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Odell Winfield to deliver Dennis O’Keefe lecture on September 15

September 15 @ 5:00 pm

SUNY New Paltz will welcome Odell Winfield, the founder and executive director of the Library at the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center in Kingston, to deliver a talk on library services for underserved communities and the experience of building and maintaining an African roots center in the Hudson Valley.
This event will take place on Thursday, September 15, 5 p.m., in Science Hall Auditorium (room 181) on the New Paltz campus. All are welcome to attend this free public event.
Winfield will discuss his experiences working in the Hudson Valley to preserve books and other learning materials focusing on the roots of African and African American history and culture.
He’ll guide attendees through the inclusive approach he took to inviting community residents to share their stories and contribute to the creation of the African Roots Center. He’ll also highlight key aspects of the Center’s mission: teaching and learning about the African roots experience and a dynamic exchange of information, ideas and creativity.
Winfield’s talk will be given as the 15th annual Dennis O’Keefe Lecture presented by the Friends of the Sojourner Truth Library. It is cosponsored by the SUNY New Paltz Department of Black Studies, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council and the Office of Development & Alumni Relations.


September 15
5:00 pm
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