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Presidential events series SPRING 2016

Lectures, fiLms, music, theatre and visuaL arts at eckerd coLLege

Presidential events series SPRING 2016

Lectures, fiLms, music, theatre and visuaL arts at eckerd coLLege

still from: a requiem for syrian refugees

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 the campus. this spring’s series is part of a campuswide discussion of race, class, gender and sexuality in contemporary american culture, including the empirical, social, artistic, historical, personal, environmental and spiritual dimensions common to our human experience and quests for meaning and purpose. the series is inspired by “the Human experience,” the cornerstone 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. for more information about eckerd’s “Human experience” two-course core sequence, visit the Presidential events Series also spotlights the arts at eckerd college by featuring the talent and creativity of eckerd’s campus community and artists from around florida. Underscoring eckerd’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the 18th annual Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature environmental film festival, hosted in miller auditorium, will present compelling and important films that expose us to new ways of thinking about our connections with the natural world. all the events in this series are offered as a service to the community. Your questions, comments and feedback are always welcome. We look forward to seeing you this spring! event information all events at eckerd College are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. dates, times and locations are subject to change. for more information please call 727-864-7979, email or 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: still from the Pearl button , part of the Visions of nature/Voices of nature environmental film festival at eckerd college

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The Refugee Crisis: A Panel Discussion Wednesday, March 9 7 p.m., Fox Hall Amelia Lyons, Ph.D.

associate Professor of History, university of central florida

Heide Castañeda, Ph.D.

associate Professor and graduate director of anthropology, university of south florida

David Jacobson, Ph.D.

Professor of sociology and founding director of the global initiative on civil society and conflict, university of south florida

Step Afrika! Thursday, February 18 7 p.m., Bininger Theater Step afrika! is the world’s first professional company dedicated to stepping, a percussive dance in which the body is used to produce complex rhythms and sounds through footsteps, spoken word and hand claps. Sponsored by the Afro-American Society and Palmetto Productions

Adam Guerin, Ph.D.

Panel Moderator and assistant Professor of History, eckerd college europe is experiencing the biggest flood of refugees since World War II. Germany alone registered 1.1 million refugees last year, mostly from Syria, afghanistan and Iraq. meanwhile, tens of thousands of people in Southeast asia have been displaced. a panel of experts will discuss the origins, dynamics and repercussions of these crises, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of women, children and families fleeing economic collapse, warfare and terror, as well as the politics that determine their fate. Sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta and the History Discipline

The Plight of Refugees: Film Series and Discussion this three-part series of film screenings and discussions will explore one of the most pressing issues of our time. each screening, at 7 p.m. in miller auditorium, will precede a presentation by and discussion with academic experts and others involved in the crisis.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea directed by david schmidt

Wednesday, February 17

A Requiem for Syrian Refugees directed by richard Wolf

Wednesday, March 16

Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes on the World

directed by renée silverman and Peter miller

Wednesday, April 13

Sponsored by the International Relations and Global Affairs Discipline and Pi Sigma Alpha

Black Lives Matter: An Evening with Opal Tometi Monday, February 29 7 p.m., Fox Hall Opal Tometi

executive director, black alliance for Just immigration; co-founder, black Lives matter black Lives matter is a loosely organized group that turned a protest rallying cry into a potent political movement and a runner-up for Time’s 2015 Person of the Year. opal tometi will discuss the origins of the movement and the effect of mass incarceration on the lives of black people. a Q&a session will follow. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Afro-American Society

Emma Cotton ’16

science Journalism major

Jenna Behnke ’15 biology major

Henry Ashworth ’16 biochemistry and philosophy major

Miss Representation Film Screening and Discussion Wednesday, March 2 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium this acclaimed documentary, directed by Jennifer siebel newsom, explores how mainstream media contribute to the underrepresentation of women in influential positions in american politics and society and challenges the limiting and often disparaging portrayals of women that make it difficult for the average girl to see herself as powerful. Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and the International Relations and Global Affairs Discipline

Black Futurities: Shape-Shifting Beyond the Limits of the Human Monday, March 7 7:30 p.m. Miller Auditorium Hazel V. Carby, Ph.D.

professor of african american studies and american studies, yale university a multimedia exploration of the meanings and dimensions of black futurity in the realm of the unfinished project of freedom. Sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa

Journalism in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter: The Pitfalls and Progress of Covering Race in America Tuesday, March 8 7 p.m., Fox Hall Eric Deggans

tv critic, national public radio eric deggans, NPR’s first tV critic and author of Race Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation, will discuss ways in which racial issues, including the black Lives matter movement, are covered by U.S. media. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Afro-American Society

An Eckerd College Look at Political Correctness on a Liberal Arts Campus Tuesday, April 12 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall Anthony Brunello, Ph.D.

