Diversity Initiatives - Events

All Diversity events are free and open to the public.

  • September 25 @ 9:30AM: Shannon Lanier and Jane Feldman, authors, Jefferson's Children, The Story of One American Family. Shannon Lanier is the sixth great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson and African-American slave Sally Hemings. As a 21 year-old student at Kent State University, he traveled to Virginia to attend an unofficial family reunion. There, he met photojournalist Jane Feldman, who was there to photograph the event. Together, they decided to explore the history and controversy surrounding the story of Jefferson and Hemings by traveling across the country, interviewing and photographing family descendants. The result was the book, Jefferson's Children, The Story of One American Family. As a review in the School Library Journal states, "Through this collection of engaging contemporary testimonials and photographs of blacks and whites, young and old, Lanier sheds light not only on his own heritage but also on the understanding and pride that emerges when family history is explored." This multi-media presentation has been presented in schools and universities across the country, and is a fascinating slice of American history. This is a joint presentation by the Ovations Series and STCC Diversity Series.
  • James McBrideJames McBride, author/musician, The Color of Water and The Good Lord Bird
    (Story of John Brown)

    Scibelli Hall / Gymnasium
    Thursday, October 1, 2014 - 11am

    http://www.jamesmcbride.com/
    James McBride Biography
  • Bonnie St. JohnBonnie St. John
    The first African-American to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing.

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 10 a.m.
  • Maysa Nick Colionn Brian Simpson Jazz All Stars
    Maysa, Nick Colionne & Brian Simpson
    Jazz Musicians

    Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month with jazz being the backbone of bringing together the most diverse group of people and cultures.

    Thursday, April 9th - 11 a.m & 6:30 p.m.
  • Urban Jazz CoalitionUrban Jazz Coalition
    Jazz Musicians

    Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month with jazz being the backbone of bringing together the most diverse group of people and cultures.

    Friday, April 10th -11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.