November 2017


Student’s Work Showcased at Black Box Theater
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The third show of the Windmill Theatre Company’s season, “Rebelde — Confession from Your Dead Abuela,”” was notable not just for its success, but for breaking new ground at the College.

“The thing that makes it remarkable is that the cast is exclusively women of color, and the tech crew is also entirely female,” said Monica Cross, the Black Box Theater’s technical director. “This is the first time either of these things have happened while I have worked here, and perhaps a New College first.”

Written and directed by thesis student Kailah Santos, the show was loosely based on of three Puerto Rican short stories: “Pollito Chicken” by Ana Lydia Vega, “Herba Rota” by Mayra Santos, and “Una Semana de Siete Dias” by Magali Garcia Ramis.

The one-act play features a three-part series of confessional monologues all centering around a mirror, presenting the experience of women, conditioned to be critical of their physical appearance, and especially women of color, who do not reflect the standards of white beauty. It examines the mirror as an intimate site of curiosity, dread, scrutiny, dysphoria, admiration, memory, joy and sometimes even acceptance, love and peace.

After the show, the cast and crew collected donations for “Puerto Rico por Puerto Rico,” an organization dedicated to rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

New Topics New College

New Topics is a collaboration of the New College Foundation and New College of Florida. This dynamic community series features national speakers on relevant topics of our time.

All programs are complimentary and will be held in the Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road.

For seat reservations and more information, please contact the New College Foundation at 941-487-4800 or go to

The remaining 2017-2018 schedule:

Nicola Denzey Lewis

Nicola Denzey Lewis

Rethinking The Jewish Catacombs
Jan. 16, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. in Sainer Auditorium
The Klingenstein Chair of Judaic Studies and the Jay Rudolph Endowment presents Nicola Denzey Lewis, the Margo L. Goldsmith Professor of Women’s Studies in Religion at Claremont Graduate University, and author of “The Bone Gatherers,” as well as “Introduction to Gnosticism: Ancient Voices, Christian Worlds and Cosmology,” and “Fate in Gnosticism and Graeco-Roman Antiquity: Under Pitiless Skies.” Her research centers on the city of Rome during the Roman Empire and late antiquity.

Rob Bilott

Rob Bilott

Scientific, Legal, and Regulatory Challenges in Investigating and Addressing Health Threats From “Unregulated” Drinking Water Contaminants: The Case of Perfluorochemicals
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. in Sainer Auditorium
Attorney Rob Bilott, a 1983 New College graduate, will provide insights into the various scientific, legal, and regulatory challenges facing communities exposed to “emerging” or currently “unregulated” contaminants in their drinking water. Bilott will draw upon his more than 17 years of experience handling issues involving perfluorochemical contamination of drinking water supplies across the country to highlight and explain the ways in which these various challenges impact our ability to fully understand the nature of the chemicals we are exposed to in our water and our ability to address any health risks associated with those exposures.

Anne-Marie Russell and Donal O'Shea

Anne-Marie Russell and Donal O’Shea


Art, Math and Orange Peels: The Legacy of Dr. William Thurston on Math & Fashion
Thursday, March 1, 20185:30 p.m. in Sainer Auditorium
Dr. William Thurston ’67 was a world-renowned expert in the mathematical field of topology and a New College of Florida graduate. Join New College President Donal O’Shea and Anne-Marie Russell, executive director, of the Sarasota Museum of Art, as they tease out the beauty and complexity of math and fashion using Dr. Thurston’s collaboration with the House of Miyake as a point of departure. Celebrate the interdisciplinary thinking that lay at the heart of New College and find out how peeling an orange can lead to revelations about the shape of the universe.

Marilyn Francus

Marilyn Francus

O Mother, What Art Thou? O Mother, Where Art Thou? Frankenstein at 200
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. in Sainer Auditorium
In 1818, a pregnant Mary Shelley, daughter of the famous writer Mary Wollstonecraft, who died within days of Shelley’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. Marilyn Francus, Professor of English, West Virginia University and 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.

New Music New College

The New Music New College 2017-18 season – the 19th year of the series – features a slate of performances that, as always, push the boundaries of contemporary music. Subscriptions for the entire series are $60 and tickets for individual performances are $15; Artist Conversations are free and open to the public. All performances are on the New College of Florida campus.

For reservations, visit or call 941-487-4888.

Coming up:


Lerner/Filiano/Grassi (Marilyn Lerner, Ken Filiano, And Lou Grassi)
Concert: Saturday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., Club Sudakoff (in the Sudakoff Conference Center)
Pre-Concert Talk: 7:30 p.m.
Artist Conversation: Thursday, Jan. 18, 5 p.m., Club Sudakoff
Jazz pianist Marilyn Lerner has been to NMNC twice before, and she returns to thrill us with her mastery of extended techniques and her gift for improvisation, this time with bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Lou Grassi. Come to Club Sudakoff and experience music of the moment performed by the best!

It’s Alive! A Monstrous Circus On Frankenstein
Concert: Sunday, March 4, 8 p.m., Koski Plaza/ACE Building
Pre-Concert Talk: 7:30 p.m.
Artist Conversation: Thursday, March 1, 5 p.m., ACE Building Lounge
2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of “Frankenstein,” and we celebrate by using Mary Shelley’s enormously influential work as the basis of John Cage’s Circus On, a template for turning text into a performance. “It’s Alive! a Monstrous Circus On Frankenstein” will be our live, multimedia presentation, sprawling across the outdoor Koski Plaza and all three levels of New College’s ACE building. New College students, faculty, and staff, along with ensemblenewSRQ, will sing, declaim, emote, dance, perform, and wreak general havoc. Come see the monster if you dare! Note: This concert will be on a Sunday.

Concert: Saturday, April 21, 8 p.m. Mildred Sainer Pavilion
Pre-Concert Talk: 7:30 p.m.
Artist Conversation: Thursday, April 19, 5 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion
NMNC welcomes Dither, a New York-based electric guitar quartet dedicated to an eclectic mix of experimental repertoire which spans composed music, improvisation, and electronic manipulation. From quiet and intense to raucous and driving, Dither’s performance is sure to expand your musical horizons.

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Alumnae/i interested in participating in organizing chapter events and activities are supported by NCAA staff and the communication/events board liaison. These individuals are your link to information about NCAA and the benefits, services and advice that will help make your chapter event a success.

Upcoming Chapter Events

Feb. 15-18, 2018: Sarasota, FL; Save the Date for Reunion 2018! All alumnae/i classes are welcome!

Previous Events

Aug. 25, 2017: St. Petersburg, FL; Dinner and Discussion: Thriving In Your Career – Organized by Michelle Flint ’91.

Sept. 7, 2017: Chicago, IL; New College Alumnae/i Dinner Gathering in Chicago.

Sept. 16, 2017: Madison, WI; New College Alumnae/i Lunch Gathering in Madison, WI.

If you have any recommendations on a location or are interested in attending a specific gathering please email!

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