All public events on Eckerd College’s campus are canceled until further notice.

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.

Presidential Events Spring 2020

All public events on Eckerd College’s campus are canceled until further notice.

The Presidential Events Series is designed to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the College community. Events are also listed on our Facebook Page for easy sharing.

Black Appetite. White Food: Issues of Race, Voice and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 – 7 p.m., Fox Hall

Jamila Lyiscott, Ph.D.—an award-winning assistant professor of social justice education at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and a senior research fellow of Teacher College, Columbia University’s Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME)—is a nationally renowned speaker and a spoken word artist whose work focuses on racial justice, community engagement and youth activism in education. She also is the author of Black Appetite. White Food. Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom (Routledge, 2019). In her talk, she will invite us to think about the nuanced manifestations of white privilege as it exists within and beyond the classroom. She also will leave us with ideas and tools that teachers, school leaders and professors can use for awareness, inspiration and action around racial injustice and inequity. Sponsored by the Afro-American Society.

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Women of Faith and the First Women’s Rights Movement: Lessons for Today

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez, a professor of history at Calvin University and author of A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism, specializes in the intersection of gender, religion and politics in recent American history. Her research shows that Christian women were critical to the nineteenth-century women’s rights movement, and their support for women’s suffrage ultimately proved key to securing the passage of the 19th Amendment. At a time when Christianity and feminism often seem at odds, the history of Christian feminism provides some surprising and often inspiring stories. But it is also filled with cautionary tales, complexities and signs of paths not taken. In all of these ways, this history offers valuable lessons for our own time. Sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Life Burchenal Lecture Series.

St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs with Guest Speaker Retired General John W. Nicholson Jr.

Friday, February 21, 2020 – 7 p.m., Fox Hall

Eckerd College has partnered with the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs to host General John W. Nicholson Jr., USA (Ret.), the former Commander of U.S. Forces–Afghanistan and NATO Resolute Support Mission, who will speak about the ongoing conflicts that have shaped a generation and will give his insight on the future of U.S. military actions around the world. Sponsored by the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Eckerd College.

Psychedelics: Out of the Ancient and Into 2020

Monday, March 2, 2020 – 7 p.m., Sheen Auditorium

David Nichols, Ph.D., professor emeritus and former Robert C. and Charlotte P. Anderson Distinguished Chair in Pharmacology at Purdue University, is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the science of psychedelic drugs. He will talk about his research at the Heffter Research Institute and will explore these mind-altering substances from historical, cultural, scientific and medical perspectives—including discussions about their sources in nature as well as their uses in ancient times. Nichols will address the current scientific understanding of how these drugs act in the brain, the ways in which they are tested in nonhuman species, and recent successful clinical studies of psilocybin (from magic mushrooms), which has been used in combination with psychotherapy to treat anxiety, depression and certain addictions. Sponsored by the Student Affiliates Chapter of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi.

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The Water Will Come: Building Campus Resilience to Sea Level Rise

Monday, March 23, 2020 – 7 p.m, Fox Hall

Jeff Goodell is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World (Little, Brown and Company, 2017). He has established himself as a leading voice on climate change, rising oceans and humanity’s fraught relationship with our rapidly changing planet. As energy independence and global warming become increasingly urgent priorities, Goodell offers vital perspective on how to stem the tide of environmental disaster and what’s at stake if we fail to act. Steeped in scientific research and on-the-ground reporting, The Water Will Come is written in the tradition of environmental classics like Silent Spring and The World Without Us. Sponsored by the Office of the President.

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Social Change: Living in a World Where No One Will Have to Say “Me Too”

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

Twanna Hines, an award-winning sexual health educator, healthy relationships advocate and social entrepreneur, is actively striving to build a world free of sexual violence and shame. On stage, she gives you the tools to increase teamwork, safety and communication, whether in personal relationships or workplaces. Drawing from her experiences in education, Hines trains audiences how to de-escalate tensions, fighting and arguing—and inspires all to increase the amount of joy in their daily lives. Sponsored by the Office of Advocacy Services and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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Rewriting the Circle of Life

Monday, April 6, 2020 – 7 p.m., Sheen Auditorium

Rachel Hale is an animal behaviorist and care specialist who has worked with over 25 species spanning 15 years. After working in behavior, strandings, and rehabilitation, she is now delving into conservation projects. Rachel recently worked alongside many wildlife groups in South Africa and learned about “Umuganda”, an ethos on fostering solutions that can change the world. In every corner of our planet, we are facing communal and conservational challenges like never before. Our views may vary across the globe, but only by breaking these boundaries can we find ways to work together toward solutions that protect and preserve not only our planet, but ultimately us. Sponsored by the Animal Studies discipline.

