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2022 Series Speakers

2022 Series Speakers

Salem State Series Presents Amal Clooney

Learn more about the Award-Winning Lawyer

Amal represents clients before international courts including the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. Alongside court work, she provides advice to governments and individuals on legal issues in her areas of expertise.

Amal is ranked in the legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leading barrister in international human rights law, public international law, and international criminal law. She is described as ‘a brilliant legal mind’ who ‘handles cases of real international importance’ and ‘knows her brief inside out’. She is said to be a ‘natural lead advocate’ who is ‘tactically first class’ and ‘a rare combination of intellectual depth and pragmatism’. The directories also spotlight her ‘superb advocacy’ and ‘commanding presence before courts’ and describe her as ‘a dream performer before international tribunals’. They also emphasize that she is ‘fantastically innovative’ with an ability to galvanize ‘heads of state, foreign ministers and business … in a way that is very effective’ for victims of human rights abuses. She is described as ‘unafraid to raise novel points of law’, ‘very sophisticated in pushing the boundaries’ and having a ‘passionate commitment to the law and compassion for the people it serves’.

Amal frequently represents victims of mass atrocities, including genocide and sexual violence. She has acted in many precedent-setting human rights cases in recent years including the world’s first trial against an ISIS member for genocide and the first case alleging complicity in crimes against humanity by a company that funded the terror group. She has represented Armenia in a case involving the Armenian genocide and was recently counsel to 126 victims of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, at the International Criminal Court. In 2021 she was appointed Special Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Darfur.

Amal also represents political prisoners around the world and has helped to secure the freedom of journalists arbitrarily detained for their work across the globe. In 2020 Amal was the recipient of the Gwen Ifill Award for ‘extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom’ from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Amal has also served as a senior advisor to Kofi Annan when he was the UN’s Envoy on Syria, as Counsel to the UN Inquiry on the use of armed drones and as a rapporteur for the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute on independence of the judiciary. She is a member of the UK’s team of experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict zones and the UK Attorney General’s panel of experts on public international law. In 2019-2021 she also served as deputy chair of an International Bar Association Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom chaired by former UK Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger.

Prior to joining the London bar, Amal worked in The Hague at the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. She is admitted to the New York Bar and practiced as a litigation attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York.

She is also a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, where she co-teaches the Human Rights course with Professor Sarah Cleveland. And she is the co-founder of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which aims to advance justice through accountability for human rights abuses around the world.

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John Legend and Lisa Hughes 2017 Salem State Series

The Salem State Series was founded in 1982 under the auspices of the Salem State University Foundation, Inc. as one of the first high-profile speaker series in the country. It 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.

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  • General Admission Virtual: $25

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2022 Series Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Kim Gassett-Schiller '83, '18H and Philip Schiller

Presenting Sponsor

Denorabilia.Com Dennis Drinkwater '67, '12H

Denorabilia.com

Gold Sponsor

Axial Financial Group 

Silver Sponsors

Eastern Bank Foundation

Karen M. Morrissey '71, '93H

Salem State Alumni Association

The Hotel Salem 

Bronze Sponsors

Annalisa and Dino Di Palma 

Boston Advisors

Hawthorne Hotel on the Commons 

North Shore Bank

Benefactors  

WXRV/92.5 the River

Rich Bane '12H

DGI Communications

Cheryl and Michael Crounse

Henry '60, '62G and Claire Dembowski

Merry Glosband

Gorton's Seafood

Andrea and Gary Gregory

John J. Walsh Insurance Agency, Inc.

Elliot '78 and Donna '78, '98G Katzman

Andrea Liftman '75G

Cynthia McGurren '83

Mike ’07 and Estrella ’07 Mitchell

Joanne ’68, ‘19H and Phil ‘19H Ricciardiello

Eugene and Kathleen Skrabut 

Salem Five Charitable Foundation

St. Jean’s Credit Union Charitable Foundation

Sterling Insurance  

SSU Student Government Association

C. David '88 and Debbie Surface

The Tin Whistle

Spring 2022

Iconic MLB Player, David Ortiz "Big Papi"
 

David Ortiz at the 2022 Series in May

Spring 2020

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, chief strategist and co-founder, Partners In Health, moderated by Mallika Marshall, MD, health reporter, WBZ-TV Boston

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

Fall 2019

Rebecca Eaton, Executive Producer, MASTERPIECE, moderated by Jared Bowen, WGBH

Fall 2019 Series with Rebecca Eaton with Jared Bowen

Spring 2019

Sam Kennedy, General Manager, Boston Red Sox, moderated by Steve Burton, CBS Local

Sam Kennedy and Steve Burton with Cynthia McGurren, Dennis Drinkwater and John Keenan

2018

Paul Farmer MD, PhD moderated by David Walton, MD, MPH and Jim Ansara '10H

2018 Speaker Series with Paul Farmer MD, PhD, John Keenan, president Salem State University and moderators

2017

John Legend moderated by WBZ-TVs Lisa Hughes

John Legend at the Salem State Series

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

Finding Meaning through Civic Engagement: Lizabeth Davis ’23

Lizbeth Davis '23

“Through Salem State’s First Year Day of Service, which gives 100 first-year students the chance to spend a day giving back to the local community made possible by unrestricted funds, I volunteered at the food pantry at Citizens Inn Haven from Hunger. After this, I applied for and became a Civic Engagement Fellow through the university’s Center for Civic Engagement. A lot of the issues students face, like accessing resources and food insecurity, shouldn’t be their problems. I’ve learned from the Center how to advocate for people without speaking for them. If I see an issue on campus that other students want to solve, I can be part of the solution by amplifying their voices and helping them push it through. It’s really empowering.”

Prioritizing the Needs of Vulnerable Students: Rachel Frank ’19G, MSW

Rachel Frank '19G MSW

“Students aren’t going to graduate if they’re hungry and have nowhere to sleep. Thanks to the Massachusetts Student Housing Security Pilot Program and unrestricted gifts to Salem State, we’re able to provide our most vulnerable students with the basic security, dignity and autonomy they need to succeed in college. We guarantee 12 months of campus housing and cover meal plans. When these individuals can stay enrolled and ultimately graduate, upward socioeconomic mobility becomes possible for these motivated and deserving students.”

Providing Experiential Learning Opportunities: Sanjay Kudrimonti, assistant professor of accounting and finance

Sanjay Kudrimonti

“Thanks to unrestricted funds, the Cabot Wealth Management Lab can continue to provide hands-on experience outside and inside the classroom, an essential tool for my students managing the Student Investment Fund. The lab provides access to the financial information via 12 Bloomberg Terminals and elevates the abilities of student asset managers to investigate and analyze the work in the process portfolio.”

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