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.

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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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Monday, October 7, 2013

Does talking about racism breed disunity?

If you attended our July 25 What Can You Do To Fight Intolerance workshop, you will recall that Dr. Bill Howe stressed the importance of breaking down intolerances and continuing a dialog on multiculturalism and diversity. However, some argue that conversations about race and racism are what breed disunity, and that we should avoid talking about such issues.

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, an assistant professor of Africana studies at University at Albany - SUNY, considered this debate in his article "What’s Trending for Conservatives? ‘Racism Talk Breeds Disunity’" for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Read the article below and then consider...Do you agree? Does talking about racism breed disunity? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

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