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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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Having Their Say at the Stowe Center with Hartford Stage

Today, at 12:00 pm the Stowe Center welcomes the actors and director of Hartford Stage's latest performance, Having Our Say.

Synopsis of Having Our Say:
103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany were the daughters of a former slave, grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived in Harlem during its renaissance, and had professional careers as a teacher and a dentist, respectively. While they make dinner to remember their father’s birthday, the two sisters tell us the story of the last century, as they lived it. History at its most immediate, and poignant.

In addition to the performance, Hartford Stage created an ancillary project called Having Their Say: Generations in Conversation. The project is an oral history designed to preserve past stories through interviews. Hartford Stage gathered a group of local African-American female students to partner with 10 African-American women over the age of 70 to present an intergenerational dialogue.

The program will feature lead actors Olivia Cole and Brenda Pressley, director Jade King Carroll, and  Hartford Stage Artistic Director Fiona Kyle. Videos of the interviews will be featured during the program.

What do you think we can learn from intergenerational conversation? How can learning about the lives of those older than us, impact our understanding of today? What power does oral history hold? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and share your questions at the program! 

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