Salons at Stowe is the 21st-century parlor conversation designed to inspire you to move from dialogue and debate to action on current social justice issues. In 2010, the Stowe Center's Salon series received the Connecticut Humanities Council's Wilbur Cross Award for outstanding heritage programming, with this citation: "With its rich collections, the Stowe Center is in the exceptional position of having the material foundations and mission particularly suited to link contemporary issues to their historic context."
Since 2008, the Stowe Center's Salons have become a forum for lively discussion on contemporary topics that connect to issues that concerned Harriet Beecher Stowe. Featured guests provide a starting point for discussion and are a resource for the audience. At every Salon, the audience creates an "Inspiring Action" agenda - a list of specific actions that can be taken to address the issue at hand.
Here is what Salon-goers have to say:
"As successful an exercise in “civic engagement” as I have seen. Your featured guests were articulate, honest (courageous) and wise.""Congratulations to the Stowe Center: no one else in the community is hosting discussions of these difficult topics."
All Salons start at 5 PM with refreshments and conclude by 7 PM.
Salon admission is FREE thanks to our members, donors and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Humanities, Travelers Foundation, Lincoln Financial Foundation, NewAlliance Foundation, George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation and the Elizabeth Carse Foundation.
For more information on individual Salons see the Stowe Center Calendar.
Can't attend? Summaries of the Salon discussion are posted on the Salons at Stowe blog . Check it out and tell us what you think!
Fall 2013 Salon Schedule
Hartford's Asylum Hill: 2013 and Beyond
Representatives from The Hartford, United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut and Harwood Institute See HERE for recap of Salon and link to Harwood Institute report.
Walking in My Shoes: How Can We Teach Empathy?
Liah Kaminer, Hall High School Class of 2014; Steve Armstrong, Hall High School faculty; and Julia Rosenblatt, Hartbeat Ensemble
What About the Kids? Incarceration's Forgotten Victims
Giselle Jacobs-Lawson, Breaking the Cycle and Virginia Lewis, Community Partners in Action