Tent Talk: Does Art Create Social Change?

Austen Barron Bailly, George Putnam Curator of American Art, Peabody Essex Museum discusses the potential of art to contribute to social change.

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.

Tent Talk: Salem State’s Sense of Place

John Keenan, President, Salem State University discusses Salem State’s sense of place.

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. Join us on Thursdays in October for these other talks:

Oct. 26: Austen Barron Bailly, George Putnam Curator of American Art, Peabody Essex Museum.
“Does Art Create Social Change?”

Tent Talk: Leveling the Playing Field for Low Income and First Generation Students

Linda Saris, Executive Director, LEAP for Education, Inc. discusses how we can level the playing field for low income and first generation students.

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.

Oct. 19: John Keenan, President, Salem State University.
“Salem State’s Sense of Place”

Oct. 26: Austen Barron Bailly, George Putnam Curator of American Art, Peabody Essex Museum.
“Does Art Create Social Change?”

Tent Talk: Commemorating Proctor’s Ledge

Emerson “Tad” Baker,  Interim Dean of the Schools of Graduate and Continuing Education, Salem State University discusses Proctor’s Ledge, the execution Site of the Salem Witch Trials.

Oct. 12: Linda Saris, Executive Director, LEAP for Education, Inc.
“Leveling the Playing Field for Low Income and First Generation Students”

Oct. 19: John Keenan, President, Salem State University.
“Salem State’s Sense of Place”

Oct. 26: Austen Barron Bailly, George Putnam Curator of American Art, Peabody Essex Museum.
“Does Art Create Social Change?”

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.

Free Audio Tour Highlights Salem’s African American History

September 14, 2017, Salem, MA    The many contributions of Salem’s black community and its advocates are being recognized in a new audio tour sponsored by the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice (SAF). “Salem’s Black Heritage” identifies sites throughout the city associated with people or events related to black history from the 17th century to the 21st.

Unlike a structured, timed tour, the 24 stories can be listened to in any order, from any location. They range from sites connected with the remarkable Remond family to Captain Luis Emilio of Robert Gould Shaw’s renowned all black 54th regiment, from Tituba to contemporary author Stephen Hemingway. There are narrations about black mariners, Derby family slaves and the radical abolitionist president of what is today Salem State University (SSU), who lived on Federal Street and adopted two black daughters.

The tour is available through UniGuide, a free smartphone app offering hundreds of audio tours across the United States. To get the app go to uniguide.me and follow the easy instructions. After downloading, choose “Salem’s Black Heritage.”  A companion rack card is available at the Salem Visitor Center. The tour is also featured in Essex National Heritage’s 2017 Trails and Sails program.

The project began as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, when the SAF established a confronting racism task force, which has since been incorporated into the city’s inclusion committee. One of the original initiatives of that group was to find a way to recognize the contributions of Salem’s African American community. UniGuide, which has produced audio tours for other Salem organizations, offered a no-cost way of publicizing Salem’s black history.

From the beginning, “Salem’s Black Heritage” was a community-wide project involving people from many Salem civic, educational, and non-profit organizations as well as interested private citizens. The logo was derived from a poster created by Salem Academy Charter School (SACS) students and refined through the generosity of George Courage Creative.

“This has been an incredibly rewarding experience, both in terms of the amazing stories we learned and as an exercise in cross-city collaboration,” said Shelby Hypes, the SAF board member who spearheaded the project. “If funds ever become available, we would love to do a website—there’s a wealth of material available.”

The working group included Lori Boudo (Salem State University); Ryan Conary (The House of the Seven Gables); Annie Harris (Essex National Heritage); Shelby Hypes (Salem Award Foundation) Patti Kelleher (City of Salem Planning Department), attorneys and interested citizens Tyson Lynch and Francis Mayo; local historian Jim McAllister; Elizabeth Peterson (The Witch House); Salem Academy Charter School students Ruby Cheresnowsky, Sia-Linda Lebbie, and Kelvin Bencosme; and Maryann Zujewski (Salem Maritime National Historic Site). In addition, the Salem State University History Department helped tremendously. Dr. Donna Seger provided an initial outline; Dr. Bethany Jay and her graduate students reviewed the tour in detail.

Thursdays in October at Noon: “Tent Talks” Drawing on the Lessons of the Salem Witch Trials

The Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice has again organized free, 15-minute “Tent Talks” Thursdays at noon in the Salem Witch Trials Memorial off Charter Street. Prominent area leaders will talk about issues of the day, about historical issues, and about societal questions. All are welcome to take a mid-day break, listen, and reflect.

Schedule for October is

5 October: “Commemorating Proctor’s Ledge, the Execution Site of the Salem Witch Trials” by Emerson “Tad” Baker, Interim Dean of the Schools of Graduate and Continuing Education, Salem State University.

12 October: “Leveling the Playing Fields for Low Income and First Generation Students” by Linda Saris, Executive Director, LEAP for Education

19 October: “Salem State’s Sense of Place” by John Keenan, President, Salem State University

26 October: “Does Art Create Social Change?” by Austen Barron Bailly, George Putnam Curator of American Art, Peabody Essex Museum

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