What's up on campus

Published March 28, 2007

Area universities and colleges offer educational lectures and programs open to the public. The Times lists these events in an occasional column. All events are free unless otherwise indicated. Send information at least two weeks in advance to Catherine Cushing, the Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.

Eckerd College

4200 54th Ave. S

St. Petersburg, 864-7979

Brian MacHarg, director of service learning at the Center for Applied Liberal Arts at Eckerd, will speak on Service and Prospects for Freedom in Burma following a dinner at 6:30 p.m. today at the Continuing Education Center. The cost is $15. This is part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Eckerd College Faculty Speaker Series. To register, call 864-7600.

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Rudy Gelis, ornithologist with the Yanayacu Biological Station in Cosanga, Ecuador, will speak on Natural History of Birds in Ecuador at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Galbraith Marine Science Auditorium. Gelis is co-author of Plumas: Birds in Ecuador.

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Micheline Ishay, professor and director of the International Human Rights Program at the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, will speak on The History of Human Rights: From Ancient Times to the Globalization Era at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Raymond James Room at Fox Hall. Ishay will talk about the struggle for human rights beginning from the Mesopotamian Codes of Hammurabi.

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The 2006 Spanish film The Aura will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday at Miller Auditorium. By Fabian Bielinsky, the film is about a cynical, epileptic taxidermist obsessed with committing the perfect crime. In Spanish with subtitles.

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Humanities Challenge: Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College's fourth annual Science Day presentation, will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lewis House. Presenters will include Maurice Williams, former State Department undersecretary for development, ambassador to the Paris-based Organization for Cooperation and assistant secretary-general of the United Nations; Jim Sweeny, a chemist for the Coca-Cola Co. in Atlanta for 27 years; Stan Reimer, a clinical chemist and former assistant commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and director of the NYC Public Health Labs; and Ray Cooper, a physicist who participated in the above-ground nuclear tests in Nevada and managed the radiological physics and risk assessment programs of the Atomic Energy Commission and the Department of Energy. $5 admission includes lunch, coffee breaks and a reception after the presentations. Advance registration is required. Call 864-8836 or send email to aspecrsvp@eckerd.edu.

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David Irwin and Dragana Bajalovic will play a clarinet and piano recital at 3 p.m. Sunday at Roberts Music Center, Room 104. The program will include music by Brahms, Poulenc and Martinu.

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The Power of Forgiveness, a new documentary by Journey Films, will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday at Miller Auditorium. The film features segments on Ground Zero, the Amish, Beirut and Belfast and interviews with Thich Nhat Hanh, Elie Wiesel, Azim Khamisa, the Rev. James Forbes and Thomas Moore in an examination of how forgiveness can alleviate anger and grief. There will be a discussion with filmmaker Martin Doblmeier after the screening.

St. Petersburg College

6605 Fifth Ave. N

St. Petersburg

John Pickett will perform a piano recital at 8 p.m. Friday at the Music Center. The program will include music by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy and Mussorgsky. Call 341-4301.