Thursday, March 12th at 7 p.m.
Robin Sparkman, the CEO of StoryCorps and a Rowayton native, will play "Selections from StoryCorps," classic stories from the Brooklyn-based nonprofit. StoryCorps celebrates the dignity, power, and grace that can be heard in the stories we find all around us. Since founder Dave Isay launched StoryCorps in 2003, 100,000 Americans have participated, making it the largest single collection of human voices ever recorded.
At the heart of StoryCorps is a simple, timeless idea: provide two friends or loved ones with a quiet space and 40 minutes of uninterrupted time for a meaningful face-to-face conversation; record that conversation; give the participants a copy; and archive another copy at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps seeks out the stories of people most often excluded from the historical record and preserves them so that the experience and wisdom contained within them may be passed from one generation to the next. StoryCorps shares edited excerpts of some of these recordings in its popular weekly broadcasts on NPR, animated shorts, and bestselling books.
About the Presenter
Robin Sparkman joined StoryCorps as its first CEO in January 2014. She is a veteran journalist. Most recently, she was the editor in chief of ALM Media’s The American Lawyer, where she oversaw several of ALM’s print and digital national publications and wrote a monthly column on legal business issues. Under her leadership, The American Lawyer won six Jesse Neal awards for journalism. Robin sits on the boards of the Union Settlement Association of East Harlem and the American Business Media editorial committee. Before joining ALM, she spent five years as an editor for the business and opinion sections of MSNBC.com. Robin was one of the founding members of the site, the world’s top Internet news source. She is also a former reporter for Newsweek, covering terrorism, the United Nations, and politics. Robin is a magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in New York City with her husband and children.