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The Thing With Feathers author Noah Strycker

The Presidential Events Series is designed to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the College community by bringing well-known scholars, artists, scientists and distinguished individuals to our campus. This fall’s series brings together a diverse group of speakers, all pushing to expand the circle of moral concern by asking listeners to consider the true nature of the Biblical question posed to Jesus, “Who is your neighbor?” Be it nations, religious groups, ethnic minorities, school children or even birds, all are considered vital in the quest for global citizenhood in the 21st century. Eckerd College president Don Eastman addressed this important issue in his May 2016 Baccalaureate address: In my view, in this complicated world, two things are clear: It is our duty to minister to the ‘other,’ however foreign and unknown to us, as the Samaritan did despite the traditional enmity between the Samaritans and the Jews. Because there are always ‘others.’ Where there were Irish, Italians, Armenians, Jews, African-Americans, gays and lesbians, there are now Muslims and Mexicans and transgender people. This is the path of social justice, and it is the moral imperative for each of us. The series is inspired by “The Human Experience,” the cornerstone of the first-year academic program at Eckerd College. This introduction to Eckerd’s General Education curriculum provides students with a foundation in the liberal arts and a platform to awaken their scholarly interests. Every event in this series is offered as a service to the community. Your questions, comments and feedback are always welcome. We look forward to seeing you this fall! Event Information All events at Eckerd College are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. For more information about Eckerd College events, please call 727.864.7979, email, or visit or For more information about Eckerd’s Human Experience two-course core sequence, visit Keep up with news and events through InsideEckerd, an e-newsletter distributed every other week during the academic year. Sign up at Cover image by Robert Hodgell, Hang On (detail), linocut, n.d. (part of the Imagining Justice exhibition)

Noah Strycker

Author and Birder The Thing With Feathers (2014), the Eckerd College summer reading assignment for 2016, is Noah Strycker’s second book about his travels and studies of the birds of the world. Making scientific observations written in lyrical prose, Strycker observed various species of birds, finding commonalities and differences between the avian species and his own. He details the lifelong love stories of the albatross and the social hierarchy of chickens to reveal humans do not own complex ideas and social interaction. His first book, Among Penguins (2011), took the writer and photographer to Antarctica as the onboard ornithologist for an expedition. At just 30, Strycker has dedicated his life to the science of birds, winning the American Birding Association’s Young Birder of the Year Award in 2004. After publishing his second book, Strycker embarked on a 41-country expedition where he set a Guinness Book World Record of seeing more than 6,000 species of birds in one calendar year. Strycker graduated from Oregon State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife and a Minor in Fine Arts. He works as an associate editor for Birding magazine and regularly writes for Audubon magazine. He also tours the country giving presentations to natural history groups and at festivals, universities and conventions. Sponsored by the Class of 1968 Distinguished Visiting Scholar Endowment in partnership with the Foundations Collegium

“The Ethics of Interdependence brilliantly demonstrates why we should support human rights at home and abroad, framing the argument in lucid prose, enlivened by four fascinating case studies. I regard Felice’s book as necessary reading for both college students and citizens of conscience everywhere.” —Richard Falk,Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University “William F. Felice’s book shines a clear light on American citizens’ moral interdependence with those around the world. It is an exemplary blend of dispassionate analysis and clear ethical commitment. Highly recommended.” —Brent Pickett, University of Wyoming “William F. Felice offers a challenging and eloquent argument for what he calls the ‘ethical interdependence of human rights and duties.’ In ways that reach more deeply into the issues than even the best textbooks, Felice develops four diverse case studies that illustrate how ethical principles can, and should, be applied to real-world problems.These cases—typically relegated to a paragraph or two as afterthoughts in larger books—illustrate, in impressively specific terms, the range of dilemmas and duties faced by all who profess to support universal human rights.This book would be a wonderful addition to courses on justice and human rights across the liberal-arts curriculum.” —Michael J. Smith,Thomas C. Sorensen Professor, University of Virginia In this powerful book,William F. Felice argues that a new range of human rights duties for individuals, nation-states, and global institutions has emerged in our modern interconnected era. He investigates the compelling ideas of ethical interdependence and new global human rights duties in four case studies: mass incarceration in the United States, LGBT rights in Africa, women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, and environmental rights in China. Felice argues that in all four cases a “human rights threshold” has been surpassed, and urgent action is needed to address unacceptable levels of human suffering. Beginning with a primer on how the international community through the United Nations has codified international human rights law, Felice explores the conflicts between rights, problems of compliance, and the difficulties that emerge when cultural and religious rights are privileged over the rights of individuals and groups. He shows that a robust normative framework of global governance and global citizenship is central to the actualization of human rights protection for all.

