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, December 12, 2013

Piper Kerman event tonight is sold out!

Piper-Kerman-headshotWe are excited to announce a full house for tonight's conversation with Piper Kerman, activist and author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. Community Partners in Action, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and Mark Twain House & Museum will welcome Kerman to the Hartford Stage for a conversation facilitated by Maureen Price-Boreland, Executive Director of Community Partners in Action.

Although tonight's event is sold out, you can learn more about Kerman, her experience, and the book at piperkerman.com. The hit series called Orange is the New Black, based on Piper's book, is available on Netflix.

This event is the culmination of the Stowe Center's year of programming around Emancipation and the topic of mass incarceration, which also included a program and big tent jubilee honoring 2013 Stowe Prize winner Michelle Alexander for her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, and several Salons. Explore our past blog posts for more information about mass incarceration, including Mass Incarceration: Segregation By Another Name and What About the Kids: Incarceration’s Forgotten Victims.

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