Eckerd College offers a variety of activities and programs as a service to the community. All events will be held on the Eckerd College campus and all programs are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise stated. Eckerd College is located at 4200 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg. Programs and events are subject to change. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 727.864.7979.
Click here for Eckerd’s Public Events Calendar: www.eckerd.edu/events
Click here for the 2012-2013 Presidential Events Series, “Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet”: www.eckerd.edu/service
Click here for the Friday night International Cinema Series: http://www.eckerd.edu/ic
Click here for a schedule of Art Exhibits in Eckerd’s Elliott and Cobb Galleries: http://www.eckerd.edu/academics/visualarts/events.php
“Hodgell in an Election Year: An Art Exhibition”
Through Oct. 5, Cobb Art Gallery
Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10:30am to 4:30pm
This exhibition includes relief prints (linocuts), original linoleum blocks, preparatory drawings, and a painting showcasing Robert Hodgell’s wonderfully insightful social and political commentary. Although these images date mostly from the 60’s and 70’s, they remain remarkably relevant today. Robert Hodgell (1922-2000) was the first founding faculty member of the visual arts department at Florida Presbyterian College / Eckerd College, and taught from 1961-1978. A prolific painter, sculptor and printmaker, the College is fortunate to own a substantial number of his works. Part of the Presidential Events Series, “Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet.”
“Sexual Health Forum”
Friday, Sept. 28, 12pm – 4pm, Hough Quad
This forum will include campus vendors and local community health organizations as well as breakout sessions throughout the afternoon with speakers on a variety of topics. Presenters include Dr. Diane Snyder, who will speak about STDs and contraceptive options, and Planned Parenthood. Sponsored by the Office of Health Promotion.
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA SERIES
Friday, Sept. 28, 7pm, Miller Auditorium
The latest film by pioneering French auteur Jean-Luc Godard, “Film Socialisme” presents ‘a symphony in three movements’, moving from a cruise ship full of multilingual passengers to a tribunal convened by two children to a tour of famous sites, including Egypt, Palestine, and Barcelona. Along the way, the spectator is challenged to consider the links between these movements as well as the meanings of both film and language – as dual means of communication, interrogation, and descriptive expression.
“Thursday Night Live: Figure Drawings by Tampa Bay Artists”
On display Sept. 30 – Oct. 26, Elliott Gallery
Opening Reception: Sunday, Sept. 30, 3-5pm
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 3:15 pm
Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Includes works by Andrew Boland, Doug Land, Debra Landsdowne and Rebecca Skelton.
“Community Natural Resource Management in Indonesia and Nepal”
Monday, Oct. 1, 7:30pm, Miller Auditorium
Stacey Crevello, Global Director for Food Security and Agriculture, International Relief and Development
Local communities throughout the world are managing forests sustainably and protecting forests that are rich in biodiversity and include species conservation. In her role at International Relief and Development, Stacey Crevello manages over twenty programs in fifteen countries. She has conducted research and worked with communities to provide sustainable incomes through agriculture, natural resource management and environmental conservation programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Part of the Presidential Events Series, “Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet.”
“Why Do Politics Matter?”
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6:30pm, Miller Auditorium
Tony Brunello, Professor of Political Science at Eckerd College.
Professor Brunello will be speaking to the importance of politics and the nature of the political relations that permeate our daily lives. Regardless of our interests or disciplines, politics are inescapable in our society and will be required to confront the social, environmental, and ethical challenges of our time. Political interest and involvement is the foundation for democracy and too much is at stake for one to be apathetic.
“Televised Presidential Debate: Obama vs. Romney on Domestic Policy”
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8:30pm – 10:30pm, Miller Auditorium
In the first of three national debates, candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney square off on domestic policy issues; moderated by Jim Lehrer, host of the “PBS NewsHour.” The debate watch will be preceded by a brief panel discussion on the history of domestic policy in the Democratic and Republican parties. Part of the Presidential Events Series, “Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet.”
“Soul of a Citizen: Hope in a Time of Fear”
Thursday, Oct. 4, 7:30pm, Miller Auditorium
Paul Loeb, author, social and political activist.
Drawing on his most recent books and 35 years of exploring citizen involvement, Paul Loeb will focus on how ordinary citizens can make their voices heard and actions count. He will address how people get involved in larger community issues and what stops them from getting involved; how they burn out in exhaustion or maintain their commitment for the long haul; how engagement can give them a sense of connection and purpose. Part of the Presidential Events Series, “Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet.”
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA SERIES
“Wages of Fear”
Friday, Oct. 5, 7pm, Miller Auditorium
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Two teams of truck drivers are hired to transport nitroglycerin to a remote oil field in South America. As their rivalry intensifies, so do the stakes as the slightest jolt can cause either truck to explode. The first film to win both the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, “Wages of Fear” proves that critical merit does not preclude keeping audiences on the edge of their seats.
“Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine”
Monday, Oct. 8, 7pm, Miller Auditorium
Beth Zielinski, Lecturer, Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology, Division of Biology and Medicine, Brown University.
