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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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Actors and atheletes urge action after Nigerian kidnappings through @USAID's #LetGirlsLearn movement

Following the April kidnapping of several hundred Nigerian girls, and the subsequent kidnappings by Boko Haram in June, USAID launched the Let Girls Learn campaign "to provide the public with meaningful ways to help all girls to get a quality education." Their website, www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn, provides tangible ways for Americans to take action on the issue of education for girls, from providing meals to young girls through World Food program, to buying books and school materials through Save the Children, to supporting gender equity through the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies. They encourage followers to Act, Learn and Share.

In the video below, famous actors and sports stars call attention to the issue of education for girls and make a direct call to action: YOU can make a difference...act now and you will see the impact. 

How will you heed the call to action of the many voices in the video? Of the action ideas listed on the Let Girls Learn website, which will you do? What inspires you to take action on this issue? We hope you will share your action and inspiration below. 

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