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.
Cigar Factory Lectores and the Cultural World They Created
Thu., Nov. 8, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Dr. Sonia Labrador-Rodriguez, professor of Spanish language and literature at New College of Florida, will present a talk on the history of cigar-factory “lectores” and their cultural, intellectual and civic influence on the Cuban-American communities created by the cigar industries in Florida. This talk is in conjunction with The Cubano-American Community Project, a bilingual exhibit created by Dr. Labrador-Rodriguez and her students exploring the history and identity of Cuban-Americans in the Tampa Bay region. The exhibit will be on display in Cobb Gallery from November 5 through December 12.
Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty.
The Five Percenters: Race, Religion and American Islam
Mon., Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall
Michael Muhammed Knight, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Central Florida, will present the history of the Five Percenters, a religious group that emerged in 1960s Harlem during the schism between Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad. The community has been simultaneously credited with inspiring numerous artists of golden-age hip-hop and targeted by state prisons as an alleged “security threat group.” This lecture presents the history and teachings of the Five Percenters and examines the movement’s struggle for its incarcerated members’ freedom of conscience.
Transgender Day of Remembrance: An Evening With Dani Shay
Mon., Nov. 26, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Dani Shay is a nonbinary singer-songwriter and actor whose voice and talents have spread messages of discovery and self-love ever since Shay’s first self-produced EP in 2008. After getting a start on YouTube, America’s Got Talent and The Glee Project, Shay has since released multiple albums and is now starring in a new musical, The Civility of Albert Cashier, based on the true story of a transgender Union soldier in the Civil War. Shay will perform and discuss songs from Shay’s new album, which not only surround timely and controversial topics but aim to tell everyday human stories—from relationships and heartbreak to activism and gun violence—all from a nonbinary perspective.
Sponsored by Women’s Resource Center.
Faces of Aids
Thu., Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall
More than 1.1 million people are living 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.
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.
The Cubano-American Community Project
Posters and Historic Artifacts
Nov. 5–Dec. 12
Gallery Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Andrew Bujalski Retrospective: Funny Ha Ha
Fri., Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Andrew Bujalski (English, 89 minutes, 2002)
Touted as one of the most influential films of the ’00s, independent filmmaker Andrew Bujalski’s first feature follows recent college graduate Marnie (Kate Dollenmayer) as she drifts through her early twenties with humble goals and little direction. The one constant is her casual circulation through modest spaces and relationships. A low-budget feature shot on 16 mm film, Funny Ha Ha captures the ennui of emerging adulthood with little fanfare but a clear vein of truth. Part of the International Cinema Series at Eckerd College.
Support the Girls With Filmmaker Andrew Bujalski
Fri., Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Andrew Bujalski (English, 91 minutes, 2018)
This event will include a Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening. Bujalski’s sixth feature film follows a day in the life of Lisa (Regina Hall in a bravura performance), the manager of a Hooters-style bar and grill who runs what otherwise might seem a site of exploitation as a source of female empowerment. As the day goes south in small ways, it becomes clear that in a world where these women struggle against uniformity, their greatest support is one another.
Part of the International Cinema Series at Eckerd College.
Sorry to Bother You
Fri., Nov. 30, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Boots Riley (English, 111 minutes, 2018)
This event will include a discussion after the film. Set in a parallel version of Oakland, Calif., this surreal dark comedy follows Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), a low-level telemarketer who finds success when he discovers his “white voice” and must decide between rising up the ranks of white corporate America or remaining true to his working-class roots. A broad take on the commodification of black and working-class bodies, from wage slavery to performance art and everything in between, Boots Riley’s debut feature is a wild and incisive satire of contemporary America.
Part of the International Cinema Series at Eckerd College.
Thu., Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., Roberts Music Center 104
Under the direction of Rebecca Zapen, the Eckerd College String Orchestra performs culturally specific musical compositions.
Seasonal Words & Music: Winter Choir Concert
Wed., Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., Wireman Chapel
The Eckerd Concert Choir is joined by a professional orchestra for choral settings of holiday poetry and narration.
She Kills Monsters
A Play by Qui Nguyen
Nov. 7–9 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 2 p.m., Bininger Theater
The Eckerd College Theatre discipline presents the play She Kills Monsters, directed by Theatre Professor Gavin Hawk. This comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and ’90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.
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: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A Play by Simon Stephens
Fri., Nov. 2, 12:55 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Christopher, 15 years old, stands beside Mrs. Shears’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. It is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain—exceptional at math but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he doesn’t trust strangers. Then his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.
Live HD St. Pete: Marnie
An Opera by Nico Muhly
Sat., Nov. 10, 12:55 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Nico Muhly’s Marnie, based on Winston Graham’s novel, which in turn inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s suspenseful thriller, has its U.S. premiere at the Met this season. Isabel Leonard stars in the title role opposite Christopher Maltman as her blackmailing husband, Mark Rutland. Marnie is a co-commission and co-production with English National Opera, where the production premiered in 2017.
Live HD St. Pete: La Sylphide
A Ballet Performed by the Bolshoi Ballet
Fri., Nov. 30, 12:55 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
On his wedding day, the young Scotsman James is awakened with a kiss from an ethereal winged creature, a sylph. Entranced by her beauty, James risks everything to pursue an unattainable love. La Sylphide is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets.