Connecticut's Sites of Conscience

Race and Racism. Equity and Access in Education. Civil Rights. Criminal Justice Reform. Civic Engagement. Indigenous Sovereignty. These are some of the issues polarizing and paralyzing our communities and our legislative bodies.

Through programs developed with our partners, CT Humanities connects communities to the specific places, or “sites of conscience,” in Connecticut that highlight the legacy, relevance, and persistence of issues that have influenced our state and our nation and which continue to drive public discourse.

Connecticut’s Sites of Conscience Convening | August 9, 2022 | Information and Registration

We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

The Sites:

  • Freeman Houses | Bridgeport
  • Prudence Crandall House | Canterbury
  • Old Newgate Prison | East Granby
  • Connecticut’s Old State House | Hartford
  • Pequot Hill | Mystic – Mashantucket (Western) Pequot and Eastern Pequot Tribal Nations (Site interpretation at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center)

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Connecticut’s Sites of Conscience is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils.  The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.

This project is coordinated in collaboration with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a global network of historic sites, museums, and memory initiatives that connect past struggles to today’s movements for human rights – turning memory into action.

Connecticut’s Sites of Conscience Convening

August 9, 2022 | Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center

Join CT Humanities in a conversation within and between Connecticut communities about how narratives are shaped and how those narratives influence our understanding of, and dialogue about, issues such as education equity, criminal justice, civic engagement, and Indigenous history.

When: August 9, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

Where: Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket

Free: Registration Required

Event Schedule

Session 1:
1:30 to 2:45 p.m.
Introduction to Connecticut’s Sites of Conscience

Site Spotlights
Freeman Center
Pequot Hill – Mashantucket (Western) Pequot and Eastern Pequot Tribal Nations
Prudence Crandall Museum

Panel and Discussion
Learning and Unlearning Narratives

Session 2:
3:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Site Spotlights
Connecticut’s Old State House
Old New-Gate Prison
Connecticut Humanities

Panel and Discussion
Systems that Expand and Suppress Knowledge

Wrap-Up:
4:15 to 4:30 p.m.

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