New College of Florida is pleased to present its fourth season of Connecting Arts + Humanities on Florida’s Creative Coast. The yearlong series of events, which kick off this month, is supported by a five-year $750,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant.
The 2019-20 season features two new lecture series: “Communities in Transit,” which focuses on migration, deportation, and citizenship, and “Religion in Sarasota,” which examines the role of religion in politics, community life, and emotional health. This season also celebrates the life and legacy of the provocative and prolific French writer Colette (1873-1954), a novelist, journalist, actress, and a liberated woman in a changing France. A series of multi-institutional events mark the centennial of her 1920 novel, “Chéri.”
The Asian Film Series screens five films that address themes encompassing immigration, global migration, and cultural conflicts from a diverse range of Asian perspectives. Artist talks, exhibitions, and performances by New Music New College, along with collaborations with the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, and Urbanite Theatre, showcase national and regional talent.
In partnership with the Sarasota Ballet, New College hosts a lecture and master class on the choreographic innovations of Paul Taylor. Collaborations with Sarasota Contemporary Dance include performances in the Ringling Museum Galleries along with the continuation of the popular Dance for Parkinson’s series.
In February, New College celebrates Black History Month with a slate of events. Also, the third Thursday of every month feature a series of Campus Conversations that engage small group discussions around topics ranging from Medieval manuscripts to philosophical inquiries into our relationship with animals.