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 2018

Serra dos Órgãos National Park, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil

Brazil in the World: Climate Change and Environmental Diplomacy at the International, Regional and Local Levels

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium

Dr. Matias Franchini, author of Brazil and Climate Change, will join the University of Brasilia’s Ana Carolina Mauad in a discussion on the advances and challenges of Brazil’s leadership role in climate change politics at the international, regional and local levels. Sponsored by the International Relations/Global Affairs Speakers Series and International Relations/Global Affairs and Political Science disciplines. Photo: By Carlos Perez Couto (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Angry White Men: Gender, Race and Class on the Extreme Right

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 – 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium

Dr. Michael Kimmel, an internationally renowned sociologist and masculinities scholar, will offer a multimedia presentation that looks inside the extreme right wing (neo-Nazis, White Nationalists) in the United States, with a glance also to Scandinavia and Germany. Based on interviews with men in these movements, Kimmel will discuss the provocative and disturbing ways they use masculinity as a way to frame their political discontent and express their racist politics. Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, Office of the President, Office for Advocacy and Gender Justice, Center for Spiritual Life, Student Affairs, and Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS).

Book cover showing slaves in Caribbean

Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean

Thursday, February 8, 2018 – 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium

Dr. Randy Browne ’06, assistant professor of history at Xavier University, used a treasure trove of preserved slave narratives to research and tell the story of a people struggling to survive in some of the harshest conditions in the history of enslavement. Browne’s scholarship in the peculiar institution illuminates forgotten stories and social relationships. Sponsored by Tluszcz Undergraduate Research Fellows.

An Evening With Dante Basco

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – 7 p.m., Fox Hall

Dante Basco, best known as Rufio from the film Hook and the voice of Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, has spent three decades succeeding in the American entertainment industry that is not traditionally filled with Filipino Americans. He’ll share his experiences as an actor in many culturally significant projects as well as some of his own poetry. Sponsored by the Human Aangsperience: The Avatar Club and the Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS).

Sanders in front of black-and-white American flag

An Evening With Symone Sanders

Friday, February 16, 2018 – 7 p.m., Fox Hall

Symone Sanders, press secretary of the U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and frequent television commentator, had a front-row seat to one of the most controversial elections in modern political history. Sanders will offer her experience on how community organizing or grassroots movements can strengthen the voice of individuals in our nation. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Eckerd College Feminists student organization, the Afro-American Society and the Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS)

Facing Change

Monday, March 12, 2018 – 7 p.m., Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium

Ben Hamburger ’10 will speak about working through art with refugee children in Baltimore (a project titled “Sanctuary”) and also about his series of portraits and interviews of persons displaced from their homes in the midst of urban development within the city (“Facing Change”). Sponsored by the Visual Arts discipline.

Ancient column

Citizenship in Our Time

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

Dr. Patrick J. Deneen, author of Why Liberalism Failed and David A. Potenziani Memorial Associate Professor of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will share his thoughts on the state of the American experiment in the context of the world and ideologies we allow ourselves to be governed by.
Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students.

From Dream to Reality: A Skater’s Sense of Home

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – 7 p.m., Fox Hall

Nick Nicks, co-founder of the St. Petersburg Skatepark Alliance, will share his experience effecting change in our local community. In August 2017, the City of St. Petersburg and Team Pain Skate Parks broke ground on the St. Pete Skate park in South St. Petersburg. Covering approximately 30,000 square feet, this park will be the largest public skatepark in Florida and is slated to open this spring. Nicks will discuss why a community like St. Petersburg might want a skatepark, the evolution of skateparks and skate culture, the challenges the St. Petersburg Skatepark Alliance faced, and how the community helped overcome these difficulties to usher the $1.25 million project from idea, through design, and into reality. Sponsored by the Armacost Library.

Hill looking through glass at marine mammal

Sense of Home: Can Captivity Be a Home for Marine Mammals? Addressing Current Misconceptions

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – 7 p.m., Environmental Studies Auditorium

In recent years, captive facilities housing marine mammals have been under intense scrutiny. Can captivity make a suitable home for marine mammals? Dr. Heather Hill, an associate professor of psychology at St. Mary’s University who has been studying marine mammals in managed care for more than 20 years, will address current misconceptions surrounding this issue. Sponsored by the Behavioral Sciences Collegium.

Film poster showing

Stop the Presses: Chronicling the End of the Tampa Tribune

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium

Filmmaker Deborah Kerr thought she was shining a light on the difficulties the newspaper industry was facing when she began her documentary about the Tampa Tribune in 2015. What she captured was the end of the vaunted, 120-year-old hometown staple and a cautionary tale for a world that is turning its back on local newspapers. Kerr will talk about the future of the news industry following the screening. Sponsored by The Current (student newspaper), Eckerd Library and the Communication discipline.

