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Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Email inquiries can be sent to summerconferences@eckerd.edu

(727) 864-8058

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Summer College Experience


New Eyes for a New Century:
The Humanities 20-20



High School Students: Explore how the Humanities is responding to meet 21st Century challenges from technology, the environment and mass media!  During this “early college” experience, you’ll work closely with full-time Eckerd College professors of philosophy, literature, rhetoric, and film studies, and with current Eckerd students to:

  • DESIGN ADS - Explore the hidden power of the “visual image” in workshops that examine why ads work and how they can manipulate – and then design your own.
  • VISIT THE SALVADOR DALI MUSEUMEnter the fantasy world of artist Salvador Dali and get up close and personal as you navigate his bizarre world of flies everywhere, melting clocks and more.

  • CREATE YOUR OWN VIDEOInvestigate how “visual evidence” contributes to filmmaking and then experiment with creating your own.

  • TRAVEL TO BIG CAT RESCUEGrapple with the complex and ethically challenging relationship among animals and humans and machines in our world.

  • TAKE A TRIP TO THE BEACHEncounter literature about the beach while on the beach.  A lively way to dive into art and nature and the environment.

  • BE A TEAM MEMBER IN AN ETHICS BOWL COMPETITIONCheck out “argument” in contemporary life – from political spots to talk radio – then team up in our ethics bowl competition.

During free time, you can enjoy Eckerd’s facilities including outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and more.  At night, you can take part in a variety of other activities.

At the end of this program, a certificate of completion and a description of the sessions offered will be available to any students completing the program, should they wish to include them in future college applications.

Where to Stay During the Week

Participants will live on the Eckerd College campus in St. Petersburg on Florida’s Gulf Coast.


Few colleges have a more attractive setting than Eckerd College. The 188-acre waterfront campus provides a magnificent atmosphere and safe environment. Eckerd College is located in St. Petersburg, just off I-275 exit 17. View directions to campus.


Residential counselors work with students in the late afternoons, evenings and overnight. Staff consists of well-trained Eckerd College students eager to share their enthusiasm for learning.  Overnight dormitory accommodations will also be supervised by a trained adult counselor.


Students will live in air-conditioned Eckerd College student residence halls, double room occupancy, reserved exclusively for participants in this program. Counselors will be present in each single sex residence hall.


Student participants will eat in the main cafeteria which can accommodate allergies and vegetarian diets. If you have particular needs, please contact us at summerconferences@eckerd.edu or 727-864-8058.


How to Apply

Don't Delay – Spaces Fill Quickly

Items Needed To Complete Your Application:

  1. Application Form / Payment (Deadline May 5)
  2. Teacher Recommendation – print and complete student portion of form – give to your teacher
  3. Brief Student Statement – complete and submit online

Your application will not be complete until we are in receipt of ALL items listed above.  

We will notify on or before May 8th if you have been accepted.  

Students who are not accepted will receive a full refund.


General Info

June 8-13, 2014

Students entering 11th or 12th grade in August/September 2014

$350 per student. Cost includes: participation in (and transportation for) all sessions, activities, program supplies, field trips, entrance fees, use of college recreational facilities, meals, lodging, and snacks.

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Florida Humanities Council

Florida Humanities Council

“Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”