Sound Your Truth: An Interactive Evening of Creative Sharing and Collective Expression on the Courtyard / Sojourner Truth Library Quad, Thurs. October 14, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Beat your drum 

Pipe up 

Call in 

Make noise 


Free your speech 

Listen in 


Hosted and co- coordinated by the Eddy at New Paltz, the Department of Black Studies, Black Lives Matter @ School, The African Roots Library, Kingston, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and the Faculty Center
 How Should the Heart of our Campus Beat?


Date: Thursday, October 14  (Rain date: Friday, October 15) 

Time:  5:00-8:00 p.m. 

Location: Courtyard / Sojourner Truth Library Quad

Check out the photos on Instagram: fdc_suny_newpaltz

and Instagram: New Paltz Sculpture

This time of upheaval has shed a harsh light on the social injustice that permeates our society, as well as the urgent need to shift our ways to avoid environmental and climate catastrophe. 

What needs to be said right now?  
What do we all need to hear?  
How might our creative acts meet this moment?  

How might we come together to celebrate being alive together? 
How should the heart of our campus beat?  

Let’s be courageous and show up for each other. Let’s have fun, let’s do things differently, for a change. Why not? 

Plans in motion: 

  1. Sculpture students will build a truthspeaking, truthlistening platform for all to use during the event (with Prof. Emily Puthoff)   

  2. Black Studies students will perform spoken word (with Prof. Anthony Dandridge)  

  3. Students will share and read from the 400 Years of Inequality timeline displayed on the quad (with Prof. Andrea Frank) 

  4. English Dept. students will read poems of joy & protest (with Prof. Sarah Wyman) 

  5. Sonic cacophony (with Prof. Michael Asbill) 

  6. Designing questions Why- What if – How? (with Prof. Josh Korenblat) 

  7. Read from a tower of books on the BIPOC experience and climate change provided by the STL Library. 

  8. Tell stories about Sojourner Truth and read names of other enslaved people who lived in this region. 

  9. Contribute to a massive collective charcoal drawing with art students (with Art Foundations faculty) 

  10. Photography students will document the event (with Prof Nadia Sablin) 

REGISTRATION TO PARTICIPATE – to perform, share, bring a class/student or regional group

No need to RSVP if you are simply attending

FACULTY: Please encourage your students to participate or show up and listen in.  Let them know there will be FREE FOOD!

Here are possibilities 

  1. Write a poem, a play or a story; make sounds.  

  2. Share what’s on your heart and mind. 

  3. Ask questions about what you don’t learn at this institution. 

  4. Have Voice students sing out your words for all to hear. (If you don’t dare to speak out, submit your thoughts in a giant mailbox).   

  5. Listen deeply to members from all parts of our campus community.   

  6. Reflect back what you hear, read, feel, or see.  

  7. See Theater and Creative Writing students intervene, interact, and perform.  

  8. We may have to dance…  

  9. Read out the names of enslaved and dispossessed people who have lived here. 

  10. Share a story of the Lenape / Esopus Munsee people who first lived on this unceeded territory.  

  11. Stage collective portraits for Instagram with people you didn’t know until now. 

  12. Design a machine to reverberate and recycle the sounds. 

  13. Share data on species extinction, climate change, and global pandemic. 

  14. Listen to the trees, bushes, and blades of grass on the quad. They have lots to teach.  

  15. Identify the flora and fauna of the Sojourner Truth Quad 

  16.  … invent your own response. 

Here is the link to the event page on the Eddy website. It will be updated regularly to reflect planned contributions.

Michael Asbill, Zach Bowman, Anthony Dandridge, Emilie Houssart, Andrea Frank, Joshua Korenblat, Emily Puthoff, and Sarah Wyman  in collaboration with students Jordan Hennix (S.A. President), Brianna Hicks (S.A. Executive Board) and Nayyir Strasner (Black Student Union)


*In rhetoricparrhesia is a figure of speech described as: “to speak candidly or to ask forgiveness for so speaking”.[1] This Ancient Greek word has three different forms, as related by Michel Foucault in Fearless Speech. Parrhesia is a noun, meaning “free speech”. Parrhesiazomai is a verb, meaning “to use parrhesia”. Parrhesiastes is a noun, meaning one who uses parrhesia, for example, “one who speaks the truth to power”.