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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Friday, November 8, 2013

The humanities need your help! Use your voice to oppose devastating cuts to the National Endowment for the Humanities

In its Fiscal Year 2014 budget resolution, the House of Representatives Budget Committee called for the complete elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, writing that the programs funded by NEH “…go beyond the core mission of the federal government, and they are generally enjoyed by people of higher-income levels, making them a wealth transfer from poorer to wealthier citizens.” The House subcommittee that oversees the NEH’s appropriation has followed through on the spirit of this resolution by approving a 49 percent cut to the agency’s budget.

Funding for NEH is already at just 29 percent of its peak and 62 percent of its average.

After years of deep cuts, the Obama Administration has proposed restoring some of NEH’s capacity with a 12 percent increase in funding.   Oppose the cuts and help restore NEH's critical support for the humanities.

National Endowment for the Humanities logo

In recent years, the Stowe Center has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities for collections preservation (including the renovation of the Library/Archives vault) two national teacher institutes, and many public programs and projects via Connecticut Humanities. 

How can you take action? The National Humanities Alliance has a page on their Online Action Center which will generate a message of support. Visit Oppose devastating cuts to the National Endowment for the Humanities! or see the embedded web page below to complete the form and email your Representative/Senator today! Be sure to mention the impact the Stowe Center and its programs have had on you and the community, and why funding of such institutions is critical for the preservation of history and inspiration of many generations of visitors.


James said...

Great episode of Colin McEnroe from this summer about the humanities: http://wnpr.org/post/can-humanities-be-saved-0

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