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Arts Events


Riptides’ Showcase: Community in Dance
Fri., May 1, 7:30 p.m., Bininger Center for Performing Arts


International Cinema Series
Feb. 7–May. 1
Fridays (except Feb. 28, March 13 & 20 and April 10), 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium
The International Cinema Series at Eckerd College presents critically acclaimed films from around the world, including independent American films.

2020 Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival
Feb. 21 and Feb. 25–29, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium
For over 20 years, the Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival has brought compelling and important films to the Tampa Bay area and the Eckerd College community to raise awareness and promote discussion of matters relating to nature, place and the environment

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 the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium on select dates unless otherwise indicated.


Fascinating Rhythms: A Program of Contemporary Works for Piano Four-Hands
Sun., Feb. 9, 3 p.m., Roberts 104
The Kaplan Duo, Nanette Kaplan Solomon and Iris Kaplan Rosenthal, perform music by living composers combining complex thematic and rhythmic treatments with dance rhythms, jazz or rag-inspired elements.

Hearing 2020
Thu., March 12, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall
Eckerd’s top student performers will be featured in this program of concerto movements, solo pieces and chamber works. The string and wind ensemble will provide accompaniment alongside faculty performers.

A Century of American Jazz
Tue., April 7, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall
Eckerd’s Jazz Combo, Steel Drum Band and Chamber Orchestra join forces to celebrate the emergence of jazz at the end of World War I and its development since then.

An Arbor Day Celebration in Sound
Thu., April 23, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall
Eckerd’s String Orchestra and Wind Ensemble present a wide variety of music celebrating trees, including classical scores from around the world, a tribute to Frederick Law Olmstead’s Emerald Necklace and the 1837 classic Woodman, Spare That Tree!

The Octopus and Beethoven
Tue., May 5, 7:30 p.m., Wireman Chapel
The Eckerd College Choir, directed by Brent Douglas, is joined by a professional orchestra in a variety of music celebrating our relationship to nature


Heathers: The Musical
Music, book and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
Wed., April 1–Fri., April 3, 8 p.m.; and Sat., April 4, 2 p.m, Bininger Theater
Directed by Hannah Hockman
General admission $10, Nonstudent Eckerd community $5, Eckerd students free

Bolshoi Ballet
Enjoy encore (recorded) presentations of the original live performances of the Bolshoi Ballet in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium on the Eckerd College campus. Bolshoi Ballet tickets and schedule

Met in HD
Enjoy the entire 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 Shows

Made at Eckerd
Monoprints by Visiting Artist Suzanne Benton
Jan. 12–March 6
Cobb Gallery

Made at Eckerd: Gallery Talk
Mon., Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Cobb Gallery
Internationally known artist and activist Suzanne Benton will speak about her work as a printmaker, sculptor and mask performance artist, in context with her exhibition of monoprints that she has made over the past 14 years as a visiting artist in the Eckerd College Visual Arts Department.

Susan Sanders ’69
A Memorial / The Retrospective
Jan. 19–March 6
Elliott Gallery, Nielsen Center for Visual Arts

Alumni Invitational Exhibition
Jan. 19–March 13
Main Gallery, Nielsen Center for Visual Arts
Gallery Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Senior Thesis Exhibitions
(In Three Galleries)
Visual and Interdisciplinary Arts

March 8—May 8
Main Gallery, Nielsen Center for Visual Arts:

The Sophomore Show
Visual Arts Major Portfolio Exhibition
April 19–24
Cobb Gallery

Eckerd Review
Visual Art Exhibition
May 4–8
Cobb Gallery

View the full Visual Arts Events calendar for details.

Athletic Events

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