We are pleased to present THURSDAYS IN JULY a special series of community events offered in conjunction with our inaugural Summer at Salem State Social Justice Institute Series. All community events will be held at the Salem Visitors Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, Massachusetts, and are free and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets not required.
The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, July 13: UNCOVERING TRUTHS with filmmaker Joe Cultrera and investigative reporter Mike Rezendes
We kick-off our series with a special screening of the documentary HAND OF GOD, a deeply personal story about abuse in the Catholic Church directed and produced by filmmaker and co-founder of Salem Film Fest Joe Cultrera. The screening will be followed by a moderated discussion between Cultrera and Michael Rezendes, an investigative reporter with the Boston Globe Spotlight Team who shared a Pulitzer Prize for revealing the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. This riveting discussion will focus on the documentarian/journalist role in uncovering truths, accuracy in reporting, and obstacles to telling difficult stories as seen through the lens of a scandal that rocked the Salem community and the nation. Event time: 6:30 pm; doors open at 6 pm.
Thursday, July 20: PROCTOR’S LEDGE SYMPOSIUM with the Gallows Hill Project Team
In recognition of the 325th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials, we continue our series with a Proctor’s Ledge Symposium featuring members of the Gallows Hill Project team who recently confirmed the location where 19 people were hanged for witchcraft 325 years ago: Emerson “Tad” Baker, professor of history at Salem State University; Elizabeth Peterson, director of Salem’s Corwin House, aka The Witch House; Tom Phillips, director and producer of Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence; Marilynne Roach, witch trials author and historian; Benjamin Ray, professor of religion at the University of Virginia. In what is sure to be an engaging and lively conversation the team will present their takes on the significance and role of the new memorial. Event time: 7 pm; doors open at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, July 27: THE EXONERATED with 2016 Salem Award recipient Anne Driscoll and human rights activists Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle
We close our series with a special screening of the acclaimed feature film THE EXONERATED, a dramatized telling of six people’s stories who were wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit, were sentenced to death row and were later exonerated. The screening will be followed by a public conversation between 2016 Salem Award recipient Anne Driscoll, Sunny Jacobs, an American woman and one of the real-life subjects of the film, and Sunny's husband Peter Pringle, an Irishman, also exonerated from death row in Ireland. There will be a Q&A with the audience following the conversation. Please join us for this thought-provoking and inspiring evening. Event time: 6:30 pm; doors open at 6 pm.