50th Anniversary Celebratory Events

November 12-16, 2008

In an effort to invite further participation by the Tampa Bay community, Eckerd has planned a five-day celebration (Nov. 12 to 16) of public events in conjunction with its 50th Anniversary, Alumni Weekend and the launch of the public phase of the College's science-anchored capital campaign. The strength of Eckerd's Creative Writing program will be reinforced on Nov. 12 with a reading by one of the most accessible poets of our time, U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. A day later on Nov. 13, the capital campaign will get a kick start with a lecture delivered by prominent biologist Edward O. Wilson.

A focus on the visual and performing arts will showcase the talents of the College's alumni and current students. Professor of Visual Arts Arthur Skinner has coordinated the 50th Anniversary Visual Arts Alumni Exhibition, an invitational exhibit of recent works by more than 100 Florida Presbyterian College / Eckerd College Visual Arts alumni. The exhibit will grace three venues campus wide from Nov. 3 to Dec. 12 with a gallery talk and reception on Nov. 14. Assistant Professor of Theatre Gavin Hawk will direct current students in Reckless, a Craig Lucas play, from Nov. 6 to 16 with a special 50th performance set for Nov. 14. In a capstone afternoon on Nov. 16, Professor of Music Marion Smith will lead the Eckerd College Concert Choir and the musical talents of three alumni, all of whom are professional opera singers, in two back-to-back all-Mozart concerts featuring the Requiem in D minor.

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise stated (with the exception of Alumni Weekend 2008 which invites registration by Florida Presbyterian College / Eckerd College alumni).

An Evening with Poet Laureate Billy Collins

An Evening with Poet Laureate Billy Collins
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall
Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate
Free. No tickets or reservations required.

A distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, Billy Collins was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004 to 2006. The work of this Guggenheim fellow and New York Public Library "Literary Lion" has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review and The American Scholar. His most recent poetry collection, Ballistics, was published in Sept 2008. Sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times Fund, Inc.

Edward O. Wilson - The Future of Life

Edward O. Wilson - "The Future of Life"
Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall
Dr. Edward O. Wilson, biologist

Free. No tickets or reservations required.
Dr. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, was named one of America's 25 Most Influential People by TIME magazine. He is a 2007 TED Prize Winner and two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. His newest book, "Superorganism," will publish on Nov. 10, 2008. Dr. Wilson is the recipient of the U.S. National Medal of Science, the Crafoord Prize (a sister to the Nobel), and the Audubon Medal. His current website project, The Encyclopedia of Life, was launched with money from his 2007 TED Prize. This site catalogs all key information about life of Earth, including data about every living species, and makes it accessible to everyone.

50th Anniversary Visual Arts Alumni Exhibition

50th Anniversary Visual Arts Alumni Exhibition
Friday, Nov. 14, 3 p.m., The Armacost Library - Gallery Talk and Opening Reception
(On display Nov. 3 to Dec. 12 in Elliott Gallery, The Armacost Library and Lewis House)

Free. No tickets or reservations required.
An invitational exhibit of recent works by more than 100 Florida Presbyterian College / Eckerd College Visual Arts alumni. Elliott Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Public viewing hours in the Library are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please visit Lewis House during regular business hours.

Eckerd College Theatre presents Reckless

Eckerd College Theatre presents Reckless
Friday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Bininger Theatre
(Nov. 6-16: Thursdays to Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.)
General admission: Public, $10; Eckerd Community, $5; Students, $1 w/ID. Pay at the door. Reservations are not required.
Reckless - a play by Craig Lucas, directed by Gavin Hawk, Assistant Professor of Theatre. On Christmas Eve, a housewife discovers that the creature stirring in her house is a hit man, hired by her husband. She flees, and like a latter-day Candide, she encounters a series of increasingly surreal calamities and coincidences on her journey through denial.

50th Anniversary Eckerd College Musical Celebration: An Afternoon of Mozart

50th Anniversary Eckerd College Musical Celebration: An Afternoon of Mozart
featuring aria selections from Cosi fan tutte and Requiem in D minor
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Wireman Chapel
Free, general seating. Tickets required. Click here to reserve your tickets.
Professor of Music Marion Smith will lead the Eckerd College Concert Choir and professional opera singers and alumni in aria selections from "Cosi fan tutte" and Mozart's beloved choral piece, Requiem in D minor. Guest soloists include Eckerd alumni Antonia Brown '78, soprano; Anna Tonna '88, mezzo-soprano; and Chris Pedro Trakas '78, baritone; and local musicians Gregory Roman, tenor; and Lothar Bergeest, baritone.

All events are part of the Presidential Events Series.

Photos top to bottom: Billy Collins by Jersey Walz; Edward O. Wilson; Sketch #48, oil on canvas, by Jason Adkins '96; Antonia Brown '78; Anna Tonna '88; and Chris Pedro Trakas '78.