Mellon Grant Events

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

Previous Mellon Events

SPRING 2018

Frankenstein: The Postmodern Prometheus
April 26-28 at 7:30 p.m., April 29 at 2:30 p.m.
New College of Florida, Black Box Theater

New College of Florida’s Windmill Theatre Company and The Theatrical Adaptation Classes (Andrei Malaev-Babel, Amber Lageman, and Monica Cross, professors), present “Frankenstein: The Postmodern Prometheus,” by Eric Auerbach and Alison Libby, directed by Rosemary Stevens. Based on Mary Shelley’s 1818 masterpiece. A modern-day adaption of Shelly’s titular novel…Frankenstein; or the Postmodern Prometheus follows the story of a contemporary Victor Frankenstein existing in the age of technology. Socially incompetent, Victor places his efforts to find companionship within the realms of the internet. Failing to make any friends however evokes in Victor a brilliant idea: to create the “perfect profile”, so that he may garner all the relationships he is unable to achieve on his own. Although, when all goes awry and the profile begins go against his wishes—Victor comes face-to-face with his creation, the consequences of his actions, and struggles to find a place of his own in a world where his biggest obstacle is everything he’s ever dreamed of, feared, and envied — manifested.

This production is created and presented through a collaboration of New College courses. The Script was adapted from Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein by students in an Independent Study Project under the direction of Professor Andrei Malaev-Babel. The technical design has been done by students in the Technical Theater course under the direction of Professor Monica Cross. The actors are members of Professor Maleav-Babel’s Theatrical Adaptation course. This class gives students the opportunity both to act and to participate in the greater process of making a production. In addition their role in the play, each actor has taken a job on the technical side of this process, filling the roles of directing, publicity, dramaturgy and stage management. The methods of Russian theater theorist Nikolai Demidov have been studied and practiced under the guidance of Professor Maleav-Babel to bring to life this original adaptation of a classic work.

Please Register at ….  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/frankenstein-the-postmodern-prometheus-tickets-45321956191?aff=efbeventtix

Soul Food Culinary Arts Symposium
Wednesday, April 4 | 12:30-3:30 p.m.
USF Sarasota Selby Auditorium (Room D-103)

Keynote Speaker: Adrian Miller
University of South Florida, Multi-Cultural Affairs Committee and New College of Florida Present The Soul Food Culinary Arts Symposium  featuring keynote speaker, oral historian, literary author, and James Beard Award recipient, Adrian Miller and oral history presentations by students from New College of Florida’s Anthropology of Food Class.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided! Free and open to the public!

Please RSVP no later than March 28, 2018 at ….
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soul-food-culinary-arts-symposium-tickets-43904082292

View Flyer here.. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FusFhzTApEIFuY2Ek0vwBAtx5Z9WTJuL/view

WRITE-A-THON: GAME-JAM ON FRANKENSTEIN
Saturday, March 31 | 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
New College of Florida College Hall Music Room

Join Ringling professor of creative writing Rick Dakan and friends for this marathon workshop that teaches students and community members how to write viable computer game narratives, with a focus on Frankenstein of course! The last hour participants present their work — come to write or just show up for the good stuff at the end!

FRANKENSTEIN AT THE MOVIES: “GODS AND MONSTERS”
Thursday, March 29 | 7-8 p.m.
Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234 Academic Center Auditorium

Introductions by Ringling professor of art history and horror film expert Susan Doll. Haunting in a different way than a conventional horror film, “Gods and Monsters,” directed by Bill Condon, tells the story of an aging James Whale at the end of his life. Whale, who directed “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein,” created the concept of the sympathetic monster. Apparently, Whale related to Frankenstein’s Monster as the other—the perpetual outsider who exists on the margins of the normal world but who will never truly belong. The title comes from a line in “Bride of Frankenstein,” in which the character Dr. Pretorius toasts, “To a new world of gods and monsters!”

Campus Conversations: Frankenstein in the Classroom
Thursday March 15 | 5:30-7 p.m.
New College of Florida, Cook Hall Living Room

Led by New College Students

New College students will share their experience reading Frankenstein and their thoughts about the monster’s education through reading, about isolation and family, and about what psychoanalysis might suggest about the novel’s subtexts. Join us for a student-focused conversation and our final Campus Conversation for the year.

