Life Long Learning Generating Connections and Conversation

For more than 20 years, Hodges University’s Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning has provided a wide array of programming for residents in Southwest Florida. Whether it is nature, history, the arts, literature or current events, participants can expect to learn something new each time they come through the door.

A member-directed program, the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) provides three sessions each year – winter, summer and fall. With lectures offered on Hodges’ Naples campus, the Carlisle Naples and the Terraces at Bonita Springs, participants are encouraged to sign up for a membership, which enables them to attend as many lectures of their choosing. Individuals may purchase an annual membership for $250, which includes access to all lectures throughout the year. A seasonal membership (fall, winter or summer) is $125 and includes access to all lectures occurring during that particular session. Individuals who do not wish to purchase a membership may attend for $25 per lecture.

Although the fall session is already underway, the CLL has many exciting events coming up during the months of
November and December:

Blue Zones Purpose Workshop
(November 9, 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Hodges’ Naples campus People who have a purpose often live longer, are happier and are more productive. Are you making a difference where you live and work? Each person has an individual set of strengths and talents that can be used to lead a meaningful life. Whatever your role within your community, begin adding years to your life and life to your years. You will have the opportunity to discover or re-discover your gifts and talents, learn how to navigate
through life’s transitions, and improve your well-being by living your purpose.

Million Letters Campaign
(November 14, 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Hodges’ Naples campus) Best-selling author and director of the Center for American War Letters (CAWL) at Chapman University, Andrew Carroll will discuss his journey to collect 1 million war-related letters from every conflict in United States history. In addition, he will discuss his latest book, “MY  FELLOW SOLDIERS: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War.” Veterans and others with war letters who are willing to donate to CAWL are encouraged to bring them to the lecture. *This event is free and open to the public, but you must register to attend.

Ghosts of the Desert: 
Gertrude Bell (November 28, 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Hodges’ Naples campus) Storyteller and performer Janina Birtolo will take on the role of Gertude Bell, also known as the “Female Lawrence of Arabia,” who was a woman ahead of her time. Becoming the most respected foreign woman in the Middle East during the first half of the 20th century, she was responsible for drawing boundaries for what is modern day Iraq. *This event is free and open to the public, but you must register to attend.

Breaking News and Issues of the Day 
(December 6, 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Hodges’ Naples campus) John Barlas, board member of The Center for Critical Thinking, will lead a constructive, moderated dialogue and explore the following: economic, international, military, national, state and local issues along with your views.

Starting in January 2018, in partnership with the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, Hodges will present the 6th Annual Elliott Katz Lecture Series. A docent with the Southwest Florida Holocaust Museum in Naples, Florida, Katz will present a series of six lectures focusing on the Holocaust, providing individuals with new and insightful facts researched by Katz and Sy Stadtmauer, senior fellow of Holocaust Research Studies. This is the second year for Katz to present his lecture
series at Hodges. Individuals must register to attend. Tickets are $12 per person for each lecture or $60 for the entire series. To register, visit https://

For more information about the CLL, visit, email                            or call 239.598.6143

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