professor of political science

Bill Mathews ’79

assistant professor of physical education and assistant athletic director

Shannon Collins

director of the office for advocacy and gender Justice

Ronald Porter ’05, Ph.D.

director of service-Learning

the topic of political correctness has made a comeback in recent months. Presidential candidates, political pundits and highereducation critics have cited a series of incidents big and small as examples of how free speech is threatened. a panel of eckerd faculty and students will discuss whether free speech should have any limits on a college campus. Sponsored by the Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS) and the Eckerd Queer/Straight Alliance

Working for Culture Change: A Story of Survival, Healing and Action Tuesday, April 26 7 p.m., Fox Hall Juliette Muellner-Grimmett executive director, chrysalis network; rape prevention education coordinator, north carolina state university

Marc Grimmett, Ph.D.

associate professor and coordinator for clinical mental health counseling, north carolina state university In observance of Sexual assault awareness month, Juliette muellner-Grimmett and marc Grimmett present an intimate perspective. muellner-Grimmett will discuss her rape during her first year in college and its impact on her work; Grimmett will discuss the impact of his wife’s experience on his life and work. He recently produced My Masculinity Helps, a film on the role of african-american men in preventing sexual violence. Sponsored by the Office for Advocacy and Gender Justice, and Eckerd College Feminists




the arts at eckerd college sPring 2016 Part of the Presidential events series below are many of the spring arts events at eckerd college. all events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. for the latest information and a complete list of events, visit

art & creative Writing A Tribute to Jim Crane

retrospective of Paintings, drawings and cartoons by the late Visual arts Professor Jan. 24–Mar. 6, cobb gallery

Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Works by residential Visual arts and interdisciplinary arts seniors Mar. 13–apr. 8, cobb gallery

Sophomore Show

Visual arts Portfolio Qualifying exhibition apr. 17–22, cobb gallery opening reception: sun., apr. 17, 3–5 p.m. gallery talk: Wed., apr. 20, 3:15 p.m.

Museum Lab Exhibition

curated by Marshall rousseau’s Museum lab class apr. 24–May 6, cobb gallery

Eckerd Review Visual Art Exhibition May 9–13, cobb gallery

Eckerd Review Reception and Reading

tues., May 10, 5 p.m., cobb gallery cobb gallery hours monday–friday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Film International Cinema Series

select fridays, feb. 12–May 6, 7 p.m. Miller auditorium the international cinema series presents critically acclaimed and important films from around the world, including independent and artistic american films. Please visit for the complete list of films and dates.

First Eckerd Film and Video Celebration

fri., May 13, 7 p.m., Miller auditorium a screening of film and video work produced this academic year on campus and beyond, including documentary shorts, foreign language videos, experimental films, video essays and Winter term videos. Vote for your favorites in the eckerd film and Video audience awards.

music Music for the Month of Love

conducted by Music Professor Joan epstein Wed., feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., roberts 104

The Met Opera 2015–16 live on screen at eckerd college select saturdays, Mar. 5–apr. 30, 1 p.m. Miller auditorium Please visit or call 727.864.8085 for details. all operas presented with english subtitles. Preferred pricing for olli/asPec members.

theatre The Vagina Monologues

Written by eve ensler sat., feb. 13, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Miller auditorium

The Best of Everything

Written by Julie kramer directed by associate theatre Professor gavin Hawk Wed., apr. 13–fri., apr. 15, 8 p.m.; sat., apr. 16, 2 p.m., bininger theater Presented by eckerd college theatre $10, public; $5, eckerd community; $1, eckerd students with id. Pay at the door, no reservations.

Rapture, Blister, Burn

a staged reading by a simple theatre Written by gina gionfriddo directed by associate theatre Professor gavin Hawk tues., apr. 19, 7:30 p.m., bininger theater tickets $15 general, $13 seniors

The Mountaintop

a staged reading by a simple theatre Written by katori Hall directed by associate theatre Professor gavin Hawk tues., May 10, 7:30 p.m., bininger theater tickets $15 general, $13 seniors 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. and share your art experience at

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Visions of nature/Voices of nature

18th annual environmental Film Festival | feb. 19–27

eckerd college I Miller auditoriuM I free adMission*

*no tickets required

for 18 years, the Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature environmental film festival has brought compelling and important films to the tampa bay area and the eckerd College community to raise awareness and promote discussion of matters relating to nature, place and the environment. film scholars and filmmakers from around the world engage the audience in a lively dialogue about the environmental perspectives contained in documentary, animated, experimental and feature films. details about the films and presenters can be found at the environmental film festival is organized by catherine griggs, Ph.d., associate professor of american studies and program coordinator, and nathan andersen, Ph.d., professor of philosophy and film studies. major support for the festival is provided by the Phoenix Venture Philanthropy foundation.

