Eckerd College offers myriad activities and programs as a service to the community. All events are held on the Eckerd College campus and 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, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit eckerd.edu/events or call (727) 864-7979.
Rising Seas and Solutions
Paul Carr, Ph.D., Emeritus Air Force Research Laboratory
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m.
Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory
Sea levels are rising four times faster than in 1900, with rises of 2 to 6 feet predicted by the end of the century. Carr will describe how increasing greenhouse gases trap the radiation that is warming our planet but advances in non-carbon emitting energy sources can help.
The State of Eckerd College
President Donald Eastman, Ph.D.
Thursday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m., Lewis House
The president of Florida’s only national liberal arts college discusses the current state of affairs at Eckerd and what the future holds. Presented by the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College.
Black Lives Matter: An Evening with Opal Tometi
Monday, Feb. 7 p.m., Fox Hall
Opal Tometi, Executive Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Opal Tometi is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, a loosely organized group that turned a protest rallying cry into a potent political movement and a runner-up for Time’s 2015 Person of the Year. Tometi will discuss its origins and the effect of mass incarceration on the lives of black people. A Q&A session will follow.
A Tribute to Jim Crane
Jan. 24-March 6
10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
A dual exhibition in honor of Jim Crane, one of the founding faculty of the Eckerd College Visual Arts Department who served as its chair for 30 years. The exhibition will be in two parts: a mini retrospective of Crane’s work in painting,drawing and cartooning; and “The Art Department: A Timeline History,” an expanded version of the exhibit that was in Elliott Gallery last winter.
Music for the Month of Love
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Roberts 104
Lively, heart-warming performances of love music in every genre offered by faculty and student musicians. Music Professor Joan Epstein will weave a narrative through the program highlighting pertinent aesthetic elements in the various pieces on the program.
The Clean Bin Project
Directed by Grant Baldwin (English, 77m, 2010)
Thursday, Feb, 11, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium
In this multi-award winning film, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least amount of garbage. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem of waste. Even as Grant and Jen start to garner interest in their project, they struggle to find meaning in their minuscule influence on the large-scale environmental impacts.
Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Turkish, 97m 2015)
Friday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium
Ergüven’s debut feature is set in a remote Turkish village where an initial act of childish play becomes the catalyst for the subsequent marriage of each of five teenage sisters. A clear-eyed portrait of women’s role in deciding their own destiny in a patriarchy that aims to protect as well as limit them, Mustang is nominated for the 2016 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.
Part of the Eckerd College International Cinema Series.
The Plight of Refugees: Film Series and Discussion
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium,
The first of a three-part series on one of the most pressing issues of our time. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea presents the human faces of the unfolding refugee crisis. Jessie Taylor and Ali Reza Sadiqi travelled across Indonesia and met with 250 asylum seekers in jails, detention centers and hostels. Through candid interviews, hidden camera footage and in the words of asylum seekers themselves, the story of the refugee is told.
Join film scholars and filmmakers from around the world to discuss “Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature” — environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films.
Friday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.
Explorations in the Amazon: Embrace of the Serpent
Director Ciro Guerra (Spanish, 125m., 2015)
Introduced by Elizabeth Weatherford, Founding Director of the Film and Video
Center of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
The Amazonian shaman Karamakate guides two white explorers through the jungle in search of the yakruna, a sacred plant—once as a young man and once when he is much older and has forgotten many of his traditional ways. This international co-production was inspired by the travel diaries of the German explorer Theodor Koch Grunberg (1872–1924) and the American explorer Richard Evans Schultes (1915–2001), which offer the only known accounts of some Amazonian peoples who no longer exist. The film won the Art Cinema Award at the Cannes Film Festival, is an official selection at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was selected as the Colombian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.
Saturday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.
Nature’s Song: The Messenger
Director Su Rynard (English, 84m., 2015)
Introduced by Su Rynard
This wide-ranging and contemplative documentary explores our deep connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York City, the film brings us face to face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks and many other airborne music makers. It is an engaging, visually stunning, emotional journey.
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m.
Urban Gardening: Can You Dig This?
Director Delila Vallot (English, 80m, 2015)
Introduced by Kent Curtis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, The Ohio State University
An upbeat documentary examining the urban gardening revolution in South Central Los Angeles, one of the largest food deserts in the country, this film follows the inspirational personal journeys of five “gangster gardeners,” all planting seeds for a better life.
Monday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.
Florida Wild: The Forgotten Coast
Director Eric Bendick (English, 55m, 2015)
Introduced by Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, Executive Director, The Florida Wildlife Corridor
A follow-up to the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, The Forgotten Coast follows conservationist and expedition leader Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, black bear biologist Joe Guthrie and celebrated nature photographer Carlton Ward Jr. as they leave civilization behind and become immersed in a vast and unexplored wildlife corridor stretching from the Everglades to the Florida-Alabama border.
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
Climate Courage: This Changes Everything
Director Avi Lewis (English, 89m, 2015)
Introduced by Darden Rice ’00, Vice Chair, St. Petersburg City Council
Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Filmed over 211 days in nine countries and five continents over four years, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands and beyond. Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
Saving Species: Racing Extinction
Director Louie Psihoyos (English, 90m., 2015)
Introduced by Gina Papabeis, Co-Producer, Racing Extinction
The Academy Award–winning team behind The Cove is back, with a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose the culprits responsible for endangering species throughout the world, leading to an unprecedented mass extinction. This could be the biggest story in the world, and we are collectively doing very little about it.
Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.
Down Under: Charlie’s Country
Director Rolf de Heer (English, 108m., 2013)
Introduced by Nathan Andersen, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and Film Studies, Eckerd College
Charlie, a once-proud aboriginal warrior who had long ago danced before the queen of England, now lives in squalor in an Australian reservation where he sees his people being treated like children by the white authorities. One day, fed up with it all, he leaves that life behind and heads into the woods, living the old way. Director Heer’s film Twelve Canoes played at the 2010 Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival.
Friday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.
Cosmic Waters: The Pearl Button
Director Patricio Guzmán (Spanish and English, 82m., 2015)
Introduced by James Deutsch, Ph.D., Program Curator, Smithsonian Institution; Adjunct Professor of American Studies, George Washington University
A gorgeously filmed meditation on the importance of water by the acclaimed Chilean documentary filmmaker who created Nostalgia for the Light. The film alternates between the cosmic and the local, between the past and the present, between the timely and the timeless, between the environmental and the political.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
Environmental Hopes: How to Let Go of the World (and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change)
Director Josh Fox (English, 125m, 2016)
Introduced by Members of the Film’s Production Team
After a local victory in which community activists were able to prohibit fracking in the Delaware River Basin where he grew up, filmmaker Josh Fox (Gasland and Gasland II) wants to just celebrate and enjoy nature for a while. Then Hurricane Sandy hits New York City and he realizes the struggle isn’t over. He decides to focus on people around the world who are working for environmental change through civil disobedience, art, alternative energy and democracy, concluding that the collective drive to make a difference is the one thing climate can’t change. The film will premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.