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.
Psychedelics: Out of the Ancient and Into 2020
Mon., March 2, 7 p.m., Sheen Auditorium
David Nichols, Ph.D., professor emeritus and former Robert C. and Charlotte P. Anderson Distinguished Chair in Pharmacology at Purdue University, is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the science of psychedelic drugs. He will talk about his research at the Heffter Research Institute and will explore these mind-altering substances from historical, cultural, scientific and medical perspectives—including discussions about their sources in nature as well as their uses in ancient times. Nichols will address the current scientific understanding of how these drugs act in the brain, the ways in which they are tested in nonhuman species, and recent successful clinical studies of psilocybin (from magic mushrooms), which has been used in combination with psychotherapy to treat anxiety, depression and certain addictions. Sponsored by the Student Affiliates Chapter of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi.
Elie Wiesel and the Future of Hope with Ariel Burger
Tue., March 3, 7 p.m., Triton Room
A life long student of Holocaust survivor, writer and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, Ariel Burger is an author, artist and teacher whose work integrates education, spirituality, the arts and strategies for social change. His 2018 book, Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom, was awarded the National Jewish Book Award in the category of biography. In this talk, he will share lessons on witnessing and hope gleaned from his intimate conversations with his mentor Wiesel over decades. Sponsored through the Mark Tluszcz ’89 History Program Enhancement fund in honor of Elie Wiesel for the study of history. Co-sponsored by the Burchenal Lecture Series with additional support from the College Program Series and the Eckerd College General Education program.
An Evening with Coral Experts
Mon., March 9, 7 p.m., President’s Dining Room
As part of Care for Coral Week, hear from Zack Rago, whose work was featured in the Netflix documentary Chasing Coral; Mexican coral restoration non profit Coralisma’s Isa Rios and Marina Garmendia; youth activist Charley Peebler; and Eckerd College Assistant Professor of Marine Science and Biology Cory Krediet about the problems our coral reefs are facing on a global level and efforts to combat their decline. Sponsored by the Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS) Environmental Responsibility Committee.
Conscious Community Creation
Tue., March 10, 7:30 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Despite the ubiquity of social media connecting people to the world, many feel isolated and alone because people are relying on technology for the intimacy that a person can receive only through direct human and earth connection. Join Maya Carl ’15, holistic health coach, to discuss the undeniable interconnection among humans in community and the Earth—and learn how we can reevaluate our relationship with technology and create healthy, sustainable communities beyond our digital devices. Sponsored by the Offices of Sustainability, Service-Learning and Student Affairs along with the Communications discipline.
The Water Will Come: Building Campus Resilience to Sea Level Rise
Mon., March 23, 7 p.m., Fox Hall
Jeff Goodell is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World (Little, Brown and Company, 2017). He has established himself as a leading voice on climate change, rising oceans and humanity’s fraught relationship with our rapidly changing planet. As energy independence and global warming become increasingly urgent priorities, Goodell offers vital perspective on how to stem the tide of environmental disaster and what’s at stake if we fail to act. Steeped in scientific research and on-the-ground reporting, The Water Will Come is written in the tradition of environmental classics like Silent Spring and The World Without Us. Part of the Presidential Events Series. Sponsored by the President’s Office.
Made at Eckerd
Monoprints by Visiting Artist Suzanne Benton
January 12–March 6
Gallery Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Susan Sanders ’69
A Memorial / The Retrospective
January 25–March 6
Elliott Gallery, Nielsen Center for Visual Arts
Gallery Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Alumni Invitational Exhibition
January 25–March 13
Main Gallery, Nielsen Center for Visual Arts
Gallery Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thu., March 12, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall
Eckerd’s top student performers are featured in this program of concerto movements, solo pieces and chamber works. The string and wind ensemble will provide accompaniment alongside faculty performers. Sponsored by the Music discipline.
Fri., March 6, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Sam Taylor and Fred Newmeyer (silent with intertitles, 76 min., 1925)
In one of the most popular slapstick comedies of the silent era, naive Harold Lamb (comedian Harold Lloyd) goes to college, where he learns that to stand out, he must first fit in. A precursor to later youth films such as Rebel Without a Cause, Animal House and The Breakfast Club, The Freshman almost disappeared forever when a federal court ruling ordered that all copies be destroyed. This film will be presented in a restored version with live accompaniment and a discussion afterward with Christian Nielsen Associate Professor of Film Studies Christina Petersen, Ph.D., author of The Freshman: Comedy and Masculinity in 1920s Film and Youth Culture. Part of the International Cinema Series.
The Peanut Butter Falcon
Wed., March 11, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
The Peanut Butter Falcon follows the adventures of a man with Down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) who runs away from a residential nursing home to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Along the way, he meets an outlaw (Shia LaBeouf), also on the run, who becomes his biggest ally and adventure companion. Marra Piazza Brass, director of accessibility education services, will guide a post-screening discussion of media representation and inclusion/exclusion of people with disabilities. Sponsored by the John M. Bevan Center for Academic Excellence.
Pain and Glory
Fri., March 27, 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Spanish with English subtitles, 113 min., 2019)
Acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s 21st feature follows a familiar figure, a celebrated filmmaker (Antonio Banderas) on the backend of his career, through a series of reunions—some physical, some emotional—that reflect on the intertwined nature of life and art. Time magazine called this movie the best film of 2019. Sponsored by the International Cinema Series.
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).
Met Opera Live: Der Fliegende Holländer
An Opera by Richard Wagner
Sat., March 14, 12:55 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Sir Bryn Terfel returns to the Met, for the first time since 2012, as the mysterious seafarer searching for salvation. Director François Girard, whose mesmerizing production of Parsifal recently wowed Met audiences, returns to stage Wagner’s eerie early masterwork.
Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema: Swan Lake
A ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Fri., March 20, 12:55 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns for a live broadcast of the most-beloved ballet in the classical canon. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile, born at the Bolshoi Theatre, is a must-see.
National Theatre Live: One Man, Two Guvnors
A play by Richard Bean
Fri., March 27, 12:55 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend, Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance at an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.