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
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.
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.
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
- General Admission Bleachers
To learn more about Series sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
2017 Series Sponsors
Camelot Special Events & Tents
Peabody Essex Museum
Ronan, Segal & Harrington
Salem Five Charitable Foundation
Salem Witch Museum
Winter Street Architects, Inc.
(as of May 1, 2017)
John Legend moderated by WBZ-TVs Lisa Hughes
Ed Davis and Richard DesLauries moderated by Lisa Hughes
Tom Brady and Jim Gray
Tony Kushner and Robin Young
Bobby Valentine and Peter Gammons
Ted Kennedy Jr.
Dr. Deepak Chopra
Bob and Lee Woodruff
George F. Will
Cal Ripken Jr.
President George H.W. Bush and Natalie Jacobson
Robert Redford and Joyce Kulhawik
Jack and Suzy Welch and Anne Driscoll ’76
Christopher Reeve and Dr. Robin Cook
Dr. Christiane Northrup
Jamling Norgay and Peter Hillary
Dr. Jane Goodall
Mia Hamm and Dale Arnold
The Motley Fool
Bill Russell and Mike Lynch
President William Jefferson Clinton
Sebastian Junger and Linda Greenlaw
Walter Cronkite and Natalie Jacobson
Mary Matalin and James Carville
Colin L. Powell
Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu
Mary Higgins Clark
President George H.W. Bush
C. Everett Koop
Thomas “Tip” O’Neill
Reverend Jesse Jackson
President Jimmy Carter
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Howard K. Smith
President Gerald Ford
Salem State Series
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970