Eckerd College offers myriad activities and programs as a service to the community. All events are 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.
More information: Eckerd’s Public Events Calendar
EC-SAR 28th Annual Marine Yard Sale
Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Eckerd College Waterfront
Used boats, including a large selection of power and sailboats and motors, will be sold at discounted rates, as well as all types of accessories and electronics. Other highlights include a raffle for a variety of items, and refreshments for sale. All sales are final with no previews. All proceeds support the EC-SAR program.
Oxfam America Hunger Banquet
Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Life isn’t fair – and neither is this. The Oxfam America Hunger Banquet is where your seat and your meal are determined by the luck of the draw. Just as in real life, some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty. One in 7 people goes hungry. But hunger is not about too many people and too little food. Our rich and bountiful planet produces enough food to feed everyone on earth. Hunger is about power. Its roots lie in inequalities in access to resources. The results are illiteracy, poverty, war and the inability of families to grow or buy food. Few experiences bring to life these inequalities more powerfully than an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet.
A reading by novelist Erin McGraw
Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m.
President’s Dining Room, Eckerd College.
A Reading by Ohio State University English Professor Erin McGraw, author of the novels Better Food for a Better World (2013) and The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard (2008. McGraw’s collection of short stories, Lies of the Saints, was a New York Times Notable Book for 1996.Her short work has appeared in such magazines as The Atlantic Monthly, Good Housekeeping, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, STORY, The Georgia Review, and many others. Call (727) 864-8471 for more information.
Political Pranks and Social Activism
Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m.
Over the past few decades, pranking developed into a legible style of political protest that has been popularized by new-model activists such as the Yes Men, Billionaires for Bush, and an army of other lesser-known troublemakers. University of Iowa Professor of Communication Studies Kembrew McLeod (and occasional prankster and activist himself) will give a multimedia lecture on the emergence of pranking as a form of activism. Part of the College Program Series.
Ruthie from the Real World Hawaii
Friday, March 14, 7 p.m.
After publicly battling her alcohol problems on The Real World, Ruthie has come out on top. Since the show aired, she has overcome her issues and now explains how crazy life can get when alcohol and drugs take over. In her discussion group about alcohol and substance abuse, Ruthie tackles the root cause of drinking and discusses ways to approach them. Statistics, personal stories, video clips, and discussion of consequences empower attendees to think about alternatives to drinking.
Kids and Careers
Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m.
Ever worried about how the decision to have kids – or to not have kids – will affect your career? Hear from a variety of men and women, both faculty and community members, on how they made their decision and how it has changed their career.
“Because of Science, I Have to Be an Atheist” and Other Fallacies of Our Age
Tuesday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.
Join Professor Philip Clayton, of Claremont School of Theology, in an interactive conversation on science and the spiritual journey. Author of numerous books and articles on science philosophy, and religion, Clayton seeks the intersections of ethics, faith, and the most significant issues facing our pluralistic society.
First Eckerd Humanities Symposium
Friday, April 4, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sheen Auditorium and Lobby
A showcase and celebration of new and recently published student and faculty research in the Humanities, including ongoing film and web-based Digital Humanities projects
Caliban’s Heirs: Caribbean Writers and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”
Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.
Eckerd Literature Professor Jared Stark explores how modern Caribbean writers adopt Caliban, Prospero’s slave in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” and transform him into a figure of resistance and freedom. “You taught me language, and my profit on’t is I know how to curse,” Caliban declares in Shakespeare’s play. In the voices of writers such as Aime Cesaire (Martinique), Kamau Brathwaite and George Lamming (Barbados), and Fernando Retamar (Cuba), Caliban’s curse yields new and resonant modes of poetry, drama, and thought.
Modern Day Slavery in Florida’s Fields
Wed, April 16, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Former farm workers discuss the realities farm work. This panel will focus on the harmful impacts of pesticide use on the environment and the dangerous health issues caused by pesticide exposure. Former farm workers will share compelling stories of their personal experiences, and farm worker advocates will elaborate on how pesticide exposure, immigration status, low wages, systemic injustices, and workplace conditions are affecting the men, women and children who are responsible for feeding us every day but are still the invisible ones
The impact of drugs and alcohol on health, society and culture
Tuesday, April 22, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Join Eckerd’s own staff and faculty in an open forum to discuss the impact of drugs and alcohol on your own body and society as a whole.
Coming to Terms
Friday, March 14, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
“Coming to Terms,” a film written, directed, produced, shot and edited by Jon Jost (English, 89 minutes, 2012). stars fellow independent film legend James Benning. It is a meditation on death’s impact on a fractured family which Jost says seeks to “discard conventional narrative tissue, as well as the usual cinematic language normally used, and to go as directly as possible to the core of the matter.” Jost will introduce the film and participate in a Q&A session after the screening.
April 9,10,11,12 at 8 p.m., April 13 at 2 p.m., April 16 and 17 at 8 p.m.
“The Tempest,” by William Shakespeare, directed by Cynthia Totten. Exiled magician Prospero conjures a storm that shipwrecks enemies on a remote island. Romantic lovers, mystical spirits, strange island creatures, drunken buffoons, and magical events collide in Shakespeare’s final play, a luminous comedy that explores revenge, justice and forgiveness. $10 general public; $5 Eckerd College/Community; $1 Eckerd students with ID.
Senior Theatre Company Presents: Reefer Madness!!
Thursday, May 1, 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Bininger Theatre Studio Space
Reefer Madness!!! The Play!!! is a fantastic and campy satire of old-fashioned drug propaganda.