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, April 25, 2011

Featured Guest Bios: Girl Power is Family Power

When a girl gets an education it helps her, her family and her community.  What happens when education is denied to women?  What role does poverty play?  What are the inequities in education and why is equal access important?

Patricia Salner, Achieve Hartford!
Ms. Salner is the Community Programs Director for Achieve Hartford! and is a long time Hartford area resident with deep roots in the not for profit and arts community.  In her role, she incorporates her passion for creating and administering educational opportunities for children with her long developed knowledge of Hartford as she works collaboratively with Hartford community members, including educational professionals, civic leaders, community based organizations and business professionals.  Prior to her joining the staff of Achieve Hartford! she was Executive Director of the Hartford Education Foundation, the predecessor entity of Achieve Hartford!, which largely focused on supporting innovative teaching in Hartford.  She is a Board member of the Connecticut Consortium of Education Foundations, the Women's Education and Leadership Fund at the University of Hartford, and the Hill-Stead Museum.  She is an honorary docent at the Wadsworth Atheneum.  Pat is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is involved in a host of local community organizations.

Susan Lennon, Women's College Coalition 
Ms. Lennon has been president of the Women's College Coalition, an association of colleges and universities that are committed to the unfinished agenda of the 21st Century: The education and success of women and girls across all age, racial and ethnic, socioeconomic and religious groups in the U.S. and around the world - since 2004.  Susan earned her MPPM/MBA from Yale University School of Management and her bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of San Diego.  Her career has traversed the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, affording her a distinctive perspective on the competitive nature and complexities of the business of higher education in which colleges and universities must be mission driven and market smart, accountable and transparent.

April 28, 2011
Reception at 5pm. Conversation from 5:30 - 7pm.
Additional information at www.harrietbeecherstowe.org

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