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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Saturday, January 10, 2015

#Selma and "Deconstructing American Heroes" with @AVAETC

Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, premiered January 9th nationwide to critical acclaim. The film depicts the Alabama Civil Rights protests that ultimately led to the passing of the 1965 Voting Rights Acts.


DuVernay seeks to "invite people into the spirit of the movement," while "deconstructing American heroes" like Dr. King and President Johnson, to portray the complicated and significant struggle that defined the Civil Rights Movement.     

What power does film have to educate viewers on history? What power does film have to inspire viewers? Why is it important to "deconstruct" heroes? DeVernay was adamant about naming the film Selma, not King. Why do you think the film is named Selma

Will you see Selma? Let us know what you think! 

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