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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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Featured Guest Bios: Parlors as Subversive Spaces

We think of parlors as boring spaces but in the 19th century social change was organized in parlors.  19th century women of all classes met in their parlors around issues and solutions - from abolition to temperance and votes for women - in a time when they had no public voice.  What are women activists doing today to create social change?

Joan D. Hedrick: Professor of History, Trinity College
Joan graduated from Vassar College in 1966 and received her Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University in 1974.  She taught at Wesleyan University in English and American Studies from 1972 to 1980.  She is now Charles Dana Professor of History at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she has taught since 1980 and where she founded and for fifteen years directed the Women's Studies Program.  Her first book was a critical study of Jack London entitled Solitary Comrade: Jack London and His Work.  Her Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life was published by Oxford University Press in 1994.  The first full-length biography of Stowe in over fifty years, it won a Christopher Award and the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.  She is also the author of The Oxford Harriet Beecher Stowe Reader.

Anna Doroghazi: Director of Public Policy and Communications, Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services
Anna is the Director of Public Policy and Communication at Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS).  She has been at CONNSACS since 2007 and previously served as their Community Relations Coordinator.  Prior to her work at their, Anna worked as a domestic violence victim advocate in Michigan and interned with human rights organizations in Boston and London.  She is a steering committee member of the Connecticut Young Women's Leadership Program, a project of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and volunteers with Foodshare.  She holds a bachelor's degree in European Studies and Spanish from Hillsdale College and a master's degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.

March 24, 2011
Reception at 5pm. Conversation from 5:30-7:00 pm.
Additional information at: www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org

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