The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point Retirement Community welcomes Dr. Phil Gannon presenting “The Tale of Two Cities: Detroit and Singapore.” This three-part series is scheduled on
Tuesday, Jan. 7: Is the Past Prologue? A View of Detroit and Singapore from 1700 – 1942
Tuesday, Jan. 14: The Detroit Story: From an Industrial World Leader to Bankruptcy
Tuesday, Jan. 21: The Singapore Story: From Third World to First
Sessions will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands at Shell Point.
“The Tale of Two Cities” will compare Detroit and Singapore – two major metropolitan areas of the world that followed significantly different economic, social, and political pathways. Detroit went from a position of leadership economically, educationally, and socially, and then reached the point of total bankruptcy. Meanwhile, Singapore transformed from a third world country facing financial difficulty to a position of both economic and educational world leadership. What happened?
These courses will be led by Shell Point resident Dr. Gannon, a native of Detroit and a graduate of the city's K-12 educational system. Dr. Gannon was a Michigan college president for 32 years, served both democratic and republican governors participating in studies of Detroit's educational problems, and also served on the board of trustees of the Detroit Institute of Technology. Later, he was president of an educational consulting firm that conducted in-country studies in China, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Dr. Gannon’s sessions are free, but reservations are required and space is limited. Please call (239) 489-8472 for more information.
The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point is an educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides approximately 90 classes each semester that encompass a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Shell Point was named as one of 2008’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging, an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.
Shell Point Retirement Community is located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with a newly renovated 18-hole championship golf course, salons, restaurants, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities. To learn more about Shell Point Retirement Community, visit us at www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.
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