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Sheryl Oring: I Wish to Say

I wish To Say 2020

September 29 – November 1, 2020


Hybrid Event

This event will take place online - please see listing for information on how to attend.


Open to the public
Free of charge

Sheryl Oring returns to Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan for a month-long per­for­mance of I Wish to Say” from Sep­tem­ber 29 — Novem­ber 1, 2020 as part of the university’s Democ­racy & Debate Theme Semes­ter in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Stamps Gallery. In this project, Oring invites uni­ver­sity stu­dents across the coun­try to dic­tate a mes­sage to the next pres­i­dent, typ­ing the notes on vin­tage type­writ­ers. These inter­ac­tions will be staged as vir­tual per­for­mances via Zoom every Tues­day from 4.30 pm‑6.30 pm and Sun­day from 1 pm‑3 pm dur­ing the project’s run. Oring was last on the Ann Arbor cam­pus in 2017 as part of the Stamps Gallery exhi­bi­tion Vital Signs for a New Amer­ica, curated by Sri­moyee Mitra. Oring will col­lab­o­rate with stu­dents on the project, train­ing them on how to take dic­ta­tion on mid-cen­tury man­ual type­writ­ers to exe­cute the project via Zoom. The typed post­cards will be mailed directly to the White House on the participant’s behalf after the inauguration.

Addi­tion­ally, selected mes­sages will be set in Vot­ers’ Broad­cast, a new musi­cal work con­ceived and com­posed by Lisa Bielawa, which will bring together choirs from the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan and Wayne State Uni­ver­sity. The 15-minute musi­cal work will be released in three parts over the course of the fall semes­ter as part of the Democ­racy & Debate Theme Semes­ter programming.

This is an oppor­tu­nity for our com­mu­ni­ties to speak out as we face a crit­i­cal pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. I want to give peo­ple in Michi­gan a chance to record their views at this extra­or­di­nary point in his­tory when the state has faced such tremen­dous chal­lenges stem­ming from the pan­demic while also grap­pling with the impact of sys­temic racism.” Sheryl Oring

To share your mes­sage for the next pres­i­dent, sign up here!


This event will take place online - please see listing for information on how to attend.

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