Black History Month

New College of Florida is hosting a variety of events in observance of Black History Month.

Black History Month 2017

New College of Florida is hosting a variety of events in observance of Black History Month:

Celebrating Black Action

Arts and Craft Poster Making Session

Friday, February 3: | 7-10 p.m.
Hamilton Classroom Building 7

Black Arts and Performance Series No. 1: Sekajipo For the People

Friday, February 10 | 5 p.m.
New College Bayfront
Kickoff performance and hangout on the Bayfront featuring Sekajipo For the People

Conversations on Race and Ethnicity No. 1: Black Student and Alumni Community Connection

Sunday, February 12 | 6 p.m.
ACE Lounge

CONVERSATIONS ON RACE AND ETHNICITY NO. 2: Reflections on Love and Blackness

Tuesday, February 14 | 7-10 p.m.
Old Mail Room

History and the Novel: How the Past Informs Writing in ‘Mount Pleasant’

Thursday, February 16 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5213 Bay Shore Road
Join us as we welcome award-winning author Patrice Nganang discuss 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 thanks to the generous support of The Andrew Mellon Grant Foundation.

Performance: brownsville song (b-side for tray)

Saturday, February 18 | 3 p.m.
Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 1st St, Sarasota, FL
The play brownsville song (b-side for tray) is a poignant, uplifting story of one family’s courage and endurance after a senseless act of gang violence alters a high school senior’s dreams forever. Left to pick up the pieces, his family must find hope and resilience within their tight-knit Brooklyn borough. Tickets are available online or by calling the FST Box Office at 941-366-9000.

African-American Read-in

Monday, February 20 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jane Bancroft Cook Library
With graphic novelist Mildred Louis. The event is free and open to the public.

BLACK ARTS AND PERFORMANCE SERIES NO. 2: Concert sur la Bay

Saturday, February 25 | 5 p.m.
New College Bayfront
Celebration on black activism featuring Sdotbraddy and Stephany Camacho.

Black Arts and Performance No. 3: Open Mic Night

Friday, March 3 | 7:30 p.m.
Four Winds Cafe

Symposium: Redefining Activism: Navigating Identity and Practicing Self-care

Saturday, March 4 | Time and location to be determined
With keynote speaker Kavindu Ade.

INVISIBLE WOMAN: GROWING UP BLACK IN GERMANY

Wednesday, March 8 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Hamilton Teaching Classroom (HCL 8)
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 thanks to the generous support of The Andrew Mellon Grant Foundation.

FILM SCREENING: “HOPE IN MY HEART: THE MAY AYIM STORY”

Wednesday, March 8 | 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Hamilton Teaching Classroom (HCL 8)
A moving documentary and the life and untimely death of Ghanaian-German poet, academic and political personality May Ayim. Join us as Dagmar Schultz and Ika Hugel Marshall present and discuss Maria Binder’s film.

FILM SERIES NO. 1: “AUDRE LORDE: THE BERLIN YEARS 1984-1992”

Thursday, March 9 | 6:30-8:30  p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5213 Bay Shore Road
Activist and filmmaker Dagmar Schultz 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 thanks to the generous support of The Andrew Mellon Grant Foundation.

FILM DISCUSSION: “Dirt for Dinner”

Wednesday, March 15 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5213 Bay Shore Road
Afro-British filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film at Hampshire College, Branwen Okpako, 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 & Television Academy, Berlin. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of The Andrew Mellon Grant Foundation.

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

Wednesday, March 16: 4-5:30 p.m.
Location to be determined
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.

FILM DISCUSSION: “Valley of the Innocent”

Wednesday, March 16 | 6-7:30 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5213 Bay Shore Road
Afro-British filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film at Hampshire College Branwen Okpako will 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 thanks to the generous support of The Andrew Mellon Grant Foundation.