Mellon Grant Events

A list of past events brought to you by “New College: Connecting the Arts and Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast.”

Previous Mellon Events

2020 FALL SEASON EVENTS

September:

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS: “Responding to Covid-19: Teaching About Pandemics at NCF”

Thur, Sep 17  6:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event  RSVP HERE FOR ZOOM LINK

The turmoil unleashed by the coronavirus will make 2020 a year that will live long in people’s memories; it will also certainly be examined by historians in the years and decades if not centuries to come. How do we make sense of “Life in the Time of Covid-19”? How has this unprecedented pandemic affected our individual lives, our local communities, our state, our country, and our world? New College is offering a course “Understanding COVID-19: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Pandemic,” coordinated by Prof. of Religion Manuel Lopez and Digital Librarian Cal Murgu, and taught by over twenty different faculty. We’ll share with you how the course explores the pandemic from a variety of disciplinary perspectives– biology, epidemiology, data science, history, politics, economics, sociology, literature, ethics, religion, arts, and more.

 

Cal Murgu is Digital Humanities Librarian and Interim Director of Educational Technical Services at New College. He holds a Master’s degree in Cultural History from McGill University and a Masters of Library and Information Studies from University of Western Ontario (aka Western). Cal has been at the center of digital scholarship initiatives on the New College campus since his arrival in 2018.

 

Assistant Professor of Religion, Manuel Lopez, teaches widely in Religion with particular focus on religions of Asia, specifically Buddhism in Tibet and the Himalayas. He is interested in the intersection of religion and popular culture and maintains a  blog you can read too.

Alia Quadir is a fourth year Neuroscience and Health Science student at New College and a student intern with the Multicultural Health Institute. For her undergraduate thesis, she is researching mental health effects of the pandemic in her community, with an emphasis on resilience and coping strategies.

TDPS & [performance@new college] presents: The (M)others

Thur & Fri, Sept. 17 & 18  8:00 p.m.  l  Online Performance
Fri, Sept. 25  l   9:00 p.m  l  Online Performance  
Sun, Sept. 27   7:00 p.m.  Online Performance 


An oral history performance produced in collaboration with San Jose State University and presented on Zoom. The (M)others explores the stories of four women brought together by the unimaginable experience of losing a loved one at the hands of police.  This documentary performance weaves together their interviews to explore the traumatic effect of the event on their lives.  Through their memories, we are introduced to a young man with dreams of playing professional football, a new father just getting to know his[Performance @ New College] son, a former addict on the brink of turning his life around, and a sixteen-year-old shot just before his seventeenth birthday.  The (M)others bring their untold stories to the stage.

This production is made possible by the sponsorship  of [Performance @ New College] and the Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Program at New College of Florida.

Latinx Heritage Month presents: Postcards from the Edge: A conversation with Photographer Alejandro Meter

Wed, Sept. 30  6:00 – 7:30 p.m. EST  l  Online Lecture RSVP HERE FOR ZOOM LINK

Zoom link sent upon registering for a ticket.


A presentation of photographs of writers along the US-Mexico border, and Alejandro Meter’s more recent work on photographs in the time of Covid. Alejandro has been photographing writers remotely during the pandemic, offering us a view into the lives of writers during quarantine; a fascinating work that expands our notion of borders by making portraits of writers from different corners of the world.

Alejandro Meter is a freelance photographer based in San Diego, California, born in Argentina and raised in the US. He specializes in portrait photography. His academic interests in Latin American and US Latinx cultures clearly inform his approach to photography. For the last few years, he has been photographing Latin American writers in a variety of contexts such as portraiture in the US-Mexico borderlands, Crime Fiction Writers, and the Latin American Jewish Diaspora, among others, shooting almost always on location. His work has appeared in both print and digital media in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. He has also exhibited in the United States, Mexico, and Argentina.


LatinX Heritage Month 2020 at NCF
is celebrated annually in the United States from September 15 to October 15. At New College, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of people of all LatinX identities during this time. Due to COVID-19, all events will take place virtually.

Latinx Heritage Month presents: Virtual Museum: Student Art and Photography Exhibit

Sept. 23 – Oct. 15  Virtual Exhibit 


Check out our Virtual Museum which houses a room filled with LatinX Student art pieces and a room dedicated to LatinX professional photographers! 

LatinX Heritage Month 2020 at NCF is celebrated annually in the United States from September 15 to October 15. At New College, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of people of all LatinX identities during this time. Due to COVID-19, all events will take place virtually.

October

Latinx Heritage Month presents: Dutchirican: A History of Puerto Ricans in Central Pennsylvania w/ Dr. Ivette Guzmán-Zavala & Dr. John Hinshaw

Tues, Oct. 13  2:30 – 4:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Lecture

Dr. Guzmán-Zavala and Dr. John Hinshaw will present Dutchirican, their project which incorporates photography and public history to tell the story of Latinx communities and their roots in Central Pennsylvania. The project traces the contributions of Spanish-speakers to Pennsylvania from the American Revolution and Civil War to the present.

Ivette Guzmán-Zavala, Ph.D. LVC Professor of Spanish B.A. University of Puerto Rico M.A. Syracuse University Ph.D. Rutgers University. Ivette Guzmán-Zavala is from Caguas, Puerto Rico. She is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, trained in art education and Caribbean Literature. Guzmán-Zavala has published several articles on the literary, artistic, and photographic perceptions of mothers and women in Puerto Rican history. Her training from Syracuse and Rutgers Universities led her to analyze the role of migration and the diaspora in Puerto Rican history; her experiences in Pennsylvania helped her to understand the human dimensions of displacement.

John Hinshaw, Ph.D. LVC Professor of History B.A. Macalester College M.A. and Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University. John Hinshaw is from Columbia, Missouri. He has written or co-written three books on industrial and labor history in the US and world history. Hinshaw published an article in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography in 2016.

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS: “Environment & Music: Soundscapes, Acoustic Ecology, and Animal Musicians” w/ Dr. Maribeth Clark & Dr. José Martínez 

Thur, Oct 15  6:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event  


Join Professors of Music Dr. Maribeth Clark and Dr. José Martínez to talk about how we encounter and understand our environment through sound. While humans often privilege the visual (nature photography, birdwatching) sound plays an enormous role in how we shape our environment and how our environment shapes us. We’ll learn about what a “soundscape” is, the turn toward acoustic ecology, animals as musicians and as inspiration for human music, and other timely topics. 

 


A long-serving faculty member, Dr. Clark holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and and a BM from Rice University. She moves among the disciplines of musicology (music history), ethnomusicology (anthropology of music), and dance history, striving to demonstrate the ways that experiences of music are culturally constructed and historically situated. She is an expert on French opera and ballet of the nineteenth century, and is completing a book on women whistlers in the United States, 1880-1930. 


Dr. Martínez
is new to the college this year, with a DMA in Composition from the University of Texas and a BM in Percussion and Composition from Universidad de Bogata. He is collaborating with Dr. Clark teaching “Music and Environment” this year and also teaching electronic music and composition. His musical compositions range from computer-aided to performance with live electronics, and have been performed internationally.

Latinx Heritage Month presents: capturing the latina experience through film and photography 

Thurs, Oct. 15  5:00 – 6:30 p.m. EST  l  Online Lecture 

Karen Arango will present her recent photography work titled, Miss Behave, along with her recent short film that was shown at the Sarasota Film Festival titled, Families Together. She will be in discussion with Dr. Johanna Moya-Fábregas who is the Executive Director of a Non for Profit organization call Con mi madre, that seeks to empower latinx families “through education and support services that increase preparedness, participation, and success in post-secondary education”


Karen Arango
, originally from Colombia, is a Sarasota-based freelance photojournalist and filmmaker who has been commissioned by local and national magazines, non-profits, and companies like the San Francisco Chronicle, Sarasota Magazine, GoFundMe, and Manatee Community Foundation. Karen earned her photography education from Ringling College of Art and Design and the International Center of Photography. She is currently a graduate student at the University of South Florida. Her passion for documenting real stories started since the first day Karen grabbed a camera. She is mainly interested in adopting her visual skills to positively impact her community and beyond.


Dr. Johanna Moya Fábregas received her undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate in History at Indiana University-Bloomington. The role of Executive Director at Con Mi MADRE brings together Dr. Moya Fábregas’ background and personal mission of empowering Latina students and their families by breaking down barriers to success. Her professional experience is anchored education, leadership, and mentoring. She has been a professor, editor, project manager, and consultant.

Education is one of the biggest values in her family, who moved to the United States in search of opportunities for their daughter. She has significant experience teaching and working with first-generation college students in many capacities: student, leader, mentor, and educator. An immigrant herself, Johanna came to the United States at the age of 14 after living in four Latin American countries, and her parents became the biggest advocates for her advanced education. She personally identifies with Con Mi MADRE’s mission because she has lived it.

Latinx Heritage Month presents: Latinx Virtual Symposium  

Sat, Oct. 17  10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST  l  Online Symposium 

NCF’s LatinX Heritage Month Series is hosting its first LHM Symposium where local Latinx community leaders, scholars, and New College Students are going to address some of the most concerning issues that the Latinx communities affronts. See the panel schedule below. 

Panel 1: Social determinant of Health: COVID 19 and the Latinx Communities

This panel seeks to address why COVID 19 is disproportionately affecting brown and black communities. What communities and local Latinx entities are doing to palliate the effect of this public health crisis?

Panel 2: Immigration

This panel will be a conversation about current US immigration policies and their social and ethical dimensions.

Panel 3: Florida Politics and LatinX Communities

In the final panel, we will explore the role of the Latinx vote in national and local politics.

Latinx Heritage Month presents: Writing and Thinking Science Fiction from the Latinos, Latinas, & Latinx Perspective  

Thurs, Oct. 22  6:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Panel 

Come and meet Matt Goodwin, editor of the anthology Latinx Rising: An Anthology of Latinx Fiction and Fantasy, and two of the writers. You will have the chance to listen to two of the authors, Kathleen Alcalá and Pablo Brescia, read their stories in the anthology  followed by a discussion with the audience.


Matthew David Goodwin
is a scholar, an editor, and a translator. He is the editor of Latinx Rising: An Anthology of Latinx Science Fiction and Fantasy as well as the forthcoming young adult collection Speculative Fiction for Dreamers. His study of Latinx science fiction, The Latinx Files: Race, Migration, and Space Aliens will be published with Rutgers University Press in 2021. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton. His PhD is in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts.

Kathleen Alcalá is an Opata Nation descendant. She is a founding editor of the Raven Chronicles and a member of Los Norteños. Kathleen has a B.A. in Linguistics from Stanford University, an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans. Her books include The Deepest Roots: Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, and Spirits of the Ordinary. More at www.kathleenalcala.com


Pablo Brescia
was born in Buenos Aires and has lived in the United States since 1986. He has published three books of short stories: La derrota de lo real/The Defeat of the Real (USA/Mexico, 2017), Fuera de Lugar/Out of Place (Peru, 2012/Mexico, 2013) and La apariencia de las cosas/The Appearance of Things (México, 1997), and a book of hybrid texts No hay tiempo para la poesía/NoTime for Poetry (Buenos Aires, 2011), with the pen name Harry Bimer. He writes the literary column El alma por el pie for Sub urbano (Miami, www.suburbano.net) and collaborates with Milenio and Letras Libres (Mexico). He teaches Latin American literature and culture at the University of South Florida. His website

Latinx Heritage Month Presents: Latin Mix Dance Master class w/ Sarasota Contemporary Dance Guest teaching Artist, natasha barrera

Fri, Oct 23  l  7:15 p.m. EST  Virtual Masterclass 

In Latin Mix Dance we will explore a mix of Latin rhythms and the dances to match. No partner required. No experience necessary. All levels welcome. We will go over some solo work, arm styling, and partnership skills! Some popular Latin dances include merengue, salsa, and bachata. Whether you want to go out and dance socially, explore new music, or just have a good work out, it is all available in Latin Mix Dance. 

Natasha Barrera is a professional dancer and performer. Most prominently trained as an internationally ranked ballroom competitor. She has traveled the world to train with the best educators in the field of ballroom dance and to compete at an International Level. Natasha was born and raised in Florida. She was raised by a very prominent ballroom dance family and was exposed to many forms of dance and performance at an early age. Her training consists of ballet, musical theater, jazz and Pilates.  Traveling the world, has exposed her to different Latin styles such as the different varieties of salsa, swing, bachata, tango, hustle, merengue, kizomba, and zouk!

Latinx Heritage Month presents: LATIN DANCE FUSION w/ Sarasota Contemporary Dance TEACHING ARTIST KATHLEEN M. CANDALES  

Tues, Oct. 6, 13, 20, & 27  6:00 – 7:00 p.m. EST  Online Class 


Latin Dance Fusion fuses the elements of Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary technique with Latin rhythms in genres including salsa, cumbia, merengue, afro-Cuban and more.  This class will take you through exercises that strengthen technique, musicality, stamina and flexibility while breaking down the intricacies of Latin dance rhythms. You will learn Choreography that is both invigorating as well as challenging.  Have fun while building stamina and emphasizing body isolations, developing a strong, confident attitude, coordination and free expression.

Kathleen Candales is the Artistic Director and Founder of Higher Ground Performing Arts Studio and Performing Company. At her studio, the art of dance, music and theater are instilled in both children and adults alike. She is a certified Florida Public School Teacher with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Education from Florida International University.  Kathleen has studied hip-hop, jazz, ballet, modern dance, flamenco, African and Caribbean dance, salsa, belly dance and choreography.  Besides her extensive experience as a dance teacher, Kathleen, a mother of two, is a professional dancer, choreographer, actress and vocalist.  Some highlights in her career include special appearances in such films and music videos as “The Crew,” “Random Hearts” with Harrison Ford, and “Music of the Heart” with Gloria Estefan and ‘N Sync. She has also graced the stage in such theatre productions as “Mame,” “The Fantastiks” and “Sweet Charity.” This is her second season as a Sarasota Contemporary Dance Teaching Artist.

November:

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS: “Medicine and Literature” w/ Dr. Tabea Cornel & Dr. Tetyana Dzyadevych 

Thur, Nov 19  6:00 p.m. EST  l  Online Event 

Bringing together Medical Humanities (the study of history, function, and ethics of medicine as a field and practice) with Russian Literature, we’ll be discussing narratives of illness and representations of the Physician—drawing on a course being offered this fall. Our focus is on Russian literature, particularly writers who were themselves physicians. How do medical ideas get represented for a reading public? How does narrative help us to make sense of our lives and the world in times of physical and emotional crisis? What can we learn about our own moment by looking at the literature of medicine and cultural crisis from another context and time? Any one interested in doctors as writers, Russian culture and history, and the stories we tell about disease, illness, health, or medicine will find this a fascinating discussion and a chance to meet two faculty experts.


Dr. Tabea Cornel
holds a PhD in the Sociology and History of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and a BSc in Mathematics from the Free University of Berlin. Her research focuses on how definitions of manual preference or “handedness” have impacted and shaped research on the brain since the 1860s carrying over into contemporary neurosciences. She teaches courses in Biomedicine, bioethics, and ethical issues in data.

 

Dr. Tetyana Dzydadevych holds both a PhD in Slavic Studies from University of Illinois and another PhD in Eastern Slavic Studies from Maria Curie-Sklodowska University of Lublin, Poland. She teaches Russian literature, language, and culture focusing on the 20th and 21st centuries, and has a particular interest in film and political movements.

 

2020 SPRING SEASON EVENTS

January:

New Music New College Presents: Artist Conversation with Jenn Shyu

Thursday, Jan 16  5-6:30 p.m.  Sudakoff


Before attending the concert Nine Doors, come to a special conversation event with extraordinary composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and vocalist Jenn Shyu. This open platform will allow you to converse with the artists to better understand her process and development of Nine Doors.

Artist Conversation Series: Realizing that our concerts include music that will be new to most or all of the audience, we strive to offer plenty of context. We generally begin these with a brief performance—an excerpt from something that will be in the concert—and then start a discussion with everyone there about their responses to what they just heard and saw.

