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Contact: Millie Gonzalez
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Speak Truth to Power Exhibit Open at the Human Rights Institute at Kean University

UNION, NJ - From now until December 17, the Human Rights Institute at Kean University is hosting Speak Truth to Power, an exhibition of powerful photographs, taken on location in four continents, of human rights defenders worldwide. The exhibit examines issues of human rights from nuclear disarmament, to children in war, environmental activism, religious self-determination and sex slavery. The images were taken over a period of two years by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Eddie Adams, and are accompanied by text from the activists’ interviews with Kerry Kennedy, co-founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights. Admission is free.

“This is a display of major leaders and activists from all over the world who have, in many cases, risked their lives for justice,” said Dr. Hank Kaplowitz, acting director of the Human Rights Institute. “It also brings attention to a vast number of human rights issues worldwide that may be unfamiliar to many.”

The Human Rights Institute is located at 1000 Morris Ave. in Union, N.J. The gallery is open to the public, and a student docent is available, Mondays from noon to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m.; and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. Groups are welcome. Educators are encouraged to bring their students. For more information, to alert us of a group visit or to inquire about accommodations outside of gallery hours, please call Kaplowitz at 908.737.5882.

In May, Kean’s Human Rights Institute formally opened its doors at a dedication ceremony featuring Kennedy. The Human Rights Institute’s mission is to raise awareness of human rights violations worldwide, and to produce curricula, material and seminars that promote tolerance and encourage action.

Founded in 1855, Kean University is one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.