Confronting the Environmental Crisis: An Ethical Problem

Explore the human side of the impending environmental crisis through discussions and activities rooted in the humanities—history, literature, film, cultural studies and philosophy. Throughout the program, you will examine how our culture shapes our relationship to the natural world and how exactly you can respond to environmental issues.

Our beautiful waterfront campus will serve as a basis for hands-on activities including kayaking, underwater film making, exploring local beaches, viewing wildlife, and visiting historical sites.

Come prepared for rich discussions, exciting field adventures and a chance to explore how our relationship to the environment affects the culture at large.


Students enrolled in this program will:

  • Explore environmental ethics through interactive community gaming
  • Learn how movies create different ways of thinking about water and create their own underwater films
  • Kayak local waterways and explore a mangrove sanctuary
  • Visit a restored natural spring, and learn about urban environmental reclamation efforts
  • Comb local beaches and discover the impacts of environmental change and sea level rise
  • Create a vlog that allows you to engage with what you have learned and share it with others
  • Enjoy evening activities led by our residential counselors at South Beach or at Triton’s Pub
Registration Deadline: April 10, 2018

Students accepted on a rolling basis.

June 17-22, 2018
Students entering 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2018
$370 per student. Cost includes: participation in (and transportation for) all sessions, activities, labs, program supplies, field trips, entrance fees, use of college recreational facilities, meals, lodging and snacks.
Check-in: June 17, between 2:30-4 p.m.
Check-out: June 22, between 2:30-4 p.m.
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This workshop has been made possible in part by the Florida Humanities Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this workshop, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Room and Board


Few colleges have a more attractive setting than Eckerd College. Our 188-acre waterfront campus provides a magnificent atmosphere and safe environment. Eckerd College is located in St. Petersburg, just off I-275 exit 17.

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Residential counselors work with students in the late afternoons, evenings and overnight. Staff consists of well-trained Eckerd College students eager to share their enthusiasm for learning.


Students will live in air-conditioned Eckerd College student residence halls, double- or triple- room occupancy, reserved exclusively for participants in this program. Counselors will be present in each single sex residence hall.


Student participants will eat in the main cafeteria which can accommodate allergies and vegetarian diets. If you have particular needs, please be sure to note them on the registration form.



Daniel Spoth

Daniel Spoth
Assistant Professor of Literature
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Samantha Hagood

Amanda Hagood
Assistant Dean of Faculty for Special Programs
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

Hong Gu

Hong Gu
Assistant Professor of Chinese
M.A., ABD Purdue University

Lee Irby

Lee Irby
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
M.A. University of South Florida

Christina Petersen

Christina Petersen
Christian Nielsen Assistant Professor of Film Studies
Ph.D. University of Chicago

Jason Sears

Jason Sears
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D. University of South Florida

Kat Robinson

Kat Robinson
Scholarship & Fellowship Advisor (formerly Assistant Professor of Rhetoric)
Ph.D. University of South Florida

Refund Policy

Withdrawal DateRefund
60 days before start date100%
30 days before start date50%
20 days before start date20%
<20 days before start date0%

Processing fee of $25 is non-refundable.

No refund will be issued for the following:

  • If a participant fails to show up for the program.
  • If a participant is dismissed from the program by the College.

Participants who cancel their registration and are eligible for a refund should contact or 727.864.7994.