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."

Hear more in these two brief videos:

Salons at Stowe: 21st Century Parlor Conversation

Salons at Stowe: Inspiring Action

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, City of Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant Program, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor; Ensworth Charitable Trust; Greater Hartford Arts Council; The Hartford; Travelers Foundation; Lincoln Financial Foundation; NewAlliance Foundation, George A. and Grace L. Long 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! 

Winter/Spring 2015 Salon Schedule

January 22
Has Racial Inequality Reached the Tipping Point?
Featured Guests: Rev. Henry Brown, Founder and Henrietta Beckman, President, Mothers United Against Violence; Aswad Thomas, gun violence survivor and student organizer, March in Solidarity: Never Forgetting Ferguson.

February 19
The Color of Justice
Film & Discussion at Mark Twain Museum Center
Featured Guests: Lara Herscovitch, CT Juvenile Justice Alliance; Michaelangelo Palmieri, Middlesex County Superior Court for Juvenile Matters; Cathy Jackman, producer/writer, The Color of Justice.

March 26
Women's Rights = Human Rights?

Featured Guests: Carolyn M. Treiss, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women; Susan Campbell, author; and Kyle Turner, student, University of Hartford

April 16
Implicit Bias: Unlearning Unconscious Bias
Featured Guests: Maureen Price-Boreland, Community Partners in Action; Andrew Clark, Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy. Moderated by Deborah Ullman, YWCA Hartford Region.

April 30
Writing About Race
Featured Guest: William Jelani Cobb

May 7
Thinking Regionally Part 2: Providing Greater Access to Opportunity
Presented with Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

May 21
What Makes A Family?




Reservations: Info@StoweCenter.org or 860-522-9258, ext. 317.


 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!