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About the Salem State Series

John Legend and Lisa Hughes 2017 Salem State 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.

Ways to Engage

Sponsor the Series

As a sponsor, you will enjoy valuable interaction with key change-makers in the greater Boston community and the world, while receiving valuable marketing benefits and exclusive access to our speakers.

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Salem State Series Information

Spring 2020

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

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

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