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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Monday, April 20, 2015

#SalonsAtStowe Recap: Ways to Get Involved and Continue the Conversation

Unlearning Unconscious Bias

On Thursday, April 16th, the Stowe Center hosted Unlearning Unconscious Bias, a Salon at Stowe on the implications and nature of implicit, or unconscious, bias. Featured guests included Maureen Price-Boreland, Executive Director of Community Partners in Action, Andrew Clark, Director of the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University, and guest moderator Deb Ullman, CEO of the YWCA. 

More Information and Ways YOU Can Take Action 
Community Partners in Action 

Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy 

YWCA Hartford Region 

National Conference for Community and Justice 

Implicit Association Tests 


Kali Holloway, AlterNet 

Chris Mooney, Mother Jones  

Chris Mooney, The Washington Post

Brittany Cooper, Salon 

Theodore R. Johnson, The Atlantic 

Jamelle Bouie, Slate

Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker  

Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times  

Action Steps 
-Have a willingness to have conversations on implicit bias and continue the conversation after the program ends
-Think about impact of language and action; Intent is often different than impact
-Combat "boot-straps" theory; Instead of criticizing individuals, critique institutional and structural inequities
-Embrace, instead of tolerate, diversity
-Educate yourself on biases against all identities; Understand, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, ageism etc. 
-Small actions build momentum- go into own community and be an "ambassador" for change
-Critically examine media
-Recognize race is a social construct, but that it still has social, political, and economic implications
-Check our own biases and privileges
-Take a Stand Against Racism with the YWCA 

What will you do to recognize and combat bias? What are you already doing? Let us know! 

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