The Ethics of Interdependence Global Human Rights and Duties

The Ethics of Interdependence

Tuesday, September 13 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall



The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human

William F. Felice is professor of international relations and global affairs at Eckerd College.

William F. Felice 800-462-6420

New Millennium Books in International Studies

Cover image: Clay monoprint by Dale Lappe.

The Ethics of Interdependence: Global Human Rights and Duties Thursday, September 22 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

One Drop of Love Thursday, September 15 7 p.m. Miller Auditorium Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni Actor, Producer, Educator

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni brings her one-woman show produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon that examines what it means to be mixed race in America’s fixedrace society. DiGiovanni delivers 16 unique characters and deeply personal monologues about her journey of self-discovery and forgiveness. The title evokes an early-American classification rule that deemed those who possessed even “one drop” of negro blood to be negro and thus subject to the discrimination and limitations set upon that group at the time. DiGiovanni’s show takes aim at that idea and closes with a talk-back discussion where audience members may ask questions on matters of race and love. Sponsored by the Eckerd College Office of Multicultural Affairs and Latinos Unidos

Colette Bancroft

Book Editor, Columnist, Tampa Bay Times

William F. Felice, Ph.D.

Author; Professor of Political Science, Eckerd College Dr. William Felice will sit down with Tampa Bay Times book editor Colette Bancroft to discuss four major human rights crises from across the globe and the moral imperative to enact change now. Felice’s new book, The Ethics of Interdependence: Global Human Rights and Duties, looks at the case studies of mass incarceration in the U.S., LGBTQ+ rights in Africa, women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and environmental rights in China to draw attention to unacceptable levels of human suffering for each of these populations. Felice will talk solutions as well as answer questions about the importance of global citizenship and global governance in protecting human rights. Sponsored by the Behavioral Sciences Collegium

The Browning of America

The Effects of Resegregation in Pinellas County Public Schools

Thursday, October 6 7 p.m., Fox Hall

Monday, October 10 6:30 p.m., Fox Hall

Ray Suarez

Nathaniel Lash

Author, Veteran Journalist By 2042, the U.S. will be a country with a “minority majority,” a dramatic departure from centuries of American history. The country’s story is one of continuously widening the definition of who is a “real American,” and many question whether our newest immigrants, predominantly from Spanishspeaking countries, will ever become fully integrated. As our demographics evolve, so will our schools, commerce, politics and workforce.





Ray Suarez, former host of PBS’s Newshour and Al Jazeera America’s Inside Story, explains how this “browning of America” is a positive continuation of our robust immigrant tradition and how we all have a stake in this cultural shift. Sponsored by the Eckerd College Office of Multicultural Affairs and Latinos Unidos

Data Reporter, Tampa Bay Times On Dec. 18, 2007, the Pinellas County School Board abandoned integration. It justified the vote with bold promises: Schools in poor black neighborhoods would get more money, more staff, more resources. The board delivered none of that. Nathaniel Lash, a data reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, spent much of 2015 working with a team on the Failure Factories series that published “Why Pinellas County is the worst place in Florida to be black and go to public school,” which demonstrated the disastrous effects of resegregation. The series went on to win a 2016 Pulitzer Prize and force the Pinellas County School Board to start searching for solutions to a self-made problem. Lash will discuss the importance of the series and of using datadriven investigative journalism to hold government officials accountable to the most vulnerable populations. Sponsored by the Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS)

