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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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Guilty by Race: Profiling in Connecticut: Featured Guest Bios

Recent news reports and events indicate that racial profiling and stereotyping are factors that many citizens face on a daily basis. What are the facts? What can we do to ensure that "walking while black" is not considered to be criminal activity?

Thursday, May 24th, join the discussion with guests Matthew Kauffman from the Hartford Courant and CT State Representative Gary Holder-Winfield. Come at 5 pm for refreshments; the conversation begins at 5:30 pm and finishes promptly at 7 p.m. RSVP to Info@StoweCenter.org

The Spring 2012 Salons at Stowe are part of a site-wide initiative, Stereotypes: Designed to Degrade, that includes exhibits, tours and programs to encourage dialogue on racism and stereotypes.

Matthew Kauffman: Hartford Courant

Kauffman has been a reporter at The Hartford Courant since 1986 and is currently assigned to the paper's investigative desk, where he works on longer-term projects. He also specializes in computer-assisted reporting and manages the newsroom's databases and Intranet. In 2007 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for a series he co-authored on mentally ill troops sent to war. He has also received a Polk Award, the Selden Ring Award, the Worthe Bingham Prize and the Heywood Broun Award, and has twice been a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award. He was also named a "Master Reporter" by the New England Society of Newspaper Editors. Outside the paper, Kauffman teaches graduate-level courses in investigative reporting and computer-assisted reporting at Quinnipiac University.

Gary Holder-Winfield: CT State Representative

Representing the 94th Assembly District of New Haven, Holder-Winfield was first elected to the General Assembly in 2008. He currently serves at the House vice-chairman of the Judiciary Committee and chairman of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus. Representative Holder-Winfield has been the lead sponsor of legislation to abolish the death penalty, and he led the fight to pass an abolition bill in 2009, resulting in the first passage of an abolition bill by both the House and Senate. He is recognized as a leader on issues of campaign finance and education reform. Holder-Winfield graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2006 with a bachelor of science in political science. He currently works for the Connecticut State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Salon admission is FREE thanks to our members, donors and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Travelers Foundation and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. 

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