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, July 18, 2012

THEM: Images and Attitudes that Separate Us

How can we change Us vs. Them thinking?
How can we work to eliminate stereotypes?

Featured Guest Bios:

Rev. Dr. Michael Williams:
Reverend Michael C. Williams is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and a 20-year resident of Hartford, Connecticut. He is an ordained clergy of the United Church of Christ. In addition to his ministerial responsibilities, Reverend Williams is the Area Director of the Hartford Area Office of the Department of Children and Families.  To complement these efforts, Reverend Williams serves as the President of the Christian Activities Council, the co-chair of the Hartford Making Connections Initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a member of the Hartford Local Education Fund, an appointed member to the State of Connecticut's Commission on Health Equity, Beta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc, Chaplain of Excelsior Lodge of Prince Hall Masons  and participates in many other community activities in the greater Hartford area.

Dr. Salome Raheim:
Salome Raheim, Ph.D., is Dean and Professor. Dr. Raheim was previously Senior Associate to the President and Director of the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa, where she has been a professor of social work since 1997. She has also held positions at Augustana College in South Dakota, the University of Sioux Falls, The State University of New York at Albany, and Bowie State College, and was a visiting professor at the University of South Australia. Her research interests include cultural competence, social justice, human rights, social and economic development, and organization and community practice. Salome has taught courses in Organization and Community Practice; Oppression, Discrimination and Diversity; Social Work Pedagogy; Introduction to Social Work; and field and practicum seminars. Her academic involvement has spanned the bachelor, masters and doctoral levels.

Rabbi Donna Berman:
Rabbi Donna Berman is the Executive Director of the Charter Oak Cultural Center.  In her dissertation entitled, Nashiut Ethics:  The Articulation of a Jewish Feminist Ethics of Safe-Keeping, Rabbi Berman developed a method for doing Jewish feminist ethics.  At the core of her theology is a commitment to the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam, repairing the world through acts of justice.  This is a commitment that she brings to her work at Charter Oak.Rabbi Berman is rabbi emerita of Port Jewish Center in Port Washington, New York, was the founder and co-chair of The South Bronx—Port Washington Community Partnership, a mutually beneficial collaboration between one of the poorest communities in the nation and one of the wealthiest.  She has taught at Molloy College in New York, Wesleyan University and Hartford Seminary in Connecticut and has served as the Jewish chaplain at Mount Holyoke College in Hadley, Massachusetts.  Rabbi Berman is the co-editor of a special edition of The Journal of Reform Judaism and is the author of numerous articles. In 2008, Donna was named one of the fifty most influential people in Hartford by Hartford Magazine.

Tokuji Okamoto:
Tokuji Okamoto has been with Our Piece of the Pie since 2003. With a B.A. in Fine Arts from Central Connecticut State University, he started as an Art Instructor in Junior Art Makers, one of OPP's award winning Youth Businesses. In 2004, Tokuji helped a group of young artists create the first OPP community mural at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Tokuji now uses his
creativity to lead the Youth Business team to achieve even greater accomplishments with the many youth we serve.

Join us Thursday, July 19th for Salons at Stowe: THEM: Images and Attitudes that Separate Us

4:30pm-5:30pm View the exhibit THEM: Images of Separation and enjoy refreshments
5:30pm-7:00pm Join the discussion in the air-conditioned Stowe Center Visitor Center

FREE and open to the public!

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