Speakers

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/

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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To Schedule a presentation , Please contact:

Christopher Stollar blacklensnovel@gmail.com

Speaker Applications

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Speakers Fee Structure

Non-profit organizations with an annual budget under $150,000 pay a fee of $50.00

Non-profit organizations with an annual budget over $150,000 pay a fee of $250.00

Schools (including colleges or universities) and corporate or private entities pay a fee of $400.00

The Speakers Bureau is closed for Fiscal Year 2018. We will begin accepting bookings for 2019 in the fall. Please contact David Merkowitz at 614.461.7802 or dmerkowitz@ohiohumanities.org with any questions or to inquire about the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in Ohio speakers series.