2018 Stowe Prize Winner

The Stowe Prize recognizes a U.S. author whose written work has made a tangible impact on a social justice issue critical to contemporary society. Named in honor of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the $10,000 biennial award was established to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her birth in 2011. For full list of Stowe Prize Winners, click here.

Matthew Desmond for Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

Copies of Evicted are available at our Museum Gift Shop.


Matthew Desmond in the News

In 83 Million Eviction Records, a Sweeping and Intimate New Look at Housing in America, New York Times, April 7, 2018

Millions of Americans Are Evicted Every Year – And Not Just in Big Cities, Marketplace, April 8, 2018

First-Ever Evictions Database Shows: We’re in the of a Housing Crisis , Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 12, 2018

Building Museum Exhibit Chronicles Scourge of Evictions, Homelessness, NPR, April 23, 2018

MacArthur Fellowship profile, 2015



2018 Student Stowe Prize Winners

The Student Stowe Prize, established by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in 2012, recognizes outstanding writing by United States high school and college students that is making a tangible impact on a social justice issue critical to contemporary society. Issues may include, but are not limited to, race, class and gender. Entries must have been published or publicly presented prior to submission. For the full list of winners, click here.


Wes Gobar 

University of Virginia for “What It’s Like to Be a Black Student When White Supremacists March in Your College Town

Wes Gobar in the News 

This IS us: Charlottesville represented something distinctly American. White supremacy., Washington Post, September 12, 2018


Zyahna Bryant

Charlottesville High School for “Change the Name of Lee Park and Remove the Statue




Zyahna Bryant in the News 
Charlottesville’s Zyahna Bryant Shall Lead, Teaching Tolerance, August 10, 2018
Pre-Stowe Prize Day Events

MAY 31        5:30 PM
Words That Changed the World Book Club
: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (Author will not attend)


JUNE 14      5:30 PM
Salons at Stowe
: Housing Discrimination, Racism & Eviction in CT


AUGUST 8            NOON
Salons at Lunch
: Racism and White Supremacy — Charlottesville One-Year Anniversary


Action Fair

3-4 PM     Immanuel Congregational Church
                    10 Woodland Street, Hartford
                    Across Farmington Avenue from the Stowe Center


Meet Student Stowe Prize winners and connect with local groups working for change.

A free event thanks to The Hartford.

A Conversation with Matthew Desmond and Student Stowe Prize Winners

4-5:30 PM     Immanuel Congregational Church
                           10 Woodland Street, Hartford
                           Across Farmington Avenue from the Stowe Center

Moderated by WNPR‘s Lucy Nalpathanchil

Matthew Desmond is the 2018 winner of the Stowe Prize for Writing to Advance Social Justice. He wins for his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

More About Matthew Desmond and Evicted

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A free event thanks to The Hartford.



The Big Tent Jubilee

6-9 PM     Stowe Center Lawn

A ticketed event with dinner, awards presentation and remarks by Matthew Desmond, 2018 Stowe Prize winner. Proceeds support Stowe Center education programs for children and adults.

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Interested in becoming a table host or sponsor? Contact Vivian Nabeta, vnabeta@stowecenter.org or 860.522.9258, ext 311.

Stowe Prize 2018 Event Chair

Kate Farrish, Stowe Prize 2018 Event Chair

Kate Farrish spent 23 years at the Hartford Courant, where she was a higher education writer, bureau chief and city editor and won state and national awards. Since 2009, she has taught newswriting at the University of Connecticut. She is also a freelance writer for the Connecticut Health Investigative Team and an instructor at C-HIT’s summer journalism workshops for high school students. In even-numbered years, she hires more than 250 freelance stringers to call in election results to the Associated Press from every town in Connecticut and Rhode Island. She received a journalism degree with honors from UConn in 1983 and in May 2018, she was awarded a master’s in digital communications from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She is married to Tom Farrish, the immediate past chairman of the board of directors of the Harriett Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, and they have two grown daughters, Amanda and Alison. Kate is also an active volunteer, tutoring a sixth grader in Hartford with the ConnecticutKids program and serving as secretary of the Tolland Public Library Foundation board of directors and secretary of the Tolland Historical Society.


Legacy Presenting Sponsor 

If you are interested in sponsorship and table hosting opportunities, contact Vivian Nabeta, vnabeta@stowecenter.org or 860.522.9258, 311.