New Music New College Presents: Jen Shyu’s “Nine Doors”

Saturday, Jan 18  8-9 p.m.  Sudakoff
Pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m.  Admissision: $15 (free for subscribers and students w/ ID)


Jen Shyu is an extraordinary composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and vocalist whose polymath talents are deftly synthesized in the ritualistic solo performance Nine Doors. At the heart of the multi-faceted narrative is a wayang kulit shadow puppeteer’s daughter from Indonesia who, in the face of tragedy and trauma, is empowered through encounters with female legends from Timorese and Korean folklore. As she voyages through time and space to meet them, they offer her guidance, strength, and solace. Astonishingly, Shyu sings songs in eight languages, dances, and plays Taiwanese moon lute, Korean gayageum, piano, Japanese biwa, and Korean soribuk drum to tell this transformative, uplifting story. Jen Shyu is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2019 United States Artists Fellow. She is peerless.

“Ms. Shyu represents a new kind of improviser-composer-ethnomusicologist hybrid . . . an extraordinary voice.”—The New York Times

“One of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music.”—The Nation

Read more here! 

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS: Diego Villada on “Staging combat”

Thursday Jan 16  5:30-7 p.m.  Cook Hall Living Room


Have you ever wondered how fight scenes are choreographed? Have you ever wanted to be in the rehearsal room when directors and choreographers are talking about how they will create an exciting moment of violence for stage or screen? Come to the Campus Conversation with Dr. Villada and learn about the world of staging combat. He will talk you through the steps to ensure safety, describe the artistic considerations of a production meeting, and relay the actual process of building a fight scene.


Dr. Diego Villada
is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at New College of Florida. Previously, he was a K. Leroy Irvis Fellow in Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a theatre artist and scholar that resides in Sarasota, FL, by way of Pittsburgh, PA and NYC. His production work centers on movement for the stage and academic research focuses on Latin-American performance. Aside from being a theatre director, Diego is also an accomplished fight choreographer. He has taught, performed, directed and/or choreographed on the east coast and abroad with numerous NYC companies. Diego recently completed his doctorate in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds an Honors BS from the University of Evansville in both Psychology and Theatre Performance as well as an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy –Acting with emphasis on Movement and Voice– from Virginia Commonwealth University. Visit his website: http://www.diegovillada.com/

Spatial Ecologies: A pop-up exhibition and RESEARCH presentation

Opening Reception: Sat, Jan 18  4-6 p.m.  The Works (891 S. Tamiami Tr)
Exhibit Dates: Sat & Sun, Jan 18-19  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The Works (891 S. Tamiami Tr)


Spatial Ecologies is a pop up exhibition and research presentation by students and faculty from New College of Florida and Ringling College of Art and Design. This exhibition follows the recent interdisciplinary, cross-college course which explored ecological and community interactions in the context of contemporary art research.

This exhibition uses art as a space for speculative thinking, creating models, ranging from the poetic to the concrete, for rethinking our shared ways of being. The artists in this exhibition draw from their own diverse research practices, using art as a platform for creating engaged communities. The work challenges our connections to indigenous spaces, correlates immigration and invasive species, creates kinship between the non-human and the human, animates the compostable nature of thought, conjures an eco-poetics for the Anthropocene, and produces strategies for being with a world that thinks itself alone.

The Works is the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College’s experimental curatorial lab space. This iteration of Spatial Ecologies is being presented at The Works through the Sarasota Art Museum’s “Architecture in the Anthropocene” project, which examines how humans should build and be in this era.

February:

 

Black History Month: A Series of Events

Date, Times, and Locations on the Official BHM Webpage


New College’s annual Black History Month program rallies the campus community as we celebrate and explore the rich history, culture, and contemporary realities of Black people and communities. The pillars of the annual programming include the Black Arts and Performance series, the Conversations on Race and Ethnicity public lecture series, the African Diaspora Film Festival, the Black Literature Read-in, the New Schools of Black Thought Symposium, and a display in the Jane Bancroft Cook Library. All events are appropriate for community members of any age and of many different interests.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

[performance@new college] presents: a workshop production of “daisy violet the bitch beast king”

Feb. 6 − Feb. 8  7:30 p.m.  Black Box Theater
Sunday, Feb. 9   2 p.m.  Black Box Theater


Written by Sam Collier
Directed by Summer Dawn Wallace

Up in their attic, sisters Josephine and Henrietta create a new sister for their family; she’s monstrous and violent and embodies everything they’ve dreamed of: the rage of children, the fury of girls.

Summer Dawn Wallace
is the co-artistic director of the Urbanite Theatre. She is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Her regional credits include, Asolo Rep, Mad Cow Theatre, Broward Stage Door, Lagniappe Theatre, and Cumberland County Playhouse and has toured the country playing blue grass music.  Summer earned her MFA in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, class of 2012.  As a teaching artist, Summer has worked with Manatee School for the Arts, IMG academy, Riverview High School, New College of Florida, Cumberland Co. Playhouse, and has a deep passion for instilling the sense of play, imagination, and purpose using the medium of acting.

Communities in Transit Presents: “The Ethics of Diaspora: Race, Citizenship, and Activism in the Black Mediterranean”

Wednesday, Feb. 12  5:30-7:30 p.m.  ACE Lounge

Dr. Camilla Hawthorne, assistant professor of Sociology at the University of California Santa Cruz, will hold a public event to present her research on new forms of activism and political citizenship of Black Italians. In her project, she examines the ways in which the Italian-born children of African immigrants have mobilized for a reform of Italian citizenship law in the context of the Eurozone economic crisis and the southern European refugee emergency.

Dr. Hawthorne
is a critical human geographer and interdisciplinary social scientist broadly interested in the racial politics of migration and citizenship, inequality, social movements, and Black geographies. Her work sits at the intersection of critical public policy studies, diaspora theory, Black European studies, and postcolonial/feminist science and technology studies. She currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz, is the principal faculty member in UCSC’s Critical Race and Ethnic Studies program, and an affiliate of the Science & Justice Research Center and the Legal Studies Program. Her teaching focuses on race, immigration and citizenship, political economy, space and inequality, and social theory. Dr. Hawthorne continue to collaborate with activist collectives in the United States and Europe working at the intersection of anti-Blackness and xenophobia.

The Colette Project Presents: “Colette and American Women of the Left Bank” (in English) w/ Isabelle de Courtivron, Professor Emerita, MIT

Wednesday, Feb. 12  7-8:30 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium

At least a dozen expatriate American women, including Edith Wharton and Gertrude Stein, moved to Paris at the beginning of the twentieth century. Colette was one of the only French women to be part of the salons established by this group of writers, publishers, and book sellers. In this lecture event, Isabelle de Courtivron explores the expats’ influence on Colette’s creativity and identity.

Isabelle de Courtivron has a Ph.D. from Brown University. She taught at MIT from 1979 until 2010. She was the Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT for 10 years. She was an Ann F. Friedlaender Professor of Humanities. She taught French Studies (literature, culture, film), Comparative Literature, Women’s Studies, Life Writing, and Bilingual Studies. In 2000, she created the Center for Bilingual/Bicultural Studies. She is the author of numerous articles and several books that focus on women writers, including Violette Leduc (in English) and a biography of Clara Malraux (in French).

The Colette Project Sarasota is presented by: New College of Florida, Alliance Française de Sarasota, Selby Public Library, Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida Studio Theatre, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and C’est la Vie restaurant (University Park). Provocative and prolific, the French writer Colette (1873-1954) was a novelist, journalist, and actress, a liberated woman in a changing France. On the centennial of her 1920 novel Chéri, join us for a community-wide celebration of Colette’s love of literature and music, cats and dogs, food and flowers. This series spans February–March 2020.

[performance@new college] presents “Black/latinx theatre: Where can it take us? And will you embrace it?”

Thursday, Feb. 13  6-7:30 p.m.  ACE Lounge

This two-part interactive lecture series will center on arts management as a general field with specific focus on cultural organizations that produce live theatre. Drawing on the instructor’s background as a professional actor, top-level theatre administrator, and educator, Mr. Ray will address: the state of the field in arts management; how to enter this area of the performing arts; accessing higher education and training; supporting and fostering Black artists; what it takes to run a theatre company; applying for positions at nationally recognized theaters in major urban centers; Sarasota-based opportunities to begin working in arts management; and, the management role he currently holds at West Coast Black Theatre Troupe. Mr. Ray will begin his talk with a traditional lecture and then transition to having an interactive conversation with the participants. To accomplish this, he has specifically requested that students arrive with thoughts, questions, and curiosities regarding arts management that he can address from the point of view of a working professional.


TRAVIS RAY
 is the Associate Managing Director of West Coast Black Theatre Troupe. Travis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Performance from Alabama State University. He continued his professional actor training at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film and Nebraska Repertory Theatre. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Management and Arts Administration from The University of Alabama. Travis has worked with the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts, the King Tut Exhibit, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Tyler Perry Studios.Travis is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Theatre Communications Group, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. When he’s not working in the position at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Mr. Ray enjoys traveling with his husband Jonah, playing fetch with their dog Chance and taking time to meditate, practice yoga, and explore his African roots. If he wasn’t busy enough, Travis recently started his own handmade bow tie and accessories brand called, The Asè (ah-shay) Collection. Follow his brand on Facebook and Instagram by searching “@theasecollection” or view his website at www.asecollection.com.

New Music New College Presents: Artist Conversation w/ the Collaborators of “Living and Dead: The Gettysburg Project”

Thursday, Feb. 13  5-6:30 p.m.  College Hall Music Room


Before attending Living and Dead: The Gettysburg Project, come to a special conversation event with the creative collaborators and performers. This open platform will allow you to converse with the artists to better understand their process and the development of Living and Dead: The Gettysburg Project.

Artist Conversation Series: 
Realizing that our concerts include music that will be new to most or all of the audience, we strive to offer plenty of context. These events generally begin these with a brief performance—an excerpt from something that will be in the concert—and then start a discussion with everyone there about their responses to what they just heard and saw. More Info

The Colette Project Presents: Book Club Discussion “La Chatte” (in French)

Led by Émile Langlois, Professor Emeritus, Sweet Briar College
Friday, Feb 14  2-3:30 p.m.  Selby Public Library, 2nd-floor conference room


In Colette’s novel La Chatte, a bride finds herself in a love triangle… with her husband’s cat! This Alliance Française book club discussion in French is open to the public.

The Colette Project Sarasota marks the centennial of French writer Colette’s 1920 novel Chéri.  Between February–March 2020 join us for a community-wide celebration of Colette’s love of literature and music, cats and dogs, food and flowers.

New Music New College Presents: “Living and Dead: The Gettysburg Project”

Saturday, Feb. 15  3-4 p.m.  College Hall Music Room
Sunday, Feb. 16    3-4 p.m.  College Hall Music Room
Pre-concert talk at 2:30 p.m.  Admission: $15 (free for subscribers and students w/ ID)


What is the cost of social division? What price unity? These questions lie at the heart of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and they inspired Margaret Eginton and Stephen Miles in 2009 to create Living and Dead, a work of experimental theater. Employing movement and vocal sound, both with text and without, Living and Dead will be performed by a small ensemble of New College students, with the audience seated in the round, in our College Hall Music Room. Over a decade after its first performance, NMNC will revive this work for a different moment in our political life, one in which unity can seem unattainable.

The Colette Project Presents: “Colette Finds Her Voice: From Pantomime to Writing” (in English) w/ Frédéric Canovas

Wednesday, Feb. 19  7-8:30 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium

Colette knew about silence from her work as a pantomime performer and from her husband Willy’s efforts to stifle her creative voice. Frédéric Canovas, associate professor of French at Arizona State University, shows how Colette found her own voice as a female writer in The Vagabond, her novel of a woman’s life in the theater.


Frédéric Canovas
has been teaching French at Arizona State University since 2000. He has taught a wide range of classes, both at the undergraduate and the graduate levels, on French literature and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries, on 17th-century French theater as well as on French film. He is a past recipient of the Zebulon Pearce Faculty Achievement Award for Distinguished Teaching in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU. He is the author of two books (“L’Écriture rêvée” and “Correspondance André Gide-René Crevel) and the editor of eight volumes on Paul Valéry and various aspects of 17th-century French literature and culture. He is an associate member of the Institut d’histoire des représentations et des idées dans les modernités at the Université de Lyon 2 (CNRS-UMR 5317) and an associate member of the Centre de recherche sur le texte et l’imaginaire at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). His research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Carnegie Institute for the Arts.

The Colette Project Sarasota marks the centennial of French writer Colette’s 1920 novel Chéri. Between February–March 2020 join us for a community-wide celebration of Colette’s love of literature and music, cats and dogs, food and flowers.

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS: Professor Amy Reid on “Lost and Found: The Puzzles of Translating African Fiction

Thursday, Feb. 20  5:30-7 p.m.  Cook Hall Living Room

Award-winning translator and Professor of French, Dr. Amy Reid, will share her experience and insights about the choices and considerations that translation demands. Working with authors from Cameroon and Québec, Dr. Reid works across languages and cultures to bring major writers and their works to an English-language reading public. She is currently translating the third volume of a trilogy by Cameroonian author Patrice Nganang (the first two were Mount Pleasant and When the Plums Are Ripe). In this conversation, Prof. Reid will share the puzzles she has encountered in her translation of Francophone African novels, and discuss the risks, challenges and rewards of the translator’s task. Come learn about writers and works that should be on your reading list!

The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 6  5-7 p.m.  l Isermann Gallery
Exhibit on View: Feb. 3 – Mar. 13  12-5 p.m. Daily  l Isermann Gallery


This year’s exhibition celebrates the most outstanding levels of creative achievement from the past academic year and features 25 artists and 32 works of art ranging from traditional to kinetic sculpture, painting, drawing, digital media, sound and animation. Please join us for a reception and awards ceremony for the artists on Thursday, February 6, 5-7pm. Awards and juror’s talk will be presented at 5:30 pm. This year’s juror is Nathan Skiles, Professor of Art at Ringling College of Art and Design. On view at the Isermann Gallery from February 3 through March 13. Open daily 12-5 pm.

Asian Film &Talk Series Presents: “Human Flow” (2017)

Introduced by Dr. Ilaria Giglioli  Run Time: 2h 20m
Friday, Feb. 21  6-8 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium


Artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei captures the global refugee crisis – the greatest human displacement since World War II – in this breathtakingly epic film journey titled Human Flow. More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Human Flow examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq. This detailed exploration into the global refugee crisis was placed on the 15-strong shortlist for the 2018 Oscars. Official Website: https://www.humanflow.com/

The Asian Film & Talk Series: The five films selected foe this 2019-2020 year address immigration, global migration, and cultural conflicts issues from a diverse range of Asian perspectives. New College faculty in Economics, Geography, Islamic Studies, English, and Asian Studies will introduce the films and lead post-screening Discussions.

Dr. Giglioli
is a human geographer and a scholar of migration, borders, and racialization, with a regional focus in the Mediterranean region (Southern Europe, Middle East and North Africa). More specifically, her research analyzes migration between North Africa and Europe, and the material and discursive production of the Mediterranean sea as the Southern Border of Europe.

The Colette Project Presents: Film Screening of “Colette” (2018)

In English  Run Time: 1h 51min
Saturday, Feb. 22  1:30-3 p.m.  Jack Geldbart Auditorium, Selby Public Library


This recent biopic – directed by Wash Westmoreland – stars Keira Knightly as the young Colette struggling for recognition as a writer when her husband takes credit for her wildly popular Claudine books.

The Colette Project Sarasota marks the centennial of French writer Colette’s 1920 novel Chéri. Between February–March 2020 join us for a community-wide celebration of Colette’s love of literature and music, cats and dogs, food and flowers.

The Colette Project Presents: “Colette’s One Thousand and One Gardens” (in English) – Lecture & Book Signing w/ Évelyne Bloch-Dano

Wednesday, Feb. 26  7-8:30 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium

From her childhood home in Burgundy to the manicured lawns of the Palais-Royal in Paris, gardens inspired Colette throughout her life and writings. Évelyne Bloch-Dano shows how Colette expresses her earthly sensuality and constantly reinvents herself as a free, creative woman in her many writings about gardens. This lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Évelyne Bloch-Dano is a biographer, novelist, and critic. Associated with modern letters, Bloch-Dano taught before devoting herself entirely to writing. She has been contributing to literary magazines since 1994. She is the author of women’s biographies, Madame Zola, Flora Tristan, Madame Proust, The last love of George Sand, stories,  The biographer, Porte de Champerret  and essays,  La fabuleuse vegetable history, paper gardens. She likes to cross history and literature, narrative and romance, living things and plants, houses and travels, the deep and the superficial.


The Colette Project
Sarasota marks the centennial of French writer Colette’s 1920 novel Chéri. Between February–March 2020 join us for a community-wide celebration of Colette’s love of literature and music, cats and dogs, food and flowers.

The Colette Project Presents: Performance of “Barks & Purrs” (in English) by FST Artists

Friday, Feb. 28  8 p.m.  Black Box Theater


Florida Studio Theatre Artists perform the 1905 play Barks & Purrs by Colette, who has been described as “the original cat lady.” While the two-legged family members remain in the background, Toby the French bulldog and Kiki the Angora cat talk, play, and bicker. How’s the marriage going? Ask the dog and cat!

The Colette Project Sarasota marks the centennial of French writer Colette’s 1920 novel Chéri. Between February–March 2020 join us for a community-wide celebration of Colette’s love of literature and music, cats and dogs, food and flowers.

 The Colette Project Presents: “Enchanting Colette: Ravel’s Musico-Magical Setting of ‘The Child and the Spells’” (in English) w/ Professor Maribeth Clark

Wednesday, March 4  7-8:30 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium

When a child throws a tantrum, his room becomes a dreamscape: the furniture, wallpaper, and surrounding animals all begin to sing. Maribeth Clark’s (Associate Professor of Music at New College of Florida) discussion of L’enfant et les sortilèges—a one-act opera with libretto by Colette and music by Maurice Ravel—features musical excerpts and scenes from filmed productions.


In both her research and teaching, Professor Clark moves among the disciplines of musicology (music history), ethnomusicology (anthropology of music), and dance history, striving to demonstrate the ways that experiences of music are culturally constructed and historically situated. Most of Professor Clark’s research has focused on French opera and ballet of the nineteenth century. She recently began a project on women whistlers in the United States, 1880-1930. She teaches on a wide range of topics in music history, including courses on the history of opera and music and the environment.

 

The Colette Project Sarasota marks the centennial of French writer Colette’s 1920 novel Chéri. Between February–March 2020 join us for a community-wide celebration of Colette’s love of literature and music, cats and dogs, food and flowers.

March:

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS:  “MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS: STUDENTS, CURATORS, AND FACULTY WORKING IN THE RINGLING CIRCUS COLLECTION”

DATE POSTPONED  l  5:30-7 p.m.  l  Cook Hall Living Room


New College faculty and Ringling Museum’s Circus Collection curator collaborate and share the experiences of New College students exploring some aspects of the archives housed at the museum next door.

The Ringling’s Tibbals Collection houses material related to circus history and performance. Students in the co-taught course “Bodies and Minds” have been collaborating on creating digital collections based on images of extraordinarily bodied performers and exploring questions about embodied ways of knowing the world. The real challenge is thinking how we look, how performance works, how these performers are presenting themselves, and how we might frame images of these performers when they are no longer present to speak for themselves in person.

ASIAN FILM & TALK SERIES PRESENTS: “THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST” (2012)

Introduced by Dr. Jessica Young  l  Run Time: 2h 10min
DATE POSTPONED  l  6-8 p.m.  l  Sainer Auditorium

This 2012 film, directed by Mira Nair, is based on the 2007 novel by Mohsin Hamid. The Reluctant Fundamentalist follows Changez Khan, a middle-class Pakistani from Lahore chasing his dream of success in a prestigious Wall Street valuation firm. Favored by his boss, his future is looking to be on his planned upward trajectory but whilst on company business in the Philippines, he watches news footage of the twin towers falling and suddenly his future takes an entirely different path. In this political thriller Changez Khan finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland. The Reluctant Fundamentalist has been recognized globally, accruing a number of awards and in 2013 Nair was awarded The Bridge, the German Film Award for Peace, which recognizes film artists whose work builds bridges and inspires tolerance and humanitarianism.


Jessica K. Young
 is an Assistant Professor of Global English at New College of Florida. She holds Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in English with a concentration in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. Her research focuses on representations of trauma and memory transmission in contemporary South Asian literature and she has taught courses on Postcolonial Studies, World Literature, Graphic Novels, as well as British and American Fiction. She co-edited Days and Memory, the blog of the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies with Michael Rothberg. She is a citizen of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma.


The Asian Film & Talk Series:
The five films selected foe this 2019-2020 year address immigration, global migration, and cultural conflicts issues from a diverse range of Asian perspectives. New College faculty in Economics, Geography, Islamic Studies, English, and Asian Studies will introduce the films and lead post-screening Discussions.

Religion in Sarasota Series: Talking Religion with Professor Paul Heck, “The Pursuit of Pleasure as Religious Endeavor: A Joint Jewish-Muslim-Christian Struggle”

Thursday, March 5  5-6:30 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium


Pleasure is not usually thought of as the object of theological reflection, and yet religious thinkers—Jewish, Christian, Muslim—have long seen pleasure as the mark of the fully religious life. Is there a divine purpose to our pleasure pursuits? In this talk, I share reflections on pleasure from leading religious thinkers of past centuries, the likes of Ghazali (d. 1111), Erasmus (d. 1536), and Hermann Cohen (d. 1918). Although from different traditions, they all saw pleasure, if pursued fully, as a source of divine guidance. How can their reflections on pleasure help us negotiate conundrums around today’s pleasure pursuits, which are increasingly shaped by technology, and also help us identify the qualities of pleasure that is truly satisfying?

Professor Paul Heck is a Professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, Department of Theology and the Founding Director of The Study of Religions Across Civilizations (SORAC). For More Information on SORAC: http://www.religionsacrosscivilizations.org/

The Colette Project Presents: “The Artistic World of Colette: Paris 1900-1930” Exhibit Opening and Reception

Thursday, March 5  4-7 p.m.  Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center, Alfred R. Goldstein Library, Ringling College of Art and Design  l  Opening Remarks @ 6 p.m.

Remarks by Janelle Rebel, Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian, and Élyane Dezon-Jones, Professor Emerita at Washington University in St. Louis, open the exhibit on Colette’s literary and artistic milieu—the exceptionally creative early decades of twentieth-century Paris. Opening remarks start at 6:00 p.m.

The Colette Project Sarasota marks the centennial of French writer Colette’s 1920 novel Chéri. Between February–March 2020 join us for a community-wide celebration of Colette’s love of literature and music, cats and dogs, food and flowers.

[performance@new college] presents “black/latinx theatre: where will it take us? And will you embrace it?”

Thursday, March 5  6-7:30 p.m.  ACE Lounge

This two-part interactive lecture series will center on arts management as a general field with specific focus on cultural organizations that produce live theater. Drawing on the instructor’s background as a professional actor, top-level theatre administrator, and educator, Mr. Ray will address: the state of the field in arts management; how to enter this area of the performing arts; accessing higher education and training; supporting and fostering Black artists; what it takes to run a theatre company; applying for positions at nationally recognized theaters in major urban centers; Sarasota-based opportunities to begin working in arts management; and, the management role he currently holds at West Coast Black Theatre Troupe. Mr. Ray will begin his talk with a traditional lecture and then transition to having an interactive conversation with the participants. To accomplish this, he has specifically requested that students arrive with thoughts, questions, and curiosities regarding arts management that he can address from the point of view of a working professional.

TRAVIS RAY is the Associate Managing Director of West Coast Black Theatre Troupe. Travis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Performance from Alabama State University. He continued his professional actor training at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film and Nebraska Repertory Theatre. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Management and Arts Administration from The University of Alabama. Travis has worked with the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts, the King Tut Exhibit, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Tyler Perry Studios.Travis is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Theatre Communications Group, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. When he’s not working in the position at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Mr. Ray enjoys traveling with his husband Jonah, playing fetch with their dog Chance and taking time to meditate, practice yoga, and explore his African roots. If he wasn’t busy enough, Travis recently started his own handmade bow tie and accessories brand called, The Asè (ah-shay) Collection. Follow his brand on Facebook and Instagram by searching “@theasecollection” or view his website at www.asecollection.com.

The Colette Project Presents: Film Screening of “Gigi” (1958)

In English  Run Time: 1hr 55min
Friday March 6  10:30 a.m. to noon  Jack Geldbart Auditorium, Selby Public Library


The classic movie musical – directed by Vincente Minelli – is about a Parisian playboy and a young woman who rebels against the future her mother has planned for her—as a courtesan. Starring Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, and Maurice Chevalier.

The Colette Project Sarasota marks the centennial of French writer Colette’s 1920 novel Chéri. Between February–March 2020 join us for a community-wide celebration of Colette’s love of literature and music, cats and dogs, food and flowers.

The Colette Project Presents: “Chéri, cent ans après” (in French) – Lecture Event w/ Marie-Françoise Berthu-Courtivron

Wednesday, March 11  7-8:30 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium

In 2020, Chéri turns 100: Colette’s story of a romance between Léa and a lover half her age was first published in 1920. Marie-Françoise Berthu-Courtivron discusses Chéri in the context of Colette’s body of works, its real-life inspirations, and what the novel means for readers today.


Marie-Françoise Berthu-Courtivron
is a Professor of French Literature at Université de Rennes 2, France and a lecturer at CELLAM (Center for Studies of Ancient and Modern Languages ​​and Literatures). Her research themes include writings of women (Colette, Duras, Sarraute, Cardinal, Delaume, and contemporary women’s writings), studies on gender, and figures from abroad in literature. She holds a doctorate of Letters (honorable mention) from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). His thesis was “The Native Space in Colette’s Work” and its research director Louis Forestier. She also holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

The Colette Project Sarasota marks the centennial of French writer Colette’s 1920 novel Chéri. Between February–March 2020 join us for a community-wide celebration of Colette’s love of literature and music, cats and dogs, food and flowers.

The Colette Project Presents: “Colette Dinner: Delights from Burgundy”

Thursday, March 12  6:30 p.m.  C’est la Vie Restaurant in University Parkway Shoppes


C’est la Vie’s French chef prepares a three-course dinner featuring delights from Colette’s native Burgundy: kir cocktail and gougère cheese puffs; Burgundian salad; beef bourguignon or vegetarian option; blackcurrant profiteroles.

The Colette Project Sarasota marks the centennial of French writer Colette’s 1920 novel Chéri. Between February–March 2020 join us for a community-wide celebration of Colette’s love of literature and music, cats and dogs, food and flowers.

The Colette Project Presents: Film Screening of “Chéri” (2009)

In English  Run Time: 1hr 26min
Saturday, March 14  1:30-3 p.m.  Jack Geldbart Auditorium, Selby Public Library


A famous beauty and Chéri—the lover half her age—face the end of their affair. Directed by Stephen Frears and starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, and Kathy Bates.

The Colette Project Sarasota marks the centennial of French writer Colette’s 1920 novel Chéri. Between February–March 2020 join us for a community-wide celebration of Colette’s love of literature and music, cats and dogs, food and flowers.

The Colette Project Presents: “The Artistic World of Colette: Paris 1900-1930” Exhibit

Feb. 28 – April 10  During Library Hours  Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center, Alfred R. Goldstein Library, Ringling College of Art and Design

Discover the literary and artistic world of Colette’s Paris with this exhibit from the Ringling College Library’s special collections (available during library open hours).

The Colette Project Sarasota marks the centennial of French writer Colette’s 1920 novel Chéri. Between February–March 2020 join us for a community-wide celebration of Colette’s love of literature and music, cats and dogs, food and flowers.

The Colette Project Presents: “Write Like an Artist: Colette” – A Writing Retreat

Thursday, March 26  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
EVENT POSTPONED


Join writer Gail Condrick for a five-hour writing retreat at Selby Gardens. You will explore the way gardens, art, and writing intersected for Colette, and develop your own creative writing in the style of Colette while experiencing the beauty of the Gardens.

The Colette Project Sarasota marks the centennial of French writer Colette’s 1920 novel Chéri. Between February–March 2020 join us for a community-wide celebration of Colette’s love of literature and music, cats and dogs, food and flowers.

April:

 

Words in Action! Presents: “Talking Animals, Fantastical Inventions & Other Avant Garde Antics”

DATE POSTPONED  5:00 p.m.  Black Box Theater (5845 General Dougher Pl, Sarasota, FL 34243)


Join Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Dr. Emily Carr and Writer-in-Residence Dr. Angela Buck as they read stories and poems featuring talking animals; discuss the intersection of genre fiction and avant garde aesthetics; and talk about using the fantastical to send humanity off the rails, in a good way.

 

Words in Action! Presents: “I SCREAM Social”

DATE POSTPONED 5:00-6:30 p.m.  Black Box Theater (5845 General Dougher Pl, Sarasota, FL 34243)

Free and open to the public. I Scream Social is designed to empower student writers, encourage poetry culture, and channel our timely anger into meaningful literary performances.

New Music New College Presents: Artist Conversation w/ JACK Quartet

DATE POSTPONED

Jack Quartet by Beowulf Sheehan

Before attending JACK Quartet’s Concert, come to a special conversation event with the artists who make up one of the world’s premiere new music ensembles. This open platform will allow you to converse with the artists to better understand their process and the development of their current works.

Artist Conversation Series: Realizing that our concerts include music that will be new to most or all of the audience, we strive to offer plenty of context. These events generally begin these with a brief performance—an excerpt from something that will be in the concert—and then start a discussion with everyone there about their responses to what they just heard and saw. More Info

Words in Action! Presents: “Author Forum”

DATE POSTPONED 12:00-1:30 p.m.  College Hall 214


Words in Action showcases the way writers and other artists find careers in which to apply their skills, and the ways art lovers bring the arts into their lives. Professionals share how their careers and their love of the literary and other arts intersect.

Words in Action! Presents: “Experimental Workshop with Teresa Carmody: At Play with Rules, Procedures & Constraints”

DATE POSTPONED l   College Hall 214


We’ll begin with the idea that all writing is an experiment, and it’s possible to write amazingly surprising work by making up rules and following them.

Spaces are limited, so save your spot here.

New Music New College Presents: Concert by JACK Quartet

DATE POSTPONED

Jack Quartet by Beowulf Sheehan

Long recognized as one of the world’s premiere new music ensembles, JACK Quartet was named Musical America’s 2018 “Ensemble of the Year,” and in 2019 received a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. JACK made its NMNC debut in 2008, and has become a favorite through subsequent appearances, which have included a performance of music composed by New College alums and an unforgettable performance of Georg Friedrich Haas’s String Quartet No. 3, performed in total darkness in the Black Box Theater. For the finale of our 2019–20 season, JACK will perform John Zorn’s absorbing The Alchemist, together with works by other contemporary composers.

Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell, JACKquartet operates as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance, commissioning, and appreciation of new string quartet music. Through intimate relationships with today’s most creative voices, JACK embraces close collaboration with the composers they perform, leading to a radical embodiment of the technical, musical, and emotional aspects of their work.

Religion in Sarasota Series: Teaching Religion in Sarasota: Reflections on (almost) three decades of teaching at New College”

DATE POSTPONED

Join Professor Mike Michalson as he reflects on his almost three years as a professor of religion at New College of Florida.

Professor Michalson specializes in religious thought in the West from the Enlightenment to the present. He previously served as the College’s president, following fifteen years on the faculty at Oberlin College. Among his publications are four books on such thinkers as Immanuel Kant, G.E. Lessing, and Søren Kierkegaard. He was the American consulting editor of the recently published Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought.

Religion in Sarasota Series: Watching religion – “The Message (The Life of prophet muhammad)” Dir. by Moustapaha Akkad

Run Time: 3h 27m
DATE POSTPONED


This is a 1976 epic historical drama film directed and produced by Moustapha Akkad, chronicling the life and times of the Islamic prophet Muhammad through the perspective of his uncle Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib and companion Zayd ibn Harithah. It serves as an introduction to early Islamic history. The international ensemble cast includes Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka, Michael Forest, André Morell, Garrick Hagon, Damien Thomas, and Martin Benson. It was an international co-production between Lebanon, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. The film was nominated for Best Original Score in the 50th Academy Awards, composed by Maurice Jarre, but lost the award to Star Wars (composed by John Williams).

