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4/5/2016 Member News
Eckerd College Calendar of Events for April

Eckerd College Calendar of Events for April

Eckerd College offers myriad activities and programs as a service to the community. All events are held on the Eckerd College campus and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise stated.

Eckerd College is located at 4200 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg. Programs and events are subject to change. For more information, email, visit or call (727) 864-7979.


Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the “Spiritual But Not Religious”
Dr. Linda Mercadante, Straker Chair of Historical Theology, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Monday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

Linda Mercadante is the B. Robert Straker Professor of Historical Theology at The Methodist Theological School in Ohio and is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Her areas of research interest include constructive theology; theology and culture; faith and film; addiction recovery; gender/race/ethnicity; interreligious dialogue; trinity; trauma/victimization; spiritual memoir; spiritual geography; and the “spiritual but not religious” movement. A recipient of the Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology, she is the author of Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual But Not Religious; Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl’s Spiritual Journey, and numerous essays on a variety of topics concerning faith and culture in American life.

Political Correctness on a Liberal Arts Campus: A Faculty and Student Panel Discussion
Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

A panel of Eckerd faculty and students will discuss "political correctness," especially as it functions in a liberal arts college. Audience participation will be encouraged.

No Matter Where You Go, There You Are: An Eckerd Alumnus's 10 Year Journey in Service-Learning
Joshua Orphanidys ’05
Thursday, April 14, 6:30 p.m., Fox Hall

How do you find fulfillment in your life? How do you find your passion? Joshua Orphanidys ’05 has been pursuing the answers to these questions all over the globe – from Eckerd to Ethiopia, Africa to Alaska, Hawaii to the Middle East, and beyond. More than just using bad jokes as ice breakers, Josh is a seasoned community-builder, expanding adult literacy programs, starting a social enterprise focused on self-empowerment and rural electricity, establishing a garden with women with HIV/AIDs and more! His international experience with grassroots community building and finding fulfillment in his life will be the topic for this CPS event. In this interactive CPS, Josh will share stories and lessons gleaned from the first ten years of his search for a well-lived life. No dull monologues here – you will not only hear his stories but also actually take part in activities that may lead to insights of your own.

Working for Culture Change: A Story of Survival, Healing and Action
Juliette Grimmett, MPH, Executive Director of Chysalis Network
Marc Grimmett, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Counselor Education, North Carolina State University
Tuesday, April 26, 7 p.m., Fox Hall

Juliette Grimmett and Marc Grimmett present a candid keynote address on the impact of rape culture on a couple’s story of survival and healing. Juliette will share her story of being raped as a first year college student, her journey to healing, and its impact on her work. Marc will speak to when he first recognized rape culture in high school and the impact of Juliette's experience on his life and in his work. Together they will address actions students can take to positively impact campus culture. Juliette Grimmett, MPH, has over 18 years of experience working in the field of sexual violence advocacy, education, and prevention and currently serves as the Executive Director of Chysalis Network. Marc Grimmett, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and coordinator for clinical mental health counseling in the counselor education program at North Carolina State University. Marc recently produced a film entitled My Masculinity Helps, which focuses on the role of African American men in the prevention of sexual violence.

Health Day–Aging: Everyone is Doing It!
Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m., Lewis House

We will focus on the informal caregiving experience, caregiver resources, and hear expert advice on how to cope with the caregiver role.


Met Opera Live in HD
Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux
Saturday, April 16, 1 p.m., Miller Auditorium

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, directed by Sir David McVicar, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini. Tickets are $25 each.

American Musical Perspectives on Nature
David Irwin, Eckerd Community Band & Chamber Orchestra, Director
Monday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

Large and small instrumental ensembles present American music relating to nature in honor of Earth Day.

Met Opera Live in HD
Strauss’ Elektra
Saturday, April 30, 1 p.m., Miller Auditorium

A new production, the genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conducts. Tickets are $25 each.


The Best of Everything
Thursday-Friday, April 14-15, 8 p.m., Bininger Theater

Adapted from the 1958 bestselling novel about ambitious secretaries in the big city, this new play follows a group of women who want "the best of everything" - thrilling careers, exciting adventures, and eventually, husbands and children - but they quickly find it isn't as easy as it looks to have it all.

