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, May 4, 2015

#SalonsAtStowe: Meet the Featured Guests

This Thursday, the Stowe Center will present Thinking Regionally Part 2: Providing Greater Access to Opportunity. The Salon will include an overview of the second edition of the Metro Hartford Progress Points report, a snapshot review of the barriers and opportunities within the Greater Hartford region. The report is a product of the Metro Hartford Progress Reports Partnership, a collective effort of local organizations and initiatives working to strengthen understanding of the issues facing the Greater Hartford region. Featured guests for the program include Dr. Xiangming Chen of Trinity College and Susan Dunn of the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, two participating organizations in the partnership.  

Meet the featured guests below!

Dr. Xiangming Chen
Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies, Trinity College

Dr. Xiangming Chen has been serving as the founding Dean and Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) at Trinity College since July 1, 2007. Chen leads CUGS in developing and strengthening meaningful and synergistic linkages of teaching, research, and service in urban and global studies, broadly defined, between Trinity’s academic programs and its various forms of experiential learning on campus, in Hartford, and globally.A native of Beijing, China, Chen graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University and received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University.

Susan Dunn
President and CEO, United Way of Central and Northeastern CT, former Board Chair of the Stowe Center

Susan Dunn joined the United Way in 1990 as communications director. On November 8, 2006, Dunn was named president and chief executive officer. During her United Way career, she has been responsible for the annual fundraising effort, leadership giving, communications and public relations, along with administrative responsibilities for the organization. Among Dunn’s community activities, she currently serves on the board of the National Conference for Community and Justice of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts—Connecticut Chapter, is a corporator of Hartford Hospital, and is past president of the board of trustees of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.
Susan Dunn is among the first women graduates of Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, cum laude.

How can cities and suburbs work together to improve resources and foster stronger communities? How do we provide greater access to opportunities across the Greater Hartford region? Come to the Salon and share your thoughts! 

Thinking Regionally Part 2 will begin at 5:00 pm with a social half hour and the conversation will begin at 5:30 pm. See you there!

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