where he lived for 18 years. He has been a research scholar at the Overseas Development Council in Washington D.C., and was a Director of MSI, an international development consulting organization. Steven Derfler, Ph.D. is a Professor of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Ahmed Elrefai, Ph.D. graduated from Ohio State University with a Doctorate in Engineering. He has lectured on Islam and related subjects at public libraries, Islamic and religious institutions, and private and public schools and colleges. Sharon Fultz is a Tai Chi practitioner and has been an instructor since 1995. . Ted Goodwin is Founder and Past President of the Final Exit Network and Past President of the World Federation on of Right to Die Societies. John Guerra is a graduate of Columbia University, former Wall Street merchant banker, and the FGCU Director of Continuing Education and the Renaissance Academy. Roxanne Hanney has years of experience with pastels and oils. She has been delighted to discover the joys of teaching unique skills and techniques required for this medium. Captain Van Hubbard has been a professional Fishing Guide for 35+ years, in both near and offshore sport fisheries. He has been named a Mote Marine Laboratories Sport Fishing Guide. Regina Iacone began to study the Enneagram with Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, the foremost teachers of the Enneagram, in 1989. She became certified to teach through the Enneagram Institute in 1997. Richard Johnson was born and lived most of his life in the Hudson Valley and is a 10 th generation descendant of the first Dutch families. He was also a historian for NY State of the Great Mansions on the Hudson. Jacqueline Jolin is an Education Specialist trained by eBay as well as a top Rated power Seller with over 1500 positive feedback ratings and a 100% positive feedback score. Frank Kavanaugh, Ph.D., is Chairman Emeritus of the International Academy for Preventive Medicine, former Professor at George Washington University Medical Center, and Vice President of Cooper Institute for Advanced Studies in Medicine and the Humanities. Robert Macomber is an internationally recognized award-winning maritime writer, lecturer, television commentator, and defense consultant. Carol Mahler is a storyteller, singer-songwriter, author, and teacher. Carol Mahler founded the Peace River Center for Writers and has served as scholar, discussion leader, and project director for public humanities programs.

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Jeanna Morrow feels as though she was reborn at 50 when her husband introduced her to Latin dance. She had never danced before. She attended classes for 2 years and then earned the Zumba Basic Instructor certification. Edith Pendleton, PhD. holds a degree in contemporary Literature from the University of South Florida, and a Master degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Her work appears in Science News Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, World Magazine, and various newspapers. Her book, Too Old to Cry, Too Young to Die, records the experience of teenagers with cancer. Robert Peterson, Ph.D. grew up in Kansas City and enjoyed many of the jazz greats who got their start there. He played jazz professionally for a few years. Spencer Pullen currently owns Premiere Graphics in Port Charlotte. He shoots pictures of everything from food for dining reviews in local magazines to portraits. Rendell, Barbara, M. Ed. has studied food nutrition and gardening for over 36 years, and during this time she has been growing and preserving her own fermented foods. Winnifred Roberts became interested in the Calusa Indians and the early history of Florida while researching her own ancestry. Lee Stein learned the love of film from growing up in a family that owned a theater. He is the Executive Director on the Board of The Charlotte Chorale. Sharon Whitehill, Ph.D. earned her doctoral degree in Victorian literature, before spending more than 30 years as a professor of English. Thomas Williams is an alumnus of FGCU graduating in 2003 with a Master of Science Degree. He is a veteran of two wars, and has written five historical novels. Janis Winchester has experience in book design and publication. She worked in law enforcement and forensic science and is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association and Shell Point Photo Club. David Zipoy, Ph.D. earned is doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota before earning and completing a two-year Post-Doctoral appointment at Cornell University. He went on to teach for 33 years at the University of Maryland, serving eight years in the Physics Department conducting gravity research followed by 25 years in the Astronomy Department.

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Renaissance Academy Charlotte County Winter-Spring 2013 Lectures & Short Courses  
Renaissance Academy Charlotte County Winter-Spring 2013 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...