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, November 15, 2010

Featured Guest Bios: Re-Abolishing Slavery

Where does modern-day slavery exist?  What allows one person to “own” and control another?  How do we recognize it and more importantly, how do we stop it? 

This week’s Salons at Stowe featured guests:

Karen Herbert
Co-State Director, “Not For Sale” Campaign

Karen became aware of “Not For Sale” when she visited her daughter in Peru and was shocked at what she saw and the stories she heard. Deciding that something needed to be done, Karen began a ‘Freedom Store’ in her clothing boutique which allows her to talk about “Not For Sale” and give a voice to the voiceless. In 2009, she attending the Global Forum and became passionate to learn and teach others about how they can be a resource to end slavery in our time.

Kathleen Liner
Victim Specialist, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Ms. Liner is responsible for direct services and on-going support to all federal crime victims identified in FBI investigations in Connecticut with priority to crimes against children, violent crimes, and civil rights matters.  Ms. Liner serves on the FBI Human Trafficking Working Group, the Innocence Lost National Initiative, federal task force, and a local coalition to represent and support federal law enforcement in their ongoing efforts to investigate, combat and prevent Trafficking in Persons (TIP).  She has provided training on the global and individual effects of TIP to a variety of local, national and international groups and organizations.

Steve Ferraro
Co-State Director, “Not For Sale” Campaign

Steve is currently a Director of Engineering for a privately owned manufacturer.  During his career he has learned many strategies for creating training materials and training diverse groups of employees. Steve hopes to use these talents to the best of his abilities to further the message of “Not For Sale” in his community and in his state working along side Co-State Director Karen Herbert. Long term Steve would like to find a second career working at fair trade and supply chain compliance. 

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