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, November 14, 2013

"What About the Kids? Incarceration's Forgotten Victims" Salon on November 21

Following up on the discussion started at the 2013 Stowe Prize programs, our November 21st Salon will focus on the impact of incarceration on families.  We will be joined by Giselle Jacobs-Lawson, Community Outreach and Advocacy Specialist for Breaking the Cycle, and Virginia Lewis, Program Manager for Community Partners in Action. Given that future incarceration is significantly more likely for youth who have had a parent in prison, Breaking the Cycle creates grassroots family support groups to help reverse this trend.  Community Partners in Action is a non-profit agency building community by providing services that promote accountability, dignity, and restoration for people affected by the Criminal Justice System.

The Salon will be from 5-7pm on November 21 in the Stowe Visitor Center, the discussion beginning at 5:30. To reserve a seat, please email Info@StoweCenter.org or call 860-522-9258, ext. 317. Click HERE for more information about the program

If you're looking to learn more about incarceration's impact on kids, we hope you will watch the videos below. The first features Michelle Alexander, recipient of the 2013 Stowe Prize for her book The New Jim Crow, and her reflections on mass incarceration 50 years after the March on Washington. The second is a video from Sesame Street's toolkit on incarceration, Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration.


Don't miss this Salon to learn more about incarceration and its impacts on families and children, and how you can take action to create change around this issue. 

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