September 2017


Black Box Theater 2017-2018 season announced

The New College of Florida Windmill Theatre Company announces its 2017-2018 season.

All performances Thursday through Saturday will be held at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday performances held at 2 p.m. All shows are free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Fall 2017:

“The Listener” by Liz Duffy Adams
Oct. 6-8 | HCL 8; Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.

“Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell that was Once her Heart (a rave fable)” by Caridad Svich
Oct. 26-28 | Black Box Theater; All performances at 7:30 p.m.

“Rebelde–Confessions from Your Dead Abuela,” written and directed by Kailah Santos
Nov. 9-12 |Black Box Theater; Thursday through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.


“An Evening of Electras,” adapted and directed by Brianna Brand
Feb. 9-11 |Black Box Theater; Thursday through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. 

“The Bacchic Women,” a devised piece directed by Emma Kervel
Feb. 22-25 |Black Box Theater; Thursday through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. 

“The Luminous Mysteries,” a performance art piece composed by Bree Nieves
March 29-31 |Black Box Theater; All performances at 7:30 p.m.

“Frankenstein,” to be written in the Theatrical Adaptation Course
April 26-29 | Black Box Theater; Thursday through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. 

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 Events Office at 941-487-4888 or go to

The 2017-2018 schedule:

Alizé Carrère

Alizé Carrère

Sustainability in a Changing World
Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 | 5:30 p.m. in Sainer Auditorium

The Sarasota World Affairs Council presents Alizé Carrère, a world-traveling scientist, writer, and explorer who is researching and documenting how humans are adapting to climate change. She has visited 37 countries as a cultural ecologist, excursion planner, and climate researcher. Most recently, Carrere has been designing and leading expeditions for Lindblad/National Geographic Expeditions aboard the National Geographic Orion.

Brian M. Zepeda

Brian M. Zepeda

The Art of War
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 | 5:30 p.m. in Sainer Auditorium
The New College Public Archaeology Lab presents Brian M. Zepeda, Seminole Tribal Artist and Historian. Brian has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, First American Art Magazine, and has been a consultant for the History Channel, Discovery Channel, Nat Geo Wild, WPBT and WGCU. His beautiful artwork can be seen in the collections of The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, The Historical Museum of Southern Florida, The National Museum of the American Indian and The Museum of Florida History.

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:

Amernet String Quartet With Rachel Calloway: Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2
Concert: Saturday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion
Pre-Concert Talk: 7:30 p.m.
Artist Conversation: Thursday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m., Mildred Sainer Pavilion
Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet is a landmark of 20th century music, encompassing the extended tonality of late Romanticism and early modern atonality. The final two movements of this transporting work include a soprano, who sings “I feel air of another planet.” Come hear how vibrant and exciting this work is, performed by the Amernet String Quartet with soprano Rachel Calloway.

Special Free Event: Duo Cortona, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m., College Hall Music Room
Calloway and violinist Ari Streisfeld will give a free concert in the College Hall Music Room.

Concerts: Friday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m.; all in the Black Box Theater in New College’s Hamilton Student Center.
Pre-Concert Talk: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Artist Conversation: Thursday, Nov. 16, 5 p.m., Black Box Theater
We explore making music with the body — and without the body — in this concert, performed in New College’s intimate Black Box Theater. Vinko Globokar’s unsettling “?Corporel,” performed by NMNC Director Stephen Miles, is played by the performer on his own body. Luciano Berio’s “Thema (Omaggio a Joyce)” is a recorded piece based on the Sirens episode of “Ulysses,” and dancer Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers will offer a physical interpretation. NMNC Producer R. L. Silver will then perform Roger Marsh’s “Dum,” which fragments and reconfigures texts and also involves hurling pieces of metal into a bucket. In between these solo works, New College students will dance to electronic music pieces composed by fellow students.

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, abetted by 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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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.

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