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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Monday, November 18, 2013

Racism in the criminal justice system

Lat week, the website Feministing featured several eye-opening charts the article Charts of the day: a friendly reminder of our criminal justice system’s racism. The article is particularly timely with our What About the Kids? Salon this Thursday from 5-7pm.

The graphs and charts break down the race of current prisoners serving life without parole and compare against their percentage in the overall US census. The disparities are staggering, and provide great context for both this week's Salon and our December 12 program with author of Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman.

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