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.
Brazil in the World: Climate Change and Environmental Diplomacy at the International, Regional and Local Levels
Tue., February 6, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Dr. Matias Franchini, author of Brazil and Climate Change, will join the University of Brasilia’s Ana Carolina Mauad in a discussion on the advances and challenges of Brazil’s leadership role in climate change politics at the international, regional and local levels.
Angry White Men: Gender, Race and Class on the Extreme Right
Wed., February 7, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Dr. Michael Kimmel, an internationally renowned sociologist and masculinities scholar, will offer a multimedia presentation that looks inside the extreme right wing (neo-Nazis, White Nationalists) in the United States, with a glance also to Scandinavia and Germany. Based on interviews with men in these movements, Kimmel will discuss the provocative and disturbing ways they use masculinity to frame their political discontent and express their racist politics.
Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean
Thu., February 8, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Dr. Randy Browne ’06, assistant professor of history at Xavier University, used a treasure trove of preserved slave narratives to research and tell the story of a people struggling to survive in some of the harshest conditions in the history of enslavement. Browne’s scholarship in the peculiar institution illuminates forgotten stories and social relationships.
Climate Change: Are We Losing the Fossil-Free Energy Market to China?
Mon., February 12, 7:30 p.m., Galbraith Auditorium
Emissions from fossil fuel burning have raised carbon dioxide concentrations 35% higher than in the last millions of years. These emissions are warming our planet via the Greenhouse Effect and increasing weather extremes, like higher intensity hurricanes. In 1995, the U.S. had 43% of the solar manufacturing market, compared to China at 1%. Now the U.S. market share of this exponentially increasing $6 trillion market has declined to 6%, as compared to China’s 60%. China dominates wind turbines with 40% of the market share (and the U.S. at 14%). How can the U.S. regain leadership? The Citizens’ Climate Lobby is advocating a revenue-neutral carbon-fee-plus-dividend. This would expedite the development of fossil-free solar, wind and next-generation nuclear energy sources. The fee would fund a dividend returned to everyone, creating 2 million jobs.
An Evening With Dante Basco
Tue., February 13, 7 p.m., Fox Hall
Dante Basco, best known as Rufio from the film Hook and the voice of Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, has spent three decades succeeding in the American entertainment industry that is not traditionally filled with Filipino Americans. He’ll share his experiences as an actor in many culturally significant projects as well as some of his own poetry.
Mercy For Animals: Animal Rights and the Environment
Tue., February 13, 7 p.m., Galbraith Auditorium
Mikael Nielsen, a campaign manager with the nonprofit animal rights organization Mercy For Animals, will speak about the connection between what we eat and how it impacts animals and our environment.
Changing Minds: A Spotlight on Mental Health
Thu., February 15, 6 p.m., Miller Auditorium
Author, playwright and international speaker Joshua Rivedal presents a primal piece of live-storytelling that creates a powerful message: Suicide is preventable. In this event, Rivedal combines lecture, discussion and improv theatre to tackle important topics related to suicide awareness.
An Evening With Symone Sanders
Fri., February 16, 7 p.m, Fox Hall
Symone Sanders, press secretary of the U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and frequent television commentator, had a front-row seat to one of the most controversial elections in modern political history. Sanders will offer her experience on how community organizing or grassroots movements can strengthen the voice of individuals in our nation.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Eckerd College Feminists student organization, the Afro-American Society and the Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS)
Eric Avery: Art, Medicine and Human Rights
Prints From the Collection of Dr. Jane Petro ’68
Thu., January 11–Fri., February 16, Cobb Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Our junior interdisciplinary arts students showcase their works in this annual portfolio exhibition.
