Mellon Grant Events

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

Mellon Grant Events

Here is a list of events this spring sponsored by New College’s initiative “New College: Connecting the Arts and Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast.”

Coming up in March:

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
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.

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.
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 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
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.

Additional Events:

Cubano-American Community Project. Join us in April as we welcome Leymis Wilmott-Bolanos Artistic Director, co-founder, and choreographer for Sarasota Contemporary Dance.

Dance for Parkinsons. A New College Tutorial and Performance taught by Leymis Bolanos Wilmott, Director of Mellon partner Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Dance for Parkinson class (based on the world renowned Mark Morris method) at the Sarasota Parkinson House is for a select group of New College students. By the end of the class, students would be qualified as Dance for Parkinson assistants.

Dance In Action. Choreographer, dancer and therapist Judith Samuel, Ph.D., is a specialist in dance as activism and as healing. Along with the Dance Departments of Booker Middle and Booker High School, let us Dance In Action at New College and discuss the role of racism in dance as well as dance as bridge building in popular culture. Sponsored by the O’Donaghue grant in Humanistic Psychology and the Andrew Mellon Grant Foundation.

Gender Studies Faculty Seminar is a C4 inspired partnership with the goal of creating a cross-institutional, arts-integrated, community-engaged Introduction to Gender Studies course. 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.

Previous Events:

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.

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.

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.