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. To see all International Cinema Series at Eckerd College offerings, visit eckerd.edu/international-cinema.
Daughters of the Corn Nicaraguan Dancers
Thurs., November 2, 7 p.m., Fox Hall
Nicaraguan dancers present traditional dances as part of a cultural exchange program in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Sponsored by Eckerd’s Multicultural Affairs and Latinos Unidos as part of the Presidential Events Series at Eckerd College
The Sexual Politics of Meat
Sun., November 5, 6 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Carol Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat, brings her dynamic slideshow presentation that draws upon images of women and animals in popular culture to spur a discussion about oppressive attitudes. Using an ecofeminist analysis of interconnected oppressions of sexism, racism and speciesism, Adams shows viewers that the plight of animal rights is a human rights issue and introduces the concept of the absent referent through the analysis of the animalizing of women and the sexualizing of animals used for food in modern media images.
Sponsored by the Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS) as part of the College Program Series at Eckerd College
The Wonder Paradox: Doubting Religion, Believing in Ritual and Poetry
Mon., November 6, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall
Dr. Jennifer Michael Hecht—poet, historian, commentator and author of the bestseller Doubt: A History—thinks the world can keep familiar religious traditions we like while adding some poetry that doesn’t clash with our beliefs to help humanity continue to cope and thrive. There has been religious doubt for millennia, and now a recent Pew study shows that a full third of U.S. adults under 30 identify as having no religion. Today we associate atheism with science, but there is a robust history of nonreligious people living poetic lives. This talk is on that history and its future. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on,” sometimes, and we need to make a place in our lives for the unspeakably beautiful, the unbearable and the absurd—for wonder, and for the sublime paradox that we material beings are the source of all that wonder.” Part of the Center for Spiritual Life Burchenal Lecture Series and the Presidential Events Series at Eckerd College
The 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution
Tues., November 7, 6 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
William H. Parsons, Eckerd College professor emeritus of history and Russian studies, and a forum of scholars discuss the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on Russia and the world, and thoughts about the future.
Sponsored by the Eckerd College Letters Collegium and History discipline as part of the College Program Series
U.S. House Representative Charlie Crist
Fri., November 10, 9:45 a.m., Lewis House
Elected in 2016, Charlie Crist serves Pinellas County in the U.S. House of Representatives. He previously served as Governor of the state of Florida and will share insights on the upcoming challenges facing the region.
Hosted by ASPEC, the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College
A Former Skinhead Speaks Out Against Hatred
Thurs., Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Fox Hall
Author Frank Meeink’s violent childhood in South Philadelphia primed him to hate. He was recruited to be a skinhead at 13. By 18, he was roaming the country as a skinhead leader and neo-Nazi recruiter. He had his own cable-access TV show, The Reich. While serving time for a violent crime, he began to question his hatred, thanks in large part to his African-American teammates in a prison football league. Shortly after being paroled, Frank defected from the white supremacy movement. He will share his journey from being a violent white-power skinhead to speaking out for tolerance, diversity and mutual understanding in all aspects of society.
Sponsored by the Florida Holocaust Museum and Eckerd’s Multicultural Affairs Office, Afro-American Society, Center for Spiritual Life, Campus Activities and Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS) as part of the College Program Series
Faces of AIDS
Wed., November 29, 7:30 p.m., Wireman Chapel
Over 1.2 million people have been infected with HIV in the United States, and of all 50 states, Florida has one of the highest rates of infection. Why have we not heard about this growing epidemic? Since the beginning, HIV/AIDS has been a disease stigmatized due to gender, race, class and sexuality taboos. To commemorate World AIDS Day, come think through the growing epidemic of HIV/AIDS and how we can heal ourselves and our communities. We also will host a panel of individuals who have been impacted by the epidemic, display squares from the AIDS Quilt and hold a candlelight vigil for those we know who have been lost to HIV/AIDS. Sponsored by the Office of Service-Learning and the Center for Spiritual Life as part of the College Program Series
Kristen A. Shepherd, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
Thurs., November 30, 4 p.m., Lewis House
Kristen A. Shepherd took the helm of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete, in February and believes the facility can be greater. Hear her plans for contributing to the city’s bustling arts culture.
Hosted by ASPEC, the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College
Kai: Following the Cycle of Life
Thurs., November 30, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Osamu James Nakagawa, an award-winning photographer and the Ruth N. Halls distinguished professor of photography at Indiana University, will share a personal photographic series documenting the period when his father was dying of cancer and his daughter was being born. He also will reflect on his perception that time is circular, where the beginning and end can occur simultaneously.
Sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society as part of the College Program Series and the Presidential Events Series at Eckerd College
Thursday Night Live: Figure Drawings by Eckerd’s Thursday Night Model Artists
Sun., November 5–Tues., November 21, and Mon., November 27–Fri., December 8,
Eckerd’s Thursday Night Model Artists exhibit a year’s worth of figure drawings for the public.
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Survival in Shanghai Followed by Q&A With Holocaust Survivor Betty Grebenschikoff
Thurs., November 2, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Produced by Shanghai Media Group (Chinese, German and English with English subtitles, 90 min., 2015)
A screening of the documentary film Survival in Shanghai, which tells the story of more than 25,000 Jewish refugees in Shanghai, China, during World War II. Following the screening, stay for a question-and-answer session with Holocaust survivor Betty Grebenschikoff, one of the five survivors featured in the film. Part of the College Program Series.
My Journey Through French Cinema
Fri., November 3, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier (French with English subtitles, 201 min, 2016)
French filmmaking great Bertrand Tavernier has an almost inexhaustible knowledge of, and love for, the cinema. This epic documentary, a lifetime in the making, examines and reminisces about the greatest of the French filmmakers.
Fri., November 10, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville (French with English subtitles, 107 min., 1967)
After watching Bertrand Tavernier’s My Journey Through French Cinema, we’ll see one of his favorite films by one of his favorite directors. Tavernier worked as Melville’s assistant before setting off to make his own films. In Le Samouraï, a contract killer carries out a nearly flawless hit but finds himself caught between a persistent detective and a ruthless employer. This elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool combines 1940s American gangster cinema with 1960s French pop culture. Part of the College Program Series and the Eckerd College International Cinema Series.
Fri., November 17, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by John Trengove (Xhosa, Afrikaans and English with English subtitles, 88 min., 2017)
Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.
The Invisible War: Sexual Assault in the Military
Mon., November 27, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Kirby Dick (English, 99 min., 2012)
The film examines the occurrence of sexual assault in the U.S. military, a topic often surrounded by secrecy and silence. A discussion will follow the film showing.
Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center as part of the College Program Series at Eckerd College.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Tues., November 28, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Yves Simoneau (English, 131 min., 2007)
Beginning with the Sioux victory over General Custer at Little Bighorn, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee intertwines the unique perspectives of three characters: Charles Eastman (Adam Beach), né Ohiyesa, a young Dartmouth-educated Sioux doctor held up as living proof of the alleged success of assimilation; Sitting Bull (August Schellenberg), the proud Lakota chief who refuses to submit to U.S. government policies designed to strip his people of their identity, dignity and sacred land—the gold-laden Black Hills of the Dakotas; and Senator Henry Dawes (Aidan Quinn), one of the architects of the government policy on Indian affairs.
Sponsored by the Indigenous Peoples Alliance as part of the College Program Series at Eckerd College
Live HD St. Pete Events
Get your tickets at livehdstpete.com—$25 for the general public and $22 for members of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).
Live HD St. Pete: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
A Play by Tom Stoppard
Fri., November 3, 1:30 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the
Live HD St. Pete: The Exterminating Angel
An Opera by Thomas Adès
Sat., November 18, 12:55 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Following the rapturous response to his last opera, The Tempest, the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by The New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.
Eckerd College Theatre productions feature students and faculty and are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at the door: $10 general public, $5 Eckerd College community, $1 Eckerd College students.
A Play by David Lindsay-Abaire
Wed., Nov. 8–Fri., Nov. 10, 8 p.m., and Sat., Nov. 11, 2 p.m., Bininger Theater
Directed by Eckerd Professor Gavin Hawk, Kimberly Akimbo is set in the wilds of suburban New Jersey and is a hilarious and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, her own mortality and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.
Reflections Chamber Orchestra
Mon., October 30, 7:30 p.m., Roberts Music Center 104
This regional faculty consortium led by Stacey McColley will perform works by Nino Rota, Paquito d’Rivera and others, including a new composition by Vincent Euliano written for this concert. Performers are Eckerd College instructors Brent Douglas (pianist), Fred Gratta (cellist), Dawne Eubanks (soprano) and Stacey McColley (clarinetist). The concert is free and open to the public.
Mon., November 20, 7:30 p.m., Roberts Music Center 104
A varied program of music from Eckerd College’s band, orchestra, chamber ensembles and jazz combo celebrating Thanksgiving and ideas of home and homecoming.