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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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Girls View Sexual Violence as Normal

In March, our Salons at Stowe program hosted “Campus in Crisis: Speaking Out to End the Violence,” a conversation on sexual assault on college campuses.   The discussion acknowledged how common sexual violence is on college campuses and investigated potential solutions to the issues of rape and assault.  In accordance with our discussion, a new study issued by the sociology journal Gender& Society found that abuse often goes unreported as victims rationalize the behavior as normal.   To reach these findings, sociologist Heather Hlavka analyzed 100 interviews conducted by the Children’s Advocacy Center with youth between the ages of 3 and 17 who may have been sexually assaulted.  She concluded that young women often experience forms of sexual violence in their everyday lives which reinforces the notion that abuse is normal and thus does not warrant a report. 

Click HERE to read a brief overview of the report.
How can we mitigate the lack of reporting of sexual assault and violence?  What can we change socially, politically, and interpersonally to change the dynamics that suggest assault is normal?  In what ways can we work to educate young women and men on the issue of sexual assault?  In what way can women and men collaborate on this issue?  Share below!   

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

When racism becomes apparent among kids

Last week, NBC New York shared the following story, "4 Catholic High School Students Expelled After Confederate Flag, Blackface Incidents."

Did St. Anthony's High School react appropriately? How should schools handle acts of racism among kids? Share your thoughts below!

4 Catholic High School Students Expelled After Confederate Flag, Blackface Incidents

4 Teens Expelled After Confederate Flag, Blackface

Four Catholic high school students on Long Island have been expelled after two senior boys brought a Confederate flag to a school event and two sophomore girls posted a blackface photo on social media, the school said.
The two events were separate, according to Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony's High School.
The boys allegedly brought the flag to a school gathering on April 9. Teachers immediately took it away, and the students were suspended.
Two days later on Friday, the girls posted a photo of one of them in blackface, along with racist language, the school confirmed.
In a letter to parents on Friday about the flag incident, Cregan said the use of symbol "designed to revive past injustices or to inflame discrimination or racial intolerance is completely unacceptable and profoundly offensive."
"St. Anthony's will always demand acceptance and respect for all races, religions and cultures," he wrote.