April 3, 2015

 Left to right: Rachel Goldstein, Alison L. Van Eenennaam and Lee R. Dehaan

Conference to focus on food security issues

Scientists, policy makers and the general public will gather at Eckerd College this month for the two-day Eckerd College Food Security Conference to discuss GMOs, growing grains for food not biofuels and how to feed a global population that will double in the next 35 years.

The aim of the April 24-25 conference is to help shape public policy about food that is grounded in science. 


The conference, to be held in the round at Wireman Chapel, will be divided into two distinct parts. The first day will be devoted to presentations by three internationally recognized experts, who will then be questioned by a panel of fellow scientists, academics, policy makers and students. The audience will participate through written questions. The second day will be devoted to small-group sessions involving panelists and audience members to draft ways policy makers can turn ideas into action.


Presenters will be Rachel Goldstein, global sustainability manager for Mars Inc.; Alison L. Van Eenennaam, cooperative extension specialist in animal genomics and biotechnology at the University of California, Davis; and Lee R. Dehaan, plant geneticist at the Land Institute in Salina, Kan.  


Summaries of the ideas, debates and papers will be compiled by Eckerd students and presented to policy makers. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required along with participation both days. Read more, view the schedule and register here.

Winter Term photo, video winners announced
Eckerd students spent Winter Term studying around the world--China, Cuba, Italy, Belize, Spain, Eduador--16 trips in all. Many students documented their study abroad courses with photos and videos and entered them in the annual Winter Term Photo and Video Contests. A total of 147 photos in five categories and eight videos were submitted. The grand prize for photography (above) was awarded to computer science major Taylor Hedge '16 of Pleasanton, Calif., who made a panorama of the inside of a church in a small village on the outskirts of Salzburg, Austria, during the Culture of Coffee and Chocolate course. The first-place video (below) was made by communication major Christina Rosetti '15 of St. Petersburg, showing scenes from her course on Cuba & USA Economic Systems. Congratulations to all the winners in each category. All the submitted photos can be viewed at the Eckerd Flickr account and all the submitted videos at the Eckerd YouTube channel. 



Admitted students Explore Eckerd

This is a busy time of year at Eckerd. Not only are students heading into the final weeks of the Spring Semester; admitted students are flocking to our beautiful waterfront campus in droves for Explore Eckerd. We had 135 admitted students on campus this past Sunday, March 29, and Monday, March 30. Including students' family members, 340 people roamed the campus, spending time with Eckerd students and professors, exploring the Waterfront and South Beach, and generally learning more about Eckerd while having fun. At the Waterfront (above), students danced, played games and enjoyed a bonfire. A good time was had by all, and many of the admitted students are expected to join us for Autumn Term in August. Two more Explore Eckerd weekends are planned: April 12-13 and April 19-20. 

Eckerd professor shares Cuba insights

A community forum on the future of U.S. travel and trade with Cuba, organized by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, was held at the Tampa International Airport Marriott on Monday, March 30, where attendees heard from Economics Professor Peter Hammerschmidt about the recent Winter Term trip there. Hammerschmidt (photo, second from left) discussed Cuba's thriving underground economy, the growing private sector and the lure of tourist jobs for even the best-educated Cubans. He suggested some advice for business leaders looking for economic opportunities in Cuba, repeating what became the motto of the two-week trip for the 18 students who studied Cuba: "Everything is possible but nothing is guaranteed." Read more about the trip in this Tampa Bay Times Perspective piece.

Martha Nussbaum,
leading political philosopher
Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund distinguished service professor of law and ethics at The University of Chicago Law School, has been called "one of the most remarkable and luminous minds of our time" and "one of the world's leading philosophers." She will discuss "Anger and Revolutionary Justice" on Monday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Fox Hall. Nussbaum argues in support of the revolutionary movements of Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela that were based on a commitment to justice through peace, not anger. Her lecture is part of the Presidential Events Series.
Hundreds of alumni attend Reunion Weekend
Eckerd's 2015 Reunion Weekend was a huge success with approximately 600 alumni returning to campus. President Eastman hosted the Alumni Summit (above) where he launched the PLAN--a strategic map for alumni engagement focusing on the key areas of philanthropy, leadership, advocacy and networking. The lives and careers of several alumni who have made a difference for their alma mater and the world were honored at the Alumni Awards Breakfast. The Class of 1965 was inducted into the Golden Triton Society. And the new Golden Tritons made history, collectively making the largest reunion gift ever at Eckerd College. Plans already are underway for next year's Reunion Weekend--mark your calendars for March 4-6, 2016! If you are interested in getting involved with the planning, please contact Jessica Fugate at fugatejb@eckerd.edu. | View more photos.
Dali Museum, Eckerd partner on surreal films
The annual Eckerd College Surreal Fest and Film Contest on Feb. 28 included a free public screening of seven surrealist films created by Eckerd students. The films, which were screened for free at Miller Auditorium, were judged by Professor of Visual Arts Arthur Skinner '72, Christian Nielsen Professor of Film Studies Christina Petersen, Instructor in Visual and Interdisciplinary Arts Marita Contreras and Dali Museum Education Curator Peter Tush. The first-place winner was Sorella Andersen '18 of St. Petersburg, a visual arts and creative writing double major. The second-place winner was Josh Freeman '16 of Brookline, Mass., an international business major.  

