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Sudan: The Cost of Silence
Ryan Spencer Reed Shows a Photographic Documentary Exhibit at Kean University

UNION, N.J. – Unforgettable images of the genocide unfolding in the Darfur region of Sudan will be displayed in the Center for Academic Success Gallery at Kean University from Wednesday, March 26 to Friday, May 9. An opening reception with the artist Ryan Spencer Reed will be held on Wednesday, April 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by a lecture at 8 p.m.

“An image becomes powerful only after it’s given an audience,” said Director of University Galleries Neil Tetkowski who arranged the exhibition with Spencer Reed. “[His] photo documentation of the ravaging effects of genocide in Sudan speaks loudly while shedding light on global issues by capturing them on a human level in a way that simple statistics never can."

Tetkowski said it is his hope that the exhibition will act as a catalyst to initiate dialogue and to elevate consciousness among all members of the human global family. Kean University hosted an international human rights conference on campus entitled Darfur: the First Genocide of the 21st Century in February. The event attracted a capacity crowd of more than 950 students, teachers, and guest to the Wilkins Theatre. Nicholas D. Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and The New York Times columnist, served as the keynote speaker at the conference. The exhibition’s hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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