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Artist/educator Joel Bergner to give a talk, "Transforming Lives Through Public Art: Creating Murals with Communities in Crisis,” November 14, 2017

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Joel Bergner will address issues of trauma related to violence conflict, displacement and social marginalization through his work as an artist and educator on Tuesday, November 14, 5:30 pm in Rockefeller Hall 300. This event is free and open to the public.

Joel Bergner (aka Joel Artista) is an artist, educator and organizer of community mural projects in Syrian refugee camps in the Middle East, juvenile detention centers in the US, and the shantytowns of Kenya, India and Brazil.

This event is sponsored by the Vassar Refugee Solidarity and American Studies Departments.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, November 9, 2017