Resources in Humanities

Our newest facility, the Academic Center and Koski Plaza incorporates sustainable features and includes 10 classrooms, 36 faculty offices and a state-of-the-art computer lab. In the center of the courtyard is the Four Winds Sculpture by renowned artist Bruce White. Located adjacent to the library, this 36,000-square-foot Academic Center and Koski Plaza is a hub for learning and social interaction. Offices for the Division of Humanities and many of its faculty are housed here.

The Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College is home to a broad assortment of books, scholarly journals, national and international databases, and other print and electronic media related to the study of humanities and is available to students throughout the year. It is also a place for conversation, meetings and other forms of social interaction.

The hotspot of the library is the Academic Resource Center (ARC) with café-style seating and every modern technological amenity in the book. It houses the Writing Resource Center, Quantitative Resource Center, Language Resource Center, Educational Technology Services and an open-use computer lab. The ARC provides state-of-the-art technology and plenty of room for library patrons to study and collaborate. Around the corner is the Dr. Helen N. Fagin Holocaust Collection, a contemplative place for in-depth research about the Holocaust and genocide. The library offers electronic linkage to libraries worldwide and a web-based system that delivers state-of-the-art information with the personal guidance of a small college, print and electronic-reserve materials, and ready access to material throughout the State University System of Florida. The library is a shared resource with USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Built around a central courtyard, the Caples Fine Arts Complex is the heart of music, sculpture and the fine arts on campus. The 257-seat Sainer Auditorium is used for music, theater and dance performances by students and visiting artists, including the contemporary music series New Music New College and lecture series New Topics New College. Both programs are free for students. The art and sculpture buildings include a printmaking studio arts lab with Mac computers and peripherals, plus woodworking and welding shops. Music students have access to the latest computer technology and software.

The Black Box Theater is a flexible space that seats approximately 75 people and has its own control booth for sound and lighting. Movable stage platforms make it possible to adapt the space in a number of configurations, from seating in the round to conventional theater-style. True to its name, the windowless space offers the opportunity to present works in near-total darkness. Intended first and foremost as a creative space for students, the theater is used selectively for public events, including New Music New College. The theater lobby incorporates a new art gallery space in-the-round for displaying student work.

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• Each spring, New College hosts a Visiting Writer-in-Residence, a published writer who teaches classes and holds workshops for students interested in creative writing. The writer-in-residence also gives public readings in the community. Recent writers-in-residence include poet Shira Dentz, novelist Adam Davies and author Sandy Florian.

• Our student newspaper, The Catalyst, is taught as a tutorial for academic credit under the sponsorship of Professor Maria Vesperi, herself a former journalist. What a great way to know your campus and community, and keep up with the changing world of journalism.


U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks New College among the top 10 of all public liberal arts colleges in its rankings of the best national liberal arts colleges in 2013.

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