Regenerative medicine, also known as tissue engineering, is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace native tissue or organ functions that have been lost due to disease or congenital defects. As such, it is a prominent scientific discipline that can either “stand alone” or complement material-based research efforts in the areas of device design, drug delivery, diagnostics and pharmaceuticals. Three-dimensional cell-based constructs have become the new staple in regenerative medicine laboratories. Part of the Presidential Events Series, “Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet.”
“Women’s Rights and Islam”
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30pm, Fox Hall
Fait Muedini, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Eckerd College.
Fait Muedini will be speaking on the topic of the status of women’s rights within Islam and Islamic societies. What is it that the Qur’an actually says about women and how has it been interpreted by various societies? Significant changes have occurred in many Islamic nations in recent years, however have these been influenced by or assisted movements for women’s rights?
“Campus Sustainability Through Environmental Service”
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2pm- 4pm, Fox Hall
A panel of Eckerd College faculty, staff and students will share the College’s efforts to become a “greener” campus by presenting the ongoing environmental and sustainability projects, current initiatives and proposed plans. By spreading awareness of Eckerd’s sustainable actions, students will be encouraged to foster environmental care on campus as well as explore the environmental service-learning opportunities. Part of the Presidential Events Series, “Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet.”
ASPEC PUBLIC FORUM
“The Inside Scoop on What is Happening in Tampa Bay”
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 4pm, Heron/Flamingo Rooms, Continuing Education Center
Karen Brown Dunlap, Poynter Institute
Dr. Karen B. Dunlap has devoted more than 30 years to the education of journalists. She has led seminars on writing throughout the nation and abroad, and is co-author of “The Effective Editor” with Foster Davis, and of “The Editorial Eye” with Jane Harrigan. Dunlap was an editor of the Institute’s Best Newspaper Writing series and has served six times as a Pulitzer Prize jurist. She was a reporter for the Macon News and the Nashville Banner and served stints at the St. Petersburg Times.
“Faith Based Organizations and Health Care in Africa: Prospects and Challenges”
Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30pm, Fox Hall
Elias Bongmba, The Harry & Hazel Chavanne Chair in Christian Theology and Professor of Religious Studies, Rice University, and President of the African Association for the Study of Religion.
Elias Bongmba combines his teaching of African religions and his research in theology and philosophy of religion working with African philosophical ideas and continental philosophy. In his recent book, “Facing a Pandemic: The African Church and the Crisis of AIDS,” Dr. Bongmba addresses the HIV/AIDS crisis and calls on religious communities to work with the global community to accelerate universal access to health care and promote the search for a vaccine. Part of the Presidential Events Series, “Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet.”
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA SERIES
“Patience (After Sebald)”
Fri, Oct. 12, 7pm, Miller Auditorium
Directed by Grant Gee, English, 82 min., 2011. A multi-layered, highly original film essay on landscape, history, art, life and loss, “Patience (After Sebald)” offers a unique exploration of the work of German author W.G. Sebald. Structured as a journey through the coastal Suffolk landscapes described in Sebald’s novel “The Rings of Saturn” – one of the most highly praised and hotly discussed literary works of recent years – the film avoids typical art documentary strategies, weaving commentaries by artists and critics into an aural tapestry that offers a revealing counterpoint to images of places and things described in the book. The result is not an adaptation or explanation of Sebald, but a kind of aesthetic response to his work.
“Sacred Groves of Sierra Leone and India: Protecting the Environment through Cultural Traditions”
Monday, Oct. 15, 7:30pm, Cobb Art Gallery
Sierra Voss ’13, Ford Apprentice Scholar,
Alison Ormsby, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Photography show on display Oct. 12 to 24
Opening reception: Sunday, Oct. 14, 5-7pm
Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10:3 am – 4:30pm
This photography show and lecture covers research conducted in both India and Sierra Leone about sacred groves, which are small, forested areas with cultural or spiritual significance to local communities. In India, protecting the forest is a form of respect for a god, and if the forest is harmed, that god may punish the transgressor with illness or death. In Sierra Leone, sacred groves are associated with secret societies and are often where key cultural events occur, including initiation into the secret societies.
Professor Ormsby served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone two decades ago and was a Fulbright-Nehru scholar in India in 2009-10. Sierra Voss ’13, a senior majoring in environmental studies, accompanied Professor Ormsby to Sierra Leone this past summer to conduct research on the sacred groves. Part of the Presidential Events Series, “Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet.”
“Designs of a Neurologist”
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7pm, Sheen Auditorium
Juan (Zeno) Sanchez-Ramos, Ph.D., M.D., The Helen Ellis Endowed Chair for Parkinson’s Disease Research, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida
Renowned Huntington’s Disease researcher Dr. Sanchez-Ramos is the quintessential, modern-day Renaissance man. He teaches and attends to Tampa General Hospital patients with movement disorders. he directs a basic research laboratory with active projects in neurodegeneration, neurotoxicology and adult stem cell biology. His artwork has titles like Pythagoras Brain, Neuron Face and Molecules of Mood. Born in Venezuela and raised in the U.S., Dr. Sanchez-Ramos uses images from research in neurobiology to inspire new designs and art works that explore the interface between thought and action, intuition and logic, mind and matter. Part of the Presidential Events Series, “Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet.”
