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.
McBride, author/musician, The Color of Water
and The Good Lord Bird
(Story of John Brown)
Scibelli Hall / Gymnasium
Thursday, October 1, 2014 - 11am
James McBride Biography
Bonnie St. John
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 10 a.m.
Maysa, Nick Colionne & Brian Simpson
Thursday, April 9th - 11 a.m & 6:30 p.m.
Urban Jazz Coalition
Friday, April 10th -11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.