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

 

 

2019 Fall Season Events

NOVEMBER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Music New College Presents: “Images”

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

 

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

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

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


Come learn about and discuss our vexed relationships to our fellow creatures and what we can do to improve them with Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Nicolas Delon.
Nicolas Delon
Nicolas Delon is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at New College of Florida in Sarasota. He works primarily in animal ethics and environmental ethics, but has a wide range of research and teaching interests. He received his PhD from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2014. Professor Delon was Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in Environmental Studies at NYU from 2014-2017 and a Law & Philosophy Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School in 2017-2018.

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

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


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

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

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“The RHINO Project”: Live Performance

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020 Spring Season Events:

JANUARY:

New Music New College Presents: Artist Conversation with Jen Shyu

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


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

Artist Conversation Series: Realizing that our concerts include music that will be new to most or all of the audience, we strive to offer plenty of context. 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

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS: Professor Diego Villada

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

Further details coming soon!

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

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


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

Born in Peoria, Illinois, to Taiwanese and East Timorese immigrant parents, Jen Shyu is widely regarded for her virtuosic singing and riveting stage presence, carving out her own beyond-category space in the art world. Shyu has performed her own music on prestigious world stages such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rubin Museum of Art, Ojai Festival, Ringling International Arts Festival, Asia Society, Roulette, Blue Note, Bimhuis, Salihara Theater, National Gugak Center, National Theater of Korea and at festivals worldwide.

[performance@new college] presents an Open Rehearsal for a work directed by Summer Dawn Wallace

Monday, Jan. 27  7:30-8:30 p.m.  Urbanite Theatre

Stay tuned for performance details!


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

FEBRUARY:

Black History Month: A Series of Events

Date, Times, and Locations TBA

Stay tuned for a list of events and details!


An exciting and enlightening month-long celebration of the history, culture, and contemporary reality of global black communities. Events include the Black Arts and Performance Series,  Black Literature Read-in, Conversations on Race and Ethnicity,  Sur La Bay Concert and Music Festival, African Diaspora Film Festival, Open Mic Night, and New Schools of Black Thought Symposium.

NCF’s Black History Month official website: www.ncf.edu/black-history-month

Opening Reception for the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Thursday, Feb. 6  5-7 p.m.  l Isermann Gallery

 

 

The New College of Florida Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition invites the public to view the work of its most ambitious young artists. Please join us in the Isermann Gallery for a presentation from this year’s juror and opportunity to view the most accomplished student artwork from this past academic year. On view Jan. 27 through March 13. Free and open to the public.

[performance@new college] presents: a work directed by Summer Dawn Wallace

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

Stay tuned for performance details!


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, Feb. 20  5:30-7 p.m.  Cook Hall Living Room
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Award-winning translator and Professor of French, Dr. Amy Reid, will share her experience and insights about the choices and considerations that translation demands. Working with authors from Cameroon and Québec, Dr. Reid works across languages and cultures to bring major writers and their works to an English-language reading public. She is currently translating the third volume of a trilogy by Cameroonian author Patrice Nganang (the first two were Mount Pleasant and When the Plums Are Ripe). In this conversation, Prof. Reid will share the puzzles she has encountered in her translation of Francophone African novels, and discuss the risks, challenges and rewards of the translator’s task. Come learn about writers and works that should be on your reading list!

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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