Feb
9
Sat
Book Group
Feb 9 @ 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.

Win Wilkens Memorial Service
Feb 9 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Feb
11
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Feb 11 @ 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!

Feb
12
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Feb 12 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

Feb
13
Wed
Incessant Pipe: Contentions
Feb 13 @ 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.

Feb
16
Sat
Writing Workshop: Jump-Start Your Memoir
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Biographer Francie King will share her experience recording people’s stories, memories, and philosophies for their descendants. Memoir writers at all stages of the process are welcome—from just thinking about it to complete draft. This workshop format will encourage questions and discussion about the pleasures and pitfalls of writing a life, the challenges of illustrating a memoir, and tips for breaking through writer’s block.

Francie King is the principal of HistoryKeep, a small Marblehead-based company specializing in personal biography, memoir, and legacy books.

$10 members, $15 non-members, Free students with ID.

Feb
19
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Feb 19 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

Salem Writers’ Group
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

Feb
20
Wed
Neurology, Illustrated
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
From ancient Egypt to the present day, neurological disorders have played a role throughout the history of art. Directly or indirectly, neuropathology has been captured in paint and stone, and visualized in books and photographs. Certain artists depicted the effects of neurological disorders directly, while for others, their own neurological conditions impacted the art they produced. Dr. David E. Thaler will speak about the ways brain disorders have been viewed and named over the centuries.

Some artists attempted to record ailments with scientific accuracy, whereas others were more concerned with artistic expression than medical precision. Dr. Thaler will explore how neurological disorders were understood (or misunderstood) over the centuries and across the western world. Whether a relief sculpture of an ancient Egyptian priest, or an iconic fresco by Michelangelo, or letters written by President John Adams, each piece illustrates a different disorder and brings to life one aspect of the history of neurology.

David E. Thaler, M.D., Ph.D. is Neurologist-in-Chief and Chairman and Professor, Department of Neurology at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Feb
26
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Feb 26 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.