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 9, 2011

Featured Guest Bios: Why So Cheap? There's More To This Story

What everyday items are made by slave labor? How does American consumerism affect people around the world? Chocolate and coffee are connected to the world's worst offenses in slave labor? Where does consumer responsibility start and end?

Danelle Ragoonanan-Storph, Project Rescue
Ragoonanan-Storph has been affiliated with the International Institute of Connecticut since July 2009.  She is the Director of Project Rescue, the anti-human trafficking program designed to raise awareness about the issue of trafficking in persons and serve victims of human trafficking.  She has over seven years experience in the field of human rights. She has worked Liberian, Sierra Leonean, Togolese and other refugees in West African, and Iraqi refugees in the Middle East. While in New York City, she resettled refugees and helped asylum-seekers, along with other immigrants, to apply for immigration benefits. At present, Ms. Ragoonanan-Storph co-chairs the Connecticut Coalition Against Trafficking and serves on the federal Smuggling and Trafficking of Persons Investigative Task Force.

Neil Patrick, US Department of Labor
Patrick started as a Wage & Hour Investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor is 1978. He worked in both the Hartford District Office and the New Haven Area Office.  In 2001, Neil was promoted to the position of Assistant District Director in the Hartford District Office and he became the District Director in August 2010, overseeing the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Through the years, Neil has served on a multitude of details and special assignments: he served as Facilitator at Basic 1 training in Jacksonville and at Basic 1 training in San Antonio; he has conducted training throughout the Region and in the National Office; he served on the Investigator Competency Revalidation Project; he has participated as a member of the Regional Accountability Review Team. Neil has always taken an active role in conducting outreach events for the Hartford DO.

May 12, 2011
Reception at 5pm. Conversation from 5:30 - 7pm.
Additional information at www.harrietbeecherstowe.org

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