New College of Florida is pleased to present its fourth season of Connecting Arts & Humanities, supported by a $750,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant

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New College of Florida is pleased to present its fourth season of Connecting Arts & Humanities, supported by a $750,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant. This season’s highlights include the return of the popular Asian Film Series, and the Sarasota Ballet and New College lecture and master class program–this year we celebrate the choreographic innovations of Paul Taylor. Sarasota Contemporary Dance will present the 3rd annual Dance for Parkinson’s event. We will also be featuring the Colette Project, a series of multi-institutional events to mark the centennial of the provocative and prolific French writer’s 1920 novel Chéri. Join us for a full and exciting season that will also include lectures on diverse topics, artist talks, exhibitions, and performances by New Music New College, as well as collaborations with the John and Mable Ringling Museum, the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, and Urbanite Theatre.
Wednesday, September 11th &
Monday, September 16th  
[performance@new college] Presents: Movement Workshop
Led by Eliza Ladd, Head of Movement at the Asolo Conservatory
1-2:30 p.m.
Black Box TheaterEliza Ladd is the current Head of Movement at the Asolo Conservatory and will offer two movement workshops based on her extensive background as a performer, creator, and educator.

This event is free and open to the public

Ladd is a distinguished performer, director, stage writer, song maker and choreographer from NYC. In addition to her extensive training in Clown, Improvisation, Primitive Voice, Developmental Movement and Shakespeare, and as a percussionist, singer and actor, Eliza holds a BA in Comparative Religion from Harvard University, an MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, and she is a certified Body Dynamics™ educator of Movement for the Actor. Visit her website:
Monday, September 16th
Communities In Transit: “Humanizing Deportation”
5:30-7:30 p.m.
ACE LoungeIn public debates about migration and border policy, the voice of migrants is rarely heard. “Humanizing Deportation” is an oral history project documenting the experience of deportees to Mexico. Housed at the University of California Davis, this video archive visualizes and documents the lived experience and diverse histories of deportees who have spent a significant portion of their lives in the United States. Dr. Robert Irwin, professor of Spanish at the University of California Davis and project coordinator of the Humanizing Deportation project, will present the project to the public. His presentation will be followed by a discussion facilitated by faculty and community organizations.
For more info on the project:

This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 19th & 26th 

[performance@new college] Presents: Lecture Event
Led by Travis Ray, Managing Director of the Florida Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
6-7:30 p.m.
ACE LoungeTravis Ray is the Managing Director of The Florida Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and will be using his extensive experience to speak on the career opportunities available in arts management.

This event is free and open to the public.

Ray most recently served as House Manager for the Goodman Theatre, while he earned a grant from the Joyce Foundation to work   at Steppenwolf Theatre Company as a Development Fellow within Steppenwolf’s Multicultural Professional Leadership Program in   Chicago and has worked with many companies such as Alliance Theatre, The Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts, The King Tut Exhibit, and Tyler Perry Studios.Travis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Performance from Alabama State University, attended the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Management from the University of Alabama.
Friday, September 20th 
Asian Film & Talk Series Presents: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” (2016)
Introduced by Dr. Sherry Yu, Assistant Professor of Economics at New College of Florida
6-8:00 p.m.
Sainer AuditoriumWinner of Best Political Documentary (Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards) and “Outstanding Business and Economy Documentary” (News & Documentary Emmy Awards), this engrossing legal thriller (directed by Steve James) tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle. Official website:

This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Sherry Yu specializes in macroeconomics and international economics. Her research focuses on banking regulation, monetary policy, financial contagion. She is currently investigating the role of unconventional monetary policy on financial market movements, exchange rate fluctuations and income inequality. Other research interests include housing market, applied finance and Chinese economy. Her teaching interests lie in all levels of macroeconomics, monetary economics, finance, economic history and Chinese economy.

Tuesday, September 24th 
Religion in Sarasota Series: Talking Religion w/ Samar Dahmash-Jarrah
5-6:30 p.m.
Sainer Auditorium

During this lecture event Samar Dahmash-Jarra will talk about Arab/American relations after September 11th and her own experiences as a Muslim.

This event is free and open to the public.

Dahmash-Jarrah is a Kuwait-born Palestinian-American speaker, journalist,   and educator. Her professional accomplishments include being a   contributor to CNN World Report; news editor and reporter for Jordan Television; editor and reporter for Jordan Weekly; and a   Political Science instructor at the University of South Florida in   Tampa. After the World Trade Center tragedy of September 11th, 2001, Dahmash-Jarrah, an American citizen, was asked by many community organizations, churches, temples, and peace groups to speak about the Arab world. These events and the Iraq War served as the inspiration for Arab Voices Speak to American Hearts, a first step in fostering direct dialogue between Americans and Arabs.
Visit her online:
Thursday, September 26th 
The RHINO Project: Live Gallery Performance
7-8:00 p.m.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum
Admission: $15 (Free for museum members and college students w/ valid ID)This is an opportunity for members of the community to view a live iteration of The RHINO Project before the October premiere of the short film. This performance will take place in the Ruben’s galleries as a part of the Ringling Museum’s Art After 5 Series. Seating will be provided in the galleries.
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The RHINO Project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between students and faculty of New College of Florida, the Ringling College Film Department, the John and Mable Ringling Museum, and local Sarasota artists. Weaving together elements of dance, music, film, and costume, The RHINO Project explores humankind’s impact and exploitation of the natural world. Focusing on the poaching crisis of rhinos specifically, The RHINO Project provides a space for self-reflection, demonstrating the consequences of our violence as a species.

Friday, September 27th 
Artist Lecture: “Trans-Disciplinary Practice in Visual Arts and Ecology”
Led by Andrew Yang, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago
7-8:30 p.m.
Sainer Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public.

Andrew Yang is Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His practice spans installation art to ecological   dynamics, history of science to collage. His current projects   and interests include systems aesthetics, archives and the   Anthropocene, visual analogy, animal subjectivity, and the nature/culture relationship   broadly. His exhibitions range from Oklahoma to Yokohama, including commissions for the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, (2016) and the Spencer Museum of Art (2019). Yang’s writing & research can be found in journals including Art Journal, Leonardo, Biological Theory, and Antennae. Visit him online:
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 of Florida and with local arts organizations and the Cross-College Alliance. Funded by a five-year $750,0000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this initiative supports the expansion of existing public programs and a new series of open seminars featuring faculty scholars and artists who are renowned in their fields.

During the 2019-20 academic year, New College will host a variety of events that celebrate the arts and humanities.

Please visit for exact dates, times, and locations as well as information on our full season.

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