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, October 27, 2015

#StoweSyllabus: What We're Reading This Week

Articles and current events that got us thinking over the week!

History class and the fiction about race in America
Alia Wong, October 21, 2015, The Atlantic

How Texas teaches history
Ellen Bresler Rockmore, October 21, 2015, The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/22/opinion/how-texas-teaches-history.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

How to confront friends who wear offensive Halloween costumes
Katie Dupere, October 24, 2015, Mashable

FCC moves to cut high cost of prisoner’s calls
Joel Rose, October 21, 2015, NPR

What are your reactions to the pieces? What articles, news pieces, or video-clips have you come across over the week? Let us know, below! 

#SalonsatLunch: Culture is Not a Costume

In advance of Halloween, join the Stowe Center for our October Stowe Salon at Lunch on "Culture is Not a Costume." Join us to discuss the ways in which costumes-whether for the stage or for tick or treating can degrade and denigrate.

For background reading, check out this article which discusses the ways Halloween costumes often appropriate and demean the cultures of others. The Salon at Lunch will begin at 12:00 pm in the Stowe Visitor Center. Bring your lunch and your thoughts! 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

#SalonsatStowe: Meet the Featured Guests

On Thursday, October 22nd the Stowe Center will host the second Salon for the month of October entitiled, "What's Language Got to Do With it?".

Language, both in terms of the words that we speak and the words we use to identify, holds social and political power. How is language used to both empower and demean? How has the use of language shifted over time? What are the implications of these shifts? Helping to facilitate conversation on this topic will be featured guests Robin McHaelen and Evelyn Newman Phillips. Learn more about both featured guests below! 

Robin P. McHaelen, MSW is the founder and current Executive Director of True Colors, Inc. She is co-author of several books and articles on LGBT youth concerns. Robin has a national reputation as a thought leader in LGBT youth concerns, programs and interventions. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 Human Rights Campaign’s Upstander Award for Leadership in LGBT youth issues, the 2011 UConn, Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement; the 2008 National Education Association’s Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights and the 2008 Social Worker of the Year (National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter).

Evelyn Newman Phillips, Ph.D., is a Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. Her teaching is founded upon principles of critical pedagogy, where students are taught tools of inquiry so that they are empowered to investigate diverse situations, institutions, and society-at-large. Prior to her academic work, Dr. Newman Phillips served as a Peace Corps volunteer for 2 years in the African country of the Gambia.       

What questions will you ask the featured guests? "What's Language Got to Do With it?" will be held at the Stowe Visitor Center at 5:30 pm following a 5:00 pm social half-hour. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

#StoweSyllabus: What We're Reading This Week

Articles and current events that got us thinking over the week! 

Rethinking history class on Columbus Day
Melinda D. Anderson, October 12, 2015, The Atlantic

Time to abolish Columbus Day
Bill Bigelow, October 7, 2015, Common Dreams

Reconsider Columbus Day
Dr. Amanda Morris, October 6, 2015, Teaching Tolerance

How to get Americans to talk honestly about slavery
Jamelle Bouie with Levar Burton, October 8, 2015, Slate

What articles, news pieces, or video-clips have you come across over the past week? Let us know, below!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

#SalonsatStowe: Meet the Featured Guests

Tonight, the Stowe Center will present "Can We End Domestic Violence?", a Salon on domestic violence in Greater Hartford and the effects of domestic violence on children and families. The Salon is presented with the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls in Greater Hartford.

Meet the featured guests for the Salon below!

Karen Jarmoc is the Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Karen has previously worked as the executive director for the Network Against Domestic Abuse, Inc. in Enfield, Connecticut where she oversaw shelter, hotline, court and community-based supports and services to victims of domestic violence in the region. As a former member of the House of Representatives in Connecticut, Karen helped spearhead legislation to improve the state’s response to victims of domestic violence and worked with others to successfully secure funding for 24/7 coverage within the state’s domestic violence shelters.   

Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH, is the Director of the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center/Hartford Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Mr. Lapidus is a Board of Director member for the Hartford Interval House, the largest of CT’s battered women’s shelters and a member of Men Make a Difference, Men against Domestic Violence. In 2015, he was appointed by the Connecticut legislature to co-chair the Task Force to study the state-wide response to family violence and its impact on children. 

What will you ask the featured guests? "Can We End Domestic Violence?" will begin at 5:00 pm with a social half-hour. Discussion will begin at 5:30 pm. The Salon will be held in the Stowe Visitor Center. See you there!