The Lesson You Forgot To Learn (Or didn't want to)
The Lesson You Forgot to Learn (or Didn't Want To)
by Sorella Andersen

Passportal by Josh Freeman


The State of Eckerd

Wednesday, April 8, 4 p.m.

Lewis House

President Don Eastman


Real Talk! Towards a Holistic Educational Pedagogy Empowering Students, Educators and Communities

Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m.

Fox Hall

Paul Hernandez, Educator and Social Activist

Anger and Revolutionary Justice

Monday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.

Fox Hall

Martha Nussbaum, Ph.D., Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago

Food Security Conference

Friday, April 24, 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.

Wireman Chapel

Alison L. Van Eenennaam, Ph.D., Cooperative Extension Specialist in Animal Genomics and Biotechnology at the University of California, Davis

Rachel Goldstein, Global Sustainability Manager, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Mars Inc.

Lee R. Dehaan, Ph.D., Plant Geneticist at the Land Institute in Salina, Kan.

Taking it Personally: 

Why Gender Violence Is an Issue for Men

Wednesday, April 29, 7 p.m.

Fox Hall

Jackson Katz, Educator, Filmmaker, Author and Social Theorist



A play by Sarah Ruhl

Wednesday, April 15-Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m.; Wednesday, April 22-Thursday, April 23, 8 p.m.

Bininger Theatre

$10 general public, $5 Eckerd community, $1 students with ID

The Zoo Story

By Edward Albee

Thursday, April 30-Saturday, May 2, 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 2-Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m.

The Studio Theatre


Organ Recital

Sunday, April 12, 3 p.m.

Wireman Chapel

Leon Couch III

Professor of Music, Birmingham-Southern College



Who is Dayani Cristal?

Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m.

Miller Auditorium

Directed by Marc Silver

Center for Human Rights.

(English/Spanish, 85 minutes, 2013, digital screening)

Cinema Is Nicholas Ray I:

Rebel Without a Cause

Friday, April 10, 7 p.m.

Miller Auditorium

Directed by Nicholas Ray

(English, 111 minutes, 1955, digital screening)

Cinema Is Nicholas Ray II: Bigger Than Life

Friday, April 17, 7 p.m.

Miller Auditorium

Directed by Nicholas Ray

(English, 95 minutes, 1956, digital screening)

Cinema Is Nicholas Ray III: In a Lonely Place

Friday, April 24, 7 p.m.

Miller Auditorium

Directed by Nicholas Ray

In a Lonely Place is a rarely screened example of Ray's early work overshadowed by the more famous meditation on Hollywood celebrity.

(English, 94 minutes, 1950, digital screening)



Tuesday, April 7

Women's Tennis

vs. Rollins College 


Thursday, April 9

Men's Tennis

vs. Saint Leo University


Thursday, April 9

Women's Tennis

vs. Saint Leo University


Friday, April 10

Women's Sand Volleyball

vs. College of Charleston


Saturday, April 11

Women's Sand Volleyball

at Fiesta on Siesta Tournament


Saturday, April 11

Men's Tennis

vs. Rollins College

Sunday, April 12

Women's Sand Volleyball

at Fiesta on Siesta Tournament


Wednesday, April 15

Women's Tennis

vs. University of Tampa

Visit Eckerd Athletics Calendar for details.


"Eckerd College is now in the process of establishing a relationship with the University of Havana where we're going to send marine science students there to study and hopefully have a reciprocal opportunity for them to send professors and students our way."

--Economics Professor Peter Hammerschmidt, quoted by WUSF Public Media in a report on a March 30 Cuba Forum at Tampa International Airport.

"Nothing could be worse for a college campus than to have both students and professors armed."


--Professor of Political Science Anthony Brunello in a March 17 interview on WMNF-FM on proposed legislation to allow guns at public colleges and universities in Florida.

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