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, November 9, 2011

Why is Infant Mortality Still a U.S. Problem?

The United States infant mortality rate ranks with developing nations. 

Our October 13th Salon posed the questions:  How can health care and social support improve the infant mortality rate in the United States? What can be done to ensure healthy starts for everyone? 

As we learned in our Salon, there is a lot of work to be done, research to be completed, and some organizations are providing support. Action is still needed.

Stay informed! Check out this article from CNN.com about problems that the United States still faces regarding infant mortality. "Why is Infant Mortality Still a U.S. Problem?"

Monday, November 7, 2011

Corporations Working for Social Good

What responsibility do corporations have for the social good? What are they doing and how is it effecting you? 

Join the conversation Thursday, November 10 from 5pm-7pm at the Stowe Center!

Featured guests for the evening discussion are: Kate Emery (Walker Systems Support and reSet) and Thea Montanez (Hartford Financial Services Group). 

Featured Guest Bios: 
Kate Emery: Kate is the Founder and CEO of Walker Systems Support, an IT and Web Services firm located in Farmington, CT. Walker has been nominated twice to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing small businesses in America. Kate restructured Walker as a Social Enterprise and began talking more publicly about Walkers' business model in hope of promoting Social Enterprise in Connecticut. Social Enterprise Trust or reSet, was founded by Kate to promote, protect and preserve Social Enterprise in Connecticut. Through reSet and the CT Social Enterprise Network, it is hoped that CT will become the hub of Social Enterprise.

Thea Montanez: Thea is Manager of Philanthropy for the Hartford Financial Services Group, where she oversees the Hartford's grantmaking and sponsorships in CT and other communities nationwide. Prior to joining the Hartford, Thea was Director of Operations for the CT Convention Center. Thea is President of the Board of Directors for Hartford Public Library and serves on the board of Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, Grace Academy and the Advisory Council of the Shelter for Women. She is a recipient of the Hartford Business Journal's "40 under 40"Award and the YMCA Minority Achievers Award.

This is a FREE event!
Reception from 5pm-5:30pm Conversation begins at 5:30pm and ends by 7pm. 

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required: 860-522-9258 ext. 317 or info@stowecenter.org
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.77 Forest Street.Hartford, CT 06105