Mellon Grant Events

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

Previous Mellon Events

Spring 2017

GENDER STUDIES FACULTY SEMINAR is a Cross College Alliance-inspired partnership with the goal of creating a cross-institutional, arts-integrated, community-engaged introduction to Gender Studies course. Coordinated by NCF Director of Gender Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology, Emily Fairchild and USF’s Director of General Education, Phillip Wagner. This faculty seminar will manifest over six, three-hour sessions and will create long-lasting, transformative partnerships around important community issues, promoting the value of higher education on Florida’s creative coast.

CUBANO-AMERICAN COMMUNITY PROJECT
FIN DE FIESTA
Saturday April 29, 2017 | 10 a.m. to noon
Koski Plaza, Cook Library (New College of Florida) 
Come join us for this morning workshop to practice Afro-Cuban dance rhythms, experience Cuban poetry as performed by Leymis Bolaño-Wilmott and the Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company, learn about Cuban-American culture through Ybor City history, and have fun with traditional Cuban stories told with puppets! Free and open to the public

POETRY: ART OF THE BOOK
Workshop 2: Creating a Cover
Tuesday, April 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Ringling College LetterPress & Book Art Studio 
“Poetry: The Art of the Book” is a creative collaboration hosted by New College of Florida and Ringling College of Art and Design, supported in part by the Mellon Foundation. Workshop participants will design and typeset the cover from a collection of poetry and images with the theme of “Place & Space.” Participants will learn about the process of printing, design, typesetting, and binding a book. Workshop leaders: Samantha Burns, NCF Associate Professor of Art and Bridget Elmer, Director of the Letterpress and Book Art Studio at Ringling College. Free and open to the public, refreshments will be provided too.

DISCOVER DANCE: SPRING MASTER CLASS
SESSION THREE – 
Ballet Mixed Level with Christopher Hird
Wednesday, April 19 | 6:30-8:00 p.m.
NCF Fitness Center, PEI Campus
Join Christopher Hird, Director of Education and Principal of the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory of the Sarasota Ballet, for our Spring Master Class in Ballet–A chance to experience the joy of dance through a classical ballet class aimed at all levels of experience. For more info: https://discoverdancencf4.eventbrite.com  Discover Dance is a free event and open to the public. Participants, Observers, Everyone welcome!


CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS: The James Joyce Experience In Dublin: Learning in Place

Thursday, April 20 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Cook Hall Lobby, NCF Bayfront campus
Led by NCF Professor of English, Miriam Wallace and NCF students Scott Smedley, Lily Solomon, Brian Landes & Rory Sharp. 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://ncfcampusconversation.eventbrite.com

READERS AND WRITERS EVENT
Thursday, April 20  | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Academic Center 327 Sky Room (located at NCF’s Bayfront Campus)
Join us as NCF Professor of Spanish Language & Literature, Alberto Portugal hosts our Readers and Writers event. Guest Poets are Professors Ryan G. Van Cleave (RCAD) and Donald Morrill (U of Tampa). Event is free and open to the public.

BOBBY PREVITE: Rhapsody (Terminals Part II: In Transit) 
Concerts: Friday, April 21  | 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 22  | 3:00 p.m
Mildred Sainer Pavilion ($15, free with subscription)
Composer/drummer Bobby Previte was awarded the 2015 Greenfield Prize by the Hermitage Artist Retreat to compose a new work, and NMNC will present the world premiere twice, Friday and Saturday.
Pre-concert talks: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Artist Conversation: Thursday, April 20  | 5:00 p.m.Mildred Sainer Pavilion (FREE) supported in part by the Mellon Foundation.

Participants learning movement therapy at Mellon Event, Dancing for Parkinson’s (NCF’s College Hall).

