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Eckerd College

4200 54th Ave. S

St. Petersburg, 864-7979

Elie Wiesel, author and human rights activist, will be the keynote speaker for Eckerd College's 50th Anniversary Opening Convocation at 7 p.m. Thursday at McArthur Gymnasium. Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Humanities at Eckerd since 1993. Tickets for the free event are no longer available.

Larry Fessenden's 2006 film The Last Winter will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday at Miller Auditorium. An American oil company's advance team in the Alaskan wilderness is tormented by an invisible evil.

50th Anniversary: Founding and Current Faculty Art Show will be on display Friday through April 4 at Armacost Library. Exhibition hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The 10th Annual Environmental Film Festival begins Saturday and continues through March 1 at Miller Auditorium. There will be a reception with the film's presenter before each screening and a question-and-answer period after the film. For film details, visit www.environmentalfilmfest.com.

Saturday, 7 p.m., The Unforeseen (2007), directed by Laura Dunn.

Sunday, 2 p.m., Animation Celebration! presented by Millie Seubert, curator of film of the Native American Film and Video Festival, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, New York.

Monday, 7 p.m., Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004), presented by writer and co-director Jeff Springer.

Tuesday, 7 p.m. Eckerd Alumni Night. Exploring the Mother of Waters (2006), presented by co-director Brian Eustis; and Washing Away (2006), presented by Joe Murphy.

Feb. 27,7 p.m., American Values, American Wilderness (2005), presented by writer/director Chris Barns.

Feb. 28, 7 p.m., In the Shadow of the Moon (2007), presented by Jim Deutsch, program curator at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Feb. 29, 7 p.m., Stand van de maan (Shape of the Moon) (2004), presented by director Leonard Retel Helmrich.

March 1, 7 p.m., Up the Yangtze (2007), directed by Yung Chang; presented by Hong Gu, Chinese instructor at Eckerd College.

The Holocaust Across the Disciplines: An Eckerd Faculty Roundtable will be 7 p.m. Monday in the Triton Room. Mark Davis, psychology; Catherine Dayton, biology; William Felice, international relations and global affairs; Davina Lopez, religious studies; and Scott Ward, creative writing; will discuss the impact of the Holocaust on their fields of study.

Etienne Terblanche, South African poet and environmentalist, will present The "Plum Survives its Poems": Nature in Poems by E.E. Cummings, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Franklin Templeton, Room 211. Terblanche teaches poetry at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. He will discuss the ecological or "green" consciousness of modernist American poetry.

University of South Florida St. Petersburg

140 Seventh Ave. S

St. Petersburg, 873-4456

Frank Deford, an award-winning sports journalist and author, will present Seldom Told Stories: The Fabric of Sports in American Culture at 7 p.m. today at the Campus Activities Center. Deford is a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition, a senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated and the author of 15 books, including Everybody's All-American and Alex: The Life of Child.

Spring College Day, an open house for prospective students, is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Campus Activities Center. Information will be available on admissions, financial aid, housing, academics and the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education. Students who apply for admission at Spring College Day will not be charged an application fee. Call 873-4879.

St. Petersburg College

6605 Fifth Ave. N

St. Petersburg

The St. Petersburg College Band and trombonist David Manson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Music Center. The program will include Rimsky-Korsakoff's Trombone Concerto and works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, J.S. Bach, Warren Benson, Claude Debussy, John Philip Sousa and SPC graduate Stephen Montague. Call 341-4301.

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