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 email@example.com or 727.864.7979.
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SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2013
Hidden Treasures and New Acquisitions: Selected Works from Eckerd College’s Permanent Collection
Through Oct. 11, Cobb Gallery
Cobb Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
An exhibition of works from Eckerd’s permanent collection, highlighting some art seldom (or never before) seen by the college community. Featured artists include William Pachner, Alice Terry, and founding faculty members Robert Hodgell and Margaret “Peg” Rigg.
Talking About Race: Social Justice in a Time of Difference and Indifference
Wed., Sept. 25, 7:00pm, Fox Hall
Raymond Arsenault, Ph.D., The John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at USF St. Petersburg and Author
Lenice Emanuel, CEO of the YWCA of Tampa Bay
Ronald Porter ’05, Ph.D., Acting Director of Service-Learning at Eckerd College
Moderated by Alizza Punzalan-Randle, Director of Community and Media Relations at Eckerd College
For many, the national conversation about race relations is viewed through a historical lens as an issue that has been “covered” by the Civil Rights Movement. For others, it’s as relevant today as it was in 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told the world he had a dream. Whatever your perspective, Eckerd invites you and all members of the community to participate in what will be the first of several engaging panel discussions about race relations in our society.
Professor Arsenault, an expert in the political, social and environmental history of the American South, is the author of the acclaimed Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice and The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America. Ms. Emanuel brings a rich background in the YWCA, an international organization whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. Mr. Porter returns to his alma mater after completing his dissertation, which focused on the Intellectual History of African-American Educational Thought.
Post Tenebras Lux
Friday, Sept. 27, 7:00 pm, Miller Auditorium
Directed by Carlos Reygadas, Spanish, English and French with English Subtitles, 115 min., 2012
The title of this stunningly photographed and enigmatic film means “after darkness, light.” The film delivers an impressionistic psychological portrait, full of unforgettable imagery, of a family that has chosen to isolate themselves in the Mexican countryside.
“When the Spirit Moves Me”: Kyu Yamamoto, Don Williams, Rachel Stewart and the Artists of Creative Clay
Sept. 29 – Oct. 4, Elliott Gallery
Opening Reception: Sun., Sept. 29, 3 – 5 pm
Elliott Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
This exhibit will be in conjunction with the lecture, “When the Spirit Moves Me: A College Student’s Perspective on Spirituality and Religiosity,” on Thursday, October 3, at 6:00 pm in Miller Auditorium. Dr. Patrick Henry, Professor of Sociology at Eckerd College, and Dr. Ryan Cragun, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa, will present the results of spirituality and religiosity surveys administered from 2008-2013.
Sunday, Sept. 29, 3:00pm, Wireman Chapel
Riyehee Hong, Organist
Featuring a program of masterworks from the 16th-19th century, including works by J.S. Bach, Antonio Cabezon, Dieterich Buxtehude, Josef Rheinberger and Juan Bautista Cabanilles.
As a chamber musician on both organ and harpsichord, Riyehee Hong has founded and directed ensembles dedicated to 17th- and 18th-century repertoire, giving first performances of newly discovered works. She has transcribed several violin concertos for organ and violin, participating as organist in performances of those works. Hong received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the Moores School of Music, The University of Houston; a Master of Music from Boston University; a Master of Divinity from Hanshin University, Seoul, Korea, and a Bachelor of Theology from Yonsei University in Seoul.
“An Evening with Matt Batt”
Monday, Sept. 30, 7:00 pm, President’s Dining Room
Matt Batt, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Creative Writing, University of St. Thomas
A five-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Matt Batt writes fiction and creative nonfiction. His current book projects are “Sugarhouse,” the story of renovating what might have been a Salt Lake City crackhouse, and “The Enthusiast,” a collection of compulsive essays about obsessive subjects such as baking sourdough bread, fixed-gear cycling, rock climbing, spelunking in third-world countries, parenting, and other fairly unreasonable things. He received his MFA from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.
