Arts and Humanities Connections

New College of Florida has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of New College’s initiative “New College: Connecting the Arts and Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast.”

Connecting the Arts and humanities

New College of Florida has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of New College’s initiative “New College: Connecting the Arts and Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast.”

The project has three central goals:

  • To elevate New College’s capacity to contribute to public discourse on humanities and arts in our region;
  • To build sustainable relations with local arts organizations;
  • To establish sustainable academic connections with local colleges that comprise the Cross College Alliance.

The five-year grant is a testimony to New College’s strength in the humanities, to vibrancy of the arts community in the Sarasota-Manatee area, and to the promise of the Cross College Alliance. Read more here.

Guidelines for Project Proposals for 2018-19 (Due Feb. 5, 2018)
Guidelines for Faculty Seminar Proposals for 2018-19 (Due Feb. 5, 2018)

 

 Fall 2017 Events of the initiative:

Asian Film and Talk Series: The Many Faces of China’s Monkey King
Tuesday, Oct. 24 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Hamilton Classroom 8, PEI Campus
Led by Dr. Robert E. Hegel Professor of Chinese Language and Literature Liselotte Dieckmann Professor of Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis
Among the favorite characters in all of China’s fiction, past and present, is the Monkey King, Sun Wukong. His first image is that of a demonic and scary predator on humanity before he was “tamed” to become guardian and counselor for a brave monk who traveled from China to India to get Buddhist scriptures. Thereafter he became a protective deity in many Chinese communities and finally, in the twentieth century, the representative of a variety of political ideals—and the subject of countless movies, cartoons, and video games. This talk will introduce the Monkey King as he has grown into new roles over the last five hundred years.
Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asian-film-talk-series-the-many-faces-of-chinas-monkey-king-tickets-38412156795 (RSVP Not Required)

Please also come to support Dr. Hegel in his talk on “How the Tradition of Chinese Illustrated Books Came About”, Wednesday, October 25 10:30 a.m. at the Elling Eide Center (RSVP to info@ellingoeide.org or call 941-921-4304 by October 20th to reserve your seat) and in Conversation with the Library: Development of the Book in China Thursday, October 26 10:30 a.m. at the Chao Lecture Hall in the Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art. (RSVP to advancesales@ringling.org or call 941-358-3180  by Thursday, Oct. 19.)

Campus Conversations: Lost in Meditation: Bringing Contemplative Practice into the Classroom 
Thursday, Oct. 26 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Cook Hall Lobby, NCF Bayfront Campus
Led by NCF Faculty Manuel Lopez Assistant Professor of Religion
This semester, Prof. Manuel Lopez is teaching a course on Buddhist Meditation, that includes a 5-10 minute meditation session at the beginning of each class, and requires that every student practices a minimum of five minutes of meditation every day of the semester. Preparing the class forced Prof. Lopez to ask himself a series of questions: How can you bring meditation practice into the classroom? What are the ethical implications of this? What is the goal of such a practice in the context of a college class? What are the possible benefits of it? The goal of this talk is to discuss these questions with the local community and share some of his answers to them.

Come 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/campus-conversations-lost-in-meditation-tickets-38394154951

Oral History Faculty Seminar Presents “Building Community Connections Through Telling and Listening to Each Other’s Stories”
Tuesday, Nov. 7 |6:30-8:30 p.m.
Academic Center Room 217, Bayfront Campus
A Public talk Led by Dr. Susan Synder, co-author of Nine Rubies: Broken Silence of a Daughter of Revolutionary Iran
Join community members for an exploration of how we can build community through storytelling and the arts. Dr. Sue Snyder will guide the journey as we explore story and connection through sharing her amazing story with Mahru Ghashghaei, an Iranian revolutionary. We’ll explore how to start, what the arts have to do with it, how questions give shape to our communication, and how we can move beyond empathy to take meaningful action whether for personal, community, or broader endeavors.

Susan (Sue) Snyder is an author, curriculum developer, and arts-integration advocate who facilitates innovative, age-appropriate, socially relevant initiatives. She’s taught from Pre-K through post-graduate, and conducted residencies around the world. She has consulted with major education and arts-integration organizations, and media and research companies. Sue synthesizes ideas to bridge research and practice. She holds a B.S. and M.A. in music education, a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, and advanced certifications and study in multiple fields. Among her areas of expertise is oral history, conducting multiple initiatives, and publication of Nine Rubies: Broken Silence of a Daughter of Revolutionary Iran, with Mahru Ghashghaei.  More at www.aeideas.com, and www.ninerubiesthebook.com .

