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 Fall 2019

The Presidential Events Series is designed to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the College community. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated on our website. This spring we also will host the 21st Annual Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival on February 21–24 and February 28–March 3.

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Reading, Writing and Pleasure

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 – 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium

As someone who teaches courses in philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, feminist philosophy, and philosophy and literature, Marianne Janack, Ph.D., the John Stewart Kennedy Professor of Philosophy at Hamilton College, is uniquely situated to link the humanities and the sciences. Her book What We Mean by Experience, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, draws on cognitive neuroscience, the pragmatist tradition and ecological psychology. This talk about reading and writing—for pleasure, for information, to be persuaded or to persuade—will consider reading in ways that will negotiate the boundaries between nature and culture, and will interrogate the divisions of self and other. Sponsored by the Eckerd Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Arthur Ashe: Civility & Civil Rights

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – 7 p.m., Fox Hall

Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. His latest book, Arthur Ashe: A Life, was built on more than 100 interviews with people close to the tennis legend and stands as the first authoritative biography of the man who broke professional tennis’s color line and advocated for equality around the world. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty.

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A People’s Revolution: A Grassroots Movement for Rights Restoration

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – 7 p.m., Fox Hall

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) along with several other grassroots groups, canvassed communities, got petitions signed and drew national attention to the plight of one million Floridians who had paid their debt to society but still were forbidden to vote. The movement led to the ballot initiative Amendment 4, which passed in November 2018, allowing people convicted of nonviolent crimes to have their right to vote automatically restored upon completion of their sentencing terms. Jessica Younts will share her own story and how it relates to the power of community organizing to effect real policy change. Sponsored by the Afro-American Society in partnership with the Office of Student Affairs.

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Face Blindness: A True Story of Family and Forgiveness

Thursday, February 21, 2019 – 7:30 p.m., Lewis House

What must it be like to look into your children’s eyes but not recognize who they are? Heather Sellers, Ph.D.—author of You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness and Forgiveness—knows the feeling all too well. As an adult, Sellers was diagnosed with prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize human faces, putting a name to the uneasy feeling she’d always had. Sellers will read from her book and talk about the real journey her illness inspired. Sponsored by the Creative Writing discipline.

Deej: Inclusion Shouldn’t Be a Lottery

Thursday, March 7, 2019 – 5 p.m., Miller Auditorium

Abandoned by his birth parents and presumed incompetent, DJ “Deej” Savarese found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a text-to-voice synthesizer. As he made his way through high school and dreams of college, he confronted the terrors of his past, society’s obstacles to inclusion and the sometimes paralyzing beauty of his own senses. In his advocacy on behalf of other nonspeaking autistics, he embraced filmmaking and poetry, and discovered what having a voice can truly mean. In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking autistic, Robert Rooy and DJ Savarese share editorial control as they attempt to navigate the challenges of representing autism. Deej, the result of this often difficult partnership, is a story told largely from the inside, by DJ—not by his parents or autism experts or even the camera. At its core, Deej reflects the sort of participation that disability-rights advocates insist upon: “Nothing about us without us.” Sponsored by the Center for Academic Excellence.

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Ecowomanism: African-American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths

Thursday, March 28, 2019 – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

Ecowomanism is an approach to environmental ethics that centers the voices of women of African descent and uncovers their contributions to the environmental justice movement. Melanie L. Harris, Ph.D.—founding director of African American and Africana studies and full professor of religion and ethics at Texas Christian University as well as visiting professor of ethical leadership and global environmental studies at the University of Denver—will engage theory and praxis as she introduces the ecowomanist method and discusses the significance of the environmental justice paradigm; a theoretical lens through which one can see the intersections between racial, gender, economic and environmental injustices. The lecture also will invite participants to reflect on their own eco-stories and earth justice commitments. Part of the Burchenal Lecture Series of the Center for Spiritual Life.

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Technology and Relationships: An Evening With Dr. Carol Bruess

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 – 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium

Carol J. Bruess, Ph.D., author of Family Communication in the Age of Digital and Social Media, is professor emerita of communication and journalism and formerly director of family studies at the University of St. Thomas, Minn. She currently serves as resident scholar in the Cassandra Voss Center for equity, identity and dialogue-across-difference at St. Norbert College, Wis. She is particularly passionate about studying and understanding how the digital age is impacting our abilities to have healthy lives, fabulous relationships and robust conversations. Join us for a talk about how we form our relationships in the era of dating apps, texting, tweeting, direct messages and snaps. Sponsored by the Communication discipline and Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society.


