Her words changed the world.

Salons at Stowe

"One step fairly taken in the right direction goes farther than any amount of agonized back-looking."

Salons at Stowe

Vibrant dialogue and debate in an intimate setting.

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! 

Spring 2014 Salon Schedule

March 13
Crisis on Campus: Speaking Out to End the Violence
Mary De Lucia, Sexual Assault Crisis Center, YWCA New Britain and Claire Capozzi, Women for Change, University of Hartford

April 10
Thinking Regionally: Shared Challenges, Shared Prosperity
Presented with Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

May 15
Invisible No More: Youth Homelessness in Connecticut
Alicia Woodsby, Partnership for Strong Communities; Lisa Tepper Bates, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness; Stacy Violante Cote, Center for Children's Advocacy. Facilitator: Susan Campbell, Partnership for Strong Communities


 Info to Action

For a history of Salons at Stowe click here.  Find out more at our Make a Difference page or make a comment on  the Salons at Stowe blog and voice your opinion!