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Salem’s Trials: Lessons and Legacy of 1692

June 10, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Salem’s Trials: Lessons and Legacy of 1692 is an interdisciplinary symposium to be held on June 10, 2017 at Salem State University’s Central Campus. Organized and co-sponsored by the SSU History Department, the Salem Award Foundation, and the Essex National Heritage Area, the symposium will commemorate the 325th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials with a program of presentations and panels on the evolving interpretation of the Trials, their cultural and local impact, their broader geographical and chronological context, and the challenges involved with teaching 1692. Dr. Kenneth Foote from the University of Connecticut, author of Shadowed Ground: America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy, will deliver the keynote address. Registration for the symposium has closed.

Full Program

8:30-9:15 Coffee and Orientation

9:15-10:30 Plenary Session: Salem Witch Trials 101, Dr. Emerson “Tad” Baker

10:30- 12:00 Breakout Sessions:

  1. Teaching the Trials, Dr. Brad Austin and Panel
  2. The European Context for Salem 1692, Dr. Donna Seger
  3. The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Sources Tell Us, Margo Burns

10:30-3:00 Descendants’ Testimonies: Descendants of Witch Trial victims and accusers may record their testimonies in 10-minute interviews

12:15-1:30 LUNCH

1:30-3:00 Plenary Discussion: The Making of Witch City Panel Discussion with Drs. Tad Baker, Donna Seger, Bethany Jay, Steve Matchak and Marilynne K. Roach

3:30-4:30 Keynote Address: Dr. Kenneth Foote, author of Shadowed Ground, America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy

4:30 Closing Thoughts

A Weekend of Commemoration:

Join the Salem Award Foundation on Sunday, June 11th, 12-3 pm for “Our One Story,” a free community-wide 25th anniversary celebration of inclusion at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial. Details at salemaward.org.


June 10, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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