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, July 21, 2016

#SalonatStowe: Meet the featured guests!

Tonight, the Stowe Center will present a hands-on, interactive workshop entitled "Unpacking White Privilege." The workshop will be feature Troy Brown, Meghan Korn, and Isabel Alvarez of the Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division.

Meet the facilitators below!

Troy Brown, Manager of the Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Service Division

Troy Brown is the Manager of the Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Service Division (CSSD) Training Academy and the CSSD Multicultural Affairs Unit. Born and raised in Hartford, to Jamaican parents, Troy’s bicultural skills set the stage for his passion and work in diversity and cultural responsiveness.

Troy is the co-developer and trainer of the Connecticut Judicial Branch’s Foundation in Cultural Responsiveness (FCR) 100 and co-developer of a Train the Trainer program for new FCR 100 trainers. 

Meghan Korn, Juvenile Probation Officer II at the Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Service Division 

Meghan Korn serves as a Juvenile Probation Officer II with the Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (CSSD). She is assigned to the CSSD Training Academy as the Multicultural Affairs Unit Field Office Representative where she conducts training and develops curriculum.

Meghan graduated from Skidmore College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She received her M.Ed. in mental health counseling (with a concentration in forensic mental health counseling) from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She also received a Forensic Services Certificate from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Her graduate work included a focus on providing culturally responsive clinical care.

Isabel Alvarez, Court Planner for the Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Service Division

Isabel Alvarez Galeano is a Court Planner for the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Service Division (CSSD) Multicultural Affairs Unit. She earned a Master of Business Administration Degree for Emerging Leaders from the University of New Haven, a Law Degree from Saint Thomas University, Colombia.  

Born and raised in Colombia, South America and relocated to the United States since April 2011. She is bilingual and bicultural. Isabel is a co-facilitator of the Connecticut Judicial Branch’s training Foundation in Cultural Responsiveness (FCR 100) and the Color of Justice Forum. Ms. Alvarez plans and facilitates workshops and cultural events to recognize different cultures. 

When you hear 'white privilege' what do you think about? How does 'privilege' impact our lives? In what others ways, besides race, can individuals occupy 'privilege'? 

Please note that today's workshop is at capacity. The Stowe Center is working to plan a second workshop and if you are interested in attending please contact info@stowecenter.org or (860) 522-9258 ext. 317. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

#SalonatLunch: #BlackLivesMatter vs. #AllLivesMatter

Join us for another installment of Salons at Lunch!

#BlackLivesMatter began in 2012 after the acquittal of George Zimmerman. The hashtag and movement have grown, and Black Lives Matter is a call to action against anti-Black racism in the U.S.

When hearing or reading #BlackLivesMatter, many respond with #AllLivesMatter. Why do you think some people respond in this way? Does All Lives Matter erase the purpose and meaning of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and its accompanying movement?

Check out these links for background reading.

Why 'All Lives Matter' is a perilous phrase
Daniel Victor, July 15, 2016, The New York Times

When you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression Chris Boeskool, March 14, 2016, Huffington Post 

Salons at Lunch are every Wednesday at noon for July and August. Engage with others on current events and contemporary issues! We look forward to seeing you! 

#StoweSyllabus: What We're Reading this Week

Articles and current events that got us thinking over the week!

How America bought and sold racism, and why it still matters
Lisa Hix, November 10, 2015, Collector’s Weekly

Honoring the police and their victims
Jelani Cobb, July 18, 2016, The New Yorker

The intersectional woman’s reading list
Doree Shafrir, July 18, 2016, Buzzfeed

How you can help students see other viewpoints

Nelson Graves, July 11, 2016, Facing Today

What are your reactions to the pieces? What articles, news pieces, or video-clips have you come across over the week? Let us know, below!