Moral Interdependence and Global Citizenship
Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 pm, Fox Hall
William “Bill” F. Felice, Ph.D., Associate Dean of General Education and Professor of Political Science at Eckerd College
Professor Bill Felice will explore ideas of moral interdependence and global citizenship through an examination of the brutalization, the arrest and, in some cases, the killing of gay men in Uganda; and ecological devastation in China. While such suffering may seem unrelated to our lives in the U.S., both issues demonstrate the ways in which we are morally interdependent. Homophobia in Africa, for the most part, is not indigenous to the continent but was introduced by colonialists and is perpetuated today by American missionaries. As the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, China is responsible for serious suffering abroad. Professor Felice will explore the history and current status of these situations, examine the local and global policy options, and explore how these examples relate to the ethics of cosmopolitan justice and global citizenship.
When the Spirit Moves Me: A College Student’s Perspective on Spirituality and Religiosity
Thursday, October 3, 6:00 pm, Miller Auditorium
Patrick Henry, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at Eckerd College
Ryan Cragun, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Tampa
How spiritual are you? How religious are you? How does either of these concepts matter in your life? These are some of the questions answered by Eckerd College and University of Tampa (UT) students in spirituality and religiosity surveys administered by Professors Henry and Cragun from 2008 to 2013. The impetus for the survey project was to measure the potential impact of UT’s Sykes Chapel, which was dedicated in December 2010. While the basic survey questions addressed the uses of a college chapel, many more issues rose to the surface, including physical and emotional health, alcohol and substance use and attitudes.
Friday, Oct. 4, 7:00 pm, Miller Auditorium
Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov, in German with English Subtitles, 140 min., 2012
A lavish, chaotic and unpredictable re-imagination of the classic tale of Faust, in which a man sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge.
Duncan McClellan and Jacob Stout: “A Hot Glass Workshop in St. Petersburg”
Oct. 6 – Nov. 1, Elliott Gallery
Opening Reception: Sun., Oct. 6, 3 – 5 pm
Gallery Talk: Wed., Oct. 16, 3:15 pm
Elliott Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Award-winning glass artist Duncan McClellan, whose warehouse and gallery have rejuvenated St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District, and Jacob Stout, studio manager of the Hot Glass Workshop at the Duncan McClellan Gallery, bring their unique sculptures to Eckerd’s Elliott Gallery. Jacob is known for his opaque and transparent pieces; Duncan’s works are best known for their interior and exterior imagery.
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Wednesday, October 9, 7:30 pm, Miller Auditorium
Byron Hurt, Activist, Writer, Documentary Filmmaker
In a talk that will critique sociological and cultural representations of race, gender and class in American society, Byron Hurt will provide an examination of manhood, sexism and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Mr. Hurt, who pays tribute to the genre while challenging the rap music industry’s misogyny, urges artists and producers to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive, deeply conservative stereotypes of manhood. His documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was later broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens, will be shown.
The former host of the Emmy-nominated series Reel Works with Byron Hurt, and former Northeastern University football quarterback, Mr. Hurt was a founding member of the Mentors in Violence Prevention program, the leading college-based rape and domestic violence prevention initiative for college and professional athletics.
Pervert’s Guide to Ideology
Friday, Oct. 11, 7 pm, Miller Auditorium
Directed by Sophie Fiennes, in English, 136 min., 2012
In this follow up to the hilarious and profound Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek takes audiences on another wild ride through the subtle and not-so-subtle messages coded in the products of pop culture. Cinema, he argues, is a “pervert art” because it does not give you what you desire but teaches you how to desire.
Why Can’t We Speak with Dolphins?
Thursday, October 17, 7:00 pm, Miller Auditorium
Dr. Stan Kuczaj, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, and Director of the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, The University of Southern Mississippi
The objective of Dr. Kuczaj’s laboratory is to conduct research on the behavioral and cognitive abilities of marine mammals and other animals as a means of increasing both our scientific understanding and our ability to conserve other species that inhabit the planet we all share. The notion that meaningful two-way communication between dolphins and humans is possible has garnered considerable support in the media and popular literature, resulting in an enduring myth that dolphins and humans can communicate in ways that rival, and perhaps even surpass, human-human communication. In this talk, Professor Kuczaj will consider the reasons why communication between humans and dolphins has been much more limited than many media reports suggest.