NEW TOPICS: O MOTHER, WHAT ART THOU? O MOTHER, WHERE ART THOU? FRANKENSTEIN AT 200
Tuesday, March 13 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
New College of Florida, Sanier Pavillion

Professor Marilyn Francus, West Virginia University.
In 1818, 17-year old pregnant Mary Shelley (daughter of the famous Mary Wollstonecraft, who died within days of Mary’s birth), fashioned a motherless monster in her novel, “Frankenstein.” This maternal absence let Shelley sidestep one of the era’s conventions — the monstrous mother — only to settle into the era’s alternative: the idealized, dead mother. Professor Francus, author of “Monstrous Motherhood,” will discuss how Frankenstein and the conventions of motherhood that shaped Shelley’s novel endure and continue to shape our notions of motherhood today. Reserve your seats online here.

Asian Film & Talk Series: Millennial Maiko: The Geisha Apprentice in Japanese Popular Culture
Monday, March 12 | 7-8 p.m.
New College of Florida, Sainer Auditorium 

Asian Film & Talk Series: Film Screening of “Memoirs of a Geisha”
Sunday, March 11 | 6-9 p.m.
New College of Florida, Black Box Theater
Jan Bardsley, professor of Asian Studies in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who specializes in Japanese Humanities and Women’s Studies, will introduce “Memoirs of a Geisha,” a 2005 film based on the historical novel by American author Arthur Golden, published in 1997. The novel, told in first person perspective, tells the story of a fictional geisha working in Kyoto, Japan, before and after World War II.

Asian Film & Talk Series: Democracy’s Poster Girls Led by Janice Bardsley
Saturday, March 10 | 10:30-11:30
Asolo Repertory Theater 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

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“STONES IN THE SUN”

Friday, March 2 | 6-8 p.m.
Academic Center (ACE) 217

The Black History Month planning committee presents “Afro-Latinx Film Festival: Stones in the Sun.” Join us for a screening of this Haitian film that follows immigrants that left in the middle of political unrest in their country. They struggle to stay connected to their heritage while attempting to make new lives in the United States.

ECSTATIC WONDER FESTIVAL

Saturday, Feb. 24 | 7-10 p.m.
New College of Florida Bayfront            

​Join us for this outdoor concert and festival featuring local and national artists as well as local vendors. This festival will feature performances by a Miami-based artist “Sekajipo ForthePeople,” Tampa-based dance group “Kuumba Dancers and Drummers,” and other music and dance artists. This festival will also feature dance and hip-hop performances by students from New College of Florida and other local schools.

“TO BE FEMINIST IS…”
A FEMINIST FRIDAY PRESENTATION BY DR. MSHAI MWANGOLA

Friday, Feb. 23 | Noon to 1 p.m.
New College of Florida, Academic Center (ACE) Lounge

Join Dr. Mwangola, Kenyan performance scholar and activist, as she discusses her own African feminist performance praxis.

“THIS IS HOW I WOKE…” A CONVERSATION WITH DR. MSHAI MWANGOLA

Friday, Feb. 23 | 6-7 p.m.
New College of Florida, Academic Center (ACE) Lounge

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Mwangola, Kenyan performance scholar and activist, about her work using the arts and performance to train the next generation of thought leaders on the continent of Africa.

BLACK LITERATURE READ-IN AND ECSTATIC WONDER ART COLLECTIVE SHOWCASE

FEATURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH COMMITTEE STUDENTS and DR. MSHAI MWANGOLA

Thursday, Feb. 22 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
New College of Florida, Jane Bancroft Cook Library

Join us for this annual event where we gather to read literary works produced by different black authors in the African Diaspora. This year’s event will feature performances of select literary texts by students on the Black History Month committee with Dr. Mshai Mwangola, Kenyan performance scholar and activist. We will also showcase pictures taken by Briana Nieves and Giulia Heyward as part of the “As We Are” project.  We will have a storytelling and children’s book read-in from 11 a.m. to noon. The performances bystudents will begin at noon.

