The Art of the Story


Tues, 3/13, 6:30p

At SLJ, we prepare students for college as well as to be citizens of the world. As such, social justice is a core component of our school culture. This is reflected in our annual Art of the Story event, featuring talented writers sharing stories regarding race, gender, equity, and the importance of education.

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Alexis B. Clark – Ms. Clark is an adjunct professor at the Columbia Journalism School as well as a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Town & Country, Condé Nast Traveler, Yahoo and other publications. She has been awarded multiple grants from the Ford Foundation for her research on African-American nurses in World War II. Her first book, which is the true story of a black army nurse who falls in love with a German prisoner of war interned at a camp in a Jim Crow state, will be available in May.

Sean Gregory – Mr. Gregory is a senior sports writer for TIME magazine and  Since joining TIME in 2002, he has written profiles of a wide range of athletes, including Usain Bolt, LeBron James, Tim Tebow, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova. Mr. Gregory wrote TIME’s 2010 cover story on the concussion crisis in football and has written enterprise features on the Penn State football child-sex scandal, baseball in the Dominican Republic, the recruiting of preteen athletes by major college sports programs and the competitiveness of amputee golfers. He is currently covering the Olympics Games.

Shannon LaNier – Mr. LaNier is a veteran television host, media personality, and author. Most recently, he has co-hosted “Arise 360,” a daily culture and entertainment series airing on BET's sister station, Centric. Mr. LaNier is also well known for his work as a correspondent and senior producer on Black Enterprise Magazine’s nationally-syndicated shows: “Black Enterprise Business Report” and “Our World With Black Enterprise.” Along with photojournalist Jane Feldman, Shannon co-authored Jefferson’s Children: The Story of One American Family. The book follows his journey to uncover the history behind his heritage as a 9th generation direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson and slave Sally Hemings.