FORT MYERS, Fla. (August 14, 2012) – The Academy at Shell Point invites Southwest Florida residents to attend an informative presentation entitled, Hong Kong – The Rise of the Dragon. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 11, from 10:00am to 11:30am, in the Grand Cypress Room of The Woodlands at Shell Point Retirement Community. Tickets are required to attend, and can be purchased for $10 each by calling (239) 489-8472. 

Professor Adrian Kerr, a well known author and educator, returns to Shell Point to trace Hong Kong’s epic journey from a tiny uninhabited swampy British colony after the Opium War of 1839, to its current status as global financial economic powerhouse and business capital. Meaning ‘Fragrant Harbor,’ the city has a dramatic physical setting with an expansive skyline overlooking the picturesque Victoria Harbor. “We will put Hong Kong in the context of China’s fascinating long and turbulent history and track its rise under the 1997 ‘one country two systems’ mandate,” said Professor Kerr. “We will discuss how it has become the model for the rest of China.”

“Professor Kerr is one of our most popular and regular presenters in the Academy at Shell Point,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. “We are pleased to welcome him back, and I know that guests will enjoy this informative presentation. He always brings intriguing and informative presentations to our Academy because of his immense knowledge of the history of various regions and his ability to share how their history relates to today.”

The Academy of Life Long Learning at Shell Point is an educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides anywhere from 70 to 90 classes each semester that encompass a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The Academy of Life Long Learning at Shell Point was named as one of 2008’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities. To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at or call 1-800-780-1131

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