Friday, October 18, 7:00 pm, Miller Auditorium
Directed by Andrew Bujalski, in English, 92 min., 2013
Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers more than 30 years ago, Computer Chess transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future. Shot last year on video equipment from yesteryear, this retro-adventure features eccentric geniuses who paved the path to our present.
Director Andrew Bujalski has written and directed the films Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation and Beeswax, all of which have appeared on The New York Times critics’ “Top Ten of the Year” lists.
“An Afternoon of Chamber Music”
Sunday, Oct. 20, 3:00 pm, Roberts Music Center 104
Musicians: Rebecca Penneys (Piano), Felicia Brunelle and Lucas Guideri (Violins), Warren Powell (Viola) and Alfred Gratta (Cello)
An afternoon of chamber music performed by prominent St. Petersburg musicians; featured work includes the Dvorak Piano Quintet. Steinway Artist Rebecca Penneys is a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral soloist, educator and adjudicator. Rebecca divides her time between New York, as a Professor of Piano at Eastman since 1980, and Florida, where she is Artist-in-Residence at St. Petersburg College, a position created for her in 2001.
“James G. Crane: A Cartoon Retrospective“
Oct. 20 – Dec. 6, Cobb Gallery
Opening Reception: Sun., Oct. 20, 3-5 pm
Cobb Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
An exhibit featuring cartoon drawings by James G. Crane, a founding faculty member of Florida Presbyterian College (now Eckerd College). Crane, whose 30-year tenure with the College shaped the Visual Arts discipline, is a cartoonist, painter and collage artist. He is an active member of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Wednesday, October 23, 7:30 pm, Fox Hall
Katherine Boo, Author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity and Staff Writer for The New Yorker
Katherine Boo, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, will be speaking to the first-year students this fall. Behind the Beautiful Forevers, winner of the 2012 National Book Award, is assigned reading for them in the two-course sequence Human Experience and for seniors in the capstone Quest for Meaning course. Ms. Boo, who spent more than three years in the Annawadi slum in Mumbai, India, draws on knowledge from across the disciplines to present the lives of the powerless. Her dramatic account of 21st-century India is informed by her exploration of issues of poverty, class, globalization and environmental sustainability.
Katherine Boo has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2003, focusing on issues of poverty, opportunity, social and economic policy, and education. She has received a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing and a MacArthur “Genius” Grant.
Slam Poetry with Natasha “T” Miller
Thursday, October 24, 7:00 pm, Miller Auditorium
Natasha “T” Miller, Spoken Word Artist, Slam Poet
Natasha “T” Miller is a three-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist—once ranking as high as the third female slam poet in the world—and a member of four national slam teams. The 28-year-old native of Detroit, Mich., was named a Kresge Performing Arts Fellow by the Kresge Foundation in 2012. Two years prior, she starred in a national Sprite commercial and started her publishing company, All I Wanna Say Publishing. Since then, she has published two books, Dreams of a Beginner, an anthology of quotes, and Coming Out of Nowhere, a social networking memoir about homosexuality, religion and cyberbullying. Ms. Miller believes her purpose is to create change and peace like so many great leaders before her.
The Making of St. Petersburg
Wednesday, October 30, 4:00 pm, Lewis House
Will Michaels, Ph.D., Author and President of St. Petersburg Preservation
In his book, The Making of St. Petersburg, local historian Will Michaels chronicles St. Petersburg’s storied history through the telling of significant events, from the Spanish clash with indigenous peoples to the creation of the downtown waterfront parks and grand hotels. Dr. Michaels has served as executive director and trustee of the St. Petersburg Museum of History, vice president of the Carter G. Woodson Museum of African American History and president of St. Petersburg Preservation. He has a Doctorate in Anthropology from the University of South Florida and is a recipient of the Anthropology Department’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. A St. Petersburg resident for more than 40 years, Dr. Michaels is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel.