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



[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

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:

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:

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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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.

“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

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.


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.

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

“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.

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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.

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

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
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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

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.


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….


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

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.


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.


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:

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!

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.

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:

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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


“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

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…


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: 

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 (, 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  

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:

West African Dance & Drum Workshop
Wednesday, Nov. 8 | 6:30-8:30 p.m
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, and .

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:

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 (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 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 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.

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

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.

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:  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:

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).

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:

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:

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.

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:

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:

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.

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

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. 

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. 

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


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.

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. 

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.


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).


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.


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!

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,