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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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Great Expectations: Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap: Featured Guest Bios

What do expectations have to do with student success? How do we define those expectation and ensure they are met? How are students involved in these decisions and empowered to achieve their potential?

September is the start of another school year...and a good time to consider how to overcome the achievement gap in schools and what YOU can do to be a part of the solution. 

Featured Guest Bios:

Dr. Steve Perry:
Dr. Perry believes that success in life is determined by where you end, not where you start. It's this philosophy that inspired him, early on, to transform the lives of poor and minority children by providing them with access to a college education, and more recently, has inspired him to bring his ideas and passion to children everywhere, no matter what their socioeconomic and academic background. He is the founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, CT, a CNN Education Contributor, columnist for Essence magazine, and the author of several books on education, including the forthcoming Push Has Come to Shove.

Chanda Robinson:
Chanda is the Director of the Pathways to Success program at Our Piece of the Pie in Hartford, CT.  She has oversight of the Youth Development Services; Youth Employment Services; Youth Business, Vocation, and Education Services. Chanda is soundly committed to improving systems and identifying viable solutions that will drive social change for disenfranchised and vulnerable youth; whom she believes are full of promise and potential given the right mix of support and opportunities!

Jordan Carter:
Jordan is the son of Reverend Wayne Anthony Carter and Kim Newland. He is currently a senior at Capital Preparatory Magnet School . Jordan has always been ambitious in whatever challenges he takes on, whether it be in the river as part of the crew team or in the classroom. This past summer Jordan was selected to be part of the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. along with 364 young leaders from around the country. In addition, Jordan founded the male mentoring group entitled, 'Each one...Reach one'. Jordan plans to attend Howard University to pursue a degree in political science.

This event is FREE and open to the public.
Come to the Stowe Center at 5pm for refreshments and a book signing of Dr. Steve Perry's new book When Push Comes to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve (even if it means picking a fight).

Conversation begins at 5:30pm and finishes by 7pm. Bring your ideas and questions and help develop an action plan for change!

RSVP to 860-522-9258 ext 317 or info@stowecenter.org

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. 77 Forest Street. Hartford, CT 06105

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