50th Anniversary Events

February: Spotlight on the Humanities

Opening celebration events


Celebrating the Life of the Mind and Spirit
11:00 a.m., First Presbyterian Church 701 Beach Drive NE St. Petersburg
Worship service honoring our founding as Florida Presbyterian College with sermon by Eckerd College President Donald R. Eastman III.

The idea for a Presbyterian college in Florida was originated by Hunter Blakely, a national leader in the Presbyterian Church. With founding FPC President Bill Kadel, founding Dean of Faculty Jack Bevan and a small group of other early College leaders, that idea blossomed to form the spirit of Florida Presbyterian College.Their values and approach to academics, including the innovative 4-1-4 calendar, remain a vital part of the Eckerd experience.

View coverage of the Florida Presbyterian Church service here

February 19

"Terror in the Name of God" *
7:30 p.m., Fox Hall
Jessica Stern, terrorism expert
Part of the Col. Christian L. and Edna M. March International Relations Lecture Series, "Islam and Global Politics"

February 21

50th Anniversary Opening Convocation*
7:00 p.m., McArthur Gymnasium
Keynote address by Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Laureate.

Tickets are required for this event. We're sorry, tickets are no longer available.

The Opening Convocation will mark the official start of the 50th Anniversary Year. Known worldwide as a humanitarian and human rights activist, Elie Wiesel has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Humanities at Eckerd since 1993.

February 22

Founding and Current Faculty Art Show Opening and Reception
7:00 p.m.,The Armacost Library

February 22-24

Family Weekend

February 23 - March 1

10th Annual Environmental Film Festival *
Times vary, Miller Auditorium

February 25

The Holocaust across the Disciplines: An Eckerd Faculty Roundtable
7:00 p.m., Triton Room
Five members of the Eckerd faculty (Mark Davis, Psychology; Catherine Dayton, Biology; William Felice, International Relations and Global Affairs; Davina Lopez, Religious Studies; and Scott Ward, Creative Writing) reflect on the impact of the Holocaust on their fields of study. Introduced and moderated by Jared Stark, Literature.

February 26

The 'Plum Survives its Poems': Nature in Poems by E. E. Cummings, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and Marianne Moore
4:30 p.m., FT211
Etienne Terblanche visits Eckerd College from South Africa, where he teaches and researches poetry at the North-West University in Potchefstroom. In his presentation, he will discuss the ecological or "green" consciousness of modernist American poetry through readings of major poems by E. E. Cummings, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and Marianne Moore.

February 27

"Instilling Pride—One Lap at a Time" *
7:00 p.m., Fox Hall
Jim Ellis, swim coach and subject of the movie Pride A Black History Month celebratory event

* Denotes events that are part of the Presidential Events Series (eckerd.edu/president/pes)