|At various times throughout the year the Friends sponsor public talks, entertainments, used book sales and exhibitions. Some of these events are coupled with special donor recognition receptions to celebrate the "margin of excellence" that Friends' contributions make possible at the Sojourner Truth Library. Below are reports of some recent events.
Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lecture
Established in 2007 to honor Dennis O’Keefe, ’73, a long-time staff member of the Sojourner Truth Library, who positively impacted the lives of thousands of New Paltz students, staff, faculty and community members. Dennis also served with the New Paltz Volunteer Fire Department. The Annual Lecture, dedicated to his memory, will celebrate an aspect of his wide range of interests and contributions.
Fifth Annual Dennis O'Keefe Memorial Lecture - Dr. Gerald Benjamin, Director of the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) at the State University of New York At New Paltz, speaking on "College and Community in New Paltz and America." September 21, 2011.
(Link to text of lecture.)
Fourth Annual Dennis O'Keefe Memorial Lecture - Paul C. Huth, Director of Research at Mohonk Preserve, speaking on "A Century of Weather Observation at Mohonk Lake." September 21, 2010.
Third Annual Dennis O'Keefe Memorial Lecture - Jo Margaret Mano, Associate Professor, Department of Geography at the State University of New York at New Paltz speaking on "A Passion for Maps: Celebrating the Hudson." September 16, 2009.
Second Annual Dennis O'Keefe Memorial Lecture - William B. Rhoads, Professor Emeritus of Art History at the State University of New York at New Paltz speaking on "The Changing Image of Education at new Paltz, 1828-2008." September 17, 2008.
First Annual Dennis O'Keefe Memorial Lecture – Steven G. Poskanzer, President, SUNY New Paltz speaking on "The Role of the University in Society" October 23, 2007.
Chui-chun Lee, director of the Sojourner Truth Library
with SUNY New Paltz President Steven G. Poskanzer.