Eckerd College is pleased to present lectures and presentations, as well as arts and athletic events, for the enjoyment and enlightenment of our community. All events on campus are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

Race and Class in America: 50 Years Without King
Presidential Events Fall 2018

The Presidential Events Series is designed to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the College community by bringing well-known scholars, artists, scientists and distinguished individuals to our campus. This semester’s series explores the problems and progress in America 50 years after the violent assassination of the country’s preeminent advocate for equality, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events are subject to change or cancellation.

Claudia Rankine wearing scarf

Citizen: An Evening With Claudia Rankine

Monday, September 10, 2018 – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

Claudia Rankine—the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University, poet, playwright, essayist and author of Citizen: An American Lyric—has used her art to examine her relationship with her country and her compatriots. Her visceral collection of poetry, Citizen, won the PEN Open Book Award, the PEN Literary Award, the NAACP Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was the first book ever to be named a nominee in both the poetry and criticism categories). It also was a finalist for the National Book Award. Sponsored by the Class of 1968 Distinguished Visiting Scholar Endowment in partnership with the Foundations Collegium.

Hurston smiling and wearing a hat

An Evening With Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 7 p.m., Fox Hall

Legendary writers Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes will come alive in riveting performances by Phyllis McEwen and Bob Devin Jones. Part of the Race and Class in America: 50 Years Without King series at Eckerd College. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty. Photo by: Unknown—U.S. Library of Congress [1], Reproduction No. LC-USZ62-62394 (b&w film copy neg.), Card No. 2004672085., Public Domain

The Rev. Liz Theoharis marching

A New and Unsettling Force: The Poor People’s Campaign and the Fight to End Poverty

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

The Rev. Liz Theoharis, Ph.D.—co-director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, which was founded in the 1960s and was championed by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself—will speak on the long-term work of organizing a movement of the poor and dispossessed, the roles religion and a liberation theology have in advancing transformative change in this country, and the recent efforts of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Part of the Burchenal Lecture Series of the Center for Spiritual Life.

Ibram Kendi in front of brick building

How to Be an Antiracist

Thursday, October 25, 2018 – 7 p.m., Fox Hall

Ibram Kendi, Ph.D., professor and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and author of the National Book Award–winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, seeks to shift the discussion from how not to be racist to how to be an antiracist through a deeply personal and empowering lecture. Kendi will share his own racist ideas and how he overcame them. He also will provide direction to people and institutions who want more than Band-Aid programs; they want actual antiracist action that builds an antiracist America. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty.

Student playing saxophone

Music and Social Change: Rock, Pop and Jazz

Monday, October 29, 2018 – 8 p.m., Miller Auditorium

This concert event will celebrate how music has contributed to positive social change in recent history. Students and faculty from Eckerd’s new Rock Lab and Jazz Combos will present selections from jazz, rock, pop and world-music genres. Each will be preceded by a talk from an Eckerd humanities faculty member discussing the historical meaning and significance. Sponsored by the Music discipline and the Letters Collegium.

Rosa Parks with Dr. MLK Jr. in background

Music for Rosa & More: Fall Instrumental Concert

Thursday, November 1, 2018 – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

Directed by Joan Epstein, Eckerd’s Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra and small instrumental groups present music promoting human rights—from spirituals and William Grant Still’s “Afro-American” symphony, to Coltrane’s “Alabama” and a tribute to Rosa Parks, to selections from Bernstein’s Candide, to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Sponsored by the Music discipline. Photo by: Unknown—USIA/National Archives and Records Administration Records of the U.S. Information Agency Record Group 306, Public Domain

Lenox and Malcolm X boulevards

The Five Percenters: Race, Religion and American Islam

Monday, November 12, 2018 – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

Michael Muhammed Knight, assistant professor of philosophy, University of Central Florida, will present the history of the Five Percenters, a religious group that emerged in 1960s Harlem during the schism between Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad. The community has been simultaneously credited with inspiring numerous artists of golden-age hip-hop and targeted by state prisons as an alleged “security threat group.” This lecture presents the history and teachings of the Five Percenters and examines the movement’s struggle for its incarcerated members’ freedom of conscience. Sponsored by the Religious Studies discipline and the Center for Spiritual Life. Photo by: Phillie Casablanca, CC BY 2.0

Film: Sorry to Bother You

Friday, November 30, 2018 – 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium

Director Boots Riley takes viewers on a 111-minute psychedelic trip through the life of Cassius Green, who lands a job at a telemarketing firm and discovers the key to unlock insane salaries and wealth beyond his imagination just as his friends are gearing up for a standoff against corporate America. Part of the International Cinema Series.

