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, September 5, 2013

Event Recap: America's Climate Century (8.29.13 author talk)

This is the issue that none of us really ask for, but is the issue we face. And there are people out there who are depending on us – and we need to act, and can act. 
- Senator Robert Hogg

We were honored to welcome Senator Robert Hogg (D-IA) last Thursday to discuss his book America's Climate Century: What Climate Change Means for America in the 21st Century and What Americans Can Do about It. Hogg shared his personal experiences with climate change which spurred him to action - including an unprecedented flood in 2008 in Cedar Rapids, IA that caused billions of dollars in disaster damage - and summarized several of the big points made in the book. Stewart J. Hudson, Vice President of the National Audubon Society and Executive Director of Audubon Connecticut, facilitated a conversation around the book, Sen. Hogg's activism, climate change, and other environmental issues.

Thanks to our friends at Connecticut Network (CT-N) the entire program was recorded and is now available to watch online! If you missed the event, or if you want to rewatch it, you can view it HERE.

Throughout the talk, Hogg highly recommended that climate change activists visit 350.org, "A global movement to solve the climate crisis." The Great March for Climate Action was also discussed, a march of 1,000 "climate patriots" from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. starting March 1; the largest coast-to-coast march in U.S. history.

Following the program, Senator Hogg shared some thoughts about Harriet Beecher Stowe, her impact, and how both related to his own work and activism. You can watch his clip below.

Are you a "climate patriot" and environmental justice advocate? Why do you support these issues and speak out? We encourage you to share your stories and thoughts in the "comments" section below!


Ann B said...

I just want to extend my compliments for a most timely and scintillating exchange recently on the topic of Climate Change. Senator Hogg is a much needed voice and dedicated presence in government and facilitator Stewart Hudson was a knowledgeable and cordial contributor to the program. Both men enlightened us on the importance of individuals speaking up to protect the environment and how one person can make a difference through simple daily actions.

Sound familiar? I believe Harriet would be ecstatic and be cheering this talk. In Harriet's and Catharine's American Woman's Home book, there is a section which notes the value of trees in connection with the respiratory system and how trees provide vital oxygen and concurrently take up polluting Cabonic Acid (CO2).

As a long time tree hugger (yes, we had a few trees in NYC) and environmental advocate, I want to thank Shannon, Brian, Sonya, and the entire HBS team for arranging this program. The audience seemed very engaged and after the program I heard many positive comments about the program and about the Stowe Center for offering the opportunity learn more on this topic.

Ann B

A dedicated board member of local and state conservation commissions

Jed W said...

The UN's Climate Change Report is out!