“The Macho Paradox”
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7pm, Fox Hall
Jackson Katz, educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist
Activist Jackson Katz is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. He is the co-founder of the Mentors In Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading gender violence prevention initiative in professional and college athletics, and is the director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps. Some of his recent scholarship focuses on masculinities and the U.S. presidency. Part of the Presidential Events Series, “Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet.”
“Women in Politics (or A Lack Thereof) Forum”
Thursday, Oct. 18, 6pm – 9pm, Fox Hall
Mary Meyer-McAleese, Professor of Political Science, Eckerd College
Linda Lucas, Emerita Professor of Economics at Eckerd College and Pinellas County Democratic State Committeewoman
Women make up 51 percent of the United States population but only 17 percent of the U.S. Congress – putting our nation at 94th in the world for the percentage of women in elected office. Eckerd Professor Mary Meyer-McAleese and Emeritus Professor of Economics Linda Lucas will lead a forum that addresses questions like: What are the most persuasive reasons to support woman candidates? What difference do women legislators make? What’s the best way to convince voters that electing women matters? Part of the Presidential Events Series, “Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet.”
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA SERIES
“David Holzman’s Diary”
Friday, Oct. 19, 7pm, Miller Auditorium
Directed by Jim McBride, English, 74 min., 1967. As news from the Vietnam War and social unrest are heard over the radio, a young man retreats finds release in his comic-neurotic monologues to his 16mm camera, retreating further and further from the outside world as the film progresses. An “ingenious puzzle film” (Chicago Reader) and a “totally delightful satire” (NY Times), “David Holzman’s Diary” sends up our relationship to the cinema as a truth-telling medium in an age of political turmoil that still holds interest today.
“Green China Rising: Film and Roundtable Discussion”
Monday, Oct. 22, 7pm, Miller Auditorium
China is by some measures the world’s biggest polluter, and faces an immediate environmental crisis far more severe than in the United States. At the same time, China’s authoritarian government is moving forcefully to try to address the problem through a development model of “ecological civilization.” The documentary “Green China Rising” takes a close look at China’s environmental issues and its proposed solutions. The film will be followed by commentary by a faculty roundtable and general audience discussion. Part of the Presidential Events Series, “Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet.”
“The Mystical Spirituality of the Byzantine East”
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7:30pm, Wireman Chapel
Kyriacos Markides, Professor of Sociology, University of Maine.
Kyricos Markides, a native of Cyprus who has taught for 40 years in the Sociology Department at the University of Maine, is one of the most popular writers on spirituality in America today. He is author of seven books, four of them on the esoteric spiritual traditions of Mount Athos in Greece, and he is without doubt the preeminent writer on the mystical spirituality of the Christian East (Greece and the Balkans, Russia and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East) writing in English today. His approach combines that of social scientist and spiritual seeker in a unique and engaging manner, and he is a much sought after as a speaker in numerous countries.
“From Service Learning to Service Lawyer: Thoughts of an Eckerd Alum Turned Attorney”
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7pm, Fox Hall
Jerald Hess ’04, Associate Attorney, DLA Piper Global Law Firm.
When Jerald Hess was interviewing with law firms, he was adamant about finding a place that supported his philosophy about doing pro bono work in conjunction with billable hours. He found his match at DLA Piper Global Law Firm in Washington, D.C., where he now practices in the area of commercial litigation and arbitration. He focuses much of his pro bono practice on family law proceedings, where he represents individuals who otherwise would not be able to afford counsel, in important domestic matters such as child-custody, visitation, divorce and domestic violence. Last year, the D.C. Bar Association named him their pro bono attorney of the year in recognition for his pro bono efforts. Part of the Presidential Events Series, “Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet.”
“Surviving Double Jeopardy: From Tiananmen Square to Nairobi”
Thursday, Oct. 25, 7pm, Fox Hall
James L. Huskey, U.S. Foreign Service Officer, and Joanne Huskey, Author of “Unofficial Diplomat,” and Co-founder of Global Adjustments.
James L. Huskey and his wife, Mrs. Joanne Grady Huskey, know firsthand that the life of a Foreign Service family is anything but mundane. Dr. Huskey served as the U.S. Department of State’s Political/Consular Officer in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, where he kept the State Department informed of the student activism driving the democracy movement, and was the only U.S. official to witness the Tiananmen Massacre on the night of June 3-4. Ten years later, as the Second Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, he was the liaison to the East Africa Muslim community in the aftermath of the August 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing, where he and his family courageously assisted the wounded. The Huskeys will recount their experiences as diplomats, policy analysts, non-profit administrators, and volunteer extraordinaires. Sponsored by Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS). Part of the 2012-13 Presidential Events Series, “Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet.”