Deke Weaver: The Unreliable Bestiary

Thursday, May 2, 2019 – 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium

Multimedia artist and comedian Deke Weaver performs The Unreliable Bestiary, followed by a talkback with the artist. Weaver also is an associate professor of new media and theatre at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. Inspired by the literary concept of the unreliable narrator and the medieval bestiary, which gave every living thing a spiritual purpose, The Unreliable Bestiary is an ark of stories about animals, our relationships with them, and the worlds they inhabit. Weaver’s lifelong project is presenting a performance for every letter of the alphabet—each letter representing a threatened animal or habitat. This one-man presentation includes cinematic documentation and live excerpts from the performances of Monkey, Bear, Wolf, Elephant and Tiger. Sponsored by the Letters Collegium and Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, Theatre and Visual Arts disciplines.

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Arts Events


International Cinema Series
Feb. 8–May 3
Fridays (Except Mar. 15 and 22, Apr. 5 and 19), 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.

Feb. 7: Somewhere Between
Feb. 25: Cowspiracy

Fair Game: Surviving a 1960 Georgia Lynching
Thu, Mar 21, 6:30 p.m., Miller Auditorium
Join us for a screening of the film and conversation with the film-maker.

Spoken Word

StaceyAnn Chin
Tue., Feb. 12, 7 p.m., Fox Hall


Hearing Havana: An Evening of Cuban Song, Rhythm and Dance
Wed., Mar. 6, 7 p.m., Roberts Music Center 104
Aymé Abreu will be visiting Eckerd College from Havana, Cuba, with her group of musicians and dancers. The evening will include the performance of Afro-Cuban traditional song and dance, including a demonstration of Cuba’s rich traditions of polyrhythmic improvisation on bata drums and other percussion instruments.

University of North Georgia Concert Choir
Mon., Mar. 11, 7:30 p.m., Wireman Chapel
Under the direction of Dr. John Broman, UNG’s excellent concert choir and select ensembles share their latest repertoire with the Eckerd community as part of their spring tour.

Superheroes & Spies
Thu., Mar. 14, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall
Eckerd’s Concert Band, String Orchestra and mall ensembles channel the forces of good and evil in music—from the theme song from The Incredibles to the bittersweet Finale of Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony from the Stalinist era.

String Music By and For Women
Wed., Apr. 17, 7:30 p.m., Roberts Music Center 104
Eckerd’s String Orchestra, soloists and chamber groups perform works composed by or written for women—from Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite to music by Vivaldi to pieces by Amy Beach, Marion Bauer, Germaine Tailleferre and our own faculty composers. Rebecca Zapen directs.

Celebrating Florida in Sound
Wed., Apr. 24, 7:30 p.m., Bininger Theater
Eckerd’s Concert Band, String Orchestra and small ensembles honor Earth Day through music inspired by Florida’s natural and human-made environments—from “Alligator Alley” to “Council Oak” to “Red Tide Rising.” Joan Epstein directs.

We All Have a Voice: Spring Choir Concert
Tue., Apr. 30, 7:30 p.m., Wireman Chapel
The Eckerd College Concert Choir, directed by Brent Douglas, along with a professional orchestra, presents music that demonstrates we all should be heard. A world premiere by composer Scott Joiner; text by Eckerd Creative Writing Professor K.C. Wolfe; and music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Beethoven, Grieg and Rutter.


Performance: Scenes From Metamorphoses
Based on the Myths of Ovid
Written and Originally Directed by Mary Zimmerman
Wed., Apr. 3–Fri., Apr. 5, 8 p.m.; and Sat., Apr. 6, 2 p.m., Bininger Theater
Directed by Cynthia Totten, Professor of Theatre
General admission $10, Nonstudent Eckerd community $5, Eckerd students free

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 Shows

The Class of ’69
Elliott Gallery, Nielsen Center for Visual Arts
Jan. 14–Mar. 4
Gallery Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Bacchanalia: The Exhibition
Featuring Graphics by Steve Smith ’73 and Steve Ewart ’72
(as well as Photographs and Memorabilia)
Cobb Gallery
Jan. 14–Mar. 4
Gallery Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Hidden Treasures and Recent Acquisitions VII
Works From the Permanent Collection
Main Gallery, Nielsen Center for Visual Arts
January 14–April 26
Gallery Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 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