Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.

The Salons at Stowe programs are a forum to connect the challenging issues (race, gender and class) that impelled Stowe to write and act with the contemporary face of those same issues. The Salon format is based on a robust level of audience participation, with the explicit goal of promoting civic engagement. Recent topics included: Teaching Acceptance; Is Prison the New Slavery; Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; Creativity and Change; Race, Gender and Politics Today; How to be an Advocate

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Monday, March 2, 2015

#WomensHistoryMonth at the Stowe Center

As declared by the federal government in 1987, March marks Women's History Month. The honorary month stands to highlight the roles and contributions of women in the scope of American and world history.  

Women's History Month is an apt time to critically examine the systemic exclusion of certain identity groups, such as women and women of color, from social, political, and economic institutions. And as the Stowe Center seeks to connect past to the present, we plan to use Women's History Month as an opportunity to explore gender issues of the 21st century in a historical context.    

Join us on March 26th for "Is Feminism Just for Women?", a Salon focused on the ways so called “women’s issues” can be championed by individuals of all-genders and can exist more broadly as human rights issues. The Salon will feature Carolyn Treiss, Executive Director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, Susan Campbell, writer, and Kyle Turner, University of Hartford student.

What does Women's History Month mean to you? Are you a feminist? What can we do to ensure individuals of all backgrounds and identities are included in the story of American history?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

#SalonsatStowe: Ways to Get Involved and Continue the Conversation

The Color of Justice 

Last week, the Stowe Center and Mark Twain House & Museum presented The Color of Justice, a facilitated program and film on racial disparities in juvenile justice.

More Information and Ways YOU Can Take Action
Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance

Connecticut Voices for Children

Coalition for Juvenile Justice

Community Partners in Action

Project Implicit

How Connecticut Changed the Juvenile Justice World
Liz Ryan, CT Post

Routinely Shackling Accused Kids is Wrong
Abby Anderson, The Hartford Courant

Across America, whites are biased and they don’t even know it
Chris Mooney, The Washington Post

Action Steps 
-Continue the conversation on race and juvenile justice
-Host a forum on The Color of Justice-Create a film club, discussion group
-Share Color of Justice resources on Facebook and Twitter
-Send a letter to your representative
-Get involved locally
-Advocate for youth programs
-Divert children from justice system and keep kids in the juvenile justice system (no adult prison if no adult charges)
-Address kids needs early  

What will you do on juvenile justice? Will you host or attend another Color of Justice forum? Let us know! Contact the CT Juvenile Justice Alliance for more information! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

#SalonsatStowe: Meet the featured guests

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Tonight, the Stowe Center and Mark Twain House & Museum will present The Color of Justice, a film screening and discussion on racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. Leading the program will be Lara Herscovitch, Michaelangelo Palmieri, and Cathy Jackman.
Learn more about them below!

Lara Herscovitch
Deputy Director, Juvenile Justice Alliance

Lara Herscovitch joined the Ct Juvenile Justice Alliance in February 2008. As deputy director, she is involved in all aspects of the work of the Alliance, and has led its efforts to address racial and ethnic disparities and reduce school-based arrests. She has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit programs, policy, and organizational development. Lara holds an MSW in Policy & Planning and Community Organizing from the University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work and a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts.

Michaelangelo Palmieri
Juvenile Matters Supervisor II, Superior Court for Juvenile Matters-Middletown

Michaelangelo Palmieri is a Juvenile Matters Supervisor II at the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters – Middletown Juvenile Probation Department. He is currently a member of the Judicial Branch - Court Support Services Division’s Advisory Committee for Cultural Responsiveness whose mission is to encourage culturally competent and linguistically appropriate interactions among CSSD staff, clients, families, contracted providers and communities. In addition, Michaelangelo represents the Juvenile Probation Department as part of Meriden Board of Education’s School Pathways to Juvenile Justice Project, which is one of 16 national sites chosen by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) for their multi-system change pilot. Michaelangelo brings over 15 years of experience working in the Juvenile Justice system as a Juvenile Probation Officer and contracted provider, having worked in both center-based and residential programs. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Bridgewater State College and completed a Graduate Certificate in Latino Community Practice at University of St. Joseph.

Cathy Jackman
Documentary filmmaker

Cathy Jackman is a freelance documentary filmmaker committed to generating change through social justice and education. Recent films include the Emmy-award winning “Education vs. Incarceration”, and “The Color of Justice,” released in 2013 on Connecticut Public Television. For 25 years, Cathy has worked on commercial, non-profit, marketing, and television programs, and has shown films at festivals worldwide. She is recipient of numerous Community Service and technical awards, including the “Champion of Children” award from the Center for Children’s Advocacy, and the NAMI Mental Illness Awareness Media Award. Cathy’s other interests include reducing the stigma associated with mental illness, and the world of philanthropic giving. Cathy has mentored several youth involved with the criminal justice system, and continues to work for the rights and well -being of all children through her work with Artists for World Peace, an organization that assists children worldwide.

What do you plan to ask at the program? What do you want to know about juvenile justice? Let us know! 

The Color of Justice will begin at 5:30 pm at the Mark Twain House & Museum auditorium. See you there!