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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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Walking in My Shoes: How Can We Teach Empathy?" Salon this Thursday (10/24)

Negative beliefs about "other" people lead to prejudice and discrimination. What is empathy and how does it differ from tolerance? How can empathy be taught?

Join the Stowe Center this Thursday, October 24 from 5-7pm in the Visitor Center for our October Salon "Walking in My Shoes: How Can We Teach Empathy?" Our featured guests will be Liah Kaminer (Hall High School, Class of 2014), Steve Armstrong (Hall High School faculty) and Julia Rosenblatt (Hartbeat Ensemble).

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1 comment:

edwin rutsch said...

for more on empathy see: Center for Building a Culture of Empathy http://cultureofempathy.com/