Supporting Welles-Turner Memorial Library, Glastonbury, Connecticut
The Second Century Fund’s next book talk will be by Susan Campbell, award-winning author of Dating Jesus and the just-published biography Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker.
Ms. Campbell, a resident of Connecticut and former columnist at the Hartford Courant, will speak about the subject of her latest biography, Isabella Beecher Hooker, the younger sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe. In particular, she will talk about Isabella’s early interest in abolitionism (a touchy subject at the time, even in New England) and passionate interest in the suffrage movement.
I’d like to talk about why she was — until now — pushed off the pages of history. Part of it was family feud. Part was it was her rabid belief in Spiritualism. And part of it was her own cussed nature (which I love). I feel like she has something to teach us all.
Susan Campbell was born in Kentucky, raised in southwest Missouri, and has worked at newspapers in Missouri, Kansas, Maryland, and Connecticut. For more than a quarter-century, she was a columnist at the Hartford Courant, where her work was recognized the National Women’s Political Caucus, New England Associated Press News Executives, the Society for Professional Journalists, the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and the Sunday Magazine Editors Association. Her column about the shootings at lottery headquarters in March 1998 was part of The Courant’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage.
She currently works as the communications/development director at Partnership for Strong Communities, a statewide non-profit that’s working to end homelessness and increase the state’s stock of affordable housing.