From Connecticut Humanities Council:
In the fall of 2015, Capital Community College offered a course on Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twaintaught entirely at the Stowe and Twain museums. Below are reflections by the professor and two students on the power of literature to connect us.
From Jeff Partridge (age 51):
It was a moment that every literature teacher cherishes—an emotional and intellectual connection with a novel ignites an impassioned discussion about real life today.
We were sitting in a large circle in the parlor of the Katharine Seymour Day House at theHarriet Beecher Stowe Center. Eighteen students, ranging in age from 19 to 75, black, white, Asian, Latino, female, male, immigrant, US-born—and the topic was Uncle Tom’s Cabin, specifically, the moment when Ophelia, a New Englander, having expressed her moral indignation at slavery now reveals her abhorrence of blackness as little Eva kisses and hugs her family’s slaves.