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, August 28, 2013

"America's Climate Change Century" author talk on August 29, 2013 at the Stowe Center


“A Call to Climate Action – America’s New National Purpose”

By Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg, Author of America’s Climate Century
Thursday, August 29, 7:00 p.m.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest Street, Hartford, CT

Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg, author of America’s Climate Century, is touring New England states August 16 to 29 to call on Americans to take the climate action we so urgently need and to make the fight against climate change our new national purpose.  As he says, it is the defining moral challenge of this century – and Americans need to lead the world in the global fight for sustainability and survival.

The fight against climate change means slashing greenhouse gas emissions by moving beyond fossil fuels, at the same time safeguarding people and property from more frequent and severe climate disasters (extreme storms, floods, drought, wildfires, and ecological disruptions).  Having represented Cedar Rapids during an unprecedented flood in 2008 that caused billions of dollars in disaster damage, Senator Hogg brings a “dose of reality” to the issue of climate change.  The good news is, there is growing momentum for climate action which can create a safe, healthy, prosperous, and sustainable future.

Senator Hogg is serving his second term in the Iowa Senate after two terms in the Iowa House.  He is recognized as a leader in the Iowa Legislature on climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency, disaster preparedness, watershed management, and natural resources.  He formerly served as board president of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light.  He and his wife, Kate, live in Cedar Rapids.  They have three children.

The subtitle of Sen. Hogg's book is What Climate Change Means for Americans in the 21st Century and What Americans Can Do about It - come learn how you can take action on climate change issues! 

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