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.
Can Journalism Save Democracy? Citizenship in the Age of Fake News
Mon., Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Triton Room
Veteran CNN anchor and correspondent Gene Randall lends his expertise on this hotly contested topic about the media’s role in today’s politically polarized landscape. In an age of fake news, distrust in journalism and media illiteracy, what must journalists and their audiences do to build trust, effectiveness and the skills of citizenship?
Sponsored by the Office of Student Life.
Citizenship and Promoting Human Care for Nature
Thu., Oct. 11, 7 p.m., Sheen Auditorium
Dr. Deirdre Yeater, an associate professor at Sacred Heart University, has been studying dolphin ecotourism, visitor behavior at zoos/aquariums, and people’s attitudes about nature before and after participating in a swim-with-dolphins program. She will discuss conservation psychology and the implications related to citizenship, environmental activism, and the importance of attitudes, personal action and individual responsibility.
Sponsored by the Behavioral Sciences Collegium.
Plastic in the Ocean Environment
Thu., Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Sheen Auditorium
Plastic debris is found throughout the ocean. As plastic production and consumption continue to rise, we are just beginning to learn about this environmental challenge. Join us for an evening with Dr. Kara Lavender Law, professor of oceanography at the Sea Education Association (SEA) and a leading plastic-marine-debris researcher, to learn about recent discoveries, questions that remain to be answered and what we can do to reduce plastic pollution.
Sponsored by the Marine Science Club and the Single-Use Plastic Reduction Project.
The Surprising Behavior and Importance of the Horseshoe Crab, a Living Fossil
Mon., Oct. 22, 6 p.m., Sheen Auditorium
The horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus, is considered to be a living fossil because its appearance has remained unchanged for 400 million years. Countless species rely on the horseshoe crab for their survival, including humans. Since 1989, Dr. Jane Brockmann, professor emeritus of animal behavior at the University of Florida, has been studying the evolution of the mating, population, and nesting behavior of horseshoe crabs. She will provide insight into her results regarding the importance of horseshoe crabs, threats to their survival, and the value of citizen science.
Sponsored by the Marine Science discipline.
A New and Unsettling Force: The Poor People’s Campaign and the Fight to End Poverty
Tue., Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall
The Rev. Liz Theoharis, Ph.D.—co-director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, which was founded in the 1960s and was championed by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself—will speak on the long-term work of organizing a movement of the poor and dispossessed, the roles religion and a liberation theology have in advancing transformative change in this country, and the recent efforts of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
Part of the Burchenal Lecture Series of the Center for Spiritual Life.
How to Be an Antiracist
Thu., Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Fox Hall
Ibram Kendi, Ph.D., professor and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and author of the National Book Award–winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, seeks to shift the discussion from how not to be racist to how to be an antiracist through a deeply personal and empowering lecture. Kendi will share his own racist ideas and how he overcame them. He also will provide direction to people and institutions who want more than Band-Aid programs; they want actual antiracist action that builds an antiracist America.
Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty.
Hodgell Sculptures: Featuring a Recent Gift to the College
Aug. 27–Oct. 19
Nielsen Center for Visual Arts, Frances Cady Elliott Gallery
Gallery Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Hidden Treasures and Recent Acquisitions VI: Works From the Permanent Collection
Sept. 3–Nov. 28
Nielsen Center for Visual Arts, Main Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
50 Years Without King: The Exhibition
Works From the Collection and Photographs by Herb Snitzer
Oct. 1–Nov. 2
Gallery Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Laura Mora (Spanish with English subtitles, 95 minutes, 2017)
After witnessing her father’s murder and frustrated when the police fail to make progress catching the killer, aspiring photographer Paula (Natasha Jaramillo) takes matters into her own hands. What follows is no straightforward revenge story but Paula’s transformation in how she sees the world. Inspired by true events, Killing Jesus won the Roger Ebert Award in the New Directors Competition at the 2017 Chicago Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Gasparilla Film Festival. Presented in collaboration with the 2018 Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival as part of the International Cinema Series at Eckerd College.
The Wind Rises
Wed., Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Japanese with English subtitles, 126 minutes, 2013)
This animated feature tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
Sponsored by the Japan Culture Club.
Birds of Passage
Fri., Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (Spanish with English subtitles, 125 minutes, 2018)
The latest feature from the producer and director of Embrace of the Serpent—the first Colombian film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award—Birds of Passage chronicles the rise and fall of an indigenous Wayuu family in the Colombian drug trade in the 1970s. Just as Embrace of the Serpent reconfigured the colonial journey narrative, Birds of Passage employs the gangster genre to introduce audiences to a way of life violently interrupted by the modern addiction to consumption. Presented in collaboration with the 2018 Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival as part of the International Cinema Series at Eckerd College.
Performance: Music and Social Change—Rock, Pop and Jazz
Mon., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., Miller Auditorium
This concert celebrates how music has contributed to positive social change in recent history. Students and faculty from Eckerd’s new Rock Lab and Jazz Combos will present selections from jazz, rock, pop and world music genres. Each will be preceded by a talk from an Eckerd humanities faculty member about the music’s historical meaning and significance.
Sponsored by the Music discipline and the Letters Collegium.
An Evening With Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston
Wed., Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Fox Hall
Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes will come alive in riveting performances by Phyllis McEwen and Bob Devin Jones.
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: Aida
An Opera by Giuseppe Verdi
Sat., Oct. 6, 12:55 p.m.
In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Later in the season, a second star-studded cast takes over, with Sondra Radvanovsky and Dolora Zajick as the leading ladies.Tenors Aleksandrs Antonenko and Yonghoon Lee alternate as Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti and Plácido Domingo take the podium for the Met’s monumental production.
Live HD St. Pete: King Lear
A Play by William Shakespeare
Fri., Oct. 12, 12:55 p.m.
Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers—one a king, one his courtier—reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.
Live HD St. Pete: Samson et Dalila
An Opera by Camille Saint-Saëns
Sat., October 20, 12:55 p.m.
Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila stars Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the pair was last seen together by HD audiences in the acclaimed 2010 transmission of Bizet’s Carmen. Laurent Naouri co-stars as the High Priest, with Elchin Azizov as the Philistine King Abimélech and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew. Darko Tresnjak, the Tony Award–winning director of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing the first new Met production of the opera in 20 years.
Live HD St. Pete: Frankenstein
A Play by Mary Shelley
Fri., Oct. 26, 12:55 p.m.
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development, and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic tale.
Live HD St. Pete: La Fanciulla del West
An Opera by Giacomo Puccini
Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 12:55 p.m.
Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, with the heralded return of tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw she loves. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov also sings some performances. Baritone Željko Lučić is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.