EMBODIED COGNITION: DANCING FOR PARKINSON’S
Saturday, April 22 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
College Hall Music Room (located at NCF’s Bayfront Campus) 

Embodied Cognition in (Inter )Action a unique multiple-disciplinary event at New College of Florida, will explore the intersections between movement therapy, art, and new trends in cognition theory and researchSchedule: 11:00-12:00: Welcome reception and light brunch buffet.12:00-12:50: Dance for Parkinson’s Class Demo and Performance, led by Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott, Director of Mellon partner Sarasota Contemporary Dance and Members of Sarasota Contemporary Dance with Live Drumming by Jahrel Thompson. 1:00-2:00 pm: Embodied Cognition:Theory and Practice Panel and Community Conversation with Peter Cook, Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott, Marilyn Tait, and April Flakne.
Please RSVP and for more info: https://danceforparkinsonsncf.eventbrite.com

DISCOVER DANCE: SPRING MASTER CLASS
SESSION FOUR – Urban Choreography by Tetris
Wednesday, April 26 | 6:30-8:00 p.m.
College Hall Music Room (located at NCF’s Bayfront Campus)
Exploring Urban Styles and techniques in a class setting with a compositional twist, led by choreographer and dancer Kris Powell, also known as Tetris. Kris started his training at Booker High school and received a scholarship to attend the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. Discover Dance is a free event and open to the public. Participants, Observers, Everyone welcome!
For more info: https://ncfdiscoverdanceurban.eventbrite.com

READERS AND WRITERS EVENT
Wednesday, April 26  | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Academic Center Lounge (located at NCF’s Bayfront Campus)
Join us as we welcome Poet Virgil Suarez. A Professor of English at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Suarez is the author or co-author of over fifteen books of poetry and prose. His writing specializes in creative writing (fiction and poetry) and Latino/a (especially Cuban-American) literature. Event is free and open to the public.

DISCOVER DANCE: SPRING MASTER CLASS
SESSION ONE – Elements of Dance Composition
Tuesday, April 4 | 5:00-6:30 p.m.
College Hall Music Room, NCF Bayfront campus
Participants will be encouraged to create on impulse, by responding to music, visual stimulation, and pure kinetic activation.  This “crash course” will provide students with a take home “check list” of basic choreography tools for art making. Director of Sarasota Contemporary Dance and Adjunct Professor of Dance at NCF, Leymis Bolaños-Wilmott will lead the class. Discover Dance is a free event and open to the public. More info, please visit: https://discoverdancencf.eventbrite.com

DISCOVER DANCE: SPRING MASTER CLASS
SESSION TWO – Western African Dance
Wednesday, April 5 | 6:30-8:00 p.m.
College Hall Music Room, NCF Bayfront campus
This class welcomes all levels to participate in an energetic union of dance and music that is traditional to West African Dance. Students will learn the rich history of traditional dances, focusing on dances that originate from Guinea, West Africa. Students will express strength, improve stamina, and gain confidence through across the floor phrases and open dialogue. Dance Instructor at Booker High School, Mia Michele Redding leads the class. Discover Dance is a free event and open to the public. More info, please visit: https://discoverdancencf2.eventbrite.com

BLACK HISTORY MONTH SYMPOSIUM: REDEFINING ACTIVISM: NAVIGATING IDENTITY AND PRACTICING SELF-CARE
March 4 | 7:45-8:45 p.m.
Jane Bancroft Cook Library 
Kayindu “Kayi” Ade, a nationally recognized spoken word poet from Philadelphia is NCF’s Black History Month keynote speaker at the symposium. An event that focuses on race, gender, sexuality, street harassment, sexual assault, trans & queer phobia.

READING: “INVISIBLE WOMAN: GROWING UP BLACK IN GERMANY”
Tuesday, March 7 | 5:30-7 p.m.
ACE 115, (Academic Center) NCF 5800 Bay Shore Rd. 
Afro-German author and activist Ika Hügel-Marshall will read from her autobiography, “Invisible Woman: Growing up Black in Germany.” In 1996, she received the Audre Lorde Literary Award for the completion of Invisible Woman. She has given numerous readings in Germany, Austria and the United States. This event is free and open to the public.

