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.

2019 Season Events



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.

New College of Florida Black History Month 2019 Events

Dimensions of Blackness: Exploring the African Diaspora

Sur La Bay Concert (Bomba Music and Dance Performance)
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2019, Time 6:30-8:00, College Hall Music Room

African Diaspora Film Festival: “The Feminist on Cell Block Y & Harriet Hendel” – Innocence Project of Florida Presentation Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:00 p.m. Academic Center (ACE) Room 115

Staged Reading of “The Mothers by Nikki Yeboah”
Saturday, Feb. 15Th-17Th 

Black Literature Read-In
Thursday, Feb. 28, 11:30-2:00, The Cook Library

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New Music New College:

“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.

What is the sound image of our human contraption moving ‘forward’ in time and space? What is the moment of tigers above and tigers below? How do we locate ourselves?

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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 but seats are limited, please register at…

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

Dr. CJ Suzuki
Dr. CJ Suzuki

“Pom Poko” by Isao Takahata
Thursday, Feb. 28|, 7:00-9:30 p.m., Morganroth Auditorium (in the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center), Ringling College
Pom Poko:
Produced by the legendary Studio Ghibli and directed by Academy Award nominated director Isao Takahata, Pom Poko is an action-packed ecological fable about the clash between nature and human civilization. When the tanuki (Japanese raccoon dog) of Tama Hills find their fun-loving community under attack by encroaching developers looking to create more houses and shopping malls, they band together and learn the ancient art of transformation, shape-shifting into a comical variety of humans and spirits as they undertake a last-ditch plan to scare away the humans and save their home

Public Lecture: “Pushing the Boundary of Manga: Gekiga and the Mediascape of Japanese Counterculture” presented by Dr. Suzuki
Friday, March 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Cook Library room 252.

“Your Name,” screening, by Makoto Shinkai
Saturday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ringling Museum Chao Lecture Hall

Your Name:
Your Name tells the story of a high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo who swap bodies.: Your Name is the highest grossing anime film of all time and recipient of  49th Sitges Film Festival, 2016 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, and 71st Mainichi Film Awards for Best Animated Feature Film.

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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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Public Archaeology Lab (PAL)

The New College Public Archaeology Lab (NCPAL) is committed to facilitating education, outreach, and the study of archaeology within a broader anthropological and interdisciplinary context.

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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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