Activating Democracy: The "I Wish to Say" Project: Sheryl Oring

Oct 27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Activating Democracy: The

Thursday, October 27, 6:30pm

Driven by a powerful belief in the value of free expression, Sheryl Oring, Assistant Professor, UNCG, has spent more than a decade helping people across the country voice concerns about public affairs through her “I Wish to Say” project.

Her latest publication Activating Democracy: The "I Wish to Say" Project (Intellect, 2016) uses that project as the starting point to explore a series of public interest issues being addressed by artists today. The book features essays by contributors ranging from art historians and practicing artists to scholars and creators working in literature, political science, and architecture.

Thursday’s event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. with a special book release and a performance by Oring and UNCG students in the museum atrium, followed by a presentation and discussion with Oring and contributing book essayists at 7 p.m. Visitors will be invited to dictate postcards to the next President. The North Carolina-based contributors who will discuss their essays are Lee Walton, associate professor of art at UNCG; Dr. David Holian, associate professor of political science at UNCG; George Scheer, founder of Elsewhere, a living museum in downtown Greensboro; and Dhanraj Emanuel, a Greensboro-based photographer. A reception immediately follows and books will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public.

Activating Democracy: The "I Wish to Say" Project is available at


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