West African Dance & Drum Workshop
Wednesday, Nov. 8 | 6:30-8:30 p.m
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College Hall, Bayfront Campus
Taught by Papa Cheikh N’Dong, master drummer and musical director
Papa Cheikh N’Dong was professionally trained at the feet of master drummers since he was a child in his home country of Senegal in West Africa. Cheikh’s ethnic group is the Serer people from Senegal, and in his country drumming is not just a profession, it is a way of life. He was a lead drummer for and has performed with the National Ballet of Senegal and Ballet Africa all over the world. It is through his work with these internationally acclaimed ballets that he came to America to continue performing and teaching his craft. He has taught workshops to professional drummers, community drummers and students at National dance and drum conferences, festivals, community and university workshops. He has trained over 30 drummers in traditional West African drumming. He is proficient in Djembe, Sabar and Kutiro Drums. Cheikh is identified as one of the best master drummers in the United States and in addition to performing and teaching, also works as a musical director and can choreograph drum calls as well as West African dance routines. Cheikh is married to dancer Kya “Mame Djarra” Conner.

Campus Conversation: Fabric, Flowers, and Felines: Children’s Literature by Holocaust Survivors Judith Kerr and Anita Lobel
Thursday, Nov. 16 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Cook Hall Lobby, Bayfront Campus
Led by NCF Faculty Jocelyn Van Tuyl Professor of Literature
Sharing her dual interests in World War II and Children’s Literature, professor Jocelyn Van Tuyl invites community members to an exploration of the Holocaust in memoirs, novels, and picture books for young readers. She will present works by author-artists Judith Kerr and Anita Lobel that raise numerous issues for discussion: How do we transmit Holocaust knowledge to children? How does lived experience influence a person’s artistic vocation? How do text and image interact? How may an author or artist unconsciously tell her story even when dealing with light-hearted topics like flowers or cats?

Come 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/campus-conversations-fabric-flowers-and-felines-childrens-literature-tickets-39332592844

New College Presents “Toward A Hopeful Theater” A Public Talk On Contemporary Theater Activism
Friday, Nov. 17 | 5:30-6:45 p.m. 
Sainer Pavilion, Caples Campus
Led By Caridad Svich playwright…..songwriter…..translator…..editor….educator
As founder of the artist-driven, grassroots theater alliance NoPassport (www.nopassport.org), Caridad Svich’s work has intersected with communities of multiple diversities with works responding to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, veterans and their families, survivors of trauma and those committed to artistic expression of precarity, advocacy for U.S. Latin@ writing voices, and engagement with representations of the “fragile shores” in our lives. She is co-organizer and curator of After Orlando theater action in response to the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting with Missing Bolts Productions at DR2 Theater in New York City, Finborough Theater in London, Chaskis Theater in London in association with Theater Royal Stratford East and The Vaults and more than 60 venues across the U.S.; and Climate Change Theater Action with The Arctic Cycle and Theater Without Borders.

This public talk is free and open to all but please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/toward-a-hopeful-theater-tickets-39824608476  

New College Presents  Kuniko Yamamoto, International Performer and Storyteller: Mask & Origami Workshop
Tuesday, Nov. 28 | 2:30-3:50 p.m.
College Hall Music Room/Bayfront Campus

Please join us for a mask and origami open class with international performer and storyteller, Kuniko Yamamoto. Kuniko will be discussing the importance of magic moments in performance, as well as demonstrating and work shopping various techniques for the incorporation of props and masks in performance. This will be a free an open class. If you would like to see Kuniko’s work, please see the vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/16048150

Campus Conversations: Frankenstein: Science, Ethics: Questions of Our Time
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Cook Hall Lobby, Bayfront Campus

Come 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

More Campus Conversations to come….

Frankenstein and Genesis: Birth and Faith
February 15, 2018

Frankenstein in the Classroom
March 15, 2018

Black History Month
February: Dates of Event TBA

New College and the Sarasota Ballet will co-host Paul Boos of The Balanchine Trust for a Mini Dance Residency
Week of February 12, 2018

Poetry Month
April 2018: Dates of Events TBA

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