Eckerd College is pleased to present lectures and presentations, as well as arts and Athletics events, for the enjoyment and enlightenment of our community.

Free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.

Featured events Spring 2022

Art exhibition: Landscape of Human Skins

February 7 – April 1, 2022
Mixed-media paintings by Kirk Ke Wang
Location: Main Gallery at the Nielsen Center for Visual Arts
Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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Professor of Visual Arts Kirk Ke Want was raised in China. He obtained his Master of Fine Arts from Nanjing Normal University and won a medal for his work before traveling to the U.S. to continue his studies for a second MFA from the University of South Florida. He has created large art and design pieces at Disneyland Paris, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Sea World Orlando among others. He also taught at Sarasota’s Ringling College of Art and Design before joining Eckerd’s faculty in 1993.

Film screening: It Ends with Us Kids (Live Event)

Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 7 p.m.

On Valentine’s Day, 2018, 17 high school students and staff were killed and another 17 were injured in the nation’s deadliest high school shooting. In its aftermath, the survivors of the shooting, just “kids” themselves, took action. Through protest, advocacy, and unrelenting campaigning, these students have galvanized a generation of young people to fight with their voices and with their votes. The documentary, Us Kids, produced and directed by Kim Snyder, gives a venue to these voices and to the actions of young people. The winner of several awards for the best documentary, the documentary will be screened, followed by a Q&A with the director/producer. Share Facebook Event for this film screening
Speaker: Kim Snyder, Director/Producer
Location: Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium

Part of the College Program Series. Sponsored by Eckerd College Center for Academic Excellence

National Poetry Month Reading Series

An Evening with Terrance Hayes and Dawn Lundy Martin

Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 7 p.m.
Location: James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences patio, Eckerd College campus

These award-winning poets and artists, co-founders of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh, will present an evening of poetry and conversation.

Terrance Hayes is the author of six poetry collections: American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin—a finalist for the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award and T.S. Eliot Prize; How to Be Drawn; Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry; Muscular Music, recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; Hip Logic, winner of the 2001 National Poetry Series; and Wind in a Box. His prose collection, To Float in the Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. Hayes has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation and Whiting Foundation, and is a professor of English at New York University.

Dawn Lundy Martin is a poet, essayist and conceptual video artist. She has published four books of poems: Good Stock Strange Blood; Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life, which won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry; Discipline; A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering; and three limited edition chapbooks. Most recently, she co-edited with Erica Hunt an anthology, Letters to the Future: Black Women / Radical Writing. Her nonfiction can be found in The New Yorker, Harper’s, n+1, and elsewhere. Martin is a professor of English in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. She received the 2019 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.

Supported by the Eckerd College Office of the President and the Dr. Peter Meinke Endowment for Creative Writing

Terrance Hayes, Muscular Music
Poet looking down
Poet wearing necklace and looking at camera

An Evening with Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 7 p.m.
Location: Dalí Museum Avant-Garden, downtown St. Petersburg

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of a book of nature essays, World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, which was named a finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction. She also published four award-winning poetry collections, most recently, Oceanic (2018). Awards for her writing include fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Council, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Poetry, a National Endowment of the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, ESPN The Magazine and The Best American Poetry 2015. She is a professor of English and creative writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.

An advance reservation is required for this reading at The Dalíi Museum by visiting TheDali.org/poetry.

Poet looking sideways at camera

An Evening with Kaveh Akbar

Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 7 p.m.
Location: James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences patio, Eckerd College campus

Kaveh Akbar is the author of Pilgrim Bell (Graywolf Press, 2021) and Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books, 2017; Penguin UK, 2018). He also wrote the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry, 2017). He is the recipient of the Levis Reading Prize, Pushcart Prize, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. Akbar is the founding editor of Divedapper, a home for interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry. With Sarah Kay and Claire Schwartz, he writes a weekly column for The Paris Review called “Poetry Rx.” Born in Tehran, Iran, he teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson College. His poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, PBS NewsHour, The New Republic, Best American Poetry, The New York Times and elsewhere.

Supported by the Dr. Peter Meinke Endowment for Creative Writing

25th annual putnam county spelling bee poster

Theatre performance: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

  • Wednesday, April 6, 2022 @ 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 7, 2022 @ 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 8, 2022 @ 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 9, 2022 @ 2 p.m.

Music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman with additional material by Jay Reiss. Directed by Gavin Hawk.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

Location: Bininger Center for Performing Arts

Tickets available at the door: General public $10, College community $5, free for Eckerd students

Part of the College Program Series. Sponsored by Eckerd College Theatre Department.

Students playing flutes and clarinet

Musical performance: Music at the Crossroads

Monday, May 2, 7:30–8:30 p.m.

The concept of the “Crossroads” is shaped in Western Art Music as a dualistic process. Interplay between dark and light, good vs evil, positive and negative is explored and expressed in the myriad of diverse voices of the musical field. But what of the emotional response of uncertainty at a crossroads? Feelings of trepidation, fear of change, or excitement are common emotions that one faces at a crucial moment. The Music Department’s Concert Band, Orchestra, Choir, Rock Lab, Steel Drum Band, and Jazz Combo will present a program of works that explore the directionality and possibilities facing the emotions of uncertainty at the crux of a musical crossroads. This performance is dedicated to the Eckerd Class of 2022 as they face their own moment at the “Crossroads.”
Location: Wireman Chapel and Chapel Lawn

Part of the College Program Series. Sponsored by the Eckerd College Music Department – Creative Arts. Collegium