SSU Social Justice Institute

July 10 – 28   Social Justice InstituteSSU_Logo
The inaugural Summer at Salem State Institute features three week-long academic institutes exploring the theme of social justice in recognition of the 325th anniversary of the Salem witch trials. Learn more about undergraduate and graduate credit courses, community talks, performances and visits to historical sites at www.salemstate.edu/summerinstitute.

The Exonerated

This superb 2005 documentary is also part of the SSU Social Justice Institute and dramatizes the true stories of six people who were wrongfully convicted, imprisoned for years and later exonerated. Meet 2016 Salem Award recipient Anne Driscoll as well as Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle, both wrongfully convicted of murder. All-star cast includes Brian Dennehy, Danny Glover and Susan Sarandon.

 

Proctor’s Ledge Symposium

Part of the SSU Social Justice Institute, this panel comprises the team of scholars and experts who confirmed Proctor’s Ledge as the site of the Salem Witch Trials executions. Expect a lively conversation on the significance and role of the new memorial.
Free.

Commemoration Ceremony for Rebecca Nurse

The 325th anniversary of Rebecca Nurse’s execution is being recognized by the Danvers Alarm List Company, which owns and manages the Rebecca Nurse Homestead. Informal reception followed by brief ceremony in the Nurse burial ground.
6:30 pm at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead
149 Pine Street, Danvers, MA

Proctor’s Ledge Dedication

The memorial recognizing the execution site of 1692 will be formally dedicated. Please plan to leave your car at Gallows Hill Park or, better yet, walk to the memorial.
12 noon at the Proctor’s Ledge Memorial on Pope Street, Salem

Tent Talk: The Changing Role of the Church in Society

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

Our June series concludes with Rev. Amico. Please join us in October for another series of  of thought provoking speakers.

Tent Talk: How is the Commonwealth of Mass. Protecting Human Rights?

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

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. See the list of upcoming speakers:

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

Tent Talk: The Relevance of the Salem Witch Trials in This Age of Conflict

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

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. See the list of upcoming speakers:

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

25th Anniversary Celebration

The Salem Award Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Celebration continues with the installation of our six-word memoir project, “Your six-words, Our one story,” along PEM’s Axelrod Walkway.

In addition, you’ll want to:

– Recognize our 2017 Rising Leaders
– Hear from Witch Pitch
– Dance with Greg Coles
– Spoken word performances from high schoolers
– Professionally guided tours of the Salem Witch Trials Memorial
– and a final opportunity to write your own six-word testimony of inclusion

To learn more about the six-word memoir visit: http://salemaward.org/six-word-memoir-project/Download the flier.

Salem’s Trials: Lessons and Legacy of 1692

Salem’s Trials: Lessons and Legacy of 1692 is an interdisciplinary symposium to be held on June 10, 2017 at Salem State University’s Central Campus. Organized and co-sponsored by the SSU History Department, the Salem Award Foundation, and the Essex National Heritage Area, the symposium will commemorate the 325th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials with a program of presentations and panels on the evolving interpretation of the Trials, their cultural and local impact, their broader geographical and chronological context, and the challenges involved with teaching 1692. Dr. Kenneth Foote of the University of Connecticut, author of Shadowed Ground: America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy, will deliver the keynote address.