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, April 7, 2011

Spring Series Announced!

We're happy to announce our 2011 Salons at Stowe Spring Series!

April 14, 2011
Uncle Tom's Cabin on Stage
Greg Tate: Co-Artistic Director, Hartbeat Ensemble
Alex Roe: Artistic Director, Metropolitan Playhouse
From the first 1852 productions turning Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, into a stage play, the characters were stereotyped.  How do culture and stereotypes influence artistic decisions?  How can the stage be used to call attention to important social justice issues?

April 28, 2011
Girl Power is Family Power
Patricia Salner, Achieve Hartford!
Susan Lennon, Women's College Coalition
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?

May 12, 2011
Why So Cheap?  There Is More To This Story!
Danelle Ragoonanan-Storph, Project Rescue
Neil Patrick, US Department of Labor
John McCarthy, formerly of CT Department of Labor
What everyday items are made by slave labor? How does American consumerism affect people around the world?  Where does consumer responsibility start and end?

May 26, 2011
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity
Deborah Ullman, YWCA of the Hartford Region
Jennifer Smith Turner, Girl Scouts of Connecticut
The key to progress lies in empowering women and unleashing their potential. What are communities doing to support females from an early age?

Thanks to our members and funders, Salons at Stowe are free events!
Reception: 5 - 5:30pm
Discussion: 5:30 - 7pm
RSVP to (860)522-9258, ext 317 or info@stowecenter.org

Why is Harriet Beecher Stowe a model for people who want to make a difference?
Come at 4:00pm for the "Her Words Changed the World" tour of the Stowe House.

Can't make the discussion in person? Contribute and ask questions online. We'll be sure to ask your questions during the Salon and post the response immediately.

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