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:
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 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!
Winter/Spring 2015 Salon Schedule
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.
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.
Is Feminism Just for Women?
Featured Guests: Carolyn M. Treiss, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women; Susan Campbell, author; and Kyle Turner, student, University of Hartford
Implicit Bias: Can We Unlearn Unconscious Prejudice?
Featured Guest: Maureen Price-Boreland, Community Partners in Action. Additional guest TBA.
Topic to be announced
Topic to be announced
What Makes A Family?
Reservations: Info@StoweCenter.org or 860-522-9258, ext. 317.