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 email@example.com, visit eckerd.edu/events or call 727.864.7979. To see all International Cinema Series at Eckerd College offerings, visit eckerd.edu/international-cinema.
Recreational Fisheries in Cuba: Current Status and Connections with the U.S.
Tue., April 2, 6 p.m., Galbraith Auditorium
Cuba, considered by many to be the crown jewel of the Caribbean, harbors 55 percent of the Caribbean’s endemic species and 50 percent of the region’s coastal ecosystems. Currently, 88 percent of Cuban fishery resources are thought to be in critical condition. Dr. Jorge Angulo-Valdés, visiting professor of marine science at Eckerd College, will discuss research efforts by Eckerd College, Bonefish and Tarpon Trust (BTT), and the Center for Marine Research at the University of Havana (CIM-UH) to address research, conservation, and education needs as they relate to Cuba’s coastal fisheries and its connections with the United States and Florida in particular. Sponsored by the Eckerd College Sigma Xi Chapter and Natural Sciences Collegium.
Pedagogues of Hope: Transforming Education One Student at a Time
Tue., April 2, 6:30 p.m., Fox Hall
Local educators from our community will share their experiences involving educational inequality in Pinellas County. Sponsored by the Office of Service-Learning.
Poetry as Political Act: A Conversation Between Erica Dawson and Jay Hopler
Mon., April 8, 6 p.m., Triton Room
Join award-winning poets Erica Dawson and Jay Hopler as they discuss the ways in which poetry and political activism and resistance intersect. Poets will pull from their own experiences as writers, educators and civic community members to explore the poem, by its very nature, as protest. The conversation will be interspersed with the poets sharing their own work and will be followed by a Q&A. Sponsored by the Creative Writing discipline and Eckerd Review.
Technology and Relationships: An Evening with Dr. Carol Bruess
Tue., April 9, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Carol J. Bruess, Ph.D., author of Family Communication in the Age of Digital and Social Media, is professor emerita of communication and journalism and formerly director of family studies at the University of St. Thomas, Minn. She currently serves as resident scholar in the Cassandra Voss Center for equity, identity and dialogue-across-difference at St. Norbert College, Wis. She is particularly passionate about studying and understanding how the digital age is impacting our abilities to have healthy lives, fabulous relationships and robust conversations. Join us for a talk about how we form our relationships in the era of dating apps, texting, tweeting, direct messages and snaps. Sponsored by the Communication discipline and Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society.
Understanding Enemies: An Evening with Aisha Ahmad
Thu., April 11, 7 p.m., Fox Hall
How does one bridge differences with perceived enemies to create new understanding? Drawing upon fieldwork on rebel groups in Afghanistan, Iraq, Mali and Somalia, University of Toronto–Scarborough’s Assistant Professor of Political Science Aisha Ahmad, Ph.D., shares how she created connections in dangerous situations to better understand our world today. Ahmad is the author of Jihad & Co.: Black Markets and Islamist Power. Sponsored by the International Relations and Global Affairs discipline, Middle East–North Africa Studies minor and Women’s Resource Center.
You, Food and the World
Tue., April 16, 7:15 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Join Maya Carl ’15 and Robert Lawson, holistic health coaches, to learn about your food footprint, how powerful you truly are in the world and how honoring yourself means honoring the earth. Food, medicine, entertainment, tradition and creation are the basis of many worldwide issues. Few of us realize the connection between a trip to the grocery store and our energy levels, between family dinner and climate change, between our appetizer and politics. We are directly connected to the earth, and every food choice we make affects so much more than we realize. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and the Communication discipline.
Fair Food Alliance: Increasing Awareness for Fair Treatment of Farmworkers
Thu., April 25, 7 p.m., Sheen Science Auditorium
Come learn about advocating for migrant farmworkers. Alex Schelle, an experienced member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, will speak about their effort for fair food and let you in on ways to get involved! Sponsored by the Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS).
Deke Weaver: The Unreliable Bestiary (Solo Version)
Thu., May 2, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Multimedia artist and comedian Deke Weaver performs The Unreliable Bestiary, followed by a talkback with the artist. Weaver is an associate professor of new media and theatre at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. Inspired by the literary concept of the unreliable narrator and the medieval bestiary, which gave every living thing a spiritual purpose, The Unreliable Bestiary is an ark of stories about animals, our relationships with them, and the worlds they inhabit. Weaver’s lifelong project is presenting a performance for every letter of the alphabet—each letter representing a threatened animal or habitat. This one-man presentation includes cinematic documentation and live excerpts from the performances of Monkey, Bear, Wolf, Elephant and Tiger. Sponsored by the Letters Collegium and Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, Theatre and Visual Arts disciplines.
