Arts and Culture at Eckerd
Eckerd schedules an active calendar of art, film, music, theatre, and creative writing by tapping local and national talent for on-campus programs and appearances. By utilizing Elliott Gallery, Bininger Theatre, Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium, Fox Hall and Triton's Pub, the College displays art and multimedia exhibitions, hosts poetry jams and open mic nights, screens films, hosts distinguished and noted performs, and serves as a cultural asset to the local community. Recent guests have included feminist Gloria Steinem, humanitarian Elie Wiesel, seasoned journalist Juan Williams, environmentalist Peter Singer, Hotel Rwanda's Paul Rusesabagina, and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
The popular International Cinema Series presents critically acclaimed films from around the world every week in the Miller Auditorium. The series includes restorations of honored classics to contemporary films that have captured the attention of critics at recent film festivals and documentaries, narrative feature films, as well as the occasional experimental work. Each spring, the Visions of Nature, Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival brings compelling and important films to the Tampa Bay area in order to raise awareness and promote discussion of questions relating to nature, place, and the environment. Now approaching its tenth year, the eight-day festival brings film scholars and filmmakers from around the world to engage the audience in lively discussions of the environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films.
The Writers in Paradise Writers Conference was co-founded in 2005 by novelist Dennis Lehane, a 1988 alumnus, and Sterling Watson, novelist and director of the Creative Writing Program at Eckerd College. This intensive eight-day experience of intimate workshop classes, panel discussions, readings, book signings, cocktail receptions and dinners is designed for those who are passionate about writing.
Since 2005, Eckerd College has co-sponsored the popular 620 Round Tables on Social Justice at The Studio@620 in downtown St. Petersburg. The round tables provide a forum for Tampa Bay community leaders to be able to discuss issues of social justice affecting our community. Discussions explore local, national and global issues that affect our lives and, all too often infringe upon human dignity.
Partnerships with performing arts venues and world class museums in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Sarasota provide Eckerd students with numerous off-campus learning opportunities. View a comprehensive list of cultural and arts attractions.