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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José A. Colón is a school administrator in the Hartford Public Schools. He currently serves the as Principal of the Law and Government Academy at Hartford Public High School. He is a native of Hartford and a proud graduate of the Hartford Public School System. Mr. Colón received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut, a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Eastern Connecticut State University and a post master’s degree from Sacred Heart University in School Administration.
Prior to his work in the Hartford School System, Mr. Colón served the Town of West Hartford as the Co-Director of the Youth Service Bureau through his work at the Bridge Family Center. In West Hartford he worked closely with the school system and other departments in town to deliver high quality prevention and intervention programs and services to youth and teens.
Mr. Colón is married to Ms. Vivian Luna-Colón who is also a lifelong educator and they have an amazing daughter Samantha, a senior at the Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy.
Robert Cotto, Jr. is the Director of Urban Education
Initiatives at Trinity College. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a
degree in sociology and he has a Master’s degree in education from the Harvard
Graduate School of Education and from Trinity College in American Studies.
Before coming to Trinity, Robert was a K-12 educational researcher and teacher.
He believes that teaching and learning should be connected
to each student’s interests, the communities related to our study, and the
scholars that have come before us. He has worked with students at various
levels in the Hartford area to develop their academic interests, abilities, and
His academic work focuses on K-12 education policy. His past
and present research focuses on educational reform movements in the U.S. and
Puerto Rico that offer educational improvement, yet often reinforce inequality
or are subverted by existing social policy. In particular, he studies the
history and current impact of educational testing, school choice, and
teacher-led innovation, and management policies, particularly with respect to
marginalized and racialized groups.
Kate has been the Executive Director of The Discovery Center
since July, 2015. The Discovery Center is a nonprofit educational social
change organization works in partnership with youth, families, schools and
communities to facilitate nurturing spaces where people can challenge systemic
racism and oppression. Kate’s experience includes more than three decades in
social justice, community engagement and entrepreneurship.
Kate previously managed the grassroots outreach for the
launch of the Affordable Care Act for Access Health Connecticut and the Office
of the CT Healthcare Advocate by working with more than 250 community
organizations, state agencies and individuals to reach underserved individuals
and communities with services in 33 languages. More than 35,000 were enrolled
through this effort, which was highlighted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the
Texas Health Institute and the Yale School of Public Health as a
highly-effective, respectful program. She was Senior Program and Development
Officer for Universal Health Care Foundation where she developed the Small
Business Health Care Network, focused on small and businesses owned by people
of color. This program engaged more than 1,000 small business owners and
leaders in advocating for their needs on a statewide and national state.
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