Following the screening there will be a Q&A with Dr. Nassima Neggaz.

Biennial National Water Dance Project: A celebration of arts in action in this virtual event

April 18th   4:00 p.m.  l Via Online Streaming


Watch the performance on the SCD, NCF, SCDE Nation Water Dance event page on Facebook at 
bit.ly/2viUAmr

A multi-generational National Water Dance performance including dance participants from around the world and our very own New College of Florida students in addition to dancers from both Sarasota Contemporary Dance and Sarasota Contemporary Dance Ensemble, a students training dance company for aspiring dancers. This performance is inspired by NWD’s call for accountability of our environment.

WE ARE STILL DANCING! Wherever you are on April 18 at 4:00PM EST, alone or self-quarantining with a small group in an open space, we will begin with the shared gesture and end with the shared gesture and your personal movement will fill the middle.

We are fortunate to living in the digital age – as we are asked to observe “physical distancing,”* we are able to close that distance by linking together through social media.

This challenge is forcing us to re-evaluate what we are doing and how we are doing it. Let’s find that deeper meaning in our dance, whether in a group or alone. We can dance wherever we are and live stream it on Instagram and Facebook.

More than ever the world needs our hope and energy. Let’s move forward together and flood the social media networks with our dances.

*Vladimir Angelov’s suggested replacement for social distancing. Executive Director of International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography, Inc.

Thesis Exhibition: The Embodied Mind

April 20-May 15  Digital Exhibit

Visit the Exhibit at https://dss.ncf.edu/2020embodiedmind/.


As we face insurmountable challenges surrounding a monumental paradigm shift triggered by COVID-19, social distancing and campus closures, radically new approaches to academic programming are required. As such the New College of Florida Art Department will present its 2020 Senior Thesis Art Exhibition entitled The Embodied Mind.

The culmination of a year-long studio art research project, the work in this in an online virtual platform. year’s exhibition focuses heavily on the position of painting as a tool for examining and celebrating wellbeing, diversity and community in both body and mind.

At a time when the world has been forced into a period of inward reflection, New College thesis students have been creating outward expressions that activate and affirm their positions in the world. Through a celebration of queer pride and gender fluidity and by foregrounding issues around mental illness awareness in the twenty-first century, this year’s thesis students tackle timely and relevant topics during this unprecedented historical moment. This year’s exhibition includes students Miranda Chapman, Kayden VanAntwerp, and Samantha Zellner.

June:

Conference: “VARI(A)BILITIES V: EXHIBITING HUMANITY; INHABITING THE BODY”

DATES POSTPONED  l Sarasota, Florida, USA


Hosted by: John and Mable Ringling Museum and New College of Florida, in collaboration with the University of Winchester, UK ‘Vari(a)bilities V” will include a public lecture by Dr. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson on bioethics, disability, and the rest of us. Dance performances and a themed exhibition at the Ringling Circus Museum.

2019 FALL SEASON EVENTS

September: 

[performance@new college] presents “The body of sound-touch, partner, and witness as a physical approach to vibration and voice”

Wednesday, Sept. 11  l  1-2:30 p.m.  l  Black Box Theater
Monday, Sept. 16  l  1-2:30 p.m.  l  Black Box Theater

This two-part workshop series will be focused on voice and speech for the actor through a physical approach. Participants will be able explore vibration and sound production using Prof. Ladd’s unique Live Sound Action techniques and movement exercises.* The workshop will draw on the instructor’s extensive background as a performer, creator, and educator. You do not need to be an actor to take this workshop. Anyone interested in exploring in order to find a fuller voice and carry more stage presence is welcome. Moreover, you do not need to take both workshops. Feel free to participate in one or both.
 
*Participants are asked to wear movement clothes and be open to taking shoes off.


Eliza Ladd is a distinguished performer, director, stage writer, song maker and choreographer from NYC. She has taught Acting at Marymount Manhattan College, The Function of Theater at Kingsborough Community College, Ensemble Body Practice at Terry Schreiber Acting Conservatory, Movement for the Actor at Naropa University and Shakespeare and Company, and Devised Theater and Viewpoints Techniques at New College of Florida. Eliza has created original multi-disciplinary work at PS 122, Dixon Place, Movement Research, the Knitting Factory, Joyce Soho and The Berkshire Fringe. In addition to her extensive training in Clown, Improvisation, Primitive Voice, Developmental Movement and Shakespeare, and as a percussionist, singer and actor, Eliza holds a BA in Comparative Religion from Harvard University, an MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, and she is a certified Body Dynamics™ educator of Movement for the Actor.

communities in Transit Presents: “Humanizing Deportation”

Presented Dr. Robert Irwin, professor of Spanish at the University of California Davis.
Monday, Sept. 16  l   5:30-7:30 p.m.  l  ACE Lounge

In public debates about migration and border policy, the voice of migrants is rarely heard. “Humanizing Deportation” is an oral history project documenting the experience of deportees to Mexico. Housed at the University of California Davis, this video archive visualizes and documents the lived experience and diverse histories of deportees who have spent a significant portion of their lives in the United States. Dr. Robert Irwin, professor of Spanish at the University of California Davis and project coordinator of the Humanizing Deportation project, will present the project to the public. His presentation will be followed by a discussion facilitated by faculty and community organizations.

The “Humanizing Deportation” Project is a response to general lack of first-hand knowledge regarding the experience of deportation and removal, and the consequent dehumanized narratives on the topic. Collaborators are producing an online open access archive of personal stories about deportation. Policy debate on deportation tends to be driven by statistics, with little attention to human experience. This project will make visible a range of humanitarian issues that mass human displacement has generated as the result of its management on both sides of the US-Mexico border. It employs digital storytelling, a digital genre that puts control of content and production in the hands of community storytellers (deportees and others affected by deportation and deportability), to produce a public archive that will give a human face to the deportation crisis.

[performance@new college] presents “Arts Management: the ins and outs for this business savvy”

Thursday, Sept. 19  l  6-7:30 p.m.  l  ACE Lounge
Thursday, Sept. 26  l  6-7:30 p.m.  l  ACE Lounge

This two-part interactive lecture series will center on arts management as a general field with specific focus on cultural organizations that produce live theatre. Drawing on the instructor’s background as a professional actor, top-level theatre administrator, and educator, Mr. Ray will address: the state of the field in arts management; how to enter this area of the performing arts; accessing higher education and training; supporting and fostering Black artists; what it takes to run a theatre company; applying for positions at nationally recognized theaters in major urban centers; Sarasota-based opportunities to begin working in arts management; and, the management role he currently holds at West Coast Black Theatre Troupe. Mr. Ray will begin his talk with a traditional lecture and then transition to having an interactive conversation with the participants. To accomplish this, he has specifically requested that students arrive with thoughts, questions, and curiosities regarding arts management that he can address from the point of view of a working professional.

TRAVIS RAY is the Associate Managing Director of West Coast Black Theatre Troupe. Travis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Performance from Alabama State University. He continued his professional actor training at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film and Nebraska Repertory Theatre. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Management and Arts Administration from The University of Alabama. Travis has worked with the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts, the King Tut Exhibit, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Tyler Perry Studios.Travis is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Theatre Communications Group, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. When he’s not working in the position at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Mr. Ray enjoys traveling with his husband Jonah, playing fetch with their dog Chance and taking time to meditate, practice yoga, and explore his African roots.
If he wasn’t busy enough, Travis recently started his own handmade bow tie and accessories brand called, The Asè (ah-shay) Collection. Follow his brand on Facebook and Instagram by searching “@theasecollection” or view his website at www.asecollection.com.

Asian Film & Talk Series Presents: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” (2016)

Introduced by Dr. Sherry Yu  l  Run Time: 1h 30m
Friday, Sept. 20  l  6-8 p.m. l  Sainer Auditorium

Winner of Best Political Documentary (Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards) and “Outstanding Business and Economy Documentary” (News & Documentary Emmy Awards), this engrossing legal thriller (directed by Steve James) tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Official website: https://www.abacusmovie.com/

The Asian Film & Talk Series: The five films selected foe this 2019-2020 year address immigration, global migration, and cultural conflicts issues from a diverse range of Asian perspectives. New College faculty in Economics, Geography, Islamic Studies, English, and Asian Studies will introduce the films and lead post-screening Discussions.


Dr. Sherry Yu
specializes in macroeconomics and international economics. Her research focuses on banking regulation, monetary policy, financial contagion. She is currently investigating the role of unconventional monetary policy on financial market movements, exchange rate fluctuations and income inequality. Other research interests include housing market, applied finance and Chinese economy. Her teaching interests lie in all levels of macroeconomics, monetary economics, finance, economic history and Chinese economy.

 

Religion in Sarasota Series: Talking Religion with Samar Dahmash-Jarrah

Tuesday, Sept. 24  l  5-6:30 p.m.  l  Sainer Auditorium

Join us for a conversation and Q&A with journalist, author, and radio host Samar D. Jarrah. Samar will share her experiences as an Arab/Muslim/American professional, reflecting on developments and changes in the recent years, as well as some of the challenges Muslim Americans are still facing. She authored two books in Arabic about life in the U.S. as an immigrant.

Samar D. Jarrah is a Kuwait-born Palestinian-American speaker, journalist, and educator. She has traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East and has lived in Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and America. Samar Dahmash-Jarrah professional accomplishments include being a contributor to CNN World Report; news editor and reporter for Jordan Television; editor and reporter for Jordan Weekly; and a Political Science instructor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. After the World Trade Center tragedy of September 11th, 2001, Dahmash-Jarrah, an American citizen, was asked by many community organizations, churches, temples, and peace groups to speak about the Arab world. These events and the Iraq War served as the inspiration for Arab Voices Speak to American Hearts, a first step in fostering direct dialogue between Americans and Arabs. Topics of past discussions involve international relations, media, Islam, and culture.

Dahmash-Jarrah holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Middle East Studies. Samar authored two books in Arabic about her life in the US as an American Arab Muslim Woman.

“The RHINO Project”: Live Gallery performance

Thursday, Sept. 26  l  7-8:00 p.m.  l  The John and Mable Ringling Museum
Admission: $15 (Free for museum members and college students w/ valid ID)


This is an opportunity for members of the community to view a live iteration of The RHINO Project before the October premiere of the short film. This performance will take place in the Ruben’s galleries as a part of the Ringling Museum’s Art After 5 Series. Seating will be provided in the galleries. For more info: https://www.ringling.org/events/galleryperformance-rhino

The RHINO Project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between students and faculty of New College of Florida, the Ringling College Film Department, the John and Mable Ringling Museum, and local Sarasota artists. Weaving together elements of dance, music, film, and costume, The RHINO Project explores humankind’s impact and exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on the poaching crisis of rhinos specifically, The RHINO Project provides a space for self-reflection, demonstrating the consequences of our violence as a species.

Artist lecture with Andrew Yang, “Trans-disciplinary Practice in Visual Arts and Ecology”

Friday, Sept. 27  l  7-8:30 p.m.  l  Sainer Auditorium


Andrew Yang is Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His practice spans installation art to ecological dynamics, history of science to collage. His current projects and interests include systems aesthetics, archives and the Anthropocene, visual analogy, animal subjectivity, and the nature/culture relationship broadly. His exhibitions range from Oklahoma to Yokohama, including commissions for the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, (2016) and the Spencer Museum of Art (2019). Yang’s writing & research can be found in journals including Art Journal, Leonardo, Biological Theory, and Antennae.

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October:

New Music New College Presents: Artist Conversation with Yarn/Wire

Thursday, Oct. 3  l  5-6:30 p.m.   Sainer Auditorium


Before attending the concert, come to a special conversation event with the dynamic musical quartet, Yarn/Wire. This open platform will allow you to converse with the artists to better understand their process and development of the works to be performed in concert.

Artist Conversation Series: Realizing that our concerts include music that will be new to most or all of the audience, we strive to offer plenty of context. We generally begin these with a brief performance—an excerpt from something that will be in the concert—and then start a discussion with everyone there about their responses to what they just heard and saw. More Info

New Music New College Presents: Concert by Yarn/Wire

Saturday, Oct 5  l  8-9:00 p.m.  l  Sainer Auditorium
Pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m.  l  Admission: $15 (free for subscribers and students w/ ID)


Today’s composers often reinvent instrumental resources, finding new sonic possibilities in conventional instruments through innovative performance techniques and coloristic combinations. The instrumentation of Yarn/Wire—two pianos, two percussion—has offered composers a surprisingly rich palate for harmony and texture. For their NMNC debut, Yarn/Wire will perform two very different works: Klaus Lang’s shimmering and contemplative molten trees (2017) and Misato Mochizuki’s rousing Le monde des rondes et des carrés (2015).

Yarn/Wire is a NYC-based percussion and piano quartet comprised of Ian Antonio (percussion), Laura Barger(piano), Russell Greenberg (percussion), and Ning Yu (piano). This instrumental combination allows the ensemble flexibility to slip effortlessly between classics of the repertoire and more modern works that continue to forge new boundaries. Yarn/Wire is admired for the energy and precision they bring to vital performances of today’s most adventurous music.

“The RHINO Project”: Live Performance Excerpts

Thursday, Oct. 3  l  7-8:00 p.m.  l  The John and Mable Ringling Museum
Admission: $15 (Free for museum members and college students w/ valid ID)


Take advantage of another chance to see The RHINO Project live as New College of Florida student collaborators perform excerpts from the work during October’s Ringling Underground.

The RHINO Project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between students and faculty of New College of Florida, the Ringling College Film Department, the John and Mable Ringling Museum, and local Sarasota artists. Weaving together elements of dance, music, film, and costume, The RHINO Project explores humankind’s impact and exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on the poaching crisis of rhinos specifically, The RHINO Project provides a space for self-reflection, demonstrating the consequences of our violence as a species.

Religion in Sarasota Series: Talking Religion w/ Lynne Lockie

Monday, Oct 7  5-6:30 p.m.  College Hall Music Room

In this second segment of Religion in Sarasota Lynn Lockie – Mindfulness Instructor at the Sarasota Mindfulness Institute and New College of Florida – will talk about bringing mindfulness to Sarasota.

Lynne Lockie has been an artist, writer, psychotherapist, teacher of  meditation and mindfulness practices. She has been practicing meditation and spiritual disciplines/ways of skillful living for over 55 years, starting with her teacher Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1959 in San Francisco. She received ordination as a lay practitioner from him in 1964, among the first ordained students of Zen Center.  She also founded the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center with others and was its first President. Since 2017, Lynne has also worked with New College to bring mindfulness practices to the campus. In this talk, Lynne will talk about her long experience practicing and teaching meditation, and the impact it can have on people and local communities.

Innovators of American Dance: Paul taylor’s “Brandenburgs”

Wednesday, Oct 9 6-8:00 p.m.  College Hall Music Room

Continuing a special partnership with the Sarasota Ballet and the Mellon Foundation to chart the evolution of dance in America, New College is pleased to invite you to a conversation with former Paul Taylor Dance Company Principal Dancer and current Director of Licensing and Repetiteur, Michael Trusnovec.  Mr. Trusnovec will introduce Mr. Taylor through video footage of his early dancing before focusing on Brandenburgs, its structural and stylistic elements and how they speak to Mr. Taylor’s dance making.  He will share some video excerpts, discuss the staging process, and entertain questions from the audience.


Michael Trusnovec:

Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the world’s most luminous dancers,” honored by Dance Magazine (2018) and as the “Positano Premia La Danza” Dancer of the Year (2016), Bessie and YoungArts Award winner Michael Trusnovec was a Principal Dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company for over two decades. He created over 25 roles with Mr. Taylor and, as Associate Rehearsal Director, was featured in the 2004 PBS Great Performances: Acts of Ardor and the 2013 Paul Taylor in Paris. Mr. Trusnovec serves as a Board Member, panelist, reviewer and mentor for numerous prestigious dance and arts institutions, including Dance Films Association and YoungArts. He is co-founder of the Asbury Park Dance Festival.

Innovators of American Dance: Paul taylor company – community master class

Friday, Oct. 11  1-2:20 p.m.  l  College Hall Music Room


Put what you learned about Paul Taylor’s dance innovation to practice and join New College ballet students in an open level Master Class.  All are welcome!

Paul Taylor trained under modern dance greats like Martha Graham and José Limón. and also worked with choreographers Merce Cunningham and George Balanchine. Taylor’s style often relies upon blending every day, natural gestures with more traditional technique. He has a vivid knack for irreverence and humor as well, as seen with the playful pastoral.

[performance@new college] presents: a Staged Reading of “Testing gold” by Lily Tanner – winner of the student category of the Urbanite Theatre’s Modern Works Festival

Wednesday, Oct 9  6-7:00 p.m.  Urbanite Theatre  Admission: $15 (general)/$5 (student)
Thursday, Oct 10  7:30-8:30 p.m.  Black Box Theatre  Admission: Free


In this competition exclusively for Sarasota Cross College Alliance students, winning student playwright Lily Tanner will receive staged readings of her play, Testing Gold, at NCF’s Black Box Theater and at the Urbanite Theatre with a professional director and actors. More on the MWF

Testing Gold is a one-act “coming-of-age” play. College student Quinn, faced with the demands and confusion of navigating life, attempts to make sense of her past. Realizing she is trapped in an endless loop, Quinn is forced to make a difficult decision.

Lily Tanner
is a 3rd-year Environmental Studies/Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies major at New College of Florida. Lily wrote her first short play at age eleven for a history fair competition and has continued to write for fun since, however, this is Lily’s first performed play.

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS: Carrie Beneš on “Meet a Medieval Manuscript”

Thursday Oct 24  5:30-7 p.m.  Cook Hall Living Room


Come join us for this rare opportunity to examine an actual medieval manuscript with Prof. Beneš, who will  guide us through what it is, how it works, what historians do with these things, how they differ from printed books and digital formats, etc.


Professor Carrie Beneš
teaches Medieval and Renaissance history at New College of Florida. She is a cultural historian specializing in late medieval Italy. Her main research interests involve intellectual networks and the construction of history as a means to identity: specifically, how people throughout history have used and manipulated the past to suit their own ends. Her other academic interests include book history (palaeography, codicology, illumination, and the history of libraries), Italian humanism, the history and historiography of the Renaissance, urban history, premodern travel, and the historical epidemiology (especially the plague). She offers courses on these subjects as well as general surveys of the medieval, Renaissance, and early modern periods.

Asian Film & Talk Series Presents: “Amreeka” (2009)

Introduced by Dr. Nassima Neggaz  l  Run Time: 1h 36m
Friday, Oct 25  l  6-8 p.m. l  Sainer Auditorium


“Amreeka” centers on the trials and tribulations of a proud Palestinian Christian immigrant single mother and her teenage son as they cope with culture clash while building a new life in rural Illinois. This tender feature marks the debut of Arab-American director Cherien Dabis and has accrued international recognition scoring 18 nominations and 9 wins including: Best Arabic Film and Best Arabic Screenplay (Cairo International Film Festival 2009), FIPRESCI Prize (Cannes Film Festival 2009), Best Actress – Feature (Dubai International Film Festival 2009), and NBR Award for Top Independent Films (National Board of Review, USA 2009).

The Asian Film & Talk Series: The five films selected foe this 2019-2020 year address immigration, global migration, and cultural conflicts issues from a diverse range of Asian perspectives. New College faculty in Economics, Geography, Islamic Studies, English, and Asian Studies will introduce the films and lead post-screening Discussions.

“The RHINO Project”: Film Premier and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, Oct 29  5:15-7 p.m.  College Hall Music Room


Come toast with the collaborators of the interdisciplinary project and discuss the process. “The RHINO Project” is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between students and faculty of New College of Florida, the Ringling College Film Department, the John and Mable Ringling Museum, and local Sarasota artists. Weaving together elements of dance, music, film, and costume, The RHINO Project explores humankind’s impact and exploitation of the natural world. The premier will kick off with an interactive exhibit and culminate in the premiere of the short film. Following the screening, participants are invited to stay for a panel discussion and Q&A with project collaborators. Refreshment and light bites will be provided.

The RHINO Project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between students and faculty of New College of Florida, the Ringling College Film Department, the John and Mable Ringling Museum, and local Sarasota artists. Weaving together elements of dance, music, film, and costume, The RHINO Project explores humankind’s impact and exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on the poaching crisis of rhinos specifically, The RHINO Project provides a space for self-reflection, demonstrating the consequences of our violence as a species.

November:

 

Religion in Sarasota Series: Watching Religion—Faith, Ethics, and Community in the film “First Reformed”

Thursday, Nov. 7  5-7:30 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium 


Come watch Paul Schrader’s 2017 film First Reformed, which follows a Protestant minister (played by Ethan Hawke) faced with questions of faith and morality while serving as pastor of a dwindling historical church. The film was nominated for an Oscar that year for best screenplay. After the film, Reverend Melanie Kim, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, and former chaplain at Ringling College and USF-SM, will discuss with us some of the main themes of the movie, with a particular focus on the role, impact, and struggles of a local pastor in a small community.

New Music New College Presents: Artist Conversation with Grand Electric and New College Students

Thursday, Nov. 14  5-6:30 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium


Before attending the concert Images, come to a special conversation event with electric guitar/piano duo Grand Electric and New College music students. This open platform will allow you to converse with the artists to better understand their process and development of the works to be performed in concert.

Artist Conversation Series: Realizing that our concerts include music that will be new to most or all of the audience, we strive to offer plenty of contexts. These events generally begin these with a brief performance—an excerpt from something that will be in the concert—and then start a discussion with everyone there about their responses to what they just heard and saw. More Info 

New Music New College Presents: “Images”

Saturday, Nov. 16  8-9 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium
Pre-concert Talk at 7:30 p.m.  Admission: $15 (free for subscribers and students w/ ID)


This immersive multimedia concert will feature animations and scores by New College students, Professors Kim Anderson and Mark Dancigers, the electric guitar/piano duo Grand Electric, and new works for electronic media collaboratively produced by students and faculty. Come see and hear the newest of the new, produced by students and faculty right here at New College!

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS: Dr. Nicolas Delon on “What are Animals For?: Animals We Eat, Animals We Hate, and Animals We Ignore”

Thursday, Nov. 21  5:30-7 p.m.  Cook Hall Living Room


Come learn about and discuss our vexed relationships to our fellow creatures and what we can do to improve them with Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Nicolas Delon.

Nicolas Delon is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at New College of Florida in Sarasota. He works primarily in animal ethics and environmental ethics, but has a wide range of research and teaching interests. He received his PhD from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2014. Professor Delon was Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in Environmental Studies at NYU from 2014-2017 and a Law & Philosophy Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School in 2017-2018.

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS: Anna Lidia Vega Serova on “Vengo a ofrecer mi corazón (i am coming to offer you my heart)”

Thursday, Nov. 21  5:00-7 p.m.  Jane B. Cook Library (on NCF campus)

“Vengo a ofrecer mi corazón” (I am coming to offer you my heart) is a talk about her creative work in the context of contemporary Cuba. The presentation will be in Spanish with an interpreter.


Anna Lidia Vega Serova
is a Cuban fiction writer, poet, and visual artist. She was born in Leningrad, Russia, in 1968 to a Cuban father and a Russian/Ukrainian mother. Soon after her birth, she returned to Cuba with her parents, lived there intermittently, and finally settled on the island. Among her publications are short-story collections Bad Painting (1997) and Limpiando ventanas y espejos (2000); the novels Noche de ronda (2001) and Ánima fatua (2007), and the poetry collection, Retazos (de las hormigas) para los malos tiempos (2004).

“The RHINO Project”: Live Performance

Thursday, Nov. 21 – Saturday, Nov. 23  7:30 p.m.  Black Box Theater
Sunday, Nov. 24  2:00 p.m.  Black Box Theater


The RHINO Project
will have four more live performances as part of the Dance on Campus showcase at New College of Florida! In this production, audiences will not only have another chance to see The RHINO Project live, but with a new group of NCF dancers!

Dance on Campus is a production that celebrates dance genres thriving at New College of Florida offered through the Humanities Division and performed by both aspiring dancers as well as enthusiastic movers with an appreciation for the art form.

The RHINO Project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between students and faculty of New College of Florida, the Ringling College Film Department, the John and Mable Ringling Museum, and local Sarasota artists. Weaving together elements of dance, music, film, and costume, The RHINO Project explores humankind’s impact and exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on the poaching crisis of rhinos specifically, The RHINO Project provides a space for self-reflection, demonstrating the consequences of our violence as a species.

Asian Film & Talk Series Presents: “Finding Kukan” (2016)

Introduced by Dr. Fang-yu Li  Run Time: 1hr 15m
Friday, Nov 22  6-8 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium


Finding Kukan
investigates the story of Chinese Hawaii-born Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, a 1941 Academy Award-winning color documentary about World War II China that has been lost for decades. The film accrued a variety of notable accolades including Audience Award (LA Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017), Honorable Mention in Documentary Award (CAAMFest 2017), Best Documentary (Hawaii International Film Festival 2016), Courage in Cinema (UMass Boston Film Series 2017), Audience Award Honorable Mention (Boston Asian American Film Festival 2017). Finding Kukan is another addition in fourth-generation American Chinese director, Robin Lung’s 16-year history of bringing untold minority and women’s stories to film.

The Asian Film & Talk Series: The five films selected foe this 2019-2020 year address immigration, global migration, and cultural conflicts issues from a diverse range of Asian perspectives. New College faculty in Economics, Geography, Islamic Studies, English, and Asian Studies will introduce the films and lead post-screening Discussions.


Dr. Fang-yu Li
received her Ph.D in Chinese and Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, with a certificate in Translation Studies. Dr. Li specializes in modern Chinese literature, film, and culture. Her current research focuses on self-reflexive writings in contemporary Chinese fiction, with a particular interest in the construction of the self and its relation to one’s personal identity and social role. Her broader interest includes Chinese cinema, Chinese pop culture, linguistic/cultural translation, gender politics and speculative fiction. She has published translations of short stories and research articles on Taiwanese writers Li Ang and Chi Wei-Jan.

Lecture Event w/ Charles Batson, “Cirque du Soleil and Beyond: Quebec’s Expanding Circus Worlds”

Monday, Nov. 25  6-7:30 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium

Cirque du Soleil has greatly contributed to the image of Québec as a world-renowned capital of the circus arts. Batson’s talk offers an exploration of this brightly shining figure by anchoring his research in the historical and cultural specificities that helped shape the development of Québec’s highly influential cirque nouveau. Looking at multiple companies and aesthetics, Batson’s talk also considers the ways in which Cirque is not just Cirque du Soleil.

Charles Batson
is a specialist on circus, working specifically on the intersections of LGBT community and performance in the Quebec circus. He is also a Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Union College, Schenectady, NY, and currently serves as President of the American Council for Québec Studies (ACQS). His work on circus has appeared in several venues, including the volume he co-edited with Louis Patrick Leroux, Cirque Global: Québec’s Expanding Circus Boundaries (McGill-Queens University Press, 2016).

2019 SPRING SEASON EVENTS

January:

Hermitage North @ New College “LGBT Opera, Then & Now”
Thursday, Jan. 10 6 p.m. Heiser Auditorium

The Hermitage North @ New College series continues with composer Joseph N. Rubinstein and dramatist Jason Kim, who will address the cultural relationship between gay-male life and opera.

Campus Conversations: Visual Taxonomies The Art of Insects
Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30-7 p.m. New College Cook Hall Lobby

Join professor of art Kim Anderson and professor of biology Emily Saarinen for a lively and illustrated discussion of the intersection between the study of biology (particularly of insects) and the art of drawing.

Make your third Thursday an evening of some good food and wine, socializing, and inspiring and collegial conversation with neighbors and New College Folk.

ASIAN FILM SERIES:
“Up the Yangtze” a 2007 film by Yung Chang
Introduced by Dr. Carolyn Bloomer, Ringling College of Art and Design
Friday, Jan. 18, 5 p.m. Mildred Sainer Auditorium

“Up the Yangtze” explores lives transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history, a hotly contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle. “Up the Yangtze” was very well received by film critics, and was described as “astonishing” documentary which “refuses to editorialize” by The New York Times. The film appeared on several critics’ top 10 lists of the best films of 2008.

This event is free and open to the public.

New Music New College: Ensemble Dal Niente with George Lewis
Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion (pre-concert talk, 7:30 p.m.)

Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente has been showered with critical praise and prestigious awards since forming in 2004. Their astonishing virtuosity is put entirely in the service of musical communication, making even the most demanding contemporary works accessible and compelling. Their program for NMNC will feature pieces by George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, and Katherine Young that, while notated, each have origins in improvisation. Composer and MacArthur (“Genius Grant”) Fellow George Lewis will join us for this concert.

This event is free to New College students, faculty and staff, and $15 to the public. For more information please visit newmusicnewcollege.org/dalniente

New College of Florida Art Presents: The 2019 Juried Student Art Exhibition
Jan. 28 to March 15 — Located in The Isermann Gallery … Reception & Awards Thursday, Jan. 31 5-7 p.m.

The New College of Florida Art Department is pleased to present the 2019 Juried Student Art Exhibition. Each year, the New College Art Department opens its doors to the public to view the work of this highly anticipated, competitively juried exhibition. This annual exhibition celebrates the most outstanding levels of creative achievement within the past academic year.

Work from this year’s exhibition include a diverse array of media including painting, sculpture, technology-based art, photography, and printmaking. Please join us for a unique opportunity to view student artwork in the Isermann Gallery from Jan 28 through March 15.

A reception and awards ceremony for the artists is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, 5:00-7 p.m. Awards and juror’s talk will be presented at 5:30 p.m. This year’s jurors include Ringing Museum of Contemporary Art curators Rhiannon Paget, curator of Asian Art and Ola Wlusek, Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Curator. This year’s event sponsors include Art & Frame of Sarasota, the New College President’s Office and the New College Provost’s Office, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

FEBRUARY:

Asian Film Series:
“Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above,” introduced by Dr. Fang-yu Li, New College of Florida
Friday Feb. 8, 2019, 5 p.m. Mildred Sainer Auditorium

Inspired by Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s “Home” (2009), this first aerial documentary juxtaposes the island’s breathtaking natural scenery with its alarming despoilation by human greed and negligence. The film broke the Taiwan box office records for the largest opening weekend and the highest total gross of a locally produced documentary. The film was nominated for Best Documentary and Best Original Film Score at the 50th Golden Horse Awards, winning the best documentary category. Photographer Chi Po-lin died in a helicopter crash while shooting footages for the sequel to this film on June 10, 2017.

NEW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2019 EVENTS
Dimensions of Blackness: Exploring the African Diaspora

Sur La Bay Concert (Bomba Music and Dance Performance)
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, Time TBA, College Hall Music Room

African Diaspora Film Festival: “The Feminist on Cell Block Y & Harriet Hendel” – Innocence Project of Florida Presentation
Thursday, Feb. 7, Time TBA, Heiser Auditorium

Staged Reading of “The Mothers by Nikki Yeboah”
Saturday, Feb. 16, Time TBA, Black Box Theater

Black Literature Read-In
Thursday, Feb. 28, Time TBA, The Cook Library

NEW MUSIC NEW COLLEGE:
“Tigers Above and Tigers Below” New work by Eliza Lad and NCF Students
Feb. 15-16, 8 p.m.; Feb. 17 at 3 p.m., New College Black Box Theater

In this new commission Eliza Ladd, in collaboration with New College students, will create a score of “Live Sound Action” (her theatrical approach to composition and performance) to be performed in the New College Black Box Theatre. Ladd’s approach, at once visual, aural and physical, combines the sounds of objects and human movement with layers of primitive voice and song.

This original New Music composition will be influenced by a theme of migration: what gets carried over time across place, and the act of searching, listening and thriving as it manifests in the flight of birds, the walking of humans, and on an elemental scale of geology.

For more information, please visit newmusicnewcollege.org/tigers.

Campus Conversations: Bodies of Knowledge Dance and the Liberal Arts
Thursday, Feb. 21, 5:30-7 p.m., New College Cook Hall Living Room

Led by Professors April Flakne, Queen Meccasia Zabriskie, and Leymis Bolaños Wilmott

Dance is a field where the mind and the body are implicitly connected—where the Cartesian divide between a mind (that thinks) and a body (that does) fails most spectacularly. With faculty from Philosophy, Sociology, and Dance/Choreography, this promises to be a particularly engaging conversation (and you might be invited to move your own body too!)

