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, August 14, 2014

What do #HarrietBeecherStowe and #RobinWilliams have in common?

As the world mourns the tragic loss of comedian, actor and entertainer Robin Williams, fans are reflecting on his most memorable movies, skits and even quotes. We found the quote below  from Dead Poets Society (1989) to be especially pertinent:

So what do a 19th century female author and a 20th/21st century male comedian have in common? Both Stowe and Williams believed in the power we have to change the world; the ability ideas and words have to make an impact. They were also both artists who used their art - whether writing and painting (Stowe) or acting and comedy (Williams) - as an avenue for change.

How will you honor the lives and legacies of Robin Williams and Harriet Beecher Stowe? How will you use your words and ideas to change the world?

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