Throughout this February, activists have the opportunity to participate in public talks, film screenings and workshops as a part of New College’s Black History Month programming. Read on if you want to get involved in the community regarding Black literature, political movements and community-based art. For a full schedule of events past these upcoming two weeks, visit New College’s official Black History Month webpage at ncf.edu/black-history-month.
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Communities in Transit
@ 5:30–6:30 p.m.
ACE Lounge – New College of Florida – 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota FL
Join Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California Santa Cruz Dr. Camille Hawthorne for a discussion on race, political activism and the refugee crisis in Europe. Hawthorne will be presenting her research, which focuses on the political citizenship of Black Italians and examines the mobilization of Italian-born children of African immigrants who call for a reformation of the unjust Italian citizenship law. This event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Dialogue on Racialized Masculinities
@ 12–1:30 p.m.
Gender and Diversity Center – New College of Florida – 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota FL
Enter the dialogue on racialized masculinities and how they affect identity and community with filmmaker Bocafloja and Professors Hugo Viera Vargas and Nicholas Clarkson at this discussion-centric event. Bocafloja is a renowned rapper, poet and spoken word artist based in New York who focuses on topics including institutional racism, political opression, mental slavery and African diaspora. This event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Bravado Magenta Film Screening
@ 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Auditorium – New College of Florida – 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota FL
Gather around with classmates and community members for a screening of Bocafloja’s performative documentary. This film, described by Bocafloja as “a deep journey into body politics and colonized manhood,” explores the concept of patriarchal violence as a social epidemic. It seeks to be an accessible work that can escape the bounds of academia and find its way into marginalized communities and households. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Lost and Found: The Puzzles of Translating African Fiction
@ 5:30–7 p.m.
Cook Hall Living Room – New College of Florida – 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota FL
Open up a campus conversation surrounding translation with Professor of French and Gender Studies Amy Reid at “Lost and Found: The Puzzles of Translating African Fiction.” Professor Reid, who has been working with Cameroonian author Patrice Nganang since 2001, will be discussing her ongoing translation of “Empreintes de crabe,” the final volume in Nganang’s Cameroonian independence trilogy. This event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Black Literature Read-in with Tyree C. Worthy
@ 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
CEO Lounge – New College of Florida – 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota FL
Join notable writer, businessman and curator Tyree C. Worthy in reading and listening to the influential work of Black authors and poets during New College’s yearly Black literature read-in. This event serves as a collaboration between the Black History Month Committee and Professor of English Robert Zamsky’s “In the Break: Innovation in African American Poetry” class. This event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Curator’s Workshop: Creating Space for Arts and Community
@ 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Four Winds Cafe – New College of Florida – 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota FL
Stop by the Four Winds to participate in a workshop about curation and community-engaged art led by Tyree C. Worthy, poet of “25 Sense” and New Orleans-based journalist. This event is free and open to the public.