Saint Leo University students have arrived for Spring Semester 2020 and with the start of classes, a number of cultural programs have been scheduled that are open to the public as well as to the campus community. The campus is located at 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, 33574, and there is always parking in the campus garage.

No classes are being held on Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so that students may work in service projects. But the public is invited to a concert the evening of the next day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. week at Saint Leo.

  • Motivational speaker and rapper Bunduki Ramadan, a native of Somalia, will share his story at 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 21, in the Student Community Center's Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms. Admission is free. Known as Hip Hop Duke, Ramadan is an Atlanta-based hip-hop artist and rapper whose story is featured in the documentary HipHopDuke: Uplifting Rap. His messages of working hard, being kind, and overcoming obstacles resonate with diverse audiences of all ages.

More events are also taking place in the following days and weeks.

    • A Theology Roundtable on "Faith and Science" is an online, interactive discussion scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 22. Theology and religion faculty members Dr. Marc Pugliese and instructor Thomas Poynor will talk through questions such as whether religion and science conflict, how to view the Bible in light of modern knowledge, and more. To listen and participate, send an email in advance to with "Theology Roundtable" in the subject line, and you will receive a link. There is no cost for this interactive event.
  • The Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies will host guest Rabbi Jack Bemporad to campus for a lecture Tuesday, February 4, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardroom of the Student Community Center. His topic is "Faith and the Message of the Prophets." Admission is free. Rabbi Bemporad is an internationally known scholar and expert facilitator in the field of interreligious studies and serves as rabbi of Congregation Micah in Cresskill, NJ.
  • The Department of Language Studies and the Arts invites the community to attend a literature reading featuring author Jennifer Maritza McCauley on Wednesday, February 5, from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m., on the first floor of the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library. Admission is free.

    McCauley earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University and is studying for her doctorate in creative writing from the University of Missouri. Some of her writing explores race and identity from the point of view of a woman of African-American and Puerto Rican descent. Her collection of poetry and prose, Scar On/Scar Off, was published in 2017 by Stalking Horse Press, and she is working on a historical novel.

Contact Megan Case for more information at (352) 588-8401 or by email at