2019 Eckerd Film and Video Festival
Fri., April 5, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
The Eckerd Film and Video Festival celebrates the best student film and video work produced this year on campus and beyond. Sponsored by the Film Studies discipline.
Wings of Desire
Fri., April 12, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Wim Wenders (German with English subtitles, 128 min., 1987)
An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal. Shown from a stunningly beautiful restored version of the classic metaphysical love story set in West Berlin, just a few years before the wall came down. Part of the International Cinema Series.
Fri., April 26, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Zhang Yimou (Chinese with English subtitles, 114 min., 2019)
In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, his commander faces great peril both within and outside the palace walls. His secret weapon is the “shadow”—a look-alike who can fool both the king and his enemies. This stunningly shot new wuxia film is the latest by Chinese master filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Hero and House of Flying Daggers). Part of the International Cinema Series.
Woman at War
Fri., May 3, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson (Icelandic with English subtitles, 101 min., 2019)
A mild-mannered middle-aged choir director declares war against the massive new power plant being built near her home that she sees as a threat to the local way of life. A quirky, clever film about an unconventional eco-warrior. Part of the International Cinema Series.
LITERARY AND VISUAL ARTS
Eckerd Review Reading & Art Party
Mon., May 6, 6 p.m., Cobb Gallery
This art party and reading, hosted by student-editors of Eckerd Review, celebrates the publication of the College’s 2019 literary journal and the writers and artists whose work appears there. Refreshments and a complimentary copy of the journal will be provided for all guests. Sponsored by the Eckerd Review, Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS) and Office of Advancement.
Eckerd Review Visual Art Exhibition
May 6–10, Cobb Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
String Music By & For Women
Wed., April 17, 7:30 p.m., Roberts Music Center 104
Eckerd’s String Orchestra, soloists and chamber groups perform works composed by or written for women, from Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite to music by Vivaldi to pieces by Amy Beach, Marion Bauer, Germaine Tailleferre and our own faculty composers. Rebecca Zapen will direct. Sponsored by the Music discipline.
Celebrating Florida in Sound
Wed., April 24, 7:30 p.m., Bininger Theater
Eckerd’s Concert Band, String Orchestra and small ensembles honor Earth Day through music inspired by Florida’s natural and human-made environments—from “Alligator Alley” to “Council Oak” to “Red Tide Rising.” Eckerd Music Professor Joan Epstein will direct. Sponsored by the Music discipline.
Spring Choir Concert: We All Have a Voice
Tue., April 30, 7:30 p.m., Wireman Chapel
The Eckerd College Concert Choir, along with a professional orchestra, presents music that demonstrates we all should be heard. Eckerd Music Instructor Brent Douglas will direct performances of a world premiere by composer Scott Joiner; text by Eckerd Associate Creative Writing Professor K.C. Wolfe; and music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Beethoven, Grieg and Rutter. Sponsored by the Music discipline.
Scenes from Metamorphoses
April 3, 4 and 5, 8 p.m.; April 6, 2 p.m., Bininger Theater
Mary Zimmerman’s award-winning play Metamorphoses brings Ovid’s classic tales to glorious life by juxtaposing ancient stories of transformation with contemporary language and imagery. Scenes of humor and heartache explore the timelessness of love, loss, healing and the inevitability of change through the myths of Midas, Alcyone and Ceyx, Erysichthon, Orpheus and Eurydice, Phaeton, Eros and Psyche, and Baucis and Philemon. Tickets will be available at the door: general public $10, Eckerd College community $5, free for Eckerd students. Sponsored by the Eckerd College Theatre.
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: Antony & Cleopatra
A Play by William Shakespeare
Fri., April 26, 2019, 12:55 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire, the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
Live HD St. Pete: Macbeth
A play by William Shakespeare
Fri., May 3, 12:55 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In Tthe ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war,. Rruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled toward the crown by forces of elemental darkness.
Live HdHD St. Pete: Dialogues des Carmélites
An Opera by Francis Poulenc
Sat., May 11, 12:00 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads an accomplished ensemble in Poulenc’s devastating modern masterpiece of faith and martyrdom. Isabel Leonard is the young Blanche de La Force, o