New College initiative flourishes along Florida’s creative coast

Funded by a five-year $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New College: Connecting the Arts and Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast seeks to foster deeper understanding of the arts and humanities through new programs at New College and with local arts organizations and the Cross College Alliance. Through the expansion of existing public programs and a new series of open seminars, the local community is invited to hear from — and speak with — faculty scholars and artists who are renowned in their fields.

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

2020 Spring Season Events:

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.

The Colette Project Sarasota: A Series of Events

Date, Times, and Locations on the Official Colette Series Webpage

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.

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

Refugees walking near Idomeni Camp, Greece in HUMAN FLOW, an Amazon Studios release. Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios.
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.
Ilaria Giglioli
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
Reservations Required


(Reservation info for this free performance at New College and additional ticketed performances on the Florida Studio Theatre campus forthcoming in early 2020)

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: “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.

MARCH:

The Colette Project Presents: Book Club Discussion “Chéri” (in English)

Led by Librarian Charlotte Thompson
Monday, March 2  10:30 a.m. to noon  Selby Public Library


Published in 1920, Colette’s Chéri is the tale of a May-December romance. Celebrate the novel’s centennial with fellow bibliophiles at this book club discussion.

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.

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
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 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.

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
Reservations Required: $39.99+ tax and gratuity; wine available for purchase


More reservation information forthcoming in early 2020.

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.

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS:  “Museums & Exhibitions: Students, Curators, and Faculty working in the Ringling Circus Collection”

Thursday, March 19  5:30-7 p.m.  Cook Hall Living Room

 

More details forthcoming in 2020!

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
Reservations Required: $65 ($55 for members of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Alliance Française de Sarasota)


More reservation information forthcoming in early 2020.

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.

Asian Film & Talk Series Presents: “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” (2012)

Introduced by Dr. Jessica Young  Run Time: 2h 10min
Friday, March 27  6-8 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium

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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.

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.

APRIL:

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

Thursday, April 2  5-6:30 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium

JACK Quartet
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

New Music New College Presents: Concert by JACK Quartet

Saturday, April 4  8-9 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium
Pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m.  Admission: $15 (free for subscribers and

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”

Wednesday, April 8  5:30 p.m.  TBD


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
Thursday, April 9  5-9 p.m.  Sainer Auditorium


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.

2020 Thesis Art Exhibition

Thursday, April 16  5-7 p.m.  Isermann Gallery

 

 

The New College Art Department is pleased to present the Annual Thesis Art Exhibition. A culmination of a year long studio art research project, the artwork in this exhibition reflects a diverse range of themes and topics.

3rd Annual DANCE For Parkinson Presents: National Water Dance Performance

Saturday, April 18  3-5 p.m.  l Location TBA


3 p.m. – Dance for Parkinson Class w/ live music
4 p.m. – National Water Dance performance 

This year’s annual Parkinson Awareness Event will present the popular Dance for Parkinson class led by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott with live accompaniment and assistance by Sarasota Contemporary Dance (SCD) members. The event will be part of a multi-generational National Water Dance performance including participants from: Parkinson Place, New College of Florida, and SCD’s studio classes. This year’s event is A Celebration of Arts in Action. National Water Dance is an artist-driven collective of dancers and educators confronting critical water issues facing the United States. Stretching from New York to Hawaii and from Alaska to Puerto Rico we create simultaneous, site-specific dance performances with movers of all ages and experience.

JUNE:

Conference Event: “VARI(A)BILITIES 5: EXHIBITING HUMANITY; INHABITING THE BODY”

June 11–13  l Sarasota, Florida, USA

More specific details forthcoming in 2020.

Hosted by: John and Mable Ringling Museum and New College of Florida, in collaboration with the University of Winchester, UK ‘Vari(a)bilities 5” 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.

additional connections


New Music New College

New Music New College (NMNC) is an extension of the music program at New College that presents five programs of contemporary, avant-garde and experimental music each year.

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[performance @ new college]

[performance @ new college] is a collegiate theatrical production company under the artistic direction of the faculty in theatre and performance studies. The primary purpose of our production company is to provide practicum opportunities for students in the joint disciplinary Theatre AOC and to invite students from across the campus to engage with the performing arts.

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Previous Mellon Grant Events

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

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