APRIL AND MAY 2012 EVENTS AT NEW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA

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April 2, 3:30-5 pm
Women of Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd.
Johnson-Blalock Education Building (room 1003-1004)
Free. No reservations required. For information, call 941-487-4888.

As part of Sharing the Scholarship 2012, New College students Walter Potmesil, Rachel Robison and Irini Zervas will talk about artists Kay Sage, Dorothea Tanning and Joan Mitchell, respectively. Sage was a surrealist whose constructed images invite interpretation. Tanning was also a surrealist married to painter and sculptor Max Ernst. This lecture will explore the progression of Tanning's work, culminating in her cloth sculptures of the 1970s. Mitchell's depictions of landscapes — influenced by personal memories of her homes in the Midwest, New York and her garden near Giverny — reflect a preoccupation with the scale, light and dynamism of nature. As a second-generation Abstract Expressionist, her works are fully steeped in the ideologies of her time.

April 2 at 5:30 pm
NASA Project in Florida Keys and Trinidad-Tobago: Airborne Assessment of Carbon Dynamics in Seagrass and Coral Reefs
Soo Bong Chae Auditorium
Heiser Natural Sciences Complex, 500 College Dr.
Free. No reservations required. For information, call 941-487-4888.

Two New College alumni — Paul Carlson with the Florida Wildlife Research Institute and Stanley Herwitz with NASA — will describe a new cost-effective method to assess fish and wildlife habitats in shallow marine waters. Unmanned aerial vehicles fly transects over seagrass beds at altitudes of 1000'-3000' while divers simultaneously collect data on seagrass growth. The aerial fluorescence measurements are related to the seagrass growth measurements in order to understand carbon dynamics in seagrass.

April 2 at 7 pm
International Studies Lecture with Dr. John Myhill
Sudakoff Conference Center, 5845 General Dougher Pl.
Free and open to the public; no reservations necessary. For information, call 941-487-4888.

The International Studies Program and the History and Political Science faculty are pleased to announce a guest lecture, "Borders of Languages, Borders of Nationalities, and Why They Are Important to Political Behavior," by Dr. John Myhill of the University of Haifa (Israel). A brief synopsis of the topic follows:

Since the beginning of the 19th century, it has become normal to define national identity largely in terms of language, but this idea has been interpreted in very different ways by different groups. For the great majority of the "new nationalities" — for example, the Czechs, the Finns, the Slovenes, the Latvians,etc. — the national language was understood to include a relatively narrow range of dialects spoken in a limited area, within historical political boundaries. But a few groups — the Germans until 1945, the Turks during the Young Turk regime (1908-18) and the Arabs since the 1920s — defined their national languages in a completely different way, so as to include a huge range of dialects spoken across established political boundaries. These two different interpretations produced completely different results. The former type of nationality could satisfy its national goals by simply partitioning multinational empires, but the latter needed to essentially establish a 'national empire,' which involved trying to eliminate traditional political borders entirely, which resulted in pathological and destructive behavior, including starting both world wars, wide-scale genocide and making the Middle East the most unstable area in the world today. For this type of nationality, attempts at democratization have only made the situation worse.

April 4 at 7 pm
Poetry Reading by Writer-In-Residence Shira Dentz
Jane Bancroft Cook Library, 5800 Bay Shore Rd.
Free and open to the public; no reservations necessary. For information, call 941-487-4888.

Shira Dentz, New College's spring 2012 writer-in-residence, will be giving a reading of her poetry on April 4 at 7 pm at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, 5800 Bay Shore Rd. She is the author of black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman Books), a book of poems that was nominated for the PEN/Osterweil Award 2011, Leaf Weather (Tilt Press) and a forthcoming book, door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press). There will be musical performances by Maribeth Clark (flute), Wendy Bashant (flute) and David Bittleman (cello) preceding Dentz's reading, and light refreshments will be served.

April 11 at 11 am
Pique Nique sur-la-Baie
College Hall Bayfront, 351 College Dr.
Tickets: $150. Reservations & Information: 941-487-4600 or donate.ncf.edu/pique-nique.

The 29th Annual Pique Nique sur-la-Baie will take place on the College Hall Bayfront and will include a champagne reception, lunch, hat contest with prizes and a fashion show and shopping boutique by Saks Fifth Avenue.This fundraiser benefits the New College Library Association.

April 18, 3 to 5:30 pm
Housing: What's Next?
Co-sponsored by the New College Foundation and the Global Interdependence Center
Sudakoff Conference Center, 5845 General Dougher Pl.
Tickets $50; reservations call 941-487-4888 or donate.ncf.edu/events.

