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.
More information: Eckerd’s Public Events Calendar
Enrique’s Journey: An Evening with Sonia Nazario and Lourdes Flores
Thursday, September 11, 7:30 pm
Eckerd College Fox Hall
Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author
Lourdes Flores, Enrique’s mother
Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey, speaks at Eckerd College in Fox Hall on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. She will appear with Lourdes Flores, the mother of Enrique. Nazario’s book tells the true story of a Honduran boy who embarks on a quest to find his mother, Lourdes Flores, who left him 11 years earlier to find work in the U.S. This powerful tale echoes with the immediacy of the ongoing refugee crisis along the U.S./Mexico border involving tens of thousands of Central American children who are escaping drug-fueled violence at home.
Based on the Los Angeles Times series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, the George Polk Award for International Reporting and the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, Enrique’s Journey puts a human face on the debate about immigration in the United States. The book won the 2011 Williams College Book Award Program and has been translated into eight languages.
Nazario, who retraced Enrique’s perilous path atop trains bound for the U.S., has become an outspoken advocate for these refugee children, testifying before Congress and quoted widely, from the New York Times to CNN to the Daily Show. She will be joined in this special event by Enrique’s mother, Lourdes Flores.
Something Worse Than This: Odysseus and the Long Journey Home
Tuesday, September 23
7:30 pm, Eckerd College Fox Hall
Lecture by Heather Vincent
Eckerd College Associate Professor of Classics
Free. Open to the public.
From the whirlpool of Charybdis to the man-eating Cyclops, Odysseus survives a journey fraught with monstrous and indescribable perils. It is an apt metaphor to understand the soldier’s journey home from the horrors of war, the psychological traumas that blur the lines between reality and fiction and the communicative gap between those who have been there and those who have not. What are the implications of Homer’s ancient epics for our modern world?
Migration and Multicultural identities
Wednesday, Sept. 24
7:00 pm, Miller Auditorium
Lecture by Efrén Nicolás Leyva Acevedo, Consul to Mexico in Orlando
A look at migration from the Mexican perspective and the challenges and responsibilities of a multicultural identity. Efrén Nicolás Leyva Acevedo was born in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico and earned a law degree at the Universidad Autonoma in Guerrero. He has post graduate studies in Notary Law and Marketing at George Washington University. He was mayor of of his hometown, State Secretary of Guerrero and Congressman of that State.
Response of Manatees to Boat Traffic: Behavior and the Acoustic Environment
Thursday, September 25, 7pm – 8pm
Lecture by Athena Rycyk, Ph.D.
Where: Eckerd College Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory
The Florida manatee’s long-term survival is threatened partly by mortality from boat collisions. Marine researcher Athena Rycyk, Ph.D., and her crew mapped the boat traffic around 18 Florida manatees in southwest Florida to investigate manatee behavior during boat approaches and to better understand the factors that lead to boat-manatee collisions. Dr. Rycyk will discuss factors predicting the occurrence, magnitude, and timing of manatee changes in behavior during boat passes. Questions will be entertained.
Dr. Rycyk will present the details of her research which included the use of digital acoustic recording and GPS tags to track her subjects. She will explain the factors that lead to boat-manatee collisions and explain the factors that were found to predict the occurrence, magnitude and timing of manatee changes in behavior during boat passes.
Location: Galbraith Marine Science Auditorium
The World the Slave Drivers Made: Slavery and Survival in the British Caribbean
Tuesday, September 30
7 pm, Eckerd College Miller Auditorium
Professor Randy M. Browne
Assistant Professor of History, Xavier University
What was life like for enslaved Africans on Caribbean plantations? How did enslaved people struggle to survive against all odds? This lecture explores a topic that most historians of slavery have overlooked: how slave drivers shaped the daily lives of enslaved people. Professor Randy M. Browne, an Eckerd College graduate, will speak about slavery and survival in the British Caribbean. He received his Ph.D. in Global History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Browne brings an interdisciplinary approach to the subject of North Atlantic slavery and has lectured extensively in the United States, England and Barbados.
Reading Genesis, Reading Culture: Then and Now
Tuesday, Sept. 30
7:30 pm, Eckerd College Fox Hall
Davina C. Lopez, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Eckerd College
Milton Moreland, Interim Dean of Faculty, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Religious Studies, Rhodes College
Todd Penner, Gould H. and Marie Cloud Professor of Religious Studies, Austin College
Suzanne Watts Henderson, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Queens University of Charlotte
From creation to critical thinking, from the flood to feminism, and from genealogies to genocide, the book of Genesis is one of the most enduring and influential stories in human experience. Genesis not only describes human journeys, but also has had a long journey of its own, as its afterlives throughout history have been as influential as the text itself. This expert panel of biblical scholars will address an issue related to studying Genesis in the liberal arts tradition and then take questions.
A Clockwork Orange and Shadow Philosophy
Friday., Sept. 5, 7 pm, Eckerd College Miller Auditorium
Screening of Film by Stanley Kubrick and
Discussion of Book by Nathan Andersen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Eckerd College
An Evening of Short Films
Friday., Sept. 12, 8 pm, Eckerd College Miller Auditorium
Screening of Short Films Produced by Members of the Eckerd College and Tampa Bay Communities
Followed by Q&A with the Filmmakers
International Cinema Series
Sept. 19–Nov. 21
Fridays (except Oct. 24), 7 pm, Miller Auditorium
The International Cinema Series presents critically acclaimed and important films
from around the world, including independent and artistic American films. Please visit
eckerd.edu/internationalcinema for the complete list of films.
Sept. 19: Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikoski (Polish, with English subtitles, 82m, 2013)
A captivating and critically acclaimed film is about a beautiful young Polish orphan who is forced to confront her past before she takes her vows and becomes a nun.
Sept 26: 7 pm, Siddharth, directed by Richie Mehta (Hindi, with English subtitles, 96m, 2013, digital screening)
A powerful film about an impoverished Indian father, who journeys across India in search
of his 12-year-old son, who had left home for work and never came home during vacations. It won Best Film and Best Director at the South Asian International Film Festival, and is an Official Selection of Human Rights Watch.
Cultural Revolutions in China: A Review of Chinese Contemporary Art Since the Revolution
Eckerd College Visual Arts Professor Kirk Ke Wang
Tuesday , September 9,7:30 pm
Eckerd College Miller Auditorium
This presentation features the work of contemporary artists in China and serves as an introduction to the exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg as well as the Tampa Museum of Art running through Sept. 28, “My Generation: Young Chinese Artists.”
Books of Common Prayer
Sept. 29 – Nov. 15, Elliott Gallery
Sept. 29, 7:30 pm, Miller Auditorium
Oct. 1, 3:15 pm, Elliott Gallery
Margaret Brommelsiek, Ph.D., discusses the development of her work in collage and artist books, images of which are representative of five faith traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Eastern Orthodox Christianity), and which were also inspired by literary works by authors who have wrestled with existential questions and the role of faith in shaping who we ultimately become.