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Stowe Prize Part II: HOW THE WORD IS PASSED at Nook Farm

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

CT United States

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is delighted to announce the second part of our 2022 Stowe Prize celebration for Dr. Clint Smith and his New York Times bestselling book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery across America (Little, Brown and Company, 2021). Stowe Prize Part II: How the Word Is Passed at Nook Farm can be enjoyed for free either on site on the Stowe Center lawn or live-streamed online.

On September 22, Dr. Smith will appear via live stream in conversation with Linda Norris of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. In keeping with the critical historical work of How the Word Is Passed, their dialogue will focus on Dr. Smith’s experiences assessing history organizations and their narratives of enslavement, including his June visit to the Stowe Center, as well as the influential role museums can play in moving our national conversation towards a more inclusive history. The conversation will be screened on site at the Stowe Center, as well as online, though only onsite participants will have access to a subsequent Q & A.

Immediately following the screened conversation, a live poetry performance, Poets Respond to Dred, will take place outdoors at the Stowe Center and will be available to stream online. Curated by Versatile Poetiq, former artist-in-residence at the Stowe Center through the Artists of Color Accelerate program, the showcase features commissioned poems by six local poets responding directly to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1857 antislavery novel, Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp. Inspired in part by real-life rebels Nat Turner and Denmark Vesey, and in sharp contrast to Stowe’s “Uncle” Tom, Dred’s title character is the self-liberated organizer of a Maroon community and the prophetic leader of a potential armed rebellion against enslavers. Selected by Versatile Poetiq, a visionary poet of Greater Hartford, each of the six participating poets will perform a new piece that responds in some way to this complicated nineteenth-century novel and connect it to current social justice and creative work.

For this year’s Stowe Prize Program, the Center’s grounds will be turned into an outdoor festival-like performance venue—think Tanglewood meets NYC’s Central Park summer series. Dramatic lighting will illuminate Nook Farm’s buildings and trees, as well as the stage, and the large screen for the streamed conversation will be comparable to a drive-in movie. The sound will be shared with Dolby-like quality speakers and the scene will resemble an outdoor amphitheater. For audiences who choose to come on site, rather than watch from home, Stowe Prize Part II will be a festive, unique aesthetic experience. In addition, only people on site will be able to ask questions of Dr. Smith.

Participants who register for the lawn gathering will be asked to bring their own folding chairs or blankets, as no seating is provided for this event. Participants are welcome to bring a picnic basket with food and beverages for picnicking and sipping. For those who do not wish to bring their own, a food truck featuring Brazilian specialties and beverages for purchase will be available on site. Pre-registration is required, and there will be two places for visitor drop off, including the Mark Twain House and Museum parking lots. Hartford High School and Emmanuel Church parking will also be available for guests. The Stowe Center Visitor Center will be open and useable throughout. These logistical details will be sent to all registrants prior to the event.

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