An Evening With Dolores Huerta

Thursday, April 26, 2018 – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Dolores Huerta has spent her life organizing and advocating on behalf of the disenfranchised. From gathering her students’ parents into a labor movement that would become the National Farmworkers Association to working alongside Gloria Steinem to get more women into office, Huerta’s eight-decade life is a testament to the work and commitment social activism requires. This living legend and labor icon will share her story and thoughts with the Eckerd community during this special event. Sponsored by the Col. Christian L. and Edna M. March International Relations Lecture Series

Agenda view – all events

Arts Events


20th Annual Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature
Environmental Film Festival
Fri., Feb. 16–Sat., Feb. 24 @ 7 p.m. (2 p.m. on Feb. 18)
Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Each evening and one Sunday afternoon, compelling and important films will raise awareness and promote discussion of matters relating to nature, place and the environment. View EFF schedule

2018 Eckerd Film & Video Festival
Fri., Apr. 6 @ 7 p.m.
Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
See the best short film works of Eckerd College students and help select 2018’s prize winners.


Performance: J.S. Bach & Friends
Sun., Feb. 11 @ 3 p.m.
Wireman Chapel
College organist Thomas Hall performs music of the great Johann Sebastian Bach as well as that of his most significant colleagues and sons.

Performance: Florida Poets in Song
Sun., Feb. 18 @ 3 p.m.
Roberts Music Center 104
Baritone Christopher Holloway joins composer-pianist William Dawson and several Eckerd faculty and student performers in a recital of songs on texts of Florida poets. Come hear works of Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke, President Donald R. Eastman III, the late Hannah Kahn, Scott Ward and the late Anne-Marie de Moret set to music.

Performance: War & Peace: 1918—Spring Band & Orchestra Concert
Wed., Apr. 25 @ 7:30 p.m.
Fox Hall
The Eckerd Chamber Orchestra and Eckerd Concert Band join forces in a dramatic program of music related to 1918 and WWI. Highlights include “Mars” and “Jupiter” from The Planets, works by Igor Stravinsky and Prix de Rome winner Lili Boulanger, plus selections from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein (b. 1918).

Performance: Classical Guitar Concert
Wed., May 2 @ 7:30 p.m.
Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
World-renowned French guitarist Jeremy Jouve performs a wide variety of classical and modern music, including works from his recent album Cavalcade, with influences from flamenco, Indian and Ravel.

Performance: Spring Choral Concert
Tue., May 8 @ 7:30 p.m.
Wireman Chapel
Join us as we celebrate the 100th birthday of the late Leonard Bernstein, along with other American composers. The concert features the Tritones, the Eckerd Concert Choir and a professional orchestra.

Spoken Word

Natalie Diaz
Fri., Apr. 20 @ 10:30 a.m.
Wireman Chapel
Native American poet and former professional basketball player Natalie Diaz shares her works.


Thu., Mar. 8 @ 7 p.m.
Bininger Black Box Theater
The International Students Association presents this free one-night-only performance of Lynn Nottage’s 2009 Pulitzer Prize–winning play. Set in the civil-war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, the show shares the story of a group of women struggling to survive in a world where violence is commonplace and life-threatening.

Failure: A Love Story
Wed.–Fri., Apr. 11, 12, 13 @ 8 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 14 @ 2 p.m.
Bininger Theater
The orphaned Fail sisters, along with their adopted brother, run the family clock shop after their parents die in a car accident. In coping with each unexpected death, including the untimely death of each sister, the characters bond to create a renewed sense of home and extended family.

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

Galleries are open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eric Avery: Art, Medicine and Human Rights
Prints From the Collection of Dr. Jane Petro ’68
Jan. 11–Feb. 16
Cobb Gallery

Hodgell Abroad
Dacca, Hong Kong and London; 1961–1971
Jan. 28–Mar. 5
Nielsen Center Elliott Gallery

Jason Hackenwerth: Levitant
A Balloon Sculpture
Feb. 9–Mar. 16
Nielsen Center Main Gallery

Visual & Interdisciplinary Arts
Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Mar. 11–16 Keeli Armitage
Mar. 25–30 Nadya Lyapunova
Apr. 1–6 Rachael MacDonald
Apr. 8–13 Zoe Turtle
Apr. 15–20 Sorella Andersen
Apr. 22–27 Maddee Dailey
Apr. 29–May 4 Nick Schulz
Nielsen Center Elliott Gallery

Student Works: 1964–2017
Selections From the Permanent Collection
Feb. 25–Apr. 6
Cobb Gallery

Telling Stories
Works From the Permanent Collection
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Life
Mar. 25–May 3
Nielsen Center Main Gallery

Lecture: Art and the Quest for Meaning
Thu., Apr. 19 @ 1:30 p.m.
Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
Prof. Arthur Skinner ’72 shares meditations of existence via visual art.

Eckerd Review
Visual Art Exhibition
May 7–11
Reading & Art Party on Monday, May 7, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Cobb Gallery

Athletic Events

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