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."
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, Connecticut Humanities, 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 2013 Salon Schedule
Thursday, February 14
Rethinking Beauty: Women, Power & Influence
Donna Haghighat, www.shoptimize.com and Mala Matacin, University of Hartford
Mass Incarceration: Segregation By Another Name
Maureen Price-Boreland, Community Partners in Action and Aileen Keays, Central Connecticut State University
Have We Overcome? The Emancipation Proclamation at 150 and the March on Washington at 50
Victoria Christgau, Connecticut Center for Nonviolence
Cultivating Food Justice
Sarah Thrall, Junior League of Hartford; Gloria McAdam, Foodshare; Jennifer Roach, Summer of Solutions Hartford. Co-presented with Connecticut Humanities Food for Thought.
Mental Health: Stigmas, Stereotypes and Solutions
Harold I. Schwartz, M.D., Institute of Living and Kate Mattias, National Alliance on Mental Illness
Workshop: Cultural Diversity Awareness
William Howe, Ph.D., New England Conference on Multicultural Education