The fifth season of “New College: Connecting the Arts and Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast” has launched this fall.
Fully virtual, the yearlong series of events includes new Campus Conversations; New Music New College live-streamed concerts; Latinx Heritage Month; virtual performances and workshops by the Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS) program and [performance @ new college]; and a full month of music, talks and performances during Black History Month. The event is supported by a five-year $750,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant.
New Music New College (NMNC): JACK Quartet streamed concert
Available now until October 31 at this link
This special event is co-presented by NMNC and Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City. Like NMNC, Kaufman believes that “music is essential to the human experience and a vital component of education for everyone.” Working with Kaufman, NMNC is excited to share the first digital event of the fall, shot with several angles of video and recorded in full multi-track audio.
Long recognized as one of the world’s premier new music ensembles, JACK Quartet was named Musical America’s 2018 “Ensemble of the Year” and received a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2019. JACK Quartet made its NMNC debut in 2008, and has become a favorite through subsequent appearances (including a showcase of music composed by New College alumni; and an unforgettable performance of Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 3, performed in total darkness in the Black Box Theater).
For this special streamed concert, JACK will perform Zosha Di Castri’s String Quartet, Marcos Balter’s Chambers, Anthony Braxton’s Composition No. 18, Clara Iannotta’s A Failed Entertainment, and George Lewis’s String Quartet No. 2.5.
Campus Conversations: “Responding to COVID-19: Teaching About Pandemics at NCF
6 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 17: R.S.V.P. for Zoom link here
The turmoil unleashed by COVID-19 will make 2020 a year that will live long in people’s memories. It will also certainly be examined by historians in the years and decades, if not centuries, to come.
How do we make sense of life in the time of COVID-19? How has this unprecedented pandemic affected our individual lives, our local communities, our state, our country and our world?
New College is offering a course called “COVID-19: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Pandemic,” coordinated by Assistant Professor of Religion Manuel Lopez, Ph.D. and Digital Humanities Librarian Cal Murgu, and taught by 20 different faculty members. The course explores the pandemic from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: biology, epidemiology, data science, history, politics, economics, sociology, literature, ethics, religion, the arts and more.
Murgu is the Digital Humanities Librarian and Interim Director of Educational Technical Services at New College. He holds a master’s degree in Cultural History from McGill University, and a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Western Ontario. He has been at the center of digital scholarship initiatives on the New College campus since his arrival in 2018.
Lopez teaches widely in Religion, with particular focus on the religions of Asia, specifically Buddhism in Tibet and the Himalayas. He is interested in the intersection of religion and popular culture.
Alia Quadir is a fourth-year Neuroscience and Health Science student at New College, and a student intern with the Multicultural Health Institute in Sarasota. For her undergraduate thesis, she is researching the mental health effects of the pandemic in her community, with an emphasis on resilience and coping strategies.
TDPS and [performance @ new college] present The (M)others: A Virtual Performance
September 17 and 18 Zoom link available here; September 25 and 27 Zoom link available here
The (M)others explores the stories of four women brought together by the unimaginable experience of losing a loved one at the hands of police. This documentary performance weaves together their interviews to explore the traumatic effect of the event on their lives.
Through their memories, we are introduced to a young man with dreams of playing professional football, a new father just getting to know his son, a former addict on the brink of turning his life around, and a 16-year-old teen shot just before his 17th birthday. The (M)others brings these untold stories to the stage.
For more information on the “Connecting the Arts and Humanities” program, visit and view the 2020-21 schedule at Some events may require advanced registration. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the state’s Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences, a master’s degree program in applied data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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