For immediate release:
December 4, 2023
HARTFORD (CT) – The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is excited to announce the return of recurring Salons at Stowe conversations. Held in the Day House, guests will sit in the parlor to discuss relevant and current topics that are happening in the world around us. Conversations will be from 6:00 – 7:00 pm and light refreshments will be provided. Sessions are free to attend each week, however a donation of canned goods or toiletries is welcome to contribute to our Little Free Pantry and Library. Historically, these well-attended sessions created an atmosphere of vulnerability and allowed participants to explore deep topics and fully learn in a space of open dialogue. Beginning in December 2023 and continuing through 2024, every second and fourth Wednesday of each month guests will convene in the Day House parlor to discuss a contemporary and relevant topic to the world around us. The list of Salons at Stowe topics are available on our website Calendar.
“Salons at Stowe harken back to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s time in the 19th century, where family, friends, neighbors gathered to read aloud newspaper articles and engage in earnest discourse,” said Karen Fisk, Executive Director of the Stowe Center. “Visitors will step into a space that sparks courageous conversations that inspire change for good.”
Facilitating the two upcoming programs in December is Cat White, the Director of Public Programs; she remarks that “our topics are relevant conversations such as race, class, gender, education, social justice, and literary activism. These Salons provide a forum for lively discussion on contemporary topics that connect to 19th century issues.”
Upcoming in December, the Stowe Center will offer two programs influenced by recent online topics:
December 13th – Author and scholar Dr. Ruha Benjamin’s recent TED Talk asks us to consider humanity’s relationship to technology. Using this talk as a springboard, we will explore the benefits and pitfalls of our growing technological age and discuss the possibilities that we envision for society. Listen here.
December 27th – This week we consider our relationship with food, those who grow it, and the little understood Farm Bill. The literary magazine, The Common, has an issue dedicated to short fiction, essays, and poetry written by farmworkers. Using these pieces, as well as the history of and current debates around the Farm Bill, we will discuss food justice, sustainability, and access. Read here.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is a museum, research library, and program center in Hartford, Connecticut. The Stowe Center’s mission is to preserve and interpret Stowe’s Hartford home and the Center’s historic collections, promote vibrant discussion of her life and work, and inspire commitment to social justice and positive change. For general information and updates, visit www.HarrietBeecherStoweCenter.org.
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Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
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