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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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Artists for World Peace concert and art show on May 18, 2013

Join the CitySingers of Hartford this Saturday, May 18 at 7pm, for a performance of A Chorus of Peace at the Wesleyan University Chapel (221 High Street, Middletown), and an Artists for World Peace art show at the adjacent Zelnick Pavilion. The events benefits Artists for World Peace.

The CitySingers performance is generated by the chanson melody “L’homme Armé” (“The Armed Man”), a popular song originating in the 15th century. This and other texts in the program are filled with imagery about what it means to be equipped to protect and strive for peace. A Chorus of Peace includes excerpts from the contemporary Welsh composer Karl Jenkins’s stirring composition based on “The Armed Man” as well as 15th-century composer Antoine Busnois’s setting of this melody. Through creative expression of choral and instrumental music combined with ethnic dance from the Sankofa Kuumba Dance Ensemble, CitySingers offers this performance as a symbol of peace for all. Members of the dance ensemble will wear the International Peace Belt during the performance. Tickets are available at the door. Suggested donation: $15.

 The art show in the Zelnick Pavilion, from 5 pm to 10 pm, will feature the work of seven contemporary artists: photographers Claudia Hehr, Chris Dei, and Kate Clay; fine art printer Antoon Taghon; painters Kamar Thomas and Kathi Packer; and mixed-media artists Wendy Black-Nasta and Ashby Carlisle. The work of Artists for World Peace and its International Peace Belt inspired much of the art on display. The show is free and open to the public.

The Artists for World Peace Foundation is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for artistic expression to foster world peace and raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes. To learn more about Artists for World Peace, please visit www.artistsforworldpeace.org.

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