Christopher Stollar

Christopher Stollar

Christopher Stollar is the award-winning author of The Black Lens, a dark literary thriller that exposes the underbelly of sex trafficking in rural America. The author’s debut novel won Grand Prize in the 2016 Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards. It also became a Finalist in the Indie Book Awards and a Semifinalist in the Book Pipeline Competition. In addition, the script version of The Black Lens is currently under an Option Agreement with an independent producer based in Ohio. As a former reporter with a master’s degree in journalism, Stollar conducted more than three years of research in Ohio for The Black Lens, including interviews with survivors, social workers and police officers. He is donating 10 percent of his earnings from this book to local organizations that battle modern slavery. The author lives with his wife and two children in Columbus. Learn more at http://christopherstollar.com/

Fake News and Alternative Facts: The Value of Investigative Journalism in a Hyper-Partisan World

American journalism has changed dramatically over the past decade. From layoffs and mergers to the rise of corporate reporters and freelancer bloggers, informed citizens have grown increasingly skeptical of any news media. While many journalists are to blame for their sloppy, biased and subjective reporting, the core value of investigative journalism remains more important than ever in our hyper-partisan world. Taught by a former reporter with a Master’s Degree in Journalism, this class will explore the roots of investigative journalism in America, how it has helped our democracy over the centuries and how it can still add value today.

Sex, Slavery and Literature

The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of forced labor and human trafficking. That’s almost double the number of Africans who were shipped to the New World between 1525 and 1866, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database. While the face of slavery has changed over the centuries, the same law of supply and demand has remained constant — resulting in more than $100 billion in illegal profits per year. In addition, some of the stories published in news outlets today about sex trafficking echo themes in classic works of slavery literature, such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. Learn how slavery has evolved over the centuries — including right here in Ohio — and what you can do to help end it today.

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Christopher Stollar blacklensnovel@gmail.com

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