Salons at Stowe

Courageous Conversations

on Social Justice

 

Salons at Stowe are 21st-century parlor conversations about race, class and gender. Since 2008, Salons have provided a forum for lively discussion on contemporary topics that connect to 19th century issues. Featured guests provide a starting point for discussion and are a resource for the audience. With the moderator and guests, the audience creates an “Inspiration to Action” agenda — a list of actions to address the issue at hand.

Winner of the CT Humanities Wilbur Cross Award, Salons at Stowe are one of the Stowe Center’s
most popular events, drawing a diverse crowd of engaged citizens.

Visit the Stowe Center calendar for upcoming Salons at Stowe. Usually monthly, refreshments begin at 5:00 PM
with discussion 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Salon admission is free thanks to donors, members, and sponsors.

“As successful an exercise in ‘civic engagement’ as I have seen. Your featured guests were articulate, honest, courageous and wise.”

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Salons at Lunch

Launched in 2015, Salons at Lunch are facilitated conversations on social justice issues in the news. Bring your thoughts and bring your lunch.

Salons at Lunch meet Wednesdays at noon in July and August. View the calendar for upcoming events.

Salons by Stowe

Salons by Stowe bring facilitated conversation on social justice issues to schools, community centers, libraries, professional groups or places of worship.

For fees and scheduling for schools, contact SchoolPrograms@StoweCenter.org

For fees and scheduling for other venues, contact Info@StoweCenter.org

What Happens at a Salon?

Salons begin with simple guidelines for discussion. These guidelines foster dynamic, inclusive, and courageous conversations

    1. Share the air
      Allow everyone the opportunity to participate. Take part in whatever way fits you best — ask a question, share an experience, listen and reflect, or tweet using #SalonsAtStowe.
    2. Speak your truth
      Use “I” statements rather than making generalizations about identities or groups you are not a part of.
    3. Expect and accept discomfort and non-closure
      We grow when challenged. We grow when we hear and listen to ideas and experiences that are not our own. Expect and accept that you may feel uncomfortable. Expect and accept that we will not solve every issue facing our world in one conversation. Conversation is one piece of a variety of actions for creating change.
    4. Keep going!
      Move the conversation beyond the Stowe Center. Take what you learned, share with others, and act!
PAST SALONS
October 6, 2018
May 17, 2018
November 16, 2017
September 13, 2017
August 23, 2017
March 23, 2017
March 10, 2016
September 10, 2015
July 23, 2015
May 21, 2015
February 19, 2015
November 16, 2017
September 13, 2017
May 17, 2018
October 6, 2018
March 23, 2017
August 23, 2017
February 19, 2015
September 10, 2015
July 23, 2015
March 10, 2016
May 21, 2015
September 10, 2015
October 6, 2018
May 17, 2018
November 16, 2017
September 13, 2017
August 23, 2017
March 23, 2017
March 10, 2016
July 23, 2015
May 21, 2015
February 19, 2015