Jun
25
Tue
La Tertulia
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Jun
26
Wed
Lord Byron: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A supplemental talk for the Athenaeum’s Summer Exhibition:The Grand Tour.

Upon meeting Lord Byron, Lady Caroline Lamb, Byron’s most infamous lover, declared that he was “Mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” Byron’s life remains the stuff of legend, and his poetry is still read and studied worldwide. This lecture will cover his tumultuous childhood, including his Grand Tour and how he was influenced by it. It will also explore his scandalous life with the many women (and men) that were part of it.

Janina Majeran is the Reference and Young Adult Librarian at the Swampscott Public Library. As an undergraduate at Fitchburg State University, she developed a keen interest in the Romantics, specifically Lord Byron. This interest culminated in putting together a presentation on the quite scandalous and influential poet. Janina has also developed and presented successful lectures on Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde, and Emily Dickinson.

Jun
27
Thu
Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet upstairs in the Salem Athenaeum. “The Pipe” is a space to read poetry, yours or others, and discuss everything from the price of tea in China to quantum particles (as long as it relates back to poetry). All styles of poetry are welcome. Meets 4th Thursdays

Jul
8
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Evening Conversations Group meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. All members and other interested parties are invited.

It may be of interest to know that the The Social Library, predecessor of the Salem Athenæum, was founded by a similar discussion group, called the Monday Evening Club. Edward Augustus Holyoke, Rev. Thomas Barnard, Rev. Thomas Gilchrist, Benjamin Lynde, Nathaniel Ropes and others were among the Monday Evening Club founders, who gathered to discuss current events and topics of mutual interest.

Topics for discussion are wide open, but must be amenable to good conversation. Examples include:

  • The long ranging effects of the Civil War
  • The courage to be vulnerable
  • European architecture
  • The importance/non importance of art
  • Why have friends

Meetings will start with something to help frame the discussion for the evening, such as a:

  • brief talk
  • podcast
  • video
  • reading of prose or poetry
  • music

We look forward to talking with you!

Jul
9
Tue
La Tertulia
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Jul
10
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Philosophy, Science, and Ideas. Come sit around a medium-large table and discuss the big stuff.

2nd Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Jul
12
Fri
Salon: Storytelling
Jul 12 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Summer Salon series kicks off with a live storytelling by local writers hosted by J.D. Scrimgeour.

Please join us on Fridays in July and August for one or more of these special evenings!

July 12: Storytelling hosted by J.D. Scrimgeour

July 19: Dave Williams — Polling

July 26: Margie Lavender — Harmony Grove Cemetery

August 9: Boston Saxophone Quartet

August 16: James R. Scrimgeour and Carl Carlsen — Dogtown

August 23: Vicky Sirianni — Palladio

Jul
13
Sat
Book Group
Jul 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Discussion group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

View the reading list.

Jul
17
Wed
Re-appraisal Reading Circle
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Re-appraisal Reading Circle will meet tonight to choose authors for next year.

 

Jul
19
Fri
Salon: Dave Williams—The Art and Science of Polling
Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Dave Williams will present a retrospective of the history of survey research in political campaigns from FDR to today and how technology and procedural changes have impacted the reliability of modern polling.

Since the founding of Williams and Associates by David E. Williams in 1989 the company has consulted with both corporate and political clients including the campaign committee for Presidents Rupiah Banda (Zambia), Ali Bongo Ondimba (Gabon), Governor William F. Weld (R MA), GTE/Sylvania, Hydro-Quebec, the National Association of Government Employees, the Providence Journal-Bulletin, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study), the US Agency for International Development, and the United States Department of State.