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

    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.