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Salem State Series

John Legend with Series backdrop

About the Series

Founded in 1982 as one of the first high-profile speaker series in the country, the Salem State Series has hosted countless world leaders, artists, athletes, and intellectuals on its suburban North Shore campus. Annually, thousands of patrons come to Salem State to hear what Series speakers have to say on a wide variety of subjects.

A self-supporting community enrichment program presented through the generous and dedicated support of corporate and individual sponsors alike, the series is but one facet of the university’s progressive public education mission.

Salem State Series Information

  • 2017 Salem State Series Speaker - John Legend

    John Legend

    John Legend is a multi-award winning singer-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, which focuses on education as a key to breaking the cycle of poverty, 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 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.

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    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.

  • Ticket Levels and Pricing

    PREMIUM-$100 per ticket:
    • Premium seats are assigned floor seats in the front sections
    • Ticket purchasers will also be entered for a chance to win a VIP dinner and photo opportunity
    RESERVED-$60 per ticket:
    • Reserved seats are assigned floor seats in the side and back sections
    GENERAL ADMISSION BLEACHER SEATS-$25 per ticket:
    • Lower and upper balcony bleachers
    • First come, first served
    SALEM STATE STUDENTS GENERAL ADMISSION BLEACHER SEATS-$10 per ticket:
    • Available in the bleachers; first come, first served
    • Limited to the first 200 Salem State Students
    • Limit one ticket per student (valid Salem State University ID must be presented at the door)
    ACCESSIBLE SEATING: Available in all three seating levels
    • Premium
    • Reserved
    • General Admission Bleachers

    Join us next time, we look forward to seeing you again!
    978.542.7555
    Monday–Friday, 10 am–4 pm
    seriestickets@salemstate.edu

  • Past Speakers

    2017
    John Legend moderated by WBZ-TVs Lisa Hughes

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    2016
    Ed Davis and Richard DesLauries moderated by Lisa Hughes 

    2015
    Tom Brady and Jim Gray 

    Tom Brady with Jim Gray

    2013
    Cory Booker
    Tony Kushner and Robin Young

    2012
    Bobby Valentine and Peter Gammons

    2011
    Newt Gingrich
    John Irving

    2010
    Ted Kennedy Jr.
    Dr. Deepak Chopra

    2009
    Jay Leno
    Bob and Lee Woodruff

    2008
    Bill Belichick 
    George F. Will

    2007
    Cal Ripken Jr.
    President George H.W. Bush and Natalie Jacobson
    Tom Wolfe
    Maya Angelou

    2005-06
    Robert Redford and Joyce Kulhawik
    Patrick Buchanan
    Bianca Jagger

    2004-05
    Thomas Friedman
    David Halberstam
    Jack and Suzy Welch and Anne Driscoll ’76

    2003-04
    Goldie Hawn
    Jesse Ventura
    Christopher Reeve and Dr. Robin Cook

    2002-03
    Dr. Christiane Northrup
    Jamling Norgay and Peter Hillary
    Rudy Giuliani

    2001-02
    David McCullough
    Dr. Jane Goodall
    Mia Hamm and Dale Arnold
    The Motley Fool

    2000-01
    Mark Russell
    Molly Ivins
    Bill Russell and Mike Lynch
    President William Jefferson Clinton

    1999-2000
    Sebastian Junger and Linda Greenlaw
    George Mitchell
    Walter Cronkite and Natalie Jacobson

    1998-99
    Beverly Sills
    George Stephanopoulos
    Doug Flutie

    1997-98
    Benazir Bhutto
    Dave Barry
    Barbara Bush

    1996-97
    Mike Wallace
    Joan Rivers
    Shimon Peres

    1995-96
    Brian Mulroney
    Ken Burns
    Ann Richards

    1994-95
    Mary Matalin and James Carville
    Colin L. Powell
    Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu

    1993-94
    Capitol Steps
    Mary Higgins Clark
    President George H.W. Bush

    1992-93
    Mario Cuomo
    Gloria Steinem
    Mary Fisher

    1991-92
    Marvin Kalb
    Judy Woodruff
    Robert Fulghum

    1990-91
    William Bennett
    Alex Haley
    Ed Koch

    1989-90
    C. Everett Koop
    Pat Schroeder
    Mark Russell

    1988-89
    Mario Cuomo
    Helen Thomas
    Elie Wiesel

    1987-88
    Thomas “Tip” O’Neill
    Lesley Stahl
    Abba Eban

    1986-87
    Geraldine Ferraro
    Ed Bradley
    Helmut Schmidt

    1985-86
    Jeane Kirkpatrick
    Sam Donaldson
    Reverend Jesse Jackson

    1984-85
    President Jimmy Carter
    Doris Kearns Goodwin
    Kevin McCarthy

    1983-84
    Alexander Haig
    Howard K. Smith
    Art Buchwald

    1982-83
    President Gerald Ford
    Douglas Kiker
    Henry Kissinger

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