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

Peter Meinke on a train

A Poet’s Portable Sense of Home

Thursday, September 28, 2017 – 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium

Peter Meinke, Ph.D., the poet laureate of Florida and professor emeritus of literature at Eckerd College, will discuss and read poems about his peripatetic life that has taken him, his wife Jeanne and their four children to live in many places while still calling St. Petersburg home. Sponsored by the Foundations Collegium as part of the College Program Series.

Evicted: An Evening With Matthew Desmond

Monday, October 2, 2017 – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

Matthew Desmond, Ph.D., professor of sociology at Princeton University and the Class of 1968 Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Eckerd College, was awarded a 2017 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for writing Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. At Eckerd he will discuss his research involving eight families from Milwaukee, which focuses on a topic largely unexplored: the role of rising rents and rampant evictions in feeding a cycle of poverty and despair in the U.S. Sponsored by the Class of 1968 Distinguished Visiting Scholar Endowment in partnership with the Foundations Collegium as part of the College Program Series.


To End Hunger, Begin With Democracy

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

Frances Moore Lappé—author or co-author of 18 books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment—will share her knowledge on the deep connection between a functioning democracy and a prosperous people. Her writing career started with the three-million-copies-sold Diet for a Small Planet in 1971 and has extended to her new book, Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, co-authored with Adam Eichen (Beacon Press, Sept. 2017). Lappé received the Right Livelihood Award (considered an “Alternative Nobel Prize”) “for revealing the political and economic causes of world hunger and how citizens can help to remedy them.”
Sponsored by the Albert and Marie Roth Endowed Lecture Series on Peace and Justice and the Col. Christian L. and Edna M. March International Relations Lecture Series as part of the Center for Spiritual Life Burchenal Lecture Series

Head shot of Robert P. Jones

What the End of White Christian America Means for Our Shared Sense of National Identity

Thursday, October 12, 2017 – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

Drawing on decades of social science research, Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute and author of The End of White Christian America, argues that today’s most divisive debates—over immigration, the rise of white supremacy groups, and police violence—can only be understood against the backdrop of demographic, religious, and cultural transformations that are challenging long-standing assumptions about what it means to be an American. If we are to continue to make one out of many, we will need both leadership and practices that can help us all step back from the reactivity of the present and take up the more arduous task of weaving a new national narrative in which all Americans can see themselves. Part of the Center for Spiritual Life Burchenal Lecture Series.

Cultural Appropriation Workshop

Friday, October 13, 2017 – 7 p.m., Fox Hall

David Romero—Mexican-American spoken word artist, author and activist—uses this interactive workshop to teach participants about various forms of cultural appropriation and how to distinguish between cultural appropriation, cultural assimilation and cultural appreciation. Sponsored by Latinos Unidos and Multicultural Affairs as part of the College Program Series.

Frieze of the Confederate Monument at Arlington National Cemtery

Confederate Monuments in the South: Place, Memory and Lingering Wounds

Monday, October 23, 2017 – 7 p.m., Dan & Mary Miller Auditorium

Lee Irby, author and visiting professor of history and American studies at Eckerd College, discusses recent news of cities trying to handle the legacy of the Civil War and the monuments erected to glorify the Lost Cause. His new book, Unreliable, is set in Richmond, Va., where the largest of these controversial statues resides.
Part of the College Program Series

Photo by Tim1965 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Daughters of the Corn Nicaraguan Dancers

November 2, 2017 – 7 p.m., Fox Hall

Nicaraguan dancers present traditional dances as part of a cultural exchange program in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs and Latinos Unidos as part of the College Program Series.

Jennifer Hecht seated against a wall

The Wonder Paradox: Doubting Religion, Believing in Ritual and Poetry

Monday, November 6, 2017 – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

Dr. Jennifer Michael Hecht—poet, historian, and commentator and author of the bestseller Doubt: A History—thinks we can keep familiar religious traditions we like, while adding some poetry that doesn’t clash with our beliefs to help humanity continue to cope and thrive. There have been religious doubt and disbelief for millennia, and now a recent Pew study shows that a full third of U.S. adults under 30 identify as having no religion. Today we associate atheism with science, but there is a robust history of nonreligious people living poetic lives. This talk is about that history and its future. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on,” sometimes, and we need to make a place in our lives for the unspeakably beautiful, the unbearable and the absurd—for wonder, and for the sublime paradox that we material beings are the source of all that wonder. Part of the Center for Spiritual Life Burchenal Lecture Series and the College Program Series.

Profile of man with neck tattoo

A Former Skinhead Speaks Out Against Hatred

Thursday, November 16, 2017 – 7 p.m., Fox Hall

Author Frank Meeink’s violent childhood in South Philadelphia primed him to hate. He was recruited to be a skinhead at 13. By 18, he was roaming the country as a skinhead leader and neo-Nazi recruiter. He had his own cable-access TV show, The Reich. While serving time for a violent crime, he began to question his hatred, thanks in large part to his African-American teammates in a prison football league. Shortly after being paroled, Frank defected from the white supremacy movement. He will share his journey from being a violent white-power skinhead to speaking out for tolerance, diversity and mutual understanding in all aspects of society. Sponsored by the Florida Holocaust Museum and Eckerd’s Multicultural Affairs Office, Afro-American Society, Center for Spiritual Life, Campus Activities and ECOS as part of the College Program Series.

Toddler on a floor

Kai: Following the Cycle of Life

Thursday, November 30, 2017 – 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium

Osamu James Nakagawa, an award-winning photographer and the Ruth N. Halls distinguished professor of photography at Indiana University, will share a personal photographic series documenting the period when his father was dying of cancer and his daughter was being born. He also will reflect on his perception that time is circular, where the beginning and end can occur simultaneously. Sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society as part of the College Program Series.

Agenda view – all events

Arts Events


Environmental Film Festival
Film scholars and filmmakers from around the world engage the audience in a lively dialogue about the environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films. View EFF schedule

International Cinema Series
View critically acclaimed and important films from around the world (including independent and artistic American films) in Miller Auditorium. View ICS schedule


Reflections Chamber Ensemble
Mon., Oct. 30 @ 7:30 p.m.
Roberts Music Center 104
Eckerd College instructors perform works by Nino Rota, Paquito d’Rivera and others, including a new composition by Vincent Euliano written for this concert.

Harvest Homecoming
Mon., Nov. 20 @ 7:30 p.m.
Roberts Music Center 104
Eckerd College’s orchestra, bands and ensembles come together for a night of celebration of the ideas of the Thanksgiving, home and homecoming.

Home Is Where One Starts From
Wed., Dec. 6 @ 7:30 p.m.
Wireman Chapel
Director Brent Douglas leads Eckerd College’s concert choir and orchestra through performances of seasonal choral music throughout the ages inspired by T.S. Eliot’s famous quotation on home.


Kimberly Akimbo
by David Lindsay-Abaire
Nov. 8, 9, 10 @ 8 p.m.
Nov. 11 @ 2 p.m.
Bininger Theater
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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

Artwork by Patrick Hughes

Hidden Treasures and Recent Acquisitions V
Works from Eckerd College’s permanent collection
Sept. 3 – Oct. 27

The Interdisciplinary Arts Junior Portfolio Exhibition
Oct. 29 – Nov. 3

Figure Drawings by Eckerd’s Thursday Night Model Artists
Nov. 5 – Dec. 8

PEL Senior Thesis Exhibition
Dec. 10 – 15

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Athletic Events

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