Consuming China: Environmental Challenges Today and Tomorrow Thursday, October 27 7 p.m. Galbraith Auditorium Stephen Van Holde, Ph.D. Author; R. Todd Ruppert Associate Professor of International Studies, Kenyon College

Professor Stephen Van Holde has turned his scholarship toward a question many environmentalists are posing, “Can China’s burgeoning economic growth, political freedom and environmental protection be reconciled?” While China’s consumer revolution has radically eased Chinese lives and raises hopes of a still better future, that consumption has come at a huge environmental cost for people in China and around the globe. How can those environmental challenges be addressed? Does China have anything to teach us about our own environmental challenges? Van Holde will discuss this pressing issue and others facing the environmental strain that consumerism has placed on the planet. Sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation in partnership with the Environmental Studies discipline

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Redefining Entrepreneurship: An Evening With Gary Schoeniger

An Evening With

Wednesday, November 2 Eboo Patel 7 p.m., Fox Hall Thursday, November 3 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall Gary Schoeniger Author; Chief Executive Officer, Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative

Gary Schoeniger, founder of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative and internationally recognized thought leader in the field of entrepreneurial mindset education, will offer a keynote presentation on redefining entrepreneurship. Moving beyond the traditional concept of entrepreneurship as the creation and management of small businesses, this talk encourages listeners to understand entrepreneurship as a framework for thinking and acting that can empower anyone to succeed. Schoeniger’s talk will be based upon the contents of his recent book (co-authored with Clifton Taulbert), Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons From an Unlikely Entrepreneur, which links entrepreneurship to cultivating qualities and aims such as persistence, creativity, excellent observational skills and strong communities. Sponsored by the Eckerd College Program for Experienced Learners, Executive and Continuing Education, and Office of the Dean of Students in partnership with the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College

Eboo Patel

Author, Founder of Interfaith Youth Core Days before our national election, national interfaith leader and founder of Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core Eboo Patel will give an interactive presentation about what makes America exceptional—its commitment to pluralism and peaceful coexistence of differing faiths and ideologies. Author of Acts of Faith (2007) and Sacred Ground (2012), Patel will engage students and community members about the responsibilities of citizenship in the U.S. Patel said in Sacred Ground: “Pluralism is not a birthright in America; it’s a responsibility. Pluralism does not fall from the sky; it does not rise up from the ground. People have fought for pluralism. People have kept the promise. America is exceptional not because there is magic in our air but because there is fierce determination in our citizens.” Part of the Center for Spiritual Life Burchenal Lecture Series and co-sponsored by the Class of 1968 Distinguished Visiting Scholar Endowment in partnership with the Foundations Collegium

Faces of AIDS Thursday, December 1 6:30 p.m. Wireman Chapel There aren’t any video challenges blazing across the Internet to raise awareness for an epidemic that has infected 1.2 million Americans in all 50 states. Florida has the highest rate of new HIV infection cases in the country, and Pinellas County has had a 30 percent increase in infections in the past year. Why aren’t we hearing about this? People affected by the growing epidemic of HIV/AIDS will form a panel to put faces to the issue. They’ll discuss the gender, race, class and sexuality taboos that keep AIDS from being treated as a major American public health crisis. Following the panel this evening, on World AIDS Day, there will be a candlelight vigil for those who have lost their lives to the disease. Sponsored by the Office of Service-Learning and the Center for Spiritual Life

THE ARTS AT ECKERD COLLEGE FALL 2016 Part of the Presidential Events Series

Below are many of the fall arts events planned at Eckerd College. For the latest information and a complete listing of events, visit


Hidden Treasures and Recent Acquisitions IV Selected Works From the Eckerd College Permanent Collection Aug. 20–Oct. 7, Cobb Gallery

Imagining Justice: The Exhibition Works From the Eckerd College Permanent Collection Oct. 10–Dec. 2, Cobb Gallery

The Nearly Annual Christmas Show & Sale Ceramics, Prints, Paintings, Calligraphy and More! Dec. 4–13, Cobb Gallery Opening Reception: Sunday, Dec. 4, 3–5 p.m.