Film Festival sche dule friday, february 19, 7 p.m.

explorations in the amazon: Embrace of the Serpent director ciro guerra (Spanish, 125 min., 2015) introduced by elizabeth weatherford, founding director of the film and video center of the national museum of the american indian, smithsonian institution the amazonian shaman Karamakate guides two white explorers through the jungle in search of the yakruna, a sacred plant—once as a young man and once when he is much older and has forgotten many of his traditional ways. this international co-production was inspired by the travel diaries of the German explorer theodor Koch Grunberg (1872–1924) and the american explorer Richard evans Schultes (1915–2001), which offer the only known accounts of some amazonian peoples who no longer exist. the film won the art Cinema award at the Cannes film festival, is an official selection at the 2016 Sundance film festival and was selected as the Colombian entry for the best foreign Language film at the 88th academy awards.

saturday, february 20, 7 p.m. nature’s song: The Messenger

director su rynard (english, 84 min., 2015) introduced by su rynard this wide-ranging and contemplative documentary explores our deep connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. moving from the northern reaches of the boreal forest to the base of mount ararat in turkey to the streets of New York City, the film brings us face to face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks and many other airborne music makers. It is an engaging, visually stunning, emotional journey.

sunday, february 21, 2 p.m.

urban gardening: Can You Dig This? director delila vallot (english, 80 min., 2015) introduced by kent curtis, ph.d., assistant professor of history, the ohio state university an upbeat documentary examining the urban gardening revolution in South Central Los angeles, one of the largest food deserts in the country, this film follows the inspirational personal journeys of five “gangster gardeners,” all planting seeds for a better life.

monday, february 22, 7 p.m. florida wild: The Forgotten Coast

director eric bendick (english, 55 min., 2015) introduced by mallory Lykes dimmitt, executive director, the florida wildlife corridor a follow-up to the celebrated Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, The Forgotten Coast follows conservationist and expedition leader mallory Lykes dimmitt, black bear biologist Joe Guthrie and celebrated nature photographer Carlton Ward Jr. as they leave civilization behind and become immersed in a vast and unexplored wildlife corridor stretching from the everglades to the floridaalabama border.

tuesday, february 23, 7 p.m.

climate courage: This Changes Everything director avi Lewis (english, 89 min., 2015) introduced by darden rice ’00, vice chair, st. petersburg city council based on the best-selling book of the same name by Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to reimagine the vast challenge of climate change. filmed over 211 days in nine countries and five continents over four years, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from montana’s Powder River basin to the alberta tar Sands and beyond. Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

wednesday, february 24, 7 p.m. saving species: Racing Extinction

director Louie psihoyos (english, 90 min., 2015) introduced by gina papabeis, co-producer, Racing Extinction the academy award–winning team behind The Cove is back, with a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose the culprits responsible for endangering species throughout the world, leading to an unprecedented mass extinction. this could be the biggest story in the world, and we are collectively doing very little about it.

thursday, february 25, 7 p.m. down under: Charlie’s Country

director rolf de heer (english, 108 min., 2013)

introduced by nathan andersen, ph.d., professor of philosophy and film studies, eckerd college Charlie, a once-proud aboriginal warrior who had long ago danced before the queen of england, now lives in squalor in an australian reservation where he sees his people being treated like children by the white authorities. one day, fed up with it all, he leaves that life behind and heads into the woods, living the old way. director Heer’s film Twelve Canoes played at the 2010 Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature environmental film festival.

friday, february 26, 7 p.m. cosmic waters: The Pearl Button

director patricio guzmán (english, 82 min., 2015) introduced by James deutsch, ph.d., program curator, smithsonian institution; adjunct professor of american studies, george washington university a gorgeously filmed meditation on the importance of water by the acclaimed Chilean documentary filmmaker who created Nostalgia for the Light. the film alternates between the cosmic and the local, between the past and the present, between the timely and the timeless, between the environmental and the political.

saturday, february 27, 7 p.m.

environmental hopes: How to Let Go of the World (and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change) director Josh fox (english, 125 min., 2016) introduced by members of the film’s production team after a local victory in which community activists were able to prohibit fracking in the delaware River basin where he grew up, filmmaker Josh fox (Gasland and Gasland II) wants to just celebrate and enjoy nature for a while. then Hurricane Sandy hits New York City and he realizes the struggle isn’t over. He decides to focus on people around the world who are working for environmental change through civil disobedience, art, alternative energy and democracy, concluding that the collective drive to make a difference is the one thing climate can’t change. the film will premiere at the 2016 Sundance film festival. sponsored by: view festivaL updates environmentalfilmfest

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Presidential Event Series - Spring 2016