 

“PASSING,” A ONE-WOMAN PLAY BY DARA HARPER

Wednesday, Feb. 21 | Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
New College of Florida, Black Box Theater

The Black History Month planning committee and the Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT) will be hosting a performance of “Passing.” PASSING, an intriguing one-woman, 10-character show premiered to sold-out audiences off-Broadway. The play is inspired by the true story of Minerva Roulhac. Born in 1885 in Marianna, Florida, at the age of 5, Minerva was orphaned and raised in a close-knit African-American community. Because of her very light complexion, Minerva could have “passed” for white. This is the story of her remarkable choice. This play will be followed by a courageous conversation about race in the U.S.

Here is a link to the play’s website.

AFRO-LATINX FILM FESTIVAL:

“They are We” Feb. 3

“Pelo Malo” Feb. 7

“Nana Dijo” Feb. 14

Hip Hop and Capoeira Workshops

​Sunday, Feb. 11 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
New College of Florida, College Hall Music Room 

Join Ansley Joye, as she leads dance and martial art workshops in celebration of Black History Month and surrounding the theme of “Black Joy.” This event is being sponsored by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Activism Symposium

​Saturday, Feb. 10 | Noon to 7:30 p.m.
New College of Florida, Jane Bancroft Cook Library

The Black History Month committee presents its annual Symposium. Guest speakers from activists to scholars to figures both in and out of the Sarasota community will be invited to speak on several panels centered on the struggle for Environmental Justice in locally and globally. Food and refreshments will be served.

You can register for the symposium and see a full schedule here.

This event is sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation Grant, the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Environmental Studies Program

OPEN MIC NIGHT
Friday, Feb. 9 | 7-9 p.m.
New College of Florida, Four Winds Cafe

The Black History Month committee presents its annual “Open Mic Night” at the Four Winds Cafe. Enjoy food and refreshments as an open mic will be set up for poets, dancers, musicians and writers to perform any work centered on the focus of this year’s Black History Month: Black Joy!

Feminist Friday Featuring Ansley Joye 
​Friday, Feb. 9th | Noon to 1 p.m.
New College of Florida, Academic Center (ACE), Room 115

Ansley Joye will be presenting a paper titled, “Bgirls as Drag Kings,” from a forthcoming anthology on American dance (University of Florida Press, 2018).


New College and the Sarasota Ballet Present: George Balanchine, Innovator and Legend
Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 6-7 p.m.
College Hall Music Room/ Bayfront Campus

Former Balanchine dancer Paul Boos will introduce the groundbreaking “Balanchine Style.” The Russian-born master choreographer George Balanchine transformed and “Americanized” classical ballet. He developed his distinctive neoclassical aesthetic in close association with innovative composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Paul Hindemith.

Combining his Russian roots, his work with avant-garde European art masters, and the sensibilities of his adopted home, Balanchine created some of the most adored ballets the world over. Come discover a dance legend!

Campus Conversations: Frankenstein and Genesis: Birth and Faith
Thursday Feb. 15, 2018 | 5:30-7 p.m

Cook Hall Lobby/Bayfront Campus
Join New College folks for Campus Conversations, informal discussions of interesting topics led by experts at engaging discussion and making you think. Not another lecture series, we offer a changing line up of teachers and students who invite you to become part of the conversation, to think out loud in the tradition of humanistic discovery, and to learn from each other.

Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies, Susan Marks, invites us to think about creation stories and Genesis as a way to think towards the Frankenstein story.

Make your third Thursday an evening of some good food and wine, socializing, and inspiring and collegial conversation with neighbors and New College Folk.

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

With Professor of Biology Sandra Gilchrist, Associate Professor of Biochemistry Katherine Walstrom, and Professor of Philosophy Aron Edidin

The first conversation in 2018 takes Mary Shelley’s Mary Shelley’s short novel Frankenstein, or the New Prometheus as its inspiration. Sometimes hailed as the first work of science fiction, Frankenstein begins with late eighteenth-century domestic science experiments (using a kite to draw down lightening, reanimating desiccated worms by adding water) to explore the concept and consequences of creating a humanoid “creature” or “monster.”

Come explore the scientific and ethical questions raised by the novel and its progeny with experts in Biology, Chemistry, and Philosophy.

 Limited to 15 participants. RSVP Required at…  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/campus-conversations-frankenstein-science-ethics-questions-for-our-own-time-tickets-41705044912

 

Fall 2017

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 

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  

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

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.

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 .

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 stude

nt 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

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.)

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.