Tent Talk: Salem: Looking Back, Moving Forward

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

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 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

Tent Talk: Why Sanctuary Matters

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

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 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

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

IRISH YOU WERE HERE: MUSINGS AND MEMORIES OF AN AMERICAN EXPATRIATE IN ERIN By Anne Driscoll

Since 2013, Anne Driscoll has spent the better part of each year in Ireland. W from the beginning, she was charmed and beguiled by a country that loves stories, celebrates characters, and believes conversation is a currency more valuable than money.  Writer, educator, social activist and recipient of the 2016 Salem Award, Ms. Driscoll is back on the North Shore for a brief visit. She will stop by to share some of her favorite personal Irish experiences, including  rowing currachs down the Liffey, visiting 1200 year old monasteries and 12th century pubs, and even covering a traditional singles’ matchmaking festival for the Boston Globe. Hers is an Ireland you won’t read about in tour guides, and it’s one you won’t soon forget.
Hawthorne Hotel
5:30 and 7:30 showings
$15, reservations required. Please use email Culturecorner@gmail.com to reserve. if not possible then call or text  Jim McAllister at 978.979.5907.

Salem Advocate Award—John Legend—Now May 2

Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend will headline Salem State University’s long-running and popular speaker series on May 2, 2017.  At the event, Legend will receive the inaugural Salem Advocate for Social Justice award from The Salem Award Foundation for his work to make a difference in the lives of others. 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.

The May 2, 2017 event will be held at 7:30 pm at Salem State University’s Rocket Arena. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, November 15 at 10 am at  www.salemstate.edu/series or by calling 978.542.7555.

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 seriestickets@salemstate.edu 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 salemstate.edu/series 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 salemstate.edu/series.

Salem Award Foundation 25th Anniversary Kick-off

The Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017 and invites you to help kick-off its year- long celebration.

Bring a friend, play some non-trivial trivia and write a six-word memoir as local celebrities read their own.

Free admission
Cash bar

As part of our anniversary year, the SAF will recognize award-winning singer, songwriter John Legend as the inaugural Salem Advocate for Social justice, coordinate with Salem State University “Salem Trials” a symposium on witch trials, and host a community-wide celebration.

In addition, the SAF will launch a six-word memoir project: “Your Six Words, Our One Story.” Throughout the year we’ll be collecting these simple testimonies of inclusion to showcase the diversity and strength of our community.

Hope to see you on the 29th and throughout the year!

Driving with Selvi

The film Driving with Selvi was one of the highlights of the 2016 Salem Film Fest. Selvi and Elisa return to the North Shore after a whirlwind of appearances at multiple film festivals around the globe as well as a visit to the U.N. Regional (Western Europe) Office in Belgium in honor of the European Week of Action for Girls. They have three scheduled stops in the U.S. and Salem is one of them.

The 78-minute documentary will be followed by Q & A with Selvi and Elisa Patoschi, the film’s director.

http://www.drivingwithselvi.com/

Award-winning Singer-Songwriter John Legend to Headline Salem State Series, Receive Salem Advocate for Social Justice Award

Legend will perform some of his hit songs and speak about his social justice work.

legend_squareSALEM, MA, November 4, 2016 — Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend will headline Salem State University’s long-running and popular speaker series on March 30, 2017. At the event, Legend will receive the inaugural Salem Advocate for Social Justice award from The Salem Award Foundation for his work to make a difference in the lives of others. Legend will perform some of his hit songs in addition to discussing his initiative, the Show Me Campaign (ShowMeCampaign.org), which focuses on education as a key to breaking the cycle of poverty.

The March 30, 2017 event will be held at 7:30 pm at Salem State University’s Rocket Arena. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, November 15 at 10 am at salemstate.edu/series or by calling 978.542.7555.

Legend is a multi-award winning sing-songwriter whose work has garnered him 19 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, A Golden Globe Award, and a BET Award for Best New Artist, among others. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Legend recently won his first Golden Globe Award, a Grammy award, and a Critic’s Choice Award for his song “Glory,” which he wrote and performed with Common for the film Selma.

Legend has worked throughout his career to make a difference in the lives of others. He launched the Show Me Campaign in 2007 and has received numerous awards for his leadership, including the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, the 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare, and the 2011 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award. In 2015, Legend initiated the #freeAmerica campaign, designed to change the national conversation to make change in America’s criminal justice system.

Based on his extensive efforts to make a difference in the lives of others, Legend will be the inaugural recipient of the Salem Advocate for Social Justice award, presented by The Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice. When possible, this recognition is presented in collaboration with Salem State University at the Salem State Series. The award recognizes luminaries in their fields who use their platforms to champion social justice issues and advocate for the underrepresented populations. Recipients embrace the Salem Award Foundation’s mission to promote awareness, understanding and empathy in support of human rights and social justice.

Starting Tuesday, November 15 at 10 am, tickets to the spring 2017 Salem State Series may be purchased through the Series website at salemstate.edu/series or by calling 978.542.7555. Price categories are as follows:

• Premium $100 (Entered to win VIP dinner and photo with speaker)
• Reserved $60
• General Admission $25
• Salem State Student $10 (limited to the first 200)

The Salem State Series is presented by the Salem State Foundation which was incorporated in 1977 as a 501(c) (3) private, not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to help Salem State achieve its mission and goals by raising, investing and distributing private contributions for the benefit of the university. In so doing, the Foundation provides the opportunity to meet the needs of the Salem State community not met through public funding.

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 salemstate.edu/series.

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About Salem State University
Salem State University, established in 1854, is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. The university enrolls about 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 44 states and 81 nations, and is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. With over 250 veterans currently enrolled, Salem State has been designated a military-friendly institution by G.I. Jobs, placing it in the top 20 percent of schools nationwide.

About the Salem Award Foundation
Since its founding in 1992, it has been the mission of the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice to ensure that the lessons of the 1692 Witch Trials are not forgotten. In addition to publicly recognizing individuals or organizations working to help those who suffer discrimination and injustice through its annual awards, the Salem Award Foundation supports the Salem Witch Trial Memorial, a public monument honoring those who died in 1692, and offers educational programming that broadens the community’s awareness and understanding of current issues of human rights and social justice. For more information, please go to: www.salemaward.org.