Special Event

Room in the United Nations building in New York

Chaotic World, UN Response

Thursday, September 27, 2018 – 7 p.m., Fox Hall

Eckerd College Diplomat in Residence Neal Walker ’78 will share his insights from working 28 years with the United Nations. Walker will discuss how the U.N. can respond 1) with mediation to support political solutions, 2) with peacekeeping to allow space for reconciliation and recovery, 3) and with humanitarian assistance when all else fails. He will point to key elements of sustainable solutions generating respect for human rights, engagement of female actors and transitional justice. Sponsored by the International Relations and Global Affairs discipline. Photo by: Daira Brayley ’17

Agenda view – all events

Arts Events


International Cinema Series
Sept. 7–Dec. 7
Fridays (Except Oct. 5 and 12, Nov. 2 and 23), 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium
The international Cinema Series at Eckerd College presents critically acclaimed films from around the world, including independent American films.

Select Screenings at Eckerd College
Academic disciplines and student clubs sponsor film screenings to enhance the understanding of particular topics of interest to the campus community. Screenings are held at 7 p.m. in Miller Auditorium on select dates.

Sept. 4: 2e2: Educating the Twice Exceptional
Sept. 24: Vegucated
Oct. 1: Sushi: The Global Catch
Oct. 24: The Wind Rises
Nov. 5: Fishpeople
Nov. 6: At the Fork
Dec. 3: Planet Ocean


Music for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Sun., Sept. 23, 3 p.m., Roberts Music Building 104
Faculty pianist Brent Douglas joins Florida Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Natalie Hoe and TFO Violist Jonas Benson in a program of Mozart, Bruch, Schumann and more recent works.

Roots Music
Thu., Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., Roberts Music 104
Under the direction of Rebecca Zapen, the Eckerd College String Orchestra performs culturally specific musical compositions.

Seasonal Words and Music Winter Choir Concert
Wed., Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., Wireman Chapel
The Eckerd Concert Choir is joined by a professional orchestra for choral settings of holiday poetry and narration.


Performance: She Kills Monsters
A Play by Qui Nguyen
Wed., Nov. 7– Fri., Nov. 9, 8 p.m.; and Sat., Nov. 10, 2 p.m.
Bininger Theater, Eckerd College
Directed by Gavin Hawk, Associate Professor of Theatre

Bolshoi Ballet
Enjoy broadcasts of the 2017–18 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema season in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium on the Eckerd College campus. Bolshoi Ballet tickets and schedule

Met in HD
Enjoy the entire 2017–18 Metropolitan Opera season simulcast in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium on the Eckerd College campus. MetOpera tickets and schedule

National Theatre in HD
Enjoy select National Theatre Encore Series performances shown in HD in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium on the Eckerd College campus. NTL tickets and schedule

Visual Arts

Edward S. Curtis
Reproductions of Selected Photogravures
Aug. 27 – Sept. 21
Cobb Gallery
Gallery Hours Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hodgell Sculptures
Featuring a Recent Gift to the College
Aug. 27 – Oct. 19
NCVA Frances Cady Elliott Gallery
Gallery Hours Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hidden Treasures and Recent Acquisitions VI
Works from the Permanent Collection
Sept. 3 – Nov. 28
NCVA Main Gallery
Gallery Hours Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The 10th Annual IA Show
The Junior Portfolio Exhibition of IA Junior Majors
Sept. 23 – 28
Cobb Gallery
Opening Reception Sunday Sept. 23, 3 – 5 p.m.
Gallery Hours Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

50 Years Without King: The Exhibition
Works from the Collection, and Photographs by Herb Snitzer
Oct. 1 – Nov. 2
Cobb Gallery
Gallery Hours Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Cubano-American Community Project
Posters and Historic Artifacts
Nov. 5 – Dec. 12
Cobb Gallery
Gallery Hours Mon. – Fri., 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Visual Arts Senior Thesis Exhibitions
Sonya Kobayashi
Ryan Hemphill
Dec. 3 – 8
NCVA Main Gallery
Opening Reception Sun. Dec. 3, 3 – 5 p.m.
Gallery Hours Mon. – Fri., 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Athletic Events

Enjoy NCAA Division II sports including baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, golf, indoor volleyball, sailing, soccer, softball and tennis! Full Athletics schedule