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, May 23, 2011

Featured Guest Bios: Half the Sky, Turning Oppression Into Opportunity

The key to progress lies in empowering women and unleashing their potential.  What are communities doing to support females from an early age?

Deborah Ullman, YWCA of the Hartford Region
Ms. Ullman is chief executive officer of the YWCA Hartford Region, a position that she has held for 6 years.  She is involved on several boards and committees in the Hartford area and with the YWCA regionally and nationally.  She served as President of Northeast Regional Council for three years, on the Finance Committee and as a peer reviewer.  Since joining the YWCA Hartford Region, she has succeeded in bringing a mission focus to the organization and stabilizing its financial position.  Her work and community involvement demonstrate her passionate belief that every woman and girl deserves the opportunity to own their future, whatever they may want that to be.  She was recently recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Total Woman Conference.

JoAnna Zachery, Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Ms. Zachery is Director of Membership Services for Girl Scouts of Connecticut, the largest organization in the state serving girls.  Girl Scouts of Connecticut is Connecticut's recognized girl empowerment organization - providing over 65,000 girls and adults with opportunities and experiences that develop their potential and empower them with self-confidence and leadership skills to improve their lives and the world around them.  JoAnna is the Director for the greater Hartford area. She has maintained community partnerships and collaborations as well as designed, developed, implemented and evaluated membership growth with a diversity plan through the management and recruitment of girls and young women.

May 26, 2011
Reception at 5pm.  Conversation from 5:30 - 7pm.
Additional information at www.harrietbeecherstowe.org

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