May
8
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
May 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!

Re-Appraisal Reading Circle
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Monthly open meeting to discuss the works of a prolific, popular author of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum.

2017 authors:

Jan. 9: Rudyard Kipling
Feb. 13: Edna Ferber
Mar. 13: Sinclair Lewis
Apr. 10: E.M. Delafield
May 8: James Fenimore Cooper

May
9
Tue
Drop-in Mah Jongg
May 9 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Athenaeum will host drop-in Mah Jongg sessions on Tuesdays in May.

May
12
Fri
Boston Classical Trio Concert
May 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

We welcome the return of three brilliant musicians from Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society: cellist Guy Fishman, violinist and assistant concertmaster Susanna Ogata, and resident conductor and keyboard virtuoso, Ian Watson. They will present an all-Beethoven program on period instruments.

Sonata for piano and cello in F major, op.5, no.1.
Sonata no. 8 for piano and violin in G major, op. 30, no. 3
Trio for violin, cello, and piano in C minor, op. 1, no. 3

May
13
Sat
Book Group
May 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.

May
16
Tue
Our Future Climate Depends on What We Do Now
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

John Spengler will tell us how to combat the effects of greenhouse gases before it’s too late.
(Yes, there is still time!)

Spengler, the Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation and Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has conducted research in the areas of personal monitoring, air pollution health effects, indoor air pollution, and a variety of environmental sustainability issues. Several of his investigations have focused on housing design and its effects on ventilation rates, building materials’ selection, energy consumption, and total environmental quality in homes.

May
23
Tue
Drop-in Mah Jongg
May 23 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Athenaeum will host drop-in Mah Jongg sessions on Tuesdays in May.

May
27
Sat
Closed for Memorial Day Weekend
May 27 – May 29 all-day

The Salem Athenaeum is closed for Memorial Day Weekend.
We will be open as usual on Tuesday, May 30.

May
30
Tue
Drop-in Mah Jongg
May 30 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Athenaeum will host drop-in Mah Jongg sessions on Tuesdays in May.

May
31
Wed
Evolutionary Enigmas: Windows into How the World Works
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Many aspects of the natural world do not seem to make sense at first glance. Why are organisms so different from one another, yet have many points in common? How is it that there are innumerable examples of struggle and competition, but also cooperation and self-sacrifice? Why do organisms have remarkable adaptations, such as the human eye, as well as anomalies, including the fact that our windpipe and esophagus cross so that food sometimes “goes down the wrong pipe”? In this fun and participatory talk, Professor Morris will highlight these and other enigmas, and suggest ways that evolution makes sense of these seemingly contradictory aspects of the natural world.

 

James Morris is Professor of Biology at Brandeis University. He teaches a wide variety of courses, including introductory biology, evolution, genetics and genomics, epigenetics, comparative vertebrate anatomy, and a first-year seminar on Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards from Brandeis and Harvard University. His research focuses on the rapidly growing field of epigenetics, making use of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. Dr. Morris is a lead author of a college-level introductory biology textbook titled Biology: How Life Works. This textbook moves away from the traditional emphasis on terms and facts, and instead conveys concepts and ways of thinking that scientists use to understand the world around them and solve contemporary problems. He also writes short essays on science, medicine, and education at his Science Whys blog. Dr. Morris received a Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard University and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University and a National Academies Education Fellow and Mentor in the Life Sciences.