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, September 27, 2010

Who Speaks for the Animals?: Guest Bios

Harriet Beecher Stowe owned lots of animals including dogs, cats and birds. During the years that Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in Hartford, she used her voice and influence to protect and improve the quality of life for animals. What is society doing today to address animal welfare?

Our September 30th Salon will feature the following guest speakers;

Gabirela Gonzalez-Wong
A foster care giver at Hidden Treasures Adoption Center
Gabirela specializes in socializing cats that have been traumatized by conditions and abuse. She joined Hidden Treasures in 2008 because of their volunteer work and their initiative to help reduce animal overpopulation.

Representative Annie Hornish
D-CT 62nd District
Represents Barkhamsted, Granby, East Granby, and New Hartford. She serves on the Commerce, Education and Environment committees. She is Founder and Co-Chair of Legislators for Animal Advocacy and Co-Chair of the Rural Caucus. She is a healthcare professional with a bS degree from UCONN College of Agriculture and Certification in Cytotechnology from the UNCONN Health Center and an MBA from Western New England College.

Carol Pirek
Hidden Treasures Adoption Center
Carol started volunteering with Hidden Treasures about 3 years ago and has now fostered dozens of cats. Away from cats, she works as a commercial banker.

Pamela Rickenbach
Blue Star Equiculture
Pamela grew up in Peru and in Bolivia, returning to the US in 1990. She studied organic horticulture and began working with draft horses. She founded Blue Star Equiculture with Christina Hansen. It is a sanctuary for homeless working horses which brings equine awareness to the community.

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