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Five June Tent Talks at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Announcing Five Fascinating 15-Minute “Tent” Talks Drawing on the Lessons of the Salem Witch Trials

Thursdays in June at noon

SALEM, MA — Since 2014 the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice has organized free 15-minute “Tent” Talks at noon in the Salem Witch Trials Memorial off Charter Street.

These approachable and relevant presentations by notable members of the community offer opportunities for visitors and residents alike to take a mid-day break for reflection and engagement.

Please see complete schedule of June speakers below.

June 1:           Dr. Alexandra Piñeros Shields, Executive Director, Essex County Community Organization, Why Sanctuary Matters

June 8:           Hon. Kim Driscoll, Mayor of Salem, Salem: Looking Back, Moving Forward

June 15:         Stacy Tilney, Director of Communications, Salem Witch Museum, The Relevance of the Salem Witch Trials in This Age of Conflict

June 22:         Hon. Paul Tucker, State Rep. 7th Essex District, How is the Commonwealth of Mass. Protecting Human Rights?

June 29:         Rev. Joseph M. Amico, M.Div., Pastor, Tabernacle Congregational Church, The Changing Role of the Church in Society

Update: John Legend Event Rescheduled to May 2 (formerly March 30)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Salem State Series event featuring award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend has been rescheduled for May 2, 2017. The initial date was March 30. All tickets purchased remain valid and may be used for entry.

The May 2 event will take place at 7:30 pm in Salem State University’s Rockett Arena.  Questions or concerns should be directed to the Series box office at 978.542.7555 or on weekdays between 10 am-4 pm.

At the May 2 event, Legend will perform some of his hit songs in addition to discussing his initiative, the Show Me Campaign, which focuses on education as a key to breaking the cycle of poverty, and the #FREEAMERICA campaign, which is aimed at ending the school-to-prison pipeline. At the event, Legend will receive the inaugural Salem Advocate for Social Justice award from The Salem Award Foundation.

Tickets may be purchased through the Series website at or by calling 978.542.7555.

The Series, presented under the auspices of the Salem State University Foundation, is pleased to announce that Denorabilia, LLC is the presenting sponsor for this event. A full list of sponsors can be found at