Film Discussion: “Hope in My Heart: The May Ayim Story”

Tuesday, March 7 | 7:30-9 p.m.
ACE 115, (Academic Center) NCF 5800 Bay Shore Rd. 
A documentary about the life and sudden death of Ghanaian-German poet May Ayim. Ayim was one of the founders of the Black German Movement. Her research of history of Afro-Germans and her poetry confronting white Gernman society about its own prejudices made her known around the world. The film’s co-producer, Dagmar Schultz, will attend the screening. This event is free and open to the public.

Film Discussion and Screening: “Audre Lorde: the Berlin Years 1984-1992”

Thursday, March 9 | 6:30-8 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Activists and filmmakers Dagmar Schultz and Ika Hügel-Marshall will screen and discuss her documentary film, “Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992” (2012, 79 mins., German and English). Documenting African-American writer and activist Audre Lorde and her influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change, a decade that brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of East and West Germany. This event is free and open to the public.

A CONVERSATION: FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE’S brownsville song (b-side for tray)
Friday, March 17 | 11:00 a.m.
ACE 102 (Academic Center) NCF 5800 Bay Shore Rd. 
Black History Month Committee and Assistant Professor of Sociology, Queen Meccasia Zabriskie will be hosting a conversation with some of the artists involved in the production of the play, brownsville song (b-side for tray) by Kimber Lee

LECTURE: ASIAN AMERICAN DRAMA / THEATRE: PAST & PRESENT Fulbright Research Scholar, Dr. Wei Zhou
Monday, March 13 | 10:30– 11:30 a.m.
Ringling Museum Property, Chao Lecture hall
All are welcome to this two-day lecture series presented by Fulbright Research Scholar, Dr. Wei Zhou for a two-day lecture series. 

LECTURE: RE-CONFIGURING ASIAN AMERICAN THEATRE THROUGH MOCKUMENTARY: A STUDY OF YELLOW FACE Fulbright Research Scholar, Dr. Wei Zhou
Monday, March 13 | 5-6 p.m.
NCF, ACE 115
Wei Zhou is currently a Fulbright research scholar at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. 

LECTURE: PEKING OPERA: DEVELOPMENT AND CHALLENGES Fulbright Research Scholar, Dr. Wei Zhou
Tuesday, March 14 | 1-2 p.m.
Ringling Museum Property, Chao Lecture hall
Wei Zhou is currently a Fulbright research scholar at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. 

Film Discussion: “Dirt for Dinner”

Tuesday, March 14 | 6-8 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Join us as we welcome Afro-British filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film at Hampshire College, Branwen Okpako, who will screen and discuss her documentary film, “Dirt for Dinner.” Branwen Okpako was born in Lagos/Nigeria, studied political sciences at Bristol University, England, followed by studies in filmmaking at the German Film and Television Academy, Berlin. This event is free and open to the public.

Discussion and Performance: The History of Slavery in Film: Slavery and the Cyborg

Wednesday, March 15: 4-5:30 p.m.
ACE 211 (Academic Center) NCF 5800 Bay Shore Rd. 
Afro-British filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film at Hampshire College, Branwen Okpako presents and discusses her Hampshire College course, The History of Slavery in Film: Slavery and the Cyborg. Join us for a performance sponsored by the Mellon Grant and coordinated with the West-Coast Black Theater Company Master Classes on campus, along with neighboring middle school and high school students from Newtown as we celebrate the this Black History Month theme, Black Action.

Film Discussion: “Valley of the Innocent”

Wednesday, March 15 | 6-7:30 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Join us as we welcome Afro-British filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film at Hampshire College Branwen Okpako screen and discuss her feature film, “Valley of the Innocent” (2003 85 mins., German with English subtitles). Lonely, mixed-race Eva returns to her hometown of Dresden for the first time since reunification, desperately seeking reconciliation of her own. This event is free and open to the public.