Dacca, Hong Kong and London; 1961-1971
Sun., January 28–Mon., March 5, Elliott Gallery (Center for Visual Arts)
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
This exhibition features works by founding visual arts faculty member Robert Hodgell. In 1961, just prior to his first year teaching at Florida Presbyterian (now Eckerd) College, Hodgell traveled to Pakistan to work on a book illustration project funded by UNESCO. Some years later, in 1968, he took his young bride Joan on a summer trip to Hong Kong. And in January 1971, Hodgell led a Winter Term study abroad trip to London. The drawings and paintings in this exhibition are based on these three journeys.
Jason Hackenwerth: Levitant
A Balloon Sculpture
Fri., February 9–Fri., March 16, Main Gallery (Center for Visual Arts)
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Made of countless pink, mocha, chocolate, red, blush and tan balloons, this work is suspended from the ceiling in the main gallery, hovering above the floor and rotating 360 degrees. An outer dome-like wall curves under to create a secondary inner chamber. Eckerd Visual Arts Instructor Jason Hackenwerth, an internationally known artist who makes extraordinary sculptures out of thousands of latex balloons, has exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; and at festivals, fairs and museums across the country and around globe.
The Other Side of Hope
Fri., February 9, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Written, produced and directed by Aki Kaurismäki (Finnish, Arabic and English with English subtitles, 100 min., 2017)
The newest film from Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, Lights in the Dusk) applies the director’s signature deadpan humor to the contemporary refugee crisis. The film follows two men, salesman-turned-restaurateur Waldemar (Sakari Kuosmanen) and Syrian refugee Khaled (Sherwan Haji), who meet while searching for new beginnings in a world made static by cultural divides. Kaurismäki won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival for this comic meditation on home.
Part of the Eckerd College International Cinema Series
J.S. Bach & Friends
Sun., February 11, 3 p.m., Wireman Chapel
College organist Thomas Hall performs music of the great Johann Sebastian Bach as well as that of his most significant colleagues and sons.
Florida Poets in Song
Sun., February 18, 3 p.m., Roberts Music Center 104
Baritone Christopher Holloway joins composer-pianist William Dawson and several Eckerd faculty and student performers in a recital of songs on texts by Florida poets. Dawson’s songs are based on poems by Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke (Eckerd professor emeritus of literature), Eckerd College President Don Eastman and the late Hannah Kahn. Eckerd Music Professor Joan Epstein’s songs are about settings from poems by Eckerd’s Literature and Creative Writing Professor Scott Ward, the late Anne-Marie de Moret and Eckerd student Sahra Carpenter ’20.
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: L’Elisir d’Amore
An Opera by Gaetano Donizetti
Sat., February 10, Noon, Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
L’Elisir d’Amore has been among the most consistently popular operatic comedies for almost two centuries. The story deftly combines comic archetypes with a degree of genuine character development rare in works of this type. Its ending is as much a foregone conclusion as it would be in a romantic comedy film today—the joy is in the journey, and Donizetti created one of his most instantly appealing scores for this ride.
Live HD St. Pete: Salomé
A Play by YAËL FARBER
Fri., February 16, 1:30 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
The story has been told before, but never like this. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on a hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world.
This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the center of a revolution. Internationally acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) draws on multiple accounts to create her urgent, hypnotic production on the stage of the National Theatre.
Live HD St. Pete: The Lady of the Camellias
Presented by the Bolshoi Ballet
Wed., February 21, 1:30 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
At a theatre performance of Manon Lescaut, the young and naive Armand is utterly captivated after meeting the ravishing and most desirable courtesan Marguerite Gautier. Their encounter gives birth to a passionate yet doomed love. The novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils, comes to life on the Bolshoi stage, with prima Svetlana Zakharova as the ailing Marguerite seeking love and redemption from her life as a courtesan. The Bolshoi brings choreographer John Neumeier’s work of rare beauty and tragic depth to new emotional heights, accompanied by Chopin’s romantic piano score.
Live HD St. Pete: La Bohème
An Opera by Giacomo Puccini
Sat., February 24, 12:30 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
This passionate, timeless and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things—a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor—that make up our everyday lives.