This event is free and open to the public.

New College, Ringling College and The Ringling Museum Present The Japanese Anime Film Series
Japanese Anime Films Presented by Dr. CJ Suzuki of City University of New York Baruch College

“The Garden of Words” by Makoto Shinkai screening
Thursday, Feb. 28|, 7:00 p.m., Ringling College of Art and Design

“Garden of Words” is a story about a 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman finding an unlikely friendship one rainy day in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. It was awarded Year’s Best Animation in iTunes’ Best of 2013. It won the 2013 Kobe Theatrical Film Award and awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film.

Public Lecture: “Pushing the Boundary of Manga: Gekiga and the Mediascape of Japanese Counterculture” presented by Dr. Suzuki
Friday, March 1, 5:30 p.m. at The Cook Library room 252.

“Your Name,” screening,  also by Makoto Shinkai
Saturday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., New College Chao Lecture Hall.

April:
Pure Platinum: A Thesis Exhibition
April 18 – May 10 2019
April 18; 5-8 p.m. Isermann Gallery, New College of Florida
M-F 12-5

The New College of Florida Art Department is pleased to present the 2019 Senior Thesis Art Exhibition entitled Pure Platinum. The annual thesis exhibition is the culmination of a year-long studio art research project. This year’s exhibition features mixed media sculpture, painting, and printmaking.

It reflects on diverse themes ranging from cultural identity, nostalgia, music in folk culture, and the interaction between humans and technology.

This year’s exhibition includes students Elly Bovarnick, Jack Brickhouse, Corinne Leavengood, Jack Micoli, Jamie Moriarty, and Abeer Obaido.

 

Story Alchemy: A Writing Workshop by Rachel Schaeffer Wolfe
Tuesday April 23 1:30-3 p.m. Jane Bancroft Cook Library Room 141

Local author and host and producer of “The Red Couch” interviews, Rachel Schaeffer Wolfe offers a taste of her unique workshop: Story Alchemy. Story Alchemy blends Creative Writing with Positive Psychology, and has been taught in longer form at the Omega Institute in New York and Kripalu Center in Massachusetts.
Stories are powerful, especially the ones we tell ourselves. Too often we become the villain or antagonist of our own narratives, grinding out tales of self-doubt, judgment, or self-hatred. When we carry these old beliefs around, we feel weighed down—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Reclaim your role as the hero or heroine of your personal plot by quieting the inner critic, questioning your assumptions, and applying the method of asking expansive questions. Through the process of guided meditation, writing prompts and generative composition exercises, you will reconnect to your authentic voice, rewrite your narrative and once again become the protagonist of your life story.
This event is free and open to the public.
Seats are Limited so Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/story-alchemy-a-writing-workshop-by-rachel-schaeffer-wolfe-tickets-60468935213


Wet Ink Ensemble: Kate Soper’s Voices from the Killing Jar

Artist Conversation Thursday, April 25, 5 p.m. Club Sudakoff

Concert Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m. Club Sudakoff, pre-concert talk 7:30 p.m.
Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit, which NMNC presented as a work-in-progress in 2015, went on to be a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. Wet Ink returns to NMNC to perform Voices from the Killing Jar, another of Soper’s theatrical works. This work from 2010–12 depicts a series of female protagonists caught up in “hopeless situations, inescapable fates, impossible fantasies, and unlucky circumstances.” Soper writes, “The women in ‘Voices’ are bound together by their pain, their silence, their anger, their perception, connected not just via juxtaposition, but through their communal duress. As the narrator of their stories, I empower them by resurrecting their voices, which echo and forge connections across the movements, and by bringing them to life before an audience. I inhabit these voices in part by recalling the emotions and mental states which are the catalysts for their speech and song.” NMNC is thrilled to end our season with these vital musicians performing a work of such timely resonance.
But wait—there’s more! The concert will also feature a new (so new, it doesn’t yet have a title) septet by Wed Ink pianist Eric Wubbels.
“Dense, wild, yet artfully controlled . . .”—The New York Times
For information Please visit http://www.newmusicnewcollege.org

MAY:

Art History Student-led tour of 18th Century Artworks
Thursday, May 9, 6 p.m. Ringling Museum Galleries (15-18)
New College students will be stationed in front of a selection of artworks in the eighteenth-century galleries of the Ringling Museum of Art (galleries 15-18), ready to give the public the benefit of an unusual final assignment for Professor Katherine Brion’s spring art history class, “Pleasure and Power: Art in the 18th Century.” Dr. Brion has tasked the students with discussing their selected artworks while taking on the role of a relevant eighteenth-century historical figure or type, whether the artist, one of the depicted subjects, an art critic, an art dealer, or someone else entirely. This event is inspired by the efforts of Dr. Melissa Hyde (Professor of Art History, Distinguished Teaching Scholar, and UF Research Foundation Professor at the University of Florida) to bring the Eighteenth Century to life in the recent exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection. Hyde wrote the central exhibition catalogue essay in the character of a fictional woman artist, “Adèle Pastel.” This type of narrative “promenade” through the exhibition, a device frequently used in eighteenth-century art criticism, was both true to the period and a means of enlivening it for the present-especially when an actor in costume took on the role of Adèle Pastel at the Harn Museum, performing a dramatic reading of the essay as a tour of the actual exhibition.

https://www.ringling. org/events/art-after-5

Fall 2018

Narrative Non-Fiction Storytelling Workshop
Thursday December 6, 2018, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Cook Library Room 141

This workshop showcases non-fiction writing specialists Eric Deggans and Margo Hammond, as well as author and Writer in Residence at New College Sarah Gerard on how they collect their material and craft vivid stories for books, newspapers and magazines. The program is organized and will be moderated by New College Professor of Anthropology Maria D. Vesperi, a former working journalist and a trustee of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies from 1995-2015.

Eric Deggans is NPR’s first full-time TV critic, crafting stories and commentaries for the network’s shows, such as Morning Edition, Here & Now and All Things Considered, along with writing material for NPR.org.

Margo Hammond is an author, editor, memoir writing teacher, literary critic and founder of a blog called Creative Late Bloomers devoted to telling stories about creative aging.

Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection Sunshine State, a New York Times critics’ choice, and the novel Binary Star, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times first fiction prize.

This interactive workshop is free and open to the public — the only requirement is an interest in good stories and how they are told.

DECEMBER:

Asian Film Series:

Thursday November 29, 2018, 5 p.m. in Sainer Pavilion

“The Road,” a 2015 documentary by Zhang Zanbo

Introduced by Dr. Jing Zhang, New College of Florida
Winner of the Grand Prize of “Chinese Documentary Award” at the 10th Taiwan International Documentary Festival, the film records Zhang’s (a former teacher at the Beijing Film Academy) three-year reporting in Hunan on the impact that a huge highway project had on rural life. The book version of this film was published in Chinese in November 2015 but was pulled off shelves and banned on the mainland in 2016 for “unclear reasons.” The film was available for the U.S. market only this October.

Hermitage Artist Retreat Presents… Hermitage North @ New College
Friday November 16, 2018 2 p.m. in College Hall Music Room
Jen Shyu: Groundbreaking Experimental Artist
Gifted Creators of all artistic disciplines are invited to live and work at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood. During their residencies, they share their talents with the community. Hermitage North @ New College is the latest iteration of this outreach. This free series encompasses artist talks and readings, glimpses of the creation of works-in-progress, and live performances of music, theater, poetry and more.

Campus Conversations: RAP: The Poetry of Hip-Hop
Thursday November 15, 2018, 5:30-7 p.m.  New College Cook Hall Living Room
Rap: The Poetry of Hip-Hop led by Professor Carl Shaw and alumnus Paul Loriston

Since its beginnings in the South Bronx of the 1970s, rap music has been stigmatized, with few listeners appreciating the intense poetic artistry at work in the genre. It is, in fact, today’s most prominent and influential mode of poetry, with complex rhythm, rhyme, wordplay, style, and storytelling. Our discussion will look at the history, content and, above all, the sophisticated poetics at play in today’s rap music.

This event is free and open to the public.

New Music New College: Inter/Action
Saturday November 10, 2018, 8 p.m. at The Mildred Sainer Pavilion.

New works featuring Mark Dancigers, New College students, and Grand Electric (pre-concert talk, 7:30 pm).

Composer and electric guitarist Mark Dancigers returns to New College as the college’s first Professor of Digital Media and Music. Inter/Action will engage the possibilities of digital media through works that explore sound, music, movement, and images. Dancigers will lead students in a new piece that uses the sound of rain data as an inspiration for improvisation and dance. The second half of the concert will feature the duo Grand Electric—Dancigers on guitar and electronics and renowned New York City based pianist Aaron Wunsch—as a bridge between the electric and acoustic worlds.
This event is free to New College students, faculty and staff, and $15 to the public. For more information please visit….  https://www.newmusicnewcollege.org/

OCTOBER:

Asian Talk & Film Series:
Thursday October 25, 2018 5 p.m. in Sainer Pavillion
Asian Film Series presents Plastic China, a 2016 documentary by Wang Jiuliang introduced by Dr. Xia-Shi

Game Jam: THEME: It’s Alive!: Avatars of Frankenstein’s Monster
Thursday October 25, 2018 5:30-10 p.m. Cook Library Room 141
Game-Jam is a workshop where participants are invited, working with a theme and following a presentation, to learn a digital tool for online-game development, “Twine,” and begin developing a simple online computer game narrative. Narrative story lines and choices are key components of game development, and the workshop focuses on trying out a simple branching narrative digital tool. No experience necessary but a laptop is.

This event is free and open to the public.

Campus Conversations
Thursday October 18, 2018: New College Cook Hall Living Room 5:30-7 p.m.
Digital Writing & Gaming (led by Ringling Professor Rick Dakan, Ringling College of Art & Design)More and more writing is born digital—not only written on computers, but written to be experienced in digital forms and from digital platforms. How might we think about game-development as a form of creative writing and storytelling? How do you design games and what can you learn about writing from gaming, from game-design? Professional game-designer and creative writing faculty at Ringling College, Rick Dakan, will walk us through this interesting conjunction. Come back the following week for a workshop on game-writing on the New College Campus as part of the “Community of Writers” project!

This event is free and open to the public.

Public Art: Representing, Engaging, and Challenging the Community”
Monday October 8, 2018 | 5:30 p.m., College Hall
Featuring Andrea Dasha Reich, Anne-Marie Russell, Elizabeth Van Riper, and Jim Shirley

New College, in special partnership with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, is pleased to host a panel focused on the role of public art in Sarasota and beyond. Three panelists engaged with the visual arts-Andrea Dasha Reich, Anne-Marie Russell, and Elizabeth Van Riper-will discuss the role of public art in representing, engaging, and challenging the community. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jim Shirley, Executive Director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

So Percussion, Saturday, October 6, 8 p.m., Club Sudakoff (pre-concert talk, 7:30 p.m.)
This quartet of master percussionists will challenge expectations. Their performance will include Bryce Dessner’s Music for Wood and Strings and Julia Wolfe’s String Quartet No. 5, both Sō Percussion commissions. Yes, this is a quartet of percussionists, and yes, both commissions are for strings. This is not your average percussion ensemble; these are ground-breaking musicians who challenge themselves and their commissioned composers to reach new heights of inventiveness.
These events are free and open to the public. For more information please visit https://www.newmusicnewcollege.org/.

New Music New College: Artist Conversation with So Percussion
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 5 p.m., Club Sudakoff

New Music New College’s Artist Conversations begin with a bit of music, followed immediately by comments and questions from the audience. The conversation that ensues with the musicians is based entirely on the audience’s experience of the music.

September:

Dr. Feng HaoAsian Film & Talk Series: “Under the Dome” (2015; by Chai Jing), introduction and conversation led by Dr. Feng Hao from the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee.
Thursday September 27, 2018 5 p.m. Sainer Pavillion

Innovators of Modern Dance: Martha Graham Master Class with Peggy Lyman
Friday, September 14, 2018, 1-2:30 p.m. College Hall Music Room.

Following up on the lecture, Peggy Lyman, Former Principal Dancer and Current Company Regisseur with the Martha Graham Dance Company will apply elementary techniques in an Open Master Class for New College beginning ballet students.  The class is open for public viewing and limited community participation (some dance background and a waiver is required).  Please register here.

Innovators of MODERN Dance: Martha Graham Public Lecture
Peggy LymanWednesday, September 12, 2018, 6 p.m., College Hall Music Room. New College, in special partnership with The Sarasota Ballet and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is pleased to host a lecture and conversation with former Martha Graham principal dancers Peter Sparling and Peggy Lyman.  Ms. Lyman, Regisseur with the Martha Graham Company, and Mr. Sparling, Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor of Dance and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Dance at University of Michigan, will be working with The Sarasota Ballet to stage Graham’s groundbreaking Appalachian Spring (October 26-28). They will share their insights on how Martha Graham, “The Mother of American Modern Dance,” impacted classical ballet, their experiences dancing with her company, and their thoughts about staging Graham’s work today.

SPRING 2018

Frankenstein: The Postmodern Prometheus
April 26-28 at 7:30 p.m., April 29 at 2:30 p.m.
New College of Florida, Black Box Theater

New College of Florida’s Windmill Theatre Company and The Theatrical Adaptation Classes (Andrei Malaev-Babel, Amber Lageman, and Monica Cross, professors), present “Frankenstein: The Postmodern Prometheus,” by Eric Auerbach and Alison Libby, directed by Rosemary Stevens. Based on Mary Shelley’s 1818 masterpiece. A modern-day adaption of Shelly’s titular novel…Frankenstein; or the Postmodern Prometheus follows the story of a contemporary Victor Frankenstein existing in the age of technology. Socially incompetent, Victor places his efforts to find companionship within the realms of the internet. Failing to make any friends however evokes in Victor a brilliant idea: to create the “perfect profile”, so that he may garner all the relationships he is unable to achieve on his own. Although, when all goes awry and the profile begins go against his wishes—Victor comes face-to-face with his creation, the consequences of his actions, and struggles to find a place of his own in a world where his biggest obstacle is everything he’s ever dreamed of, feared, and envied — manifested.

This production is created and presented through a collaboration of New College courses. The Script was adapted from Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein by students in an Independent Study Project under the direction of Professor Andrei Malaev-Babel. The technical design has been done by students in the Technical Theater course under the direction of Professor Monica Cross. The actors are members of Professor Maleav-Babel’s Theatrical Adaptation course. This class gives students the opportunity both to act and to participate in the greater process of making a production. In addition their role in the play, each actor has taken a job on the technical side of this process, filling the roles of directing, publicity, dramaturgy and stage management. The methods of Russian theater theorist Nikolai Demidov have been studied and practiced under the guidance of Professor Maleav-Babel to bring to life this original adaptation of a classic work.

Soul Food Culinary Arts Symposium
Wednesday, April 4 | 12:30-3:30 p.m.
USF Sarasota Selby Auditorium (Room D-103)

Keynote Speaker: Adrian Miller
University of South Florida, Multi-Cultural Affairs Committee and New College of Florida Present The Soul Food Culinary Arts Symposium  featuring keynote speaker, oral historian, literary author, and James Beard Award recipient, Adrian Miller and oral history presentations by students from New College of Florida’s Anthropology of Food Class.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided! Free and open to the public!

View Flyer here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FusFhzTApEIFuY2Ek0vwBAtx5Z9WTJuL/view

WRITE-A-THON: GAME-JAM ON FRANKENSTEIN
Saturday, March 31 | 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
New College of Florida College Hall Music Room

Join Ringling professor of creative writing Rick Dakan and friends for this marathon workshop that teaches students and community members how to write viable computer game narratives, with a focus on Frankenstein of course! The last hour participants present their work — come to write or just show up for the good stuff at the end!

FRANKENSTEIN AT THE MOVIES: “GODS AND MONSTERS”
Thursday, March 29 | 7-8 p.m.
Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234 Academic Center Auditorium

Introductions by Ringling professor of art history and horror film expert Susan Doll. Haunting in a different way than a conventional horror film, “Gods and Monsters,” directed by Bill Condon, tells the story of an aging James Whale at the end of his life. Whale, who directed “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein,” created the concept of the sympathetic monster. Apparently, Whale related to Frankenstein’s Monster as the other—the perpetual outsider who exists on the margins of the normal world but who will never truly belong. The title comes from a line in “Bride of Frankenstein,” in which the character Dr. Pretorius toasts, “To a new world of gods and monsters!”

Campus Conversations: Frankenstein in the Classroom
Thursday March 15 | 5:30-7 p.m.
New College of Florida, Cook Hall Living Room

Led by New College Students

New College students will share their experience reading Frankenstein and their thoughts about the monster’s education through reading, about isolation and family, and about what psychoanalysis might suggest about the novel’s subtexts. Join us for a student-focused conversation and our final Campus Conversation for the year.

NEW TOPICS: O MOTHER, WHAT ART THOU? O MOTHER, WHERE ART THOU? FRANKENSTEIN AT 200
Tuesday, March 13 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
New College of Florida, Sanier Pavillion

Professor Marilyn Francus, West Virginia University.
In 1818, 17-year old pregnant Mary Shelley (daughter of the famous Mary Wollstonecraft, who died within days of Mary’s birth), fashioned a motherless monster in her novel, “Frankenstein.” This maternal absence let Shelley sidestep one of the era’s conventions — the monstrous mother — only to settle into the era’s alternative: the idealized, dead mother. Professor Francus, author of “Monstrous Motherhood,” will discuss how Frankenstein and the conventions of motherhood that shaped Shelley’s novel endure and continue to shape our notions of motherhood today.

Asian Film & Talk Series: Millennial Maiko: The Geisha Apprentice in Japanese Popular Culture
Monday, March 12 | 7-8 p.m.
New College of Florida, Sainer Auditorium 

Asian Film & Talk Series: Film Screening of “Memoirs of a Geisha”
Sunday, March 11 | 6-9 p.m.
New College of Florida, Black Box Theater
Jan Bardsley, professor of Asian Studies in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who specializes in Japanese Humanities and Women’s Studies, will introduce “Memoirs of a Geisha,” a 2005 film based on the historical novel by American author Arthur Golden, published in 1997. The novel, told in first person perspective, tells the story of a fictional geisha working in Kyoto, Japan, before and after World War II.

Asian Film & Talk Series: Democracy’s Poster Girls Led by Janice Bardsley
Saturday, March 10 | 10:30-11:30
Asolo Repertory Theater 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

Black History Month events:
STONES IN THE SUN”


Friday, March 2 | 6-8 p.m.

Academic Center (ACE) 217

The Black History Month planning committee presents “Afro-Latinx Film Festival: Stones in the Sun.” Join us for a screening of this Haitian film that follows immigrants that left in the middle of political unrest in their country. They struggle to stay connected to their heritage while attempting to make new lives in the United States.

 

ECSTATIC WONDER FESTIVAL

Saturday, Feb. 24 | 7-10 p.m.
New College of Florida Bayfront            

​Join us for this outdoor concert and festival featuring local and national artists as well as local vendors. This festival will feature performances by a Miami-based artist “Sekajipo ForthePeople,” Tampa-based dance group “Kuumba Dancers and Drummers,” and other music and dance artists. This festival will also feature dance and hip-hop performances by students from New College of Florida and other local schools.

“TO BE FEMINIST IS…”
A FEMINIST FRIDAY PRESENTATION BY DR. MSHAI MWANGOLA

Friday, Feb. 23 | Noon to 1 p.m.
New College of Florida, Academic Center (ACE) Lounge

Join Dr. Mwangola, Kenyan performance scholar and activist, as she discusses her own African feminist performance praxis.

“THIS IS HOW I WOKE…” A CONVERSATION WITH DR. MSHAI MWANGOLA

Friday, Feb. 23 | 6-7 p.m.
New College of Florida, Academic Center (ACE) Lounge

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Mwangola, Kenyan performance scholar and activist, about her work using the arts and performance to train the next generation of thought leaders on the continent of Africa.

BLACK LITERATURE READ-IN AND ECSTATIC WONDER ART COLLECTIVE SHOWCASE

FEATURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH COMMITTEE STUDENTS and DR. MSHAI MWANGOLA

Thursday, Feb. 22 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
New College of Florida, Jane Bancroft Cook Library

Join us for this annual event where we gather to read literary works produced by different black authors in the African Diaspora. This year’s event will feature performances of select literary texts by students on the Black History Month committee with Dr. Mshai Mwangola, Kenyan performance scholar and activist. We will also showcase pictures taken by Briana Nieves and Giulia Heyward as part of the “As We Are” project.  We will have a storytelling and children’s book read-in from 11 a.m. to noon. The performances bystudents will begin at noon.

“PASSING,” A ONE-WOMAN PLAY BY DARA HARPER

Wednesday, Feb. 21 | Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
New College of Florida, Black Box Theater

The Black History Month planning committee and the Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT) will be hosting a performance of “Passing.” PASSING, an intriguing one-woman, 10-character show premiered to sold-out audiences off-Broadway. The play is inspired by the true story of Minerva Roulhac. Born in 1885 in Marianna, Florida, at the age of 5, Minerva was orphaned and raised in a close-knit African-American community. Because of her very light complexion, Minerva could have “passed” for white. This is the story of her remarkable choice. This play will be followed by a courageous conversation about race in the U.S.

Here is a link to the play’s website.

AFRO-LATINX FILM FESTIVAL:

“They are We” Feb. 3

“Pelo Malo” Feb. 7

“Nana Dijo” Feb. 14

Hip Hop and Capoeira Workshops

​Sunday, Feb. 11 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
New College of Florida, College Hall Music Room 

Join Ansley Joye, as she leads dance and martial art workshops in celebration of Black History Month and surrounding the theme of “Black Joy.” This event is being sponsored by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Activism Symposium

​Saturday, Feb. 10 | Noon to 7:30 p.m.
New College of Florida, Jane Bancroft Cook Library

The Black History Month committee presents its annual Symposium. Guest speakers from activists to scholars to figures both in and out of the Sarasota community will be invited to speak on several panels centered on the struggle for Environmental Justice in locally and globally. Food and refreshments will be served.

You can register for the symposium and see a full schedule here.

This event is sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation Grant, the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Environmental Studies Program

OPEN MIC NIGHT
Friday, Feb. 9 | 7-9 p.m.
New College of Florida, Four Winds Cafe

The Black History Month committee presents its annual “Open Mic Night” at the Four Winds Cafe. Enjoy food and refreshments as an open mic will be set up for poets, dancers, musicians and writers to perform any work centered on the focus of this year’s Black History Month: Black Joy!

Feminist Friday Featuring Ansley Joye 
​Friday, Feb. 9th | Noon to 1 p.m.
New College of Florida, Academic Center (ACE), Room 115

Ansley Joye will be presenting a paper titled, “Bgirls as Drag Kings,” from a forthcoming anthology on American dance (University of Florida Press, 2018).


New College and the Sarasota Ballet Present: George Balanchine, Innovator and Legend
Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 6-7 p.m.
College Hall Music Room/ Bayfront Campus

Former Balanchine dancer Paul Boos will introduce the groundbreaking “Balanchine Style.” The Russian-born master choreographer George Balanchine transformed and “Americanized” classical ballet. He developed his distinctive neoclassical aesthetic in close association with innovative composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Paul Hindemith.

Combining his Russian roots, his work with avant-garde European art masters, and the sensibilities of his adopted home, Balanchine created some of the most adored ballets the world over. Come discover a dance legend!

Campus Conversations: Frankenstein and Genesis: Birth and Faith
Thursday Feb. 15, 2018 | 5:30-7 p.m

Cook Hall Lobby/Bayfront Campus
Join New College folks for Campus Conversations, informal discussions of interesting topics led by experts at engaging discussion and making you think. Not another lecture series, we offer a changing line up of teachers and students who invite you to become part of the conversation, to think out loud in the tradition of humanistic discovery, and to learn from each other.

Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies, Susan Marks, invites us to think about creation stories and Genesis as a way to think towards the Frankenstein story.

Make your third Thursday an evening of some good food and wine, socializing, and inspiring and collegial conversation with neighbors and New College Folk.

Campus Conversations: Frankenstein: Science, Ethics: Questions of Our Own Time 
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Cook Hall Lobby, Bayfront Campus

With Professor of Biology Sandra Gilchrist, Associate Professor of Biochemistry Katherine Walstrom, and Professor of Philosophy Aron Edidin

The first conversation in 2018 takes Mary Shelley’s Mary Shelley’s short novel Frankenstein, or the New Prometheus as its inspiration. Sometimes hailed as the first work of science fiction, Frankenstein begins with late eighteenth-century domestic science experiments (using a kite to draw down lightening, reanimating desiccated worms by adding water) to explore the concept and consequences of creating a humanoid “creature” or “monster.”

Come explore the scientific and ethical questions raised by the novel and its progeny with experts in Biology, Chemistry, and Philosophy.

 Limited to 15 participants. RSVP Required at…  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/campus-conversations-frankenstein-science-ethics-questions-for-our-own-time-tickets-41705044912

 

Fall 2017

New College Presents  Kuniko Yamamoto, International Performer and Storyteller: Mask & Origami Workshop
Tuesday, Nov. 28 | 2:30-3:50 p.m.
College Hall Music Room/Bayfront Campus

Please join us for a mask and origami open class with international performer and storyteller, Kuniko Yamamoto.

Kuniko will be discussing the importance of magic moments in performance, as well as demonstrating and work shopping various techniques for the incorporation of props and masks in performance.

This will be a free an open class. If you would like to see Kuniko’s work, please see the vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/16048150 

New College Presents “Toward A Hopeful Theater” A Public Talk On Contemporary Theater Activism
Friday, Nov. 17 | 5:30-6:45 p.m. 
Sainer Pavilion, Caples Campus
Led By Caridad Svich playwright…..songwriter…..translator…..editor….educator
As founder of the artist-driven, grassroots theater alliance NoPassport (www.nopassport.org), Caridad Svich’s work has intersected with communities of multiple diversities with works responding to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, veterans and their families, survivors of trauma and those committed to artistic expression of precarity, advocacy for U.S. Latin@ writing voices, and engagement with representations of the “fragile shores” in our lives. She is co-organizer and curator of After Orlando theater action in response to the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting with Missing Bolts Productions at DR2 Theater in New York City, Finborough Theater in London, Chaskis Theater in London in association with Theater Royal Stratford East and The Vaults and more than 60 venues across the U.S.; and Climate Change Theater Action with The Arctic Cycle and Theater Without Borders.

This public talk is free and open to all but please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/toward-a-hopeful-theater-tickets-39824608476  

Campus Conversation: Fabric, Flowers, and Felines: Children’s Literature by Holocaust Survivors Judith Kerr and Anita Lobel
Thursday, Nov. 16 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Cook Hall Lobby, Bayfront Campus
Led by NCF Faculty Jocelyn Van Tuyl Professor of Literature
Sharing her dual interests in World War II and Children’s Literature, professor Jocelyn Van Tuyl invites community members to an exploration of the Holocaust in memoirs, novels, and picture books for young readers. She will present works by author-artists Judith Kerr and Anita Lobel that raise numerous issues for discussion: How do we transmit Holocaust knowledge to children? How does lived experience influence a person’s artistic vocation? How do text and image interact? How may an author or artist unconsciously tell her story even when dealing with light-hearted topics like flowers or cats?

Come join New College folks every third Thursday for Campus Conversations, an informal discussion of interesting topics led by experts at engaging discussion and making you think. Make your third Thursday an evening of some good food and wine, socializing, and inspiring conversation. Campus Conversations is a free event and open to the public. Limited to 15 participants. RSVP Required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/campus-conversations-fabric-flowers-and-felines-childrens-literature-tickets-39332592844

West African Dance & Drum Workshop
Wednesday, Nov. 8 | 6:30-8:30 p.m
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College Hall, Bayfront Campus
Taught by Papa Cheikh N’Dong, master drummer and musical director
Papa Cheikh N’Dong was professionally trained at the feet of master drummers since he was a child in his home country of Senegal in West Africa. Cheikh’s ethnic group is the Serer people from Senegal, and in his country drumming is not just a profession, it is a way of life. He was a lead drummer for and has performed with the National Ballet of Senegal and Ballet Africa all over the world. It is through his work with these internationally acclaimed ballets that he came to America to continue performing and teaching his craft. He has taught workshops to professional drummers, community drummers and students at National dance and drum conferences, festivals, community and university workshops. He has trained over 30 drummers in traditional West African drumming. He is proficient in Djembe, Sabar and Kutiro Drums. Cheikh is identified as one of the best master drummers in the United States and in addition to performing and teaching, also works as a musical director and can choreograph drum calls as well as West African dance routines. Cheikh is married to dancer Kya “Mame Djarra” Conner.

Oral History Faculty Seminar Presents “Building Community Connections Through Telling and Listening to Each Other’s Stories”
Tuesday, Nov. 7 |6:30-8:30 p.m.
Academic Center Room 217, Bayfront Campus
A Public talk Led by Dr. Susan Synder, co-author of Nine Rubies: Broken Silence of a Daughter of Revolutionary Iran
Join community members for an exploration of how we can build community through storytelling and the arts. Dr. Sue Snyder will guide the journey as we explore story and connection through sharing her amazing story with Mahru Ghashghaei, an Iranian revolutionary. We’ll explore how to start, what the arts have to do with it, how questions give shape to our communication, and how we can move beyond empathy to take meaningful action whether for personal, community, or broader endeavors.

Susan (Sue) Snyder is an author, curriculum developer, and arts-integration advocate who facilitates innovative, age-appropriate, socially relevant initiatives. She’s taught from Pre-K through post-graduate, and conducted residencies around the world. She has consulted with major education and arts-integration organizations, and media and research companies. Sue synthesizes ideas to bridge research and practice. She holds a B.S. and M.A. in music education, a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, and advanced certifications and study in multiple fields. Among her areas of expertise is oral history, conducting multiple initiatives, and publication of Nine Rubies: Broken Silence of a Daughter of Revolutionary Iran, with Mahru Ghashghaei.  More at www.aeideas.com, and www.ninerubiesthebook.com .

Campus Conversations: Lost in Meditation: Bringing Contemplative Practice into the Classroom 

Thursday, Oct. 26 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Cook Hall Lobby, NCF Bayfront Campus
Led by NCF Faculty Manuel Lopez Assistant Professor of Religion
This semester, Prof. Manuel Lopez is teaching a course on Buddhist Meditation, that includes a 5-10 minute meditation session at the beginning of each class, and requires that every stude

nt practices a minimum of five minutes of meditation every day of the semester. Preparing the class forced Prof. Lopez to ask himself a series of questions: How can you bring meditation practice into the classroom? What are the ethical implications of this? What is the goal of such a practice in the context of a college class? What are the possible benefits of it? The goal of this talk is to discuss these questions with the local community and share some of his answers to them.

Come join New College folks every third Thursday for Campus Conversations, an informal discussion of interesting topics led by experts at engaging discussion and making you think. Make your third Thursday an evening of some good food and wine, socializing, and inspiring conversation. Campus Conversations is a free event and open to the public. Limited to 15 participants. RSVP required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/campus-conversations-lost-in-meditation-tickets-38394154951

Asian Film and Talk Series: The Many Faces of China’s Monkey King
Tuesday, Oct. 24 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Hamilton Classroom 8, PEI Campus
Led by Dr. Robert E. Hegel Professor of Chinese Language and Literature Liselotte Dieckmann Professor of Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis
Among the favorite characters in all of China’s fiction, past and present, is the Monkey King, Sun Wukong. His first image is that of a demonic and scary predator on humanity before he was “tamed” to become guardian and counselor for a brave monk who traveled from China to India to get Buddhist scriptures. Thereafter he became a protective deity in many Chinese communities and finally, in the twentieth century, the representative of a variety of political ideals—and the subject of countless movies, cartoons, and video games. This talk will introduce the Monkey King as he has grown into new roles over the last five hundred years.
Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asian-film-talk-series-the-many-faces-of-chinas-monkey-king-tickets-38412156795 (RSVP Not Required)

Please also come to support Dr. Hegel in his talk on “How the Tradition of Chinese Illustrated Books Came About”, Wednesday, October 25 10:30 a.m. at the Elling Eide Center (RSVP to info@ellingoeide.org or call 941-921-4304 by October 20th to reserve your seat) and in Conversation with the Library: Development of the Book in China Thursday, October 26 10:30 a.m. at the Chao Lecture Hall in the Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art. (RSVP to advancesales@ringling.org or call 941-358-3180  by Thursday, Oct. 19.)