Cobb Gallery Hours

Monday–Friday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


International Cinema Series Sept. 16–Dec. 2 Fridays (except Nov. 25), 7 p.m. Miller Auditorium The International Cinema Series presents critically acclaimed films from around the world, including independent American films. Please visit for the complete list of films.

Embracing the Art of Filmmaking: A Conversation With Oscar-Nominated Director Ciro Guerra Sat., Oct. 1, 6 p.m., Miller Auditorium Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra, who has won a series of top honors at the Cannes 2015: Directors’ Fortnight and at the Platino Ibero-American Film Awards for his third film, Embrace of the Serpent, will speak about his career as a filmmaker and his aims as an artist. Sponsored by the International Cinema Series and presented in collaboration with the Sunscreen Film Festival

Queer & Pleasant Danger Tues., Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium Kate Bornstein deconstructs gender and her own identity, arguing that gender is fluid and multidimensional in 2016’s Queer & Pleasant Danger documentary. Bornstein, who has been identified as transgender, uses the film to tell her story, share her theories and reveal her hoped-for legacy as she battles a lung cancer diagnosis. She is described as a “trailblazing artist-theorist-activist who inhabits a space between male and female with wit, style and astonishing candor.” Panel discussion following film. Sponsored by the Eckerd College Women’s Resource Center, Eckerd College Queer/Straight Alliance and the Eckerd College Feminists

Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey Tues., Nov. 8, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey documents the punishing journey on foot undertaken by Buddhists to draw attention to environmental disaster and cultural extinction in the Himalayan region. This film introduces us to contemporary Buddhist activism, Himalayan culture, and Buddhist philosophy and practice. Sponsored by the Religious Studies discipline


Taking Flight: In Memoriam— David Irwin Sun., Oct. 9, 3 p.m., Roberts Music Center 104 Eckerd College faculty and students perform bird-inspired solo songs and chamber music to celebrate the late David Irwin, Eckerd’s instrumental music director 1997–2016.

Mostly Macabre II Mon., Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m., Wireman Chapel Steep yourself in the sounds of Halloween as student and faculty musicians perform weird, ghoulish music of various genres.

Matisse Jazz Project Featuring Christopher Bakriges, Ph.D., and Stanley Chepaitis, DMA Wed., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Miller Auditorium Eckerd students and faculty will join Elms College professor Christopher Bakriges and Indiana University (Pa.) professor Stanley Chepaitis in a collaborative performance involving music, visual arts and video inspired by the iconic scissor cuts of Henri Matisse that were collectively published as Jazz in 1947.

Birds of a Feather: Winter Choir Concert Brent Douglas, Director Sun., Dec. 11, 3 p.m., Wireman Chapel The Eckerd College Concert Choir and its select ensembles are joined by a professional chamber orchestra for an afternoon of birdinspired music, including seasonal selections.


Stupid F***ing Bird A Play by Aaron Posner Directed by Cynthia Totten, Ph.D. Wed., Thur. and Fri., Nov. 9–11, 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12, 2 p.m., Bininger Theater Presented by Eckerd College Theatre Funny, irreverent reimagining of Chekhov’s The Seagull that explores love, art, theatre and how to effect positive change in this miserable world. Rated R for adult language and situations. Admission: $10 general public, $5 EC community, $1 EC students with ID

A scene from Bartlett Sher’s new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (Met Opera HD) Photo: Brescia/Amisano

Live HD St. Pete Come and experience the world-renowned Metropolitan Opera and London’s National Theatre without leaving St. Petersburg. Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Eckerd College, Live HD St. Pete broadcasts productions from New York and London in high definition on the movie theater screen in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium on campus. Season tickets for the year’s 10 Metropolitan Opera events are $225 for the general public or $199 for members of OLLI and the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC). Season tickets for the fall 2016 productions of the National Theatre are $90 for the public and $80 for OLLI and ASPEC members. Tickets to individual productions of the MET HD and National Theater HD cost $25 for the general public and $22 for OLLI/ASPEC members. For the full season schedules and to purchase your tickets, please visit

All events at Eckerd College are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Events, dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please visit for the latest information.





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