Winter 2017

On Campus

Guest Artist Brings New Tools to Writing Students

Performance artist Kuniko Yamamoto recently spent time with New College writing students.

Performance artist Kuniko Yamamoto recently spent time with New College writing students.

Students in New College's Writing for Performance class recently got a chance to learn from a seasoned performance artist.

Dr. Sandy Pool, New College's writer-in-residence, says her students were able to stretch their imaginations with help from Kuniko Yamamoto, who has performed around the world using masks, origami and magic for more than 25 years. She currently owns Origami Air Art Studio in Sarasota.

Pool's students were tasked with creating a performance based on the history of the circus in Sarasota. Pool wanted to bring in someone to teach them some performance techniques they could use in their circus-themed show at the end of the semester. "I knew it was going to be the perfect thing to have for this particular group of students," Pool said. "They've written their monologues, done their historical research, and they'll be creating their performances using some of the techniques they've learned today."

New College Library Hosts ’52 Reasons to Love a Vet’ Exhibit

New College’s Jane Bancroft Cook Library hosted the exhibit "52 Reasons to Love a Vet," featuring 35 illustrations of various perspectives of veterans. The event, which ran through Dec. 10, also included a series of talks and an opening presentation and reception.

“52 Reasons to Love A Vet” was founded by the mother of an Army combat veteran and is intended to raise awareness and funds for veterans who cannot afford the medical care they need.

“We decided that this would be a good mechanism to engage the broader community, especially given our considerable population of military veterans,” said Brian Doherty, dean of Cook Library. The lectures and presentations were designed to appeal to students and faculty as well as veterans, he said.

Presentations included:

  • “We are Not Charity Cases: A Strengths-Based Approach to Veteran Reintegration,” by Eric Hodges, assistant professor of government and global affairs at University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee,
  • “Applying an Anti-Inflammatory Strategy in a Pre-Clinical Model of Repetitive Traumatic Brain Injury,” by Dr. Scott Ferguson of the Roskamp Institute, a local neuroscience research group.
  • “Aftermath: The Fallout of War – America and the Middle East,” by Christopher Jones, associate curator of photography and new media, Ringling Museum of Art.

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