Front Porch Society by Melda Beaty
Melda Beaty, Playwright, Author, and Assistant Professor of English, Olive Harvey College in Chicago
Erica Sutherlin, Stage Director, Actress, Filmmaker
Friday, April 14, 7 p.m., Fox Hall

A Play Reading and Talk-Back with Playwright Melda Beaty and Director Erica Sutherlin. Synopsis: November 4, 2008 in Marks, Mississippi. America is on the eve of electing its first Black president. Amidst the town's excitement over Barack Obama, Carrie Honey grieves her son's tragic death. After years of failed attempts to seek justice, Carrie has grown bitter and is no longer interested in life's celebrations. But when a scandal in town rocks this historic day, a past secret is revealed that restores her faded faith.

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN by Gina Ginofriddo
Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m., Bininger Theater

When Catherine, a celebrity author and academic, reunites with Gwen, her friend from grad school who has chosen a quieter life as a housewife, the grass starts to look greener for both of them, leading to a witty battle royale where the ultimate prize is Gwen’s husband. Staged reading by professional actors. Sponsored by A Simple Theatre.


Smoke Signals and Discussion
Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium

Showing of the 1998 film, Smoke Signals. This film tells the story of a young man whose father has died. His journey of self discovery and learning more about his way of life is portrayed during a road trip to collect his father's ashes. Discussion on American Indians in film to follow.

Nobody’s Perfect: A Billy Wilder Retrospective
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Directed by Billy Wilder (English, 121 minutes, 1959, digital screening)
Friday, April 8, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium

Sporting an all-star cast, including Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon, Some Like It Hot, the first film in this retrospective, follows two male musicians who dress as women and head to sunny Florida to escape the long arm of organized crime in 1920s Chicago. Voted the top comedy film of all time by the American Film Institute, Some Like It Hot traces the cracks and fissures of American gender and class identity and desire while sending up our own preconceptions of happiness in mid-century America.
The event will include a post-film discussion.
Part of the Eckerd College International Cinema Series
The Plight of Refugees: Film Series and Discussion
Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World
Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium
A short documentary that follows students at a New York City summer program for children seeking asylum from the world’s most volatile conflicts.

Nobody’s Perfect: A Billy Wilder Retrospective
Stalag 17 (1953)
Directed by Billy Wilder (English, 114 minutes, 1953, digital screening)
Friday, April 15, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium

In Wilder’s tenth feature and the second in this retrospective, William Holden plays a pragmatic capitalist prisoner of war trapped as much by the opinion of his fellow prisoners as by his German captors when the POWs suspect an informer in their ranks. A thinly veiled condemnation of collaborations with those in power who looked to keep Americans and other disenfranchised groups under surveillance, this black war comedy won Holden the Oscar for Best Actor and a Best Director nomination for Wilder, who noted Stalag 17 as one of his favorite films.
Part of the Eckerd College International Cinema Series

Just Eat It
Dr. Liza Conrad, Assistant Professor of Biology at Eckerd College
Sunday, April 17, 6 p.m., Miller Auditorium

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. Followed by a brief presentation on food waste by Dr. Liza Conrad.

Queer & Pleasant Danger
Tuesday, April 19, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium

In Queer & Pleasant Danger (2016), Kate Bornstein deconstructs gender and her own identity, arguing that gender is fluid and multidimensional. Bornstein is described as a "trailblazing artists-theorist-activist who inhabits a space between male and female with wit, style & astonishing candor." Panel discussion following film.

Nobody’s Perfect: A Billy Wilder Retrospective
Ace in the Hole (1951)
Directed by Billy Wilder (English, 111 minutes, 1951, digital screening)
Friday, April 22, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium

The third and final film in our series, Wilder’s ninth feature marked the first film in which he served as writer, producer, and director. The film stars Kirk Douglas as a down-on-his-luck small-town newspaper reporter who has seen better days and bigger stories. After a local man becomes trapped in a cave, Douglas exploits the man’s misfortune in order to get back on top. A searing indictment of the self-interest that often fuels media coverage, Ace in the Hole (titled The Big Carnival during its original release) aptly demonstrates the true meaning of the term “media circus.”
Part of the Eckerd College International Cinema Series

Cemetery of Splendor
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thai, 122 minutes, 2015, digital screening)
Friday, April 29, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium

Weerasethakul’s immersive, hypnotic eighth feature begins with a premise not out of place in a horror film: an epidemic of sleeping sickness has stricken a military regiment now housed in an ersatz hospital where family members and locals gently tend to the men. As one volunteer finds herself in synchronization with her chosen soldier, the boundary between the sleeping and awake, the living and the dead, becomes increasingly permeable. Cemetery of Splendor premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and the Masters section of the 2015 Toronto Film Festival.
Part of the Eckerd College International Cinema Series


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