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 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. 

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