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, May 5, 2015

The Case for Reparations with #2015StowePrize winner @tanehisicoates

There is less than one month until the 2015 Stowe Prize honoring journalist and blogger Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and is known for his critical analysis on contemporary racial politics, culture, and history. His June 2014 cover piece The Case for Reparations ignited attention and conversation on the pervasive implications of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and housing discrimination.

American history education is largely approached with a sense of distance, where people, events, and policies are solely situated in the past. Little attention is paid to the ways in which history is linked the the politics of the present. Coates's piece examines the relationships of the past to the present and exposes the hypocrisies and inequities of which many social structures were built.

Read The Case for Reparations and let us know what you think. In what context have you heard the term reparations? What do you think can come from a national conversation on reparations? Who would engage in this conversation? Who wouldn't and why? Share your thoughts in the comments and join us on June 4th for the 2015 Stowe Prize!  

2015 Stowe Prize Schedule

Inspiration to Action Fair 3:00-4:00 pm, Immanuel Congregational Church, Free and open to the public 

A Conversation on Race with Ta-Nehisi Coates, 4:00-5:30 pm, Immanuel Congregational Church, Free and open to the public
Reservations for the Inspiration to Action Fair and to A Conversation on Race can be made here: http://stoweprize2015.brownpapertickets.com

Stowe Prize Big Tent Jubilee, 6:00-9:00 pm, Stowe Center, Ticketed event
Contact Monica Parker at mparker@stowecenter.org for details  

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