A panel discussion about the housing and mortgage markets. Panelists include:

* Ken Prewitt, Bloomberg Radio Anchor and Panel Moderator
* Constance Mitchell-Ford, Real Estate Bureau Chief for The Wall Street Journal, discussing the media and housing policy issues
* John Silvia, Chief Economist for Wells Fargo, discussing latest information on housing demographics
* David Berson, Consulting Economist and former Chief Economist at PMI Mortgage Insurance Co. and Fannie Mae, discussing The Outlook for House Prices in 2012 and 2013: When will They Turn Upward?
* David Crowe, Chief Economist for the National Association of Homebuilders, discussing new housing construction, especially single-family vs. multifamily

April 18 at 6:30 pm
Talk with New York Artist Kymia Nawabi
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Rd.
Free and open to the public; no reservations necessary. For information, call 941-487-4888.

New College of Florida's art department and student government are pleased to present New York-based artist Kymia Nawabi. Nawabi's talk will include the development of her studio work and recent achievements including competing in and winning Bravo's reality TV series Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. Nawabi, a first-generation Iranian-American artist, earned her M.F.A. from the University of Florida in 2006 and B.F.A. from East Carolina University in 2003. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious residencies and awards. SEE ATTACHED PRESS RELEASE and PHOTOS.

April 20 at 3:30 pm
New Music New College: Michael Gordon and Mantra Percussion
Sudakoff Conference Center, 5845 General Dougher Pl.
Artist Conversation with Michael Gordon and Mantra Percussion
Free; no advance reservations. For information, call 941-487-4888.

April 21 at 8 pm
New Music New College: Michael Gordon's Timber Performed by Mantra Percussion
Sudakoff Conference Center, 5845 General Dougher Pl.
Tickets $15; reservations call 941-487-4888 or donate.ncf.edu/events.

This concert marks the Florida premiere of a new work by Michael Gordon, noted American composer and founder/co-director of Bang on a Can, the legendary contemporary music organization in New York. Timber is a concert-length tour de force, scored for six graduated wooden Simantras, percussion instruments devised by French composer Iannis Xenakis. In this new work, Gordon shapes the music in both polyrhythmic and dynamic waves of textures. Visit www.newmusicnewcollege.org.

April 29 at 4 pm
The Composers Concert
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota Orchestra musicians perform student works
Free; no advance reservations. Information: 941-487-4888.

For over a decade, the New College music department has partnered with a resident ensemble from the Sarasota Orchestra to promote music created by New College students. This concert by the Sarasota String Quartet will be the culmination of rehearsals that took place in 2011-2012 between the quartet and students. The quartet will perform works by New College students.

May 1 at 5:30 pm
Collins Conversation with Frank Alcock: To Drill or Not to Drill
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Rd.
Tickets: $10; reserve online at donate.ncf.edu/events. For information, call 941-487-4888.
This talk is co-sponsored by New College, Sarasota Tiger Bay Club and Manatee Tiger Bay Club.

Dr. Frank Alcock, Senior Fellow at the Collins Center for Public Policy and Associate Professor of Political Science at New College will present a lecture entitled “To Drill or not to Drill?” on Tuesday, May 1st at 5:30 pm in Sainer Pavilion. The talk will consider dueling narratives of the stakes involved with expanded drilling throughout the United States, in the Gulf of Mexico and within Florida’s coastal waters. It will argue that both narratives are compromised by exaggerated claims and rigid policy stances that continue to paralyze energy policy. Tickets are $10. New College faculty, staff and students can attend for free. This brief (half-hour) presentation will be followed by a Q&A and informal reception.

May 16 at 6 pm
The Emmanuel Point Ships: Florida's Earliest Shipwrecks
Guest speaker Della Scott-Ireton
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Rd.
Free; reservations recommended 941-487-4888 or donate.ncf.edu/events.

As part of The Archaeology of Spanish La Florida series, the Florida Public Archaeology Network's Della Scott-Ireton will speak on Tristan de Luna's 1559 colonization attempt at present-day Pensacola and the archaeological investigation of his lost fleet. Ravaged by storms and privation, the ephemeral colony was abandoned and lost to time, known to historians only through a few letters and documents. No evidence of the colony had been discovered until 1992, when Florida archaeologists discovered the remains of one of Luna's sunken ships at the bottom of Pensacola Bay. This presentation will describe the Luna expedition and the archaeological research of Luna's shipwrecked fleet.

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