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, August 1, 2013

HartBeat Ensemble presents "Learning to Fail" August 2-4

Our neighbors at HartBeat Ensemble will be presenting Learning to Fail, a play about institutionalized racism in education, this weekend only! The play was entirely written and performed by participants of their Youth Play Institute and connects with many of the Stowe Center's program themes including racism, diversity and the achievement gap. Learn more about the performance on HartBeat Ensemble's website.

Using hip-hop and spoken word to say what remains unsaid, LEARNING TO FAIL follows two young teachers -one who grew up in  Hartford and one who grew up in the suburbs- as they navigate injustice in their school. 

YPI’s lead teaching artist, Hannah Simms, says, "It has been a joy and an honor to work with these 11 incredible young artists. They bring an incredible diversity of skills and experiences to the table and are deeply committed to understanding the topic. They have faced all challenges with humor and resilience."  


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