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Summer at Salem State Celebrates Hawthorne

Join us in July for a special series of community events in celebration of the 350th Anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables and the literary contributions of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Saturday, July 14

Hawthorne Symposium

A panel of Salem State scholars, including Lucinda Damon-Bach, Arthur Riss, and Pierre Walker, will lead a discussion on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel, The House of the Seven Gables, and its intriguing connections to Salem’s history, including the Salem Witch Trials. 3-5 pm. 

Film: The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

George Sanders and Vincent Price star in this cinematic take on Hawthorne’s legendary classic novel. The film will be followed by Q&A with Salem State Professor of English Michael Jaros who will discuss the technical and artistic aspects of the film. 7-9 pm.

Wednesday, July 18

Film: The Scarlet Letter (1934)

Shot in part in Salem’s Pioneer Village, Colleen Moore stars as Hester Prynne and Hardie Albright as the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale in this classic take on the beloved Hawthorne novel. The film will be followed by Q&A with Salem State faculty. 7-9 pm.

Wednesday, July 25

Film: Twice Told Tales (1963)

Vincent Price stars in these chilling adaptations of two of Hawthorne’s spellbinding tales of terror: Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment and Rappaccini’s Daughter. The film will be followed by Q&A with Salem State faculty. 7-9 pm.
 

All events will be held at the Salem Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA, and are free and open to the public. First come, first serve.

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Debra Longo
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