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.
Shark-Tagging Safety: Protecting Yourself and the Shark
Sat., September 7, 9:30 a.m., Galbraith Auditorium
Have you ever tagged a shark or wondered how it works? This seminar will provide you with all the information you need to safely catch, handle, tag and release sharks. Topics covered will include: appropriate fishing equipment, local shark-fishing regulations, safe handling techniques, proper tag placement and much more!
Sponsored by the EC Shark Conservation Center.
Other Minds: An Evening with Peter Godfrey-Smith
Mon., September 9, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall
Peter Godfrey-Smith, author of Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness and professor in the School of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney, is an Australian philosopher of science specializing in the philosophy of mind and its relationship with the philosophy of biology. He also is an experienced diver. His 2016 bestseller, Other Minds, compares the consciousness in cephalopods, especially the octopus and cuttlefish, with that in mammals and birds. Complex active bodies that perhaps require a measure of intelligence have evolved three times—in arthropods, cephalopods and vertebrates. Godfrey-Smith’s talk will reflect on the nature of cephalopod intelligence in particular, as it is constrained by these creatures’ short lifespan and embodied, in large part, in their partially autonomous arms, which contain more nerve cells than their brains. Sponsored by the Class of 1968 Distinguished Visiting Scholar Endowment in partnership with the Foundations Collegium.
Fri., September 6, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Alan Elliott and Sydney Pollack (USA, English, 89 minutes, 2018)
The first film in our International Cinema Series is Amazing Grace, a live-concert film of Aretha Franklin performing with Rev. James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir in 1972. Delayed by technical issues and lawsuits, the film stands as a powerful testimonial to the genius of one of the 20th century’s premier recording artists. It won the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary.
Part of the International Cinema Series at Eckerd College.
Cléo from 5 to 7
Fri., September 13, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Agnès Varda (France, French with English subtitles, 90 minutes, 1962)
Noted for its handling of cinematic time, its engagement with feminism and existentialism, and its nuanced exploration of female subjectivity, Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7 has been celebrated as a masterpiece of postwar French cinema. It competed for the 1962 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Part I of our Agnès Varda Retrospective in the International Cinema Series at Eckerd College.
One Sings, the Other Doesn’t
Fri., September 20, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Agnès Varda (France, French with English subtitles, 120 minutes, 1977)
A feminist musical that plays with genre conventions, One Sings, the Other Doesn’t is an intimate portrait of female friendship that is both personal and political. It won the Golden Charybdis at the 1977 Taormina International Film Festival in Sicily.
Part II of our Agnès Varda Retrospective in the International Cinema Series at Eckerd College.
World Premiere—Denying Gravity: Older Adults Thriving in Place
Wed., September 25, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Local playwright Linda Goldman founded the Seniors Actors Guild and Education Services (SAGES), a theater company by and for older adults, and set out to produce a work addressing one of the major public health crises facing our aging population. Thirty million older adults in the United States fall every year, one every second of every day. Seven million are injured—29,000 die each year. Falls disrupt the lives of entire families, herald the end of independence, and cause pain and misery. Most falls are preventable. Education is the key. SAGES mounted a production of the original play Denying Gravity and then documented its genesis to create a talking point for families and communities about the dangers of a fall. After the documentary premieres at Eckerd College, there will be a panel discussion with Goldman and experts.
Sponsored by the Human Development discipline.
Fri., September 27, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Agnès Varda (France, French with English subtitles, 106 minutes, 1985)
The disfigured body of a woman is found, and the events leading to her death are explored in a mysterious manner that blurs the lines between fiction and documentary. Vagabond won the Golden Lion at the 1985 Venice Film Festival.
Part III of our Agnès Varda Retrospective in the International Cinema Series at Eckerd College.
Live in HD at Eckerd College
Get your tickets at eckerd.edu/olli/performance—$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).
National Theatre Live: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
A Play by William Shakespeare
Fri., September 20, 12:55 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.