CAMPUS CONVERSATION: Why on this night do we recline? Exploring Passover in the time of the Talmud

Thursday, March 16 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Cook Hall Lobby, NCF Bayfront campus
Led by NCF Professor of Judaic Studies, Susan Marks, join New College folks every third Thursday for Campus Conversations, an informal discussion of interesting topics led by experts at engaging discussion and making you think. Make your third Thursday an evening of some good food and wine, socializing, and inspiring conversation. Campus Conversations is a free event and open to the public. Limited to 15 participants. RSVP required by emailing mellon@ncf.edu

VISITING POET, Emmy Pérez

Thursday, March 16 | 7:30-9 p.m.
College Hall, NCF’s Bayfront campus
Join us in celebration of New College’s Writer in Residence program, and Poetry Month, as we welcome visiting poet, Emmy Pérez (“With the River on Our Face,” University of Arizona Press, Fall 2016; Solstice, Swan Scythe Press, 2003, 2011). Pérez is a graduate of Columbia University (MFA) and the University of Southern California (B.A.) and the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry.

BLACK ARTS & PERFORMANCE SERIES: CONCERT SUR LA BAY with SdotBRADDY and STEPHANY CAMACHO
Saturday, February 26 | 7:00 p.m. 
NCF’s Bayfront campus
Celebration on black activism featuring several performance artists including SdotBrady and Stephany Camacho, plus a slot for student performances. Free and open to the public. 

AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN: MILDRED LOUIS
Monday, February 20 | 11:30 a.m.  – 1:30 p.m.
NCF’s Cook Library 

Come join us as the New College of Florida Black History Month Committee in conjunction with the Jane Bancroft Cook Library host the annual African American Read-In with Graphic Novelist, Mildred Louis. This event will take place on the first floor of the library and is free and open to the public.

HISTORY AND THE NOVEL: HOW THE PAST INFORMS WRITING IN MOUNT PLEASANT

Thursday, February 16 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road
Award-winning author Patrice Nganang discusses his new novel, Mount Pleasant,” stories and history of Cameroon at the start of the 20th century. Born in Cameroon, Nganang received his Ph.D. from Goethe University and is currently a professor of Comparative Literature at Stony Brook University. This event is free and open to the public.

NCF’s Professor of Art, Samantha Burns with community guests at Mellon event, Campus Conversations. (NCF’s Cook Hall).

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONS: ART OUTSIDE THE GALLERY; MUSIC OUTSIDE THE CONCERT HALL

Thursday, Feb 16 |  5:30-7 p.m.
Cook Hall Lobby, Located at NCF’s Bayfront campus, 5313 Bay Shore Rd
Led by NCF Professors Samantha Burns and Stephen Miles, Art/Sculpture and Music respectively. How does WHERE art is placed matter? How does WHERE music is performed shape the audience’s experience? This event is free and open to the public. Limited to 15 participants. RSVP required.

FREE MASTER CLASS WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST DOUGLAS GILLESPIE

Saturday, February 11 | Noon to 1:30 p.m.
College Hall Music Room
Douglas Gillespie is a Brooklyn-based dance artist, and will be premiering his new work “Bellonas” during SCD’s Dance Makers this February at the Cook Theatre.

Black Arts & Performance: Sekajipo (for the people!)

Friday, February 10 | 7:00 p.m.
NCF’s Bayront
A crowd favorite from 2016’s series of Black History Month events, Sekajipo is returning to New College to get students hype for the month’s calendar, this time with his full band. Sekajipo & his People will be performing with the backdrop of the beautiful Sarasota Bay to kick off the month with the right vibe. The event is free and the whole community is invited!

CAMPUS CONVERSATIONSPRINT CULTURE AND CUBAN NATION BUILDING
Thursday, Jan 19 |  5:30-7 p.m.
Cook Hall Lobby, NCF Bayfront campus
Led by Professor of Spanish Language & Literature, Sonia Labrador Rodriguez. Join New College folks for Campus Conversations, informal discussions of interesting topics led by experts at engaging discussion and making you think. Make your third Thursday an evening for some good food, socializing, and inspiring and collegial conversation with neighbors and New College folks! Free and open to the public, Limited to 15 participants, RSVP required, mellon@ncf.edu.