Conference Information

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The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society’s
20th Anniversary Conference

Spokane, WA
June 24-25, 2016

Everyday Stowe:


Update: The Main Road (Hawthorne) in front of campus is currently under construction.  Instructions to bypass the construction can be found here.

Update: A revised schedule has been posted as of June 24th.  The correct schedule should show the Opening Address at 6:30 PM and the play at 7:30 PM.  The revised schedule is available here.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society announces a conference celebrating Harriet Beecher Stowe—her life and works—at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, our first conference in the Pacific Northwest!

 In Stowe’s short work, “The Cathedral,” she suggested that, “To be really great in the little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.”   Most often, she linked these “little things” to the cares and domestic duties of women in the nineteenth century, believing that each day was a struggle for women to exert control over their lives. Today, of course, we appreciate Stowe for being one of the first and most successful writers to combine personal sentiment with a drive to transform public policy. After all, Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin elicited vast social change by focusing much of its attention on the daily occurrences of the domestic household and familial ties, speaking to Stowe’s attunement to the “little things” in life while still connecting them to broader cultural problems.

 This conference will examine ways that Stowe represented the “little things” that made up citizens’ daily lives as well as larger social and cultural issues in the nineteenth century. Conference organizers solicit papers that explore the work of Stowe through lenses such as politics, education, reform, race, and religion. Studies on the works of Stowe’s family members—Henry Ward Beecher, Calvin Stowe, Isabella Beecher Hooker, and Catharine Beecher—are also welcome.

 In addition to scholarly presentations, dramatic performances, readings, and informal conversations are welcomed.  There will also be a free study group on Saturday from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.

 For further information about the conference, contact the on-site conference director: LuElla D’Amico (ldamico@whitworth.edu). Email 250-word proposals for individual papers (750 words for complete panels) by April 1, 2016 to the chair of the program committee and co-conference director: Marlowe Daly-Galeano at stoweconference2016@gmail.com.

Logistics:

Lodging will be provided by the Whitworth University dorms:

Dorm lodging will be $40/night for a single-occupant room, and $60/night for a two-person room.  This price reflects the total price of the room, so two people who stay together will save $20 per night in total (2 X $40 = $80 vs. 1 X $60).  At present, we only plan to book two-person rooms to people who arrange in advance to stay with each other.

Information about the dorms can be found here.

Lodging is also available at the Quality Inn just down Division.  Hotel Rooms are available for $378.00 ($189.00/night, for 2 nights).  They are booked under “Stowe Society Conference,” or you can look it up under the name Karly Rasmussen.

Quality Inn

Conference registration includes a catered dinner with the keynote, but all other meals will have to be taken off campus as the kitchen will be closed during the summer.  There are numerous fast food options immediately off campus, and several very nice restaurants on the corner of Hawthorne and Division, including McClain’s Pizza, Wasabi Bistro Sushi, and O’Doherty’s Irish Pub.  We are also within delivery range of a Jimmy John’s.