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College Art Association Annual Conference Thursday, February 16, 2017: 1:303:00 PM East Ballroom, 3rd Floor, New York Hilton Midtown "Using the Arts to Leverage Social Change" Session Chair: Professor Charles Gniech, Curator/Breaking Criminal Traditions Panel Members: Cheryl Jefferson, Producer/Breaking Criminal Traditions and Professor Richard Laurent, Co-Producer/Breaking Criminal Traditions

The Human Rights Institute Gallery of Kean University 1000 Morris Ave., Union, New Jersey 07083 Reception: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 5-8pm College Hour Pre-Reception Programming: Tuesday, October 4, 3:30-4:30pm Conference: Monday, December 5, 2016 9-4pm Ending Legal Injustices through Art and Activism Kean University, STEM Building, 1075 Morris Avenue, Union NJ 07083 Using artworks from The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions exhibition as a foundation for dialogue, the Ending Legal Injustices conference examined critical issues of human rights violations that are still legal in the United States and abroad. Speakers included New Jersey Senator, Raymond Lesniak and other change makers from local and national organizations. The conference included a light breakfast, lunch and professional development certificates.

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, 60th Session
Thai Cultural Center, 310 44th St., New York, NY March 17, 2016 "Change Artists-Using the Arts to Leverage Change" With Panelists: Cheryl Jefferson, Richard Laurent, Andrea Harris and Charles Gniech Breaking Criminal Traditions Producer, Cheryl Jefferson, lead a panel which included, Andrea Harris [Director-at-Large for UN Women/ BCT Artist], Richard Laurent [Co-Producer/ BCT Artist/ Columbia College Professor], and Chuck Gniech, [BCT Exhibition Curator/ BCT Artist]. The Commission ran from March 14-24, 2016. Attended by thousands of activists, lawmakers, and journalists from all over the world, the UN Commission on the Status of Women featured 200 workshops. All panels and workshops were open to the public.