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The Eckerd College St. Pete Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact sponsors public lectures, events and special programs that advance work in the four areas of impact of our mission. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

Featured events

Gaining Ground: Food Systems Conversations and Collaborations

February 11, 2023, 3:00-6:30 p.m.
Location: Fox Hall

Come join thought leaders from all sectors of our area’s local food system for guided conversation and collaboration focused on developing just and sustainable ways of feeding Tampa Bay.

  • 3 – 5 p.m. Program & Guided Discussion
  • 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Connection and Celebration: Good Eats & Drinks. Live Music. Networking. Farm Tours.

This event is free but please RSVP so we harvest enough for all.

Rows of crops growing on a farm

Brought to you by: The Eckerd College St. Pete Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact, the Eckerd College Community Farm, the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC), The Florida Food Policy Council, USF Urban Food Sovereignty Working Group, and the Hillsborough County UF/IFAS Extension.

ECSPC Arts and Innovation Summit

November 4, 2023

The Arts and Innovation Summit will bring together professional artists, area students, local businesses and the Eckerd community to spark dialogue and present cutting-edge research about the role and impact of the arts and innovative technologies in the Center’s four areas of community impact. This event is presented in collaboration with the St. Pete Arts Alliance and the St. Pete Innovation District.

Previous events

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
Read a review of the exhibition

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

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.

Saving St. Pete – One Tree at a Time

Tuesday, November 1, 2022, 6:30 pm – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Fox Hall

Trees are vital. They are the lungs of our planet and one of the best tools for fighting global warming. Yet they are increasingly absent in our modern cities and neighborhoods. Hear from some of our region’s reforestation warriors as they explain why we need trees (and lots more of them), and how our campus, city, region and world is creating green infrastructure programs, new policies, and developer incentives designed to help us survive, and truly thrive, in a rapidly changing world. Read a review of the One Tree at a Time event

Small tree surrounded by concrete
Author Dew at desk with papers

Charles Dew: “The Making – and Unmaking – of a Racist.”

Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Fox Hall

One of America’s most respected historians of the South, Charles Dew is an award-winning author whose books have helped shape the conversation on the history of race in this country. Born & raised here in St. Pete, his most recent book, The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade, shares his story of life in the1950’s South when Jim Crow laws and segregation were at their peak. Read a review of Dew’s talk

Book cover with text "The Making of a Racist"

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.

St. Petersburg skyline

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

From gardens to senior centers, Eckerd College students, faculty, staff and alumni will fan out across St. Petersburg to give back to the city that makes our campus special. More than 500 volunteers will spend half day shifts at local organizations offering people power to accomplish big projects to beautify and fortify our community’s resources. The first Day of Service is designed to enrich student learning by bridging campus and community to address real-time problems facing the greater Tampa Bay area. In between the morning and afternoon shifts, volunteers will lunch on the College’s Hough Quad to celebrate the launch of the Eckerd College St. Petersburg Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact. Read a review of the Day of Service