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, April 3, 2014

Don't miss our next Salon on April 10: "Thinking Regionally: Shared Challenges, Shared Prosperity"

Calling all community activists: join the conversation at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center’s Salons at Stowe on April 10, 2014 from 5 – 7 PM.  Thinking Regionally: Shared Challenges, Shared Prosperity will feature guests Grace Damio (Director of Research and Service Initiatives at the Hispanic Health Council) and Scott Gaul (Community Indicators Project Director at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving).

Regionalism is a much debated but little understood buzzword in Greater Hartford. Gaul and Damio will share findings from a recently released report, Metro Hartford Progress Points: A Snapshot of Our Community, a collective effort of Capital Workforce Partners, Capitol Region Council of Governments, City of Hartford / Opportunities Hartford, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Hispanic Health Council, MetroHartford Alliance, Trinity Center for Urban and Global Studies, Urban League of Greater Hartford and United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut to build greater understanding about issues facing the Greater Hartford community and identify opportunities for action.

Metro Hartford Progress Points looks at the forces shaping Greater Hartford, both the connections across it and
the critical education, income and opportunity gaps within it. The report notes a number of trends that affect the region including increasing globalization, growing suburban poverty, stubborn education gaps, an aging population leading to growing job opportunities in healthcare, and affordable housing concentrated in Hartford. It is a
call to action for groups and individuals throughout Metro Hartford
to recognize all that we share, to join forces to address our challenges and to create more vibrant and prosperous communities for all.

The discussion will center on the following questions: What are the greatest assets of the Metro Hartford region?  What are its greatest challenges? How can communities, policymakers, businesses and residents work together to respond to our region’s challenges to create a more prosperous future? How do we build positive relationships between communities in the region and between city and suburb?

Looking to learn more about regional challenges and prosperity before the Salon? We recommend reading Paige William's "Drop Dead, Detroit!" from The New Yorker.

Reserve your seat today! Email Info@StoweCenter.org or call 860-522-9258, ext. 317.

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