Feb2812:00pm - 1:00pmNightingale-Brown House
How can a historic house to see our our communities and our nation through fresh eyes, to question what we take for granted, and to image the possibility of a different—better—world? At the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center we use our historic resources to examine our communities and ourselves, to make visible the structures and beliefs that enforce inequality, and to draw energy and inspiration from the beauty that surrounds us. First among these resources are Stowe’s house and Stowe’s story. Both are incredibly rich in their contemporary relevance—racism, religion, the power of the written word, and women’s experiences are just a few of the themes they engage.
Briann G. Greenfield (MA’96, PhD’02) is Executive Director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, an innovative historic house museum that promotes vibrant discussion of Stowe’s life and work and inspires commitment to social justice and positive change. From 2014 to June 2018, Dr. Greenfield, was Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Previously, Dr. Greenfield was Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University where she administered the department’s Public History Program and taught broadly across the curriculum. Dr. Greenfield received her M.A. in Museum Studies and her Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University. She is the author of Out of the Attic: Inventing Antiques in Twentieth-Century New England (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009).
Mar712:00pm - 1:00pmNightingale-Brown House
Tea Shop is an autonomous, interactive space that has a simple motto (translated into English): “Free to use by all (in cost and content). No red tape, no exclusion, and no power bill (we use solar energy).” Outside the reach of state censure, this in-progress project uses social sculpture to implicitly engage issues of land-use planning, neocolonialism and listening that is specific to the concerns of those in Yangon using it to creatively express themselves.
Erik DeLuca, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Multimedia