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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 Fall 2022

Author Goudeau

After the Last Border: An Evening with Jessica Goudeau

September 14, 2022, 7 p.m.
Location: Fox Hall

Jessica Goudeau has spent her journalism career documenting the stories of immigrants and refugees. After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America, winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, tells the story of two women trying to find their footing in a new country. Goudeau has written for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Teen Vogue, among other places, and is a former columnist for Catapult. She produced projects for Teen Vogue (“Ask a Syrian Girl”) and A Line Birds Cannot See, a documentary about a young girl who crossed the border into the U.S. on her own. She has a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Texas and served as a Mellon Writing Fellow and Interim Writing Center Director at Southwestern University. Goudeau has spent more than a decade working with refugees in Austin, Texas, and is the cofounder of Hill Tribers, a nonprofit that provided supplemental income for Burmese refugee artisans for seven years.

Book cover that reads "After the last border: two families and the story of refuge in America"

The Florida Timeline: Learning from our policy past to shape our future

Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: Fox Hall

Florida’s long history of discriminatory laws and policies has robbed us of the full potential our communities – especially when it comes to taxation and criminal justice. The Florida Timeline is a research project spearheaded by The Florida Policy Institute to build community awareness of this true history as a necessary step toward social healing and building better, more equitable public policies. This presentation and panel discussion will connect historically inequitable policies to present-day harm and demonstrate how new policies created for racial justice can have a broadly shared, positive impact for all Floridians.

This is the state wide launch of the Florida Timeline project, and we are thrilled to be hosting it here at Eckerd College.


Visit our art galleries to enjoy exhibits including “Women’s Caucus for Art / Florida,” “Figure Drawings” and more.


The International Cinema Series returns to Eckerd this fall, September 16 to November 18, 2022.


Four theatre productions are on tap for 2022-23 including Monty Python’s Edukational Show.

M.C. Richards – Tulip Time, acrylic (1992)

Author seated at desk with papers

The Making and Unmaking of a Racist

October 25, 2022, 7 p.m.
Location: Fox Hall

Charles B. Dew, the Ephraim Williams professor of American history emeritus at Williams College, examines his own personal history in this lecture exploring the difference between heritage and hate. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, he graduated from Williams in 1958; he received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied under C. Vann Woodward, in 1964. He taught at Wayne State University, Louisiana State University, the University of Missouri–Columbia and the University of Virginia before returning to teach at Williams in 1977. Professor Dew retired in 2020 following 43 years as a member of the Williams faculty. His teaching there focused on the American South, the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the institution of slavery. His most recent book is The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade.

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Book cover reading "the Making of a Racist"
Author seated in front of bookshelf

Center for Spiritual Life Fall 2022 Burchenal Lecture: Life After Perfect

November 7, 2022, 7 p.m.
Location: Fox Hall

New York Times bestselling author, Duke University professor, and incurable optimist Kate Bowler, Ph.D., will illustrate her take on Eckerd’s 2022–2023 College Program Series theme of Courage and Belonging in her talk as a cancer survivor. Her latest memoir, No Cure For Being Human (and Other Truths I Need to Hear), grapples with her diagnosis, her ambition and her faith as she tries to come to terms with limitations in a culture that promises anything is possible. She focuses her studies on the cultural stories we tell ourselves about success, suffering and whether (or not) we’re capable of change.

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Painting of colorful pools of ink

The Div by Javier Dones; mixed media, metals and enamel

The Skyway Marina Art Exhibition – Opening Reception

November 20, 2022, 7 p.m.
Location: Cobb Gallery

You are invited to an indoor block party with great art! Designed as a great way to meet our neighbors and build community, Eckerd is hosting a gallery exhibition to showcase artists who live and work in the Skyway Marina District. So come meet, greet, eat, and critique with us as we enjoy beer & wine, light refreshments, some mood music and a great collegial atmosphere – all for FREE!
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Wine & Beer Reception (over 21)
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Indoor Block Party (come one come all!)

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