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Discussion on “Activating Democracy: The ‘I Wish to Say’ Project”

Sheryl Oring, associate professor of art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, will lead the discussion of her book, “Activating Democracy: The ‘I Wish to Say’ Project,” on Sept. 25, at 6 p.m., in the Hodges Reading Room of the Jackson Library. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

Motivated by her belief in the value of free expression that is guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States, Oring’s “I Wish to Say” project has been helping citizens voice their concerns about the state of affairs in the U.S. for more than a decade now. Oring examines critical social issues through projects that incorporate old and new media to tell stories, examine public opinion and foster open exchange.

Using tools typically employed by journalists (the camera, the typewriter, the pen, the interview and the archive) she builds on experience in her former profession to create installations, performances, artist books and internet-based works. Oring holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an M.F.A. in visual art from the University of California, San Diego.

By Hollie Stevenson-Parrish