Spring 2017

GENDER STUDIES FACULTY SEMINAR is a Cross College Alliance-inspired partnership with the goal of creating a cross-institutional, arts-integrated, community-engaged introduction to Gender Studies course. Coordinated by NCF Director of Gender Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology, Emily Fairchild and USF’s Director of General Education, Phillip Wagner. This faculty seminar will manifest over six, three-hour sessions and will create long-lasting, transformative partnerships around important community issues, promoting the value of higher education on Florida’s creative coast.

CUBANO-AMERICAN COMMUNITY PROJECT
FIN DE FIESTA
Saturday April 29, 2017 | 10 a.m. to noon
Koski Plaza, Cook Library (New College of Florida) 
Come join us for this morning workshop to practice Afro-Cuban dance rhythms, experience Cuban poetry as performed by Leymis Bolaño-Wilmott and the Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company, learn about Cuban-American culture through Ybor City history, and have fun with traditional Cuban stories told with puppets! Free and open to the public

POETRY: ART OF THE BOOK
Workshop 2: Creating a Cover
Tuesday, April 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Ringling College LetterPress & Book Art Studio 
“Poetry: The Art of the Book” is a creative collaboration hosted by New College of Florida and Ringling College of Art and Design, supported in part by the Mellon Foundation. Workshop participants will design and typeset the cover from a collection of poetry and images with the theme of “Place & Space.” Participants will learn about the process of printing, design, typesetting, and binding a book. Workshop leaders: Samantha Burns, NCF Associate Professor of Art and Bridget Elmer, Director of the Letterpress and Book Art Studio at Ringling College. Free and open to the public, refreshments will be provided too.

DISCOVER DANCE: SPRING MASTER CLASS
SESSION THREE – 
Ballet Mixed Level with Christopher Hird
Wednesday, April 19 | 6:30-8:00 p.m.
NCF Fitness Center, PEI Campus
Join Christopher Hird, Director of Education and Principal of the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory of the Sarasota Ballet, for our Spring Master Class in Ballet–A chance to experience the joy of dance through a classical ballet class aimed at all levels of experience. For more info: https://discoverdancencf4.eventbrite.com  Discover Dance is a free event and open to the public. Participants, Observers, Everyone welcome!


CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS: The James Joyce Experience In Dublin: Learning in Place

Thursday, April 20 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Cook Hall Lobby, NCF Bayfront campus
Led by NCF Professor of English, Miriam Wallace and NCF students Scott Smedley, Lily Solomon, Brian Landes & Rory Sharp. Come join New College folks every third Thursday for Campus Conversations, an informal discussion of interesting topics led by experts at engaging discussion and making you think. Make your third Thursday an evening of some good food and wine, socializing, and inspiring conversation. Campus Conversations is a free event and open to the public. Limited to 15 participants. RSVP required: https://ncfcampusconversation.eventbrite.com

READERS AND WRITERS EVENT
Thursday, April 20  | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Academic Center 327 Sky Room (located at NCF’s Bayfront Campus)
Join us as NCF Professor of Spanish Language & Literature, Alberto Portugal hosts our Readers and Writers event. Guest Poets are Professors Ryan G. Van Cleave (RCAD) and Donald Morrill (U of Tampa). Event is free and open to the public.

BOBBY PREVITE: Rhapsody (Terminals Part II: In Transit) 
Concerts: Friday, April 21  | 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 22  | 3:00 p.m
Mildred Sainer Pavilion ($15, free with subscription)
Composer/drummer Bobby Previte was awarded the 2015 Greenfield Prize by the Hermitage Artist Retreat to compose a new work, and NMNC will present the world premiere twice, Friday and Saturday.
Pre-concert talks: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Artist Conversation: Thursday, April 20  | 5:00 p.m.Mildred Sainer Pavilion (FREE) supported in part by the Mellon Foundation.

Participants learning movement therapy at Mellon Event, Dancing for Parkinson’s (NCF’s College Hall).

EMBODIED COGNITION: DANCING FOR PARKINSON’S
Saturday, April 22 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
College Hall Music Room (located at NCF’s Bayfront Campus) 

Embodied Cognition in (Inter )Action a unique multiple-disciplinary event at New College of Florida, will explore the intersections between movement therapy, art, and new trends in cognition theory and researchSchedule: 11:00-12:00: Welcome reception and light brunch buffet.12:00-12:50: Dance for Parkinson’s Class Demo and Performance, led by Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott, Director of Mellon partner Sarasota Contemporary Dance and Members of Sarasota Contemporary Dance with Live Drumming by Jahrel Thompson. 1:00-2:00 pm: Embodied Cognition:Theory and Practice Panel and Community Conversation with Peter Cook, Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott, Marilyn Tait, and April Flakne.
Please RSVP and for more info: https://danceforparkinsonsncf.eventbrite.com

DISCOVER DANCE: SPRING MASTER CLASS
SESSION FOUR – Urban Choreography by Tetris
Wednesday, April 26 | 6:30-8:00 p.m.
College Hall Music Room (located at NCF’s Bayfront Campus)
Exploring Urban Styles and techniques in a class setting with a compositional twist, led by choreographer and dancer Kris Powell, also known as Tetris. Kris started his training at Booker High school and received a scholarship to attend the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. Discover Dance is a free event and open to the public. Participants, Observers, Everyone welcome!
For more info: https://ncfdiscoverdanceurban.eventbrite.com

READERS AND WRITERS EVENT
Wednesday, April 26  | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Academic Center Lounge (located at NCF’s Bayfront Campus)
Join us as we welcome Poet Virgil Suarez. A Professor of English at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Suarez is the author or co-author of over fifteen books of poetry and prose. His writing specializes in creative writing (fiction and poetry) and Latino/a (especially Cuban-American) literature. Event is free and open to the public.

DISCOVER DANCE: SPRING MASTER CLASS
SESSION ONE – Elements of Dance Composition
Tuesday, April 4 | 5:00-6:30 p.m.
College Hall Music Room, NCF Bayfront campus
Participants will be encouraged to create on impulse, by responding to music, visual stimulation, and pure kinetic activation.  This “crash course” will provide students with a take home “check list” of basic choreography tools for art making. Director of Sarasota Contemporary Dance and Adjunct Professor of Dance at NCF, Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott will lead the class. Discover Dance is a free event and open to the public. More info, please visit: https://discoverdancencf.eventbrite.com

DISCOVER DANCE: SPRING MASTER CLASS
SESSION TWO – Western African Dance
Wednesday, April 5 | 6:30-8:00 p.m.
College Hall Music Room, NCF Bayfront campus
This class welcomes all levels to participate in an energetic union of dance and music that is traditional to West African Dance. Students will learn the rich history of traditional dances, focusing on dances that originate from Guinea, West Africa. Students will express strength, improve stamina, and gain confidence through across the floor phrases and open dialogue. Dance Instructor at Booker High School, Mia Michele Redding leads the class. Discover Dance is a free event and open to the public. More info, please visit: https://discoverdancencf2.eventbrite.com

BLACK HISTORY MONTH SYMPOSIUM: REDEFINING ACTIVISM: NAVIGATING IDENTITY AND PRACTICING SELF-CARE
March 4 | 7:45-8:45 p.m.
Jane Bancroft Cook Library 
Kayindu “Kayi” Ade, a nationally recognized spoken word poet from Philadelphia is NCF’s Black History Month keynote speaker at the symposium. An event that focuses on race, gender, sexuality, street harassment, sexual assault, trans & queer phobia.

READING: “INVISIBLE WOMAN: GROWING UP BLACK IN GERMANY”
Tuesday, March 7 | 5:30-7 p.m.
ACE 115, (Academic Center) NCF 5800 Bay Shore Rd. 
Afro-German author and activist Ika Hügel-Marshall will read from her autobiography, “Invisible Woman: Growing up Black in Germany.” In 1996, she received the Audre Lorde Literary Award for the completion of Invisible Woman. She has given numerous readings in Germany, Austria and the United States. This event is free and open to the public.

Film Discussion: “Hope in My Heart: The May Ayim Story”

Tuesday, March 7 | 7:30-9 p.m.
ACE 115, (Academic Center) NCF 5800 Bay Shore Rd. 
A documentary about the life and sudden death of Ghanaian-German poet May Ayim. Ayim was one of the founders of the Black German Movement. Her research of history of Afro-Germans and her poetry confronting white Gernman society about its own prejudices made her known around the world. The film’s co-producer, Dagmar Schultz, will attend the screening. This event is free and open to the public.

Film Discussion and Screening: “Audre Lorde: the Berlin Years 1984-1992”

Thursday, March 9 | 6:30-8 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Activists and filmmakers Dagmar Schultz and Ika Hügel-Marshall will screen and discuss her documentary film, “Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992” (2012, 79 mins., German and English). Documenting African-American writer and activist Audre Lorde and her influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change, a decade that brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of East and West Germany. This event is free and open to the public.

A CONVERSATION: FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE’S brownsville song (b-side for tray)
Friday, March 17 | 11:00 a.m.
ACE 102 (Academic Center) NCF 5800 Bay Shore Rd. 
Black History Month Committee and Assistant Professor of Sociology, Queen Meccasia Zabriskie will be hosting a conversation with some of the artists involved in the production of the play, brownsville song (b-side for tray) by Kimber Lee

LECTURE: ASIAN AMERICAN DRAMA / THEATRE: PAST & PRESENT Fulbright Research Scholar, Dr. Wei Zhou
Monday, March 13 | 10:30– 11:30 a.m.
Ringling Museum Property, Chao Lecture hall
All are welcome to this two-day lecture series presented by Fulbright Research Scholar, Dr. Wei Zhou for a two-day lecture series. 

LECTURE: RE-CONFIGURING ASIAN AMERICAN THEATRE THROUGH MOCKUMENTARY: A STUDY OF YELLOW FACE Fulbright Research Scholar, Dr. Wei Zhou
Monday, March 13 | 5-6 p.m.
NCF, ACE 115
Wei Zhou is currently a Fulbright research scholar at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. 

LECTURE: PEKING OPERA: DEVELOPMENT AND CHALLENGES Fulbright Research Scholar, Dr. Wei Zhou
Tuesday, March 14 | 1-2 p.m.
Ringling Museum Property, Chao Lecture hall
Wei Zhou is currently a Fulbright research scholar at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. 

Film Discussion: “Dirt for Dinner”

Tuesday, March 14 | 6-8 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Join us as we welcome Afro-British filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film at Hampshire College, Branwen Okpako, who will screen and discuss her documentary film, “Dirt for Dinner.” Branwen Okpako was born in Lagos/Nigeria, studied political sciences at Bristol University, England, followed by studies in filmmaking at the German Film and Television Academy, Berlin. This event is free and open to the public.

Discussion and Performance: The History of Slavery in Film: Slavery and the Cyborg

Wednesday, March 15: 4-5:30 p.m.
ACE 211 (Academic Center) NCF 5800 Bay Shore Rd. 
Afro-British filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film at Hampshire College, Branwen Okpako presents and discusses her Hampshire College course, The History of Slavery in Film: Slavery and the Cyborg. Join us for a performance sponsored by the Mellon Grant and coordinated with the West-Coast Black Theater Company Master Classes on campus, along with neighboring middle school and high school students from Newtown as we celebrate the this Black History Month theme, Black Action.

Film Discussion: “Valley of the Innocent”

Wednesday, March 15 | 6-7:30 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Join us as we welcome Afro-British filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film at Hampshire College Branwen Okpako screen and discuss her feature film, “Valley of the Innocent” (2003 85 mins., German with English subtitles). Lonely, mixed-race Eva returns to her hometown of Dresden for the first time since reunification, desperately seeking reconciliation of her own. This event is free and open to the public.

CAMPUS CONVERSATION: Why on this night do we recline? Exploring Passover in the time of the Talmud

Thursday, March 16 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Cook Hall Lobby, NCF Bayfront campus
Led by NCF Professor of Judaic Studies, Susan Marks, join New College folks every third Thursday for Campus Conversations, an informal discussion of interesting topics led by experts at engaging discussion and making you think. Make your third Thursday an evening of some good food and wine, socializing, and inspiring conversation. Campus Conversations is a free event and open to the public. Limited to 15 participants. RSVP required by emailing mellon@ncf.edu

VISITING POET, Emmy Pérez

Thursday, March 16 | 7:30-9 p.m.
College Hall, NCF’s Bayfront campus
Join us in celebration of New College’s Writer in Residence program, and Poetry Month, as we welcome visiting poet, Emmy Pérez (“With the River on Our Face,” University of Arizona Press, Fall 2016; Solstice, Swan Scythe Press, 2003, 2011). Pérez is a graduate of Columbia University (MFA) and the University of Southern California (B.A.) and the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry.

BLACK ARTS & PERFORMANCE SERIES: CONCERT SUR LA BAY with SdotBRADDY and STEPHANY CAMACHO
Saturday, February 26 | 7:00 p.m. 
NCF’s Bayfront campus
Celebration on black activism featuring several performance artists including SdotBrady and Stephany Camacho, plus a slot for student performances. Free and open to the public. 

AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN: MILDRED LOUIS
Monday, February 20 | 11:30 a.m.  – 1:30 p.m.
NCF’s Cook Library 

Come join us as the New College of Florida Black History Month Committee in conjunction with the Jane Bancroft Cook Library host the annual African American Read-In with Graphic Novelist, Mildred Louis. This event will take place on the first floor of the library and is free and open to the public.

HISTORY AND THE NOVEL: HOW THE PAST INFORMS WRITING IN MOUNT PLEASANT

Thursday, February 16 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Award-winning author Patrice Nganang discusses his new novel, Mount Pleasant,” stories and history of Cameroon at the start of the 20th century. Born in Cameroon, Nganang received his Ph.D. from Goethe University and is currently a professor of Comparative Literature at Stony Brook University. This event is free and open to the public.

NCF’s Professor of Art, Samantha Burns with community guests at Mellon event, Campus Conversations. (NCF’s Cook Hall).

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS: ART OUTSIDE THE GALLERY; MUSIC OUTSIDE THE CONCERT HALL

Thursday, Feb 16 |  5:30-7 p.m.
Cook Hall Lobby, Located at NCF’s Bayfront campus, 5313 Bay Shore Rd
Led by NCF Professors Samantha Burns and Stephen Miles, Art/Sculpture and Music respectively. How does WHERE art is placed matter? How does WHERE music is performed shape the audience’s experience? This event is free and open to the public. Limited to 15 participants. RSVP required.

FREE MASTER CLASS WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST DOUGLAS GILLESPIE

Saturday, February 11 | Noon to 1:30 p.m.
College Hall Music Room
Douglas Gillespie is a Brooklyn-based dance artist, and will be premiering his new work “Bellonas” during SCD’s Dance Makers this February at the Cook Theatre.

Black Arts & Performance: Sekajipo (for the people!)

Friday, February 10 | 7:00 p.m.
NCF’s Bayront
A crowd favorite from 2016’s series of Black History Month events, Sekajipo is returning to New College to get students hype for the month’s calendar, this time with his full band. Sekajipo & his People will be performing with the backdrop of the beautiful Sarasota Bay to kick off the month with the right vibe. The event is free and the whole community is invited!

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONSPRINT CULTURE AND CUBAN NATION BUILDING
Thursday, Jan 19 |  5:30-7 p.m.
Cook Hall Lobby, NCF Bayfront campus
Led by Professor of Spanish Language & Literature, Sonia Labrador Rodriguez. Join New College folks for Campus Conversations, informal discussions of interesting topics led by experts at engaging discussion and making you think. Make your third Thursday an evening for some good food, socializing, and inspiring and collegial conversation with neighbors and New College folks! Free and open to the public, Limited